Game Chic is all the trend these days but $60 for a fake deer head just isn’t in my budget. This is what I did about it!
Four years ago while pregnant with Whitlee I searched and searched for girlie nursery ideas that resonated with me and repeatedly came up blank. I knew exactly what I wanted to do for a boy but a girl? Nada! Part of the problem is the fact that I’m not really into themes so I was piecing together ideas in my head. When we learned Baby 3 was a boy I had a distinct picture in my head of exactly what that natural, minimalist, slightly adventurous, and somewhat industrial nursery would look like!
Because I have known for years what I would do for a boy nursery you would think I have a nursery ready to unveil today since my Little Man is 2 months old… but I don’t! (It’s coming soon, though!)
Something about being pregnant with 2 toddlers meant projects like Sikes’ nursery didn’t take priority. It also means Sikes’ nursery is the least DIY’d room in my home! In fact, as of today- there is exactly 1 DIY project being showcased.
DIY Mounted Deer Head
I grew up in a gaming family. As in, we hunt and fish for wild game as a hobby. Many of my favorite memories involve camo, pivots, guns, and fishing poles. And I’m definitely not a stranger to decorating with wild game!
I love the “game chic” trend that’s everywhere these days but I am not paying $60+ for a resin deer head to hang in my son’s room. I will invest $15 and an hour of my time to make one, though!
(I won’t lie- I kind of adore this little creature and am considering making another deer head for my living room and one for the gallery wall I’m planning for the Lees’ room. Too much of a good thing???)
Paper Mache Deer Head (Hobby Lobby- $12.50 when it’s half price!)
Mounting Wood (Hobby Lobby- $1.75 with 40% off coupon)
Rustoleum Hammered Silver spray paint
wood stain (optional)
1: Spray paint deer head with Rustoleum Hammered Silver spray paint (or whatever color you choose but I recommend a gloss to get the resin or metallic look).
2: Paint mounting wood black. I chose to sand mine down very heavily after painting. I also polyurethaned it to bring back the boldness of the black after sanding.
3:I loved the hammered silver spray paint on the deer head but wanted to match the pewter and sheet metal look from other nursery decor so I used MinWax in Dark Walnut to alter the look. I first texted the amount and color of MinWax on the back of the deer head (portion that would be mounted to wood) to make sure I liked it and that the stain would hold to spray paint.
Very little stain was needed. Wipe off all excess stain immediately. Allow to dry overnight.
4: Attach a picture hanger to the back of the mounting wood.
5: Use hot glue to attach the deer head to the mounting wood.
Thanks so much for hanging out with me at A Kreative Whim! What’s your current DIY project? Have you bought into the game chic look?
I can tell SPRING HAS SPRUNG in Georgia because I am making loooooooong lists of projects to start/finish inside and outside. What’s on your list?
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