How to make a reclaimed wood deer head with branch antlers

reclaimed wood deer head with rustic farm coat hook shelf for Christmas


Deer head farm shelf HERE

The last thing I thought I’d do today was show you a new project.

The last 12 days have been crazy with a new project each day (see them all below this post), but it sure has been fun!

Not to mention, throw in a old sign stencil product launch

Oh. And book a trip. 

Nothing. Going. On. Here! 🙂
Reclaimed wood deer head with branch antlers on
But after I took a little time to rest, then clean up the place, the bare spots in the house called for a few more junk styled christmas decorations.

And that’s where this super quirky project came in…

So let’s make this reclaimed wood deer head with branch antlers, because it’s my bet you’re gonna love having one as much as I do mine!

reclaimed wood stock in workshop
My workshop tour

What you’ll need:

    • 3 reclaimed wood boards
    • rusty hardware
    • two branches for antlers
    • screws
    • brackets to hold the branches

rusty junk finds
Rusty junk stash

How I did it:

  1. Choose three boards, 3 diff sizes.
  2. Slightly overlap them, with middle one on top.
  3. Screw them together from the top, through funky rusty bling. (predrilling pilot holes is a good idea)
  4. Find something cool by fluke for the nose. Like me.
  5. Mount the branch antlers.
  6. Hang it up by screwing it into the wall.

Reclaimed wood deer head with branch antlers on 

I kinda flew by the seat of my pants with this one (wung it?) so I don’t have a traditional tutorial. 

However, if you look carefully, there are three planks of wood before you. One overlapping two others.

( I didn’t even cut nor sand them )

I used fancy rusty hardware where screws would attach the wood planks together, so you didn’t just see screws.

Then added a nose. 🙂

This is why you always ALWAYS shop the rusty junk bins at Granny and Grumpa’s. I need to go back! You know… before someone else discovers how valuable this stuff is. Including Grumpa.

Anyway, two branches held onto the head via (pipe?) brackets sealed the deal.

With everyone getting in on the moose or deer head thing, I was feeling left out… so I had to make my own. 🙂

Reclaimed wood deer head with branch antlers on
For a little extra quirk, maybe the reclaimed wood and branch deer head can become the O in these reclaimed JOY letters?

I’ve seen stranger in these parts. 🙂

Interchangeable message wood shelf with faux wood scrap deer head for Christmas

This project has turned out to be a blast. It goes anywhere, anytime! In fact, I could use another…

Think you’ll try making one?


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Categories: All Cool Projects, Christmas, DIY, Junk Drawer, Reclaimed wood projects, Seasonal
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15 thoughts on “How to make a reclaimed wood deer head with branch antlers

  1. Perfect. I would absolutely LOVE to have Rudolph in our home. Thank you for all the ideas you’ve been posting.

    Merry Christmas!!!

  2. What a fun project! I’ve been admiring all your hard work the last several days with all the projects. Kudos to you dear Donna! You’ve inspired me to do a repurposed deer head one of these days soon.

  3. Another lovable post! You are so creative and might I add borderline genius? lol. I must admit I am slightly obsessed with your blog from beginning to end. Wishing you a very Merry Christmas!

  4. I don’t usually post on blogs, just read them but I have to say I love this! And I hate the whole deer head thing! This is the only one out of many that I have EVER liked!! and as the O in joy its perfect!!

  5. I have to stay you are my favorite blogger hands down. I feel like we are kindred spirits. Love any thing rusty. In fact, I have stuff wintering outside to get more rust.

  6. Awesome project! Congratulations! Oh, + let me compliment you on your equally-awesome organizational skills! Everything looks so neat + tidy!

  7. I came over for hot cocoa and ended up going back in time to a reclaimed deer head. I love them both, cocoa and deer head’s that is, just not sure I should mix them.

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