Hey everyone! Today I will show you how I (meaning “we” because my husband was certainly in on this one a few different ways) made the antler wreath that ended up on our fireplace mantel.
I found a lot of pretty antler wreaths on Pinterest.
Some of these antler pieces can get pretty pricey. Hundreds to even thousands of dollars. So we decided to make our own. Cause they are gorgeous. And cause we have antlers lying all over the yard. And the garage floor.
Something about this project of mine got my husband pretty darn excited (all these years the antlers have been decidedly not invited inside the house, you see).
Since I just needed the antler part, not the skull, Shaun then had to get to work with the saw. Of course our son is all over watching that. Dead animals. Sharp tools. Fun stuff.
After I had the antlers I needed, I worked on arranging them until I had the shape and size of wreath I wanted. This proved to be very difficult and took the longest of any of the steps. Here is version 3721.
Once I had finally made up my mind, I got out the glue gun and went to work.
Dramatic close-up of glue gun. Yes, I moved everything onto the kitchen island and then had to cover the whole thing with newspaper to protect it from the glue. And then I had to use tea towels to support the antlers so that they would stay in the position I wanted them in until the glue dried (antlers are tricky little things to work with- they like to move around…).
But at least I could watch that show about Alaskan hairdressers while I worked.
Actually, this worked against me, and I think I can blame that show a few times for burned fingers!
Once I had everything propped up properly, though, and my burning fingers under some cold water, the glue worked really well to hold them all together.
I let it dry overnight, and then Shaun nailed it up on some leftover boards from our floor. He put a few little finishing nails all around the wreath so that each antler has its own support. Because we used real antlers, it ended up being pretty heavy.
So here is our version of the antler wreath.
I can’t decide if I should paint the antlers white? Or the boards? What do you think?
I’m going to link up to Kate’s Fall Crafts Link Party on Tuesday. Can’t wait to see everyone’s fall crafts!