Let’s Make Some Deer Antlers/Ears!

 

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Hey, beautiful people! The above picture is is an example of what we’re making today! Yay!!!!  The end result will be a different pair of antlers/ears because the ones above were sold years back (just so you know).

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • headband of your choice.
  • scissors
  • felt or anything you have to make ears out of. Optional if you only want antlers.
  • plenty of hot glue sticks and of course the hot glue gun.
  •  ribbon, tulle or even strips of frayed, pretty fabric to wrap around your headband to make it look less boring.
  • anything you’d like to decorate with, flowers, gems, buttons, whatevs.
  • pipe cleaner for the base of our antlers.
  • acrylic paint, water cup, paper towels, paint brushes.

Let’s do this!

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Step One: Google, “Deer Antlers” to that you have a good example of how to shape yours out of the pipe cleaner. Found one!….

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Step Two: Grab three or four pipe cleaner and roll them all together into one. Do this twice, like so….

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Step Three: Twist them as tightly as you can to the headband and you will end up with this (it’s okay if they slide around after they’re on the headband, glue will come later)…

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Step Four: Perfect! Now use the picture you found on Google as your inspiration, grab some more pipe cleaner and it’s time to start adding onto your antlers. You add on by using technique we used previously. Twist a few pipe cleaners together first and then twist them onto the ones you’ve already attached to the headband. How ever you do it, it doesn’t matter, as long as they end up attached and shaped how you like. Use your scissors to cut certain bits off if needed. I’ll do mine and show you…

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I’m happy with the shape of mine. If you are working with a metal headband or probably any headband, you’ll notice those antlers easily slide from left to right. Instead of using glue, I decided  to cut strips of tulle (use whatever you have) to secure them more tightly in place. You’ll still be able to slide them but at least they won’t move too much for the next step…IMG_20180120_130859

Step Five: Plug in that hot glue gun. I can sense  that you’re doubting me right about now but just you wait. This is about to be an upgrade from the antlers in the first picture ;-). Make sure your antlers are exactly how you want them as far as shape and placement on the headband. Check and Check? Okay, let’s go…

Step Six: We are covering that not so cute pipe cleaner with layers of hot glue! Please be careful! Be mindful of where your fingers are because that stuff drips! It’ll sneak up on you. If you happen to have a low temp hot glue gun or a hot glue gun with a low temp setting, that actually works better for this part because the glue won’t come out like lava and will stick to the pipe cleaner easier since it’s cooler. If you don’t have a low temp hot glue gun, that’s fine too.

Put on some music or a movie. This process is a bit tedious. Just when you think you’ve covered all the pipe cleaner with hot glue? You haven’t. LOL.

Do one layer of hot glue over the pipe cleaner, let it cool, do another, let it cool and so on and so forth until you are satisfied with how they look. If there is a place you put the hot glue that didn’t turn out so great, just melt it with the tip of your hot glue gun and start over…or cut it off and start over. Here’s how mine turned out…

Step Seven: It’s time to to paint (pull off the millions of hot glue strings first)!  Grab some acrylic paint in whatever color/s you want and paint away. Paint one side, lay it down and let it dry, then paint the other side, lay it down and let it dry. Or, you can do what I did and be anxious to get it done and paint the entire thing at once. The catch is you’ll have to let it air dry in your hands instead (If I can do it, anyone can).

Other options:

*Cover the antlers in Mod Podge  and sprinkle glitter all over and let it dry and top with more Mod Podge to finish. Or….

*Forget about the hot glue all together and wrap the pipe cleaner in brown or tan yarn or even tulle (like in the very first picture) from top to bottom, adding glue along the way until finished.

Let’s see how mine turns out….

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They aren’t dry yet but as the kids say these days, “Can you even?!?!?” I went with a purple and black ombre effect. In the future, as your antlers go through the circle of life, they will probably get paint scratched off of them here and there….just fix it with more paint :-). Now, I’m going to let mine dry….

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Step Eight: Now that your antlers are nice and dry, it’s time to cover that boring headband with whatever you want. I’ll be using brown glitter tulle. Put a dab of hot glue (or any glue) on the bottom of the headband and start wrapping, placing a dot of glue every few inches along the way. When you arrive at the antlers, take extra care and wrap around the base of the antlers so you know they aren’t going anywhere! Here’s what the start of the wrapping looks like (sorry, it’s blurry)…

 

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Completed…

Step Nine: This is where I would begin cutting my ears out of felt but I’ve decided I don’t want them this time. I’ll still give you a quick run down of how it’s done. Choose an outer ear color and an inner ear color of felt (I usually use brown and tan or brown and pink). The outer ear color will be cut into a larger size than the inner ear so that both colors properly show when you glue them together (like in the first picture). Place two felt scares on top of each other and cut out your ear shape. Do this for each size/color. If you can’t free cut very well, draw out your own stencils on tag board first like this (then you glue the inner ear on top of the outer and attach them to the headband with hot glue)….

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Step Ten: Remembering that MY end result won’t have ears, let’s continue. Turn on your hot glue gun again. This is where a high temp gun would be good! On projects like these, flowers can end up falling off  (eventually) so a high temp hot glue gun definitely is good for making sure that your faux flowers stay on for a long time.

It’s time to create a nice felt shelf for your flowers to sit on when you glue them onto the headband. Get a piece of felt, cut out a rectangle that will sit on the under side of the headband, right in between the antlers like this….

Step Eleven: Get your faux flowers ready and decide how you want them to look before you start gluing them onto the headband. PLEASE be careful. If you don’t have near fingers of steel like I do from years of burning my finger tips then I suggest you figure out a creative way to not get burned because you NEED to be able to press the flowers on pretty firmly after the hot glue is applied.  Maybe put on two pairs of rubber gloves or something. Haha.

Anyway, what I like to do is decide which flower will go in the middle and then build around it from there. Make sure to glue the flowers far enough forward on the felt so that they cover it. Squeeze a good amount (but not too much) hot glue on the larger flowers in particular and always remember to press firmly and hold every single flower for 8 to 10 seconds each. You can start to build your flower pyramid upwards, gluing flowers on top of flowers until you are happy with the final look….

 

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Although these look better in person than they do in the photo (LOL), I would need to critique my own work. Even though the lumpy texture gives the antlers a unique look that I appreciate, I would definitely go lighter next time and make sure the ends are a little more pointed than rounded.

I went ahead and started some new ones and I think I’m getting there now ;-)….

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Step Twelve: Turn your antlers around and take a look at the back. Cut off anything you think needs to be cut off and make it as pretty as the front by adding even more flowers or leaves or both…

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All finished! I hope I inspired you to try something new and if you make a mistake, don’t let that stop you from enjoying yourself while creating art. Send me pictures of yours if you make them! Byeeeeee!

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