Apr 10, 2015

DIY Rustic Deer Head Silhouette {no fancy machine needed!}

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Hello friends!

Our little boy's nursery is coming along great thanks to some awesome DIY ideas and my second trimester burst of energy!

Speaking of the nursery, I'll have to do another update soon because I've totally changed what I had going on before.  It's becoming a Modern Rustic Nursery with some industrial touches and I couldn't be happier with the direction it's going! Eeek!

This DIY RUSTIC DEER HEAD SILHOUETTE is the perfect piece for incorporating the rustic aspect into this nursery and it was free to make. That's right friends, free. I had everything on hand and it sorta came together when inspiration struck. I love it when that happens, don't you?

It's easy and it doesn't even require you to use a handy dandy silhouette machine!

As I just mentioned, this project was absolutely free.

These wooden garden stakes that were collecting dust in our garage were what got the ball rolling. 

You can see they are pointed on one end. I simply used a table saw to cut each "triangle" off each end. I didn't measure anything and I wasn't going for a uniform piece so I just went cutting happy. 

This was the first time I used a saw table without the aid of my hubby, so yes... I'm very proud of myself!

I used a total of 14 wooden stakes. Twelve for the actual front piece and two in the back to reinforce the previously mentioned 12 stakes.

I decided to just nail each piece into the reinforcement stakes but you could totally use screws instead of nails. It would be done so much faster, too!

When I had all wooden stakes securely nailed I added a saw-tooth hanger to the center of the top reinforcement stake to hang.

Here's a couple of pictures to illustrate how simple this design is.

I first used *Minwax Dark Walnut stain and once that was dry I went over it with Rustoleum Weathered Gray. Then I did a light white wash with white latex paint.

A little sanding later I had a nice rustic piece ready for my deer silhouette!

You just need a printer, *graphite paper and a pencil. Bam!

It was obvious that a deer silhouette printed on 8 X 11 paper was going to be too small for the wood background so I went on a quest to find a solution to print a larger image in sections.

I used this website (which is free to use) to print my image in multiple pages. You simply download your image, pick a size and it prints it in multiple pages. Kind of like a puzzle.

I then trimmed off any excess paper, taped all pages together and transferred my image to the wood using my easy method in less than 10 minutes! Take that fancy silhouette machine!

After I had a nice outline of my deer, I filled it in with white latex paint and let it dry. Then I lightly sanded the white paint for a more aged look.

I finally had the prefect rustic deer silhouette art for our baby boy's nursery!

I think I nailed it, don't you? And yes. Pun was totally intended.

This is definitely one of my favorite pieces I've made. Not only does it look fabulous in the nursery but it was made with my hands with lots of love!

What image would you transfer to a rustic piece like this?

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Vel Criste said...

This is awesome! Your nursery will be so awesome, why aren't you joining the ORC?!

Lisa @ Texas Decor said...

This is perfect! I really mean that! It looks like something that cost a fortune in a fancy pants store! :) And you used a saw table all by yourself??? You go, girl! I'm super impressed! It'll look great in your baby boy's room!

Katie Drane said...

I love it, Selene. It looks amazing and is going to look great in your sweet little baby's room:)


Kate said...

Simple and lovely! Good job lady!

Aurie Jenkins said...

It looks great! I love it! Im going to have to make one Im loving it so much! Thanks for sharing. www.findingyourjoyinthejourney.com

Unknown said...

I really love this project! Would you mind sharing the length of the stakes that you used? I would love to make one for my cousin for Christmas. Thanks for sharing your ideas

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