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DIY: Paper Mache Deer Head

A while ago I made a post about how to dress up a paper mache deer head to make it look like two tone faux mounted deer head. Unfortunately a lot of people were having trouble finding these elusive paper mache deer heads, so I started working on a tutorial on how to make your own from scratch. Finally I’ve finished it so I can share it with you all!

Like with my turkey candles, I made a rough 3d model of a deer head and put it through a program to make it printable onto flat paper. Then all you have to do is cut it out, fold it up and glue or tape it together!

To get the template for this project, click here!

Here's what you need to make a paper mache deer head!
Here’s what you need to make a paper mache deer head!
Print out the pattern onto cardstock, cut out and assemble according to the instructions.
Print out the pattern onto cardstock, cut out and assemble according to the instructions.
My printer was running out of ink so the lines and numbers barely show up on camera, but it should print better for everyone else. Assuming you have printer ink!
My printer was running out of ink so the lines and numbers barely show up on camera, but it should print better for everyone else. Assuming you have printer ink!
I filled the head and neck with crumpled newspaper to help it keep it's shape.
I filled the head and neck with crumpled newspaper to help it keep it’s shape.
Here it is all put together. If you like how the deer head looks at this point (low poly/faceted) then you can skip right to the paper mache steps, but if you want it to be more realistic, you can go on and sculpt some more details into the head.
Here it is all put together. If you like how the deer head looks at this point (low poly/faceted) then you can skip right to the paper mache steps, but if you want it to be more realistic, you can go on and sculpt some more details into the head.
To rough out the details, crumple up aluminum foil and use masking tape to hold it in place. I looked up a photo of the anatomy of a deer head to help me figure out where I needed to add the foil.
To rough out the details, crumple up aluminum foil and use masking tape to hold it in place. I looked up a photo of the anatomy of a deer head to help me figure out where I needed to add the foil.
Here you can see the face almost done with the rough sculpt.
Here you can see the face almost done with the rough sculpt.
If you want even finer details you can use some air drying clay to sculpt that in.
If you want even finer details you can use some air drying clay to sculpt that in.
When the air drying clay is completely dried, sand it smooth.
When the air drying clay is completely dried, sand it smooth.
Paper mache time! Rip the paper into strips (instead of newspaper I used brown packing paper) and mix up some paper mache paste.
Paper mache time! Rip the paper into strips (instead of newspaper I used brown packing paper) and mix up some paper mache paste.
Dip the paper strips into the paste and run them between your fingers to remove the excess paste. Apply it to the head, overlapping the paper about a fourth of the way. Since you're not going to hollow it out like you would a pinata you only have to do 1 or 2 layers.
Dip the paper strips into the paste and run them between your fingers to remove the excess paste.
Apply it to the head, overlapping the paper about a fourth of the way. Since you’re not going to hollow it out like you would a pinata you only have to do 1 or 2 layers.
And here it is, done! Technically this is the end of the tutorial, since that's how you'd make a paper mache deer head, but I will show you how I decorated this one!
And here it is, done! Technically this is the end of the tutorial, since that’s how you’d make a paper mache deer head, but I will show you how I decorated this one!
To finish this one off, I hot glued it to the wooden plaque that I stained a dark color.
To finish this one off, I hot glued it to the wooden plaque that I stained a dark color.
Push the head down firmly to make sure it's glued down well.
Push the head down firmly to make sure it’s glued down well.
And here it is, done!
And here it is, done!

 

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14 Comments

  1. Taylor Carton
    April 3, 2015 at 6:43 pm — Reply

    How do you connect 1-3??? I got really confused 🙂

    • April 8, 2015 at 11:02 pm — Reply

      Are you talking about the big numbers on the pieces? The big numbers are solely for organizational purposes only; they don’t necessarily connect to each other. The small numbers are what matter.
      Sorry if that made it confusing! I got my pieces horribly mixed up and it took me forever to piece them together, so I thought that numbering them like so would help somehow.

  2. May 7, 2015 at 5:37 am — Reply

    How can I get deer head patters?

  3. Biswajit Debnath
    May 7, 2015 at 5:50 am — Reply

    With out patterns I can not practice. With out patterns it is not possible to make deer head. So please send me patterns image in my email. Thank you. Waiting for your reply……..

  4. Biswajit Debnath
    May 7, 2015 at 6:48 pm — Reply

    Thank you very much. …

  5. Biswajit Debnath
    May 8, 2015 at 8:54 am — Reply

    Do you have more paper sculpture work to learn. So please send my Facebook. ..

  6. Nova
    October 3, 2015 at 11:24 pm — Reply

    Hi I just put the pattern together and added some detail with aluminium foil and masking tape – it looks great!

    I’m just wondering though how smooth the finish will be if I dont use the paper mache clay – i.e. how much can you smooth it out with just paper mache? I dont want to have put all this effort in and not get the smooth result that I want.

    Thanks so much for making the pattern! Super cool.

    Nova

  7. Nadie
    November 26, 2015 at 7:02 pm — Reply

    Hi, I just have a question which numbers (the big ones) are the antlers?

  8. Rhonda
    December 18, 2015 at 9:20 am — Reply

    How do you connect the small to make deer head? Do the numbers go in a certain sequence? Do not understand. Thanks.

  9. Chantel
    May 20, 2016 at 6:29 am — Reply

    Which program did you use to make the template?

  10. Tazein
    July 31, 2016 at 12:28 pm — Reply

    Where can I find the face anatomy for the deer to know where the foil and the clay goes?

  11. odile
    August 13, 2016 at 2:10 am — Reply

    some small part of the templet is missing, do you know how to fix it?

  12. N
    October 24, 2017 at 11:31 am — Reply

    What size paper is the PDF meant to be printed on?

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