I had been on the hunt for a set of deer antlers for awhile, when I spotted these at a local antique store. These bad boys range from all sorts of price points but I was able to score these for $15. I call that a win. I knew immediately that I wanted it to be all white and that I wanted to put gold glitter on the antlers. After I got it all gussied it up, I realized it was super top heavy and that I was going to have to mount it somehow. I searched high and low for a small wooden crate to mount them in. Finally found one at another antique store (a cherry crate). It’s the perfect crate because it had a small gap/seam running down the middle of it. The forehead of my antlers already had a hole bore through it, so my husband fashioned a cotter pin out of some heavy gauge wire to secure it to the crate without putting anymore holes in it (it’s a super old crate!) And here’s my step-by-step tutorial on how to make DIY Glitter Antlers…and that totally put a NKOTB song in my head (Step by Step…oooh baby…lol)
What You’ll Need:
Set of Deer Antlers (or any antlers: real or faux)
Mod Podge Glossy
Bowl to catch the excess glitter
Funnel to pour glitter back in bottle
Drill (if there’s not a hole in the antlers or the crate)
Step One: If there’s not already a hole in the center of the antlers, go ahead and make one using a drill and a drill bit (large enough so that the cotter pin can go in). If your crate needs a hole too, use the drill for that as well.
Step Two: I spray painted the entire thing with a creamy white paint. I probably used 3-4 coats of spray paint to make sure the coverage was there.
Step Three: Bring out the Mod Podge and Glitter (and a painters cloth for the mess or a bowl to catch the glitter!) I worked in small sections, about 4 inches at a time. I layered on the mod podge first, then dusted the mod podge with the glitter, making sure to get it all covered. I then gently tapped it to get the excess glitter off. Repeat until the antlers are fully covered. Let dry (look on the bottle for dry times). Repeat with a 2nd layer of mod podge/glitter and let dry. Repeat with a 3rd layer of mod/podge/glitter and let dry. And if you feel up to it, go one more round. 😉 Let completely dry overnight.
Step Four: I then had my hubs make a cotter pin with heavy gauge wire. Place the antlers in the crate. Insert the cotter pin (He put both ends in from the front and then once they were sticking out on the other side, he opened them up like a brad to secure it to the crate…see picture)
Step Five: Display your latest creation!
Now it’s time for Glue Gun Wars: January Edition!!!
Here’s how it works:
The hosts will release a new challenge each month involving a specific craft supply item. Your challenge is to either create a new project with the challenge supply item OR link up an old one on the first Friday of each month. Sounds simple right?
This month’s challenge is GLITTER! And as an added, kick off bonus, the project with the most clicks will win a $25 Amazon Gift Card.
The link up will be open from now until February 13th so click to you heart’s content!
And here’s the details for next month:
March Theme: FELT! Link up on March 6th
and don’t forget to visit all of the hosts–they made all new projects this month!
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