Cedar Lodge Antler Mounts
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Cedar Lodge Antler Mounts

Create these wonderfully unique antlers for mounting on your wall.

Designed by Margaret Pankhurst.

Uses Recycled Items: No
 
 
 
 
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Material List

  • Wood Plaque
  • Creative Paperclay®
  • Active Wire Mesh
  • Jewelry Wire, 12 ga. – Aluminum
  • Dowel Rods, ¼"
  • Styrofoam® Ball, 6"
  • Felt – Brown
  • Sueded Lace
  • Low Heat Glue Gun
  • Drill
  • Craft – Paper of Choice
  • Mod Podge®
  • Acrylic Paint – Transparent Burnt Umber and Brown
  • Paintbrushes
  • X-ACTO® Knife – Long Paint Blade
  • Electric Staple Gun
  • Staples
  • Scissors
  • Saw
 

Project Instructions

Step 1 Paint the edges of the wood plaque with brown paint.

Step 2 Tear the craft paper into pieces and use Mod Podge® to adhere them to the surface of the plaque.

Step 3 Once dry, lightly stain the paper with a diluted solution of Transparent Burnt Umber.

Step 4 Cut the Styrofoam® ball in half using a serrated-edge knife.

Step 5 Continue to form the half-cut ball into the antler mount head. A long X-ACTO® paint blade works perfectly.

Step 6 Temporarily place the Styrofoam® shape onto the plaque, for placement, and drill two holes through the ball into the wood for the antler placement.

 

To Make the Antlers

Step 1 Begin with a wooden dowels and manipulate the wire into your desired antler shapes. Use photo as a guide.

Step 2 Cover the wire and wood with the wire mesh.

Step 3 Begin adding paper clay to the wire mesh form. Smooth and texture as desired. Allow to set until dry.

Step 4 Lightly stain the dried antlers with a diluted solution of Transparent Burnt Umber.

Step 5 Trim the wooden dowel as needed using a saw.

Step 6 Place some hot glue onto the ends of the dowel and place them into the drilled holes. Allow to set.

Step 7 Take the felt and form it over the Styrofoam® ball and around the antlers.

Step 8 Use the staple gun to secure the felt to the place, trapping the Styrofoam® ball under the felt. 

Step 9 Staple as close to the ball as possible.

Step 10 Trim the excess felt with scissors.

Step 11 Braid the sueded  lace to make a trim to place around the base of the felt to hide any staples. Hot glue in place.

Step 12 Add a bit more paper clay to build up around the base of the antlers to hide where the dowels enter the Styrofoam®.