Thursday, October 25, 2012

DIY Antler Wall Art

Earlier this week, I posted the newest edition to our living room--our all white frame collage, complete with my DIY antlers.  As I mentioned in my earlier post, the antlers were inspired by an ad I had seen at Target.  Having fallen completely in love with them, but not knowing where to purchase the antlers, I decided to make them myself.  I love the element of rusticity they add to my living room, but I decided to keep them all white to maintain a very clean, chic appearance, chasing after a very Anthropologie/PB-inspired look.  So here's a look at how I created my antlers!  First was to find a wooden block on which to place the antlers because I knew I would be hanging them on the wall.  There is such an impressive assortment of shapes and sizes at the craft store--I was amazed!
Other items needed for this project included white acrylic paint, model air-dry clay, foil, wire, a paint brush, and wall hanger to affix the wood block to the wall once you're finished.

1. Create the shape of your antlers with the wire and cover them with foil.  This will be the base.

2. Next, mold the clay over your foil antlers.  I found that it was easiest to mold the clay with wet fingers so keep a bowl of water handy to dip your hands into as you go.  As you continue, the antlers will begin to feel heavy so it's important to ensure the branches are well-supported with clay.  This was by far the most time-consuming part of the process, but it was definitely neat to watch as the antlers took shape.  It took a few days to mold both antlers and for the clay to dry completely.  Each day, I also checked to ensure the antlers were drying properly, making sure to flip them and fill in any cracks or exposed foil with more clay.

3. While I waited for the clay to dry, I painted the wood block white.

4. And once the antlers have dried completely, give them a nice coat of white paint.  I went one step further and sprayed them with glossy white spray paint to give them a ceramic-like finish.  They should look like this when finished (sorry couldn't help myself ;))

5. I had my fiance drill screws through the back of the wood block into the base of the antlers to ensure they weren't going anywhere!
As if they weren't dramatic enough, I framed the antlers with my IKEA UNG Drill frame.  And there you have it--my tutorial for my DIY antlers.  I love love love how they came out!!! :) :)

8 comments :

  1. O my!!! I love these!!! I am going to have to make some of these for our master bedroom re-do.. I hope you are sharing this at the linky party this week pretty girl!! xx Liz Marie

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  2. This is the best antler tuturial I've seen yet. Going to have to go make some of my own, have you seen how much they want to charge for "decor" antlers?...and my husband would have a coronary if I spray painted his collection!
    Tami

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  3. This is awesome! I'm so glad to be following you, love your blog!

    Katie
    www.funhomethings.com

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  4. What an absolutely fabulous idea! Saw you on Curb alert...so glad I stopped in!

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  5. What a clever gal you are! I've been eyeing wall antlers for awhile but never like the sticker price. I never thought about just making my own. Love!

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  6. WOW this looks fabulous. I never would have guessed these didn't cost a fortune.

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  7. super super cool idea!!! love your blog!
    follow for follow? :)

    a n n a · e v e r s

    http://www.annaeversplanb.blogspot.com.es/

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