While I’m waiting for the bathroom paint to dry (yippee!) I thought I would do a quick post on my weekend project. Animal-friendly taxidermy has been quite the rage for awhile, and I’ve seen deer heads and rams on walls pop up everywhere in the design world. Here are a few that have caught my interest:
(Quick aside – I love how they used the Cavern Home blackbird wallpaper there. I love it in my kitchen and have been mentally unstable enough several times to consider putting it in additional places but I think I am over it.)
Ok anyways, these deer heads aren’t cheap. They are going for $100+ on Etsy and $250+ on sites like ZGallerie and Unica Home. So given that I couldn’t justify spending lots of money on something so “nice-to-have” I had given up on the thought of having one in my home for awhile. That was until I saw this listing on eBay last week with a current bid of $29.99:
It was like a dream come true! It’s resin, large (about 24″ x 18″ when assembled) and already came ready to mount. I waited until the listing almost closed and bid last minute (sneaky) at $31.00. I won! Two days later, it arrived and I was so pumped to transform it into a nice fancy fake deer head (so strange to say that… who knew one day I would be wanting a deer head in my house?) Here it is partially unpacked:
And here she is out of the box. I am naming her Nicki Minaj (because all of the animals in my house are named after rappers).
And here are Nicki’s antlers (detachable, naturally):
I’m sure you figured this out already (or hopefully, have ignored this part of the post because you’re busy bidding on your own Nicki) but all I planned on doing is coating this thing in high gloss spray paint. It only took about 5 coats. Here is the spray paint I used:
Tip for spray painting your deer head: It is a very rough surface (for “fur” and texture on the antlers) which means there will be lots of dips and grooves. I painted Nicki at all angles several times over to make sure I was getting every nook and cranny.
And finally, here is Nicki in all her glory:
And a profile shot:
Talk about a transformation! She’s not on the wall yet (the above photo is her on the floor of the black room) but I can’t get over how fancy she looks. Very quick (about two days mostly due to dry time) and inexpensive. My total expenses were deer head ($31) with shipping ($10) and spray paint ($3.24). Even the smaller ZGallerie one is more expensive than that. If you’re interested in a Nicki of your own, check out the eBay seller, Houseof1000boxes. They just posted another one for sale.
P/S: I just noticed the fun, pun-not-intended use of the word “bucks” in the headline. So clever I am sometimes.
Pssstt… It’s been almost two years since I’ve posted this entry and it seems this trend of DIY deer heads is catching on. This specific deer head is highly sought after on eBay and prices now are in the $60′s. Any “deer head” projects on Etsy are typically made from this exact deer, but sellers are charging $100+. It’s not a good of a deal now compared to two years ago, but you’ll still save yourself $40ish by DIYing!
Psssssssssttt…. Reader Nick (check it out in the comments) just passed along this great Amazon deal. $45 deer head ready for spray painting. It looks like the savings on this project just got a whole lot better!