Have you seen metal stick deer decor in stores? Do they make your heart sing?
I mentioned in my Oh, Deer! A Tablescape of Reality post that I’ve kept my eyes open for some large wooden deer to be used at Christmas – and winter in general.
It’s not a “got to have it” kind of search, because they certainly aren’t a need. It’s more of a casual “waiting for the thing that makes my heart (and purse) sing” kind of search. It may never happen, and that’s OK with me.
Meanwhile, I refuse to buy something that isn’t the thing. And, stick deer are so easy to DIY!
Since I’m not a welder (surprised?), hot-gluing dowels is the nearest thing to the metal look. And, so so cheap!
I found a square dowel and several round ones in the project studio. I cut the 1/2″ square dowel pieces for the back, neck, and head. I used 3/16″ -1/4″ round dowels for the legs, tail, and antlers.
It would be fine to use all round dowels. I used the square because I already had it.
Here are the lengths I cut:
Smaller Deer Larger Deer
7″ back and legs 8″ back and legs
3-1/2″ neck 4″ neck
1-3/4″ head 1-3/4″ head
1″ tail 1″ tail
Cut various sizes for antlers – one 3-4″ long per antler and lots of 3/4″ to 1-1/2″.
Here’s the layout I did before gluing.
While gluing, I realized they needed a tail, so an antler piece worked for that.
Start by hot gluing the legs first.
After gluing the first two legs, mark the angle on paper to use as a template for the opposite set of legs.
You want the angles to match so the deer stand squarely.
For the neck, angle the dowel piece to your liking. Dob a larger glob of hot glue and hold it in place until it sets. You want enough glue to fill the gap in the angle.
Angle the head, too, again with more glue than the usual amount.
Glue the antler sections together before attaching to the deer heads. Randomly place the pieces to look more natural.
All put together and ready for paint! Wasn’t that quick?
No gold spray-paint in The Land of Making Do, so I brush-painted mine with gold craft paint.
I needed gold deer for the Oh, Deer! tablescape, but they would look more like metal in silver or blackish brown. The hand-hammered bronze type of spray paint would look really nice. What do you think?
Thanks for joining me today for making these faux metal stick deer. Do you think you might like to make some?
These dowel deer are leaping over to Metamorphosis Monday for the party.