Wednesday, July 16, 2014


In the fall of 2012, my husband shot his first buck. We finally finished mounting the antlers last week. For the first 10 years of marriage I was completely against any kind of animal parts hanging from my walls. However, since these in particular aren't that intrusive with our super tall ceiling and it is pretty hip in home decor right now, I decided to give it a go. Additionally, we've always loved a rustic feel for our home and these definitely add that.
He cleaned them, boiled them, bleached them, and left them in the sun for a time. Then I free handed a plaque shape on some scrap wood and he cut it out. Then we stained the wood with some leftover stain from our dresser and {coffee table}. He then screwed on the skull and I simply hot glued some neutral canvas fabric I had over it, just glueing and tightening and trimming, making it up as I went along. Don't look too closely because it is by no means a professional job, but stand back and look at it and we think it turned out pretty well! We had debated about using a plaid fabric scrap I had but anyone who knows me, knows of my fear of commitment to color and practicality of wanting it to "go with" everything and my love of neutrals and earth tones always wins out. And we're glad we chose this fabric. It looks natural and like a better finish of the real thing.
We love how it really makes a nice statement, draws your eye up and completes this focal point in the room.

please ignore the ugly tv cords!

And the view when you walk in the door:


  1. It looks great! I have a pair of antlers and was wondering how to mount them to a plaque, I love your idea!


    1. Thank you! There are a lot of tutorials online but we just kind of winged it and it turned out fine.

  2. The antlers look great above the tv! It really finishes the area. :)


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