I gotta tell you, this project was easy-peasy. I was pretty intimidated at first, but once I got going things just seemed to work themselves out. Here's my first attempt at the ever-popular mounted animal head ~ mini-style.
- copy paper
- scotch tape
- round wood plaque
- liquid nails
The awe-inspiring stag, of course. Not only is this a beautiful creature, but I get brownie points from the hubs who is a Harvey Mudd grad. (Go Stags!) My choice for a mini-version was out of convenience (it would fit on our "control center" wall) and it would be less daunting than a lifesize version.
Nothing technical here. I started by twisting paper into forms that semi-resembled a stag head and antlers, then I wrapped tape around the form to mold it into the shape I wanted. Once, I was happy enough with the paper/tape creature I mixed some plaster and spread it on. After drying, I forwent the sanding and left the plaster rough and glued it to the wood plaque with some good ol' Liquid Nails. (Note to self: invest in glue gun.) I tried to leave the wood in its natural state, but it looked unfinished and boring. So, I painted a coat of Behr "Glacier Blue" that I had left over from the family dresser project. Wow, does it make a difference.
Ah, kids! I was just about to take a photo of the finished product when Mr. Grabby-hands snagged it off the counter and threw it on the floor. So, after cleaning it up and doing a few adjustments to the proportions, I applied a coat of plaster, let it dry, then glued it with my trusty Liquid Nails. Deja Vu?
What about you, do you have any DIY animal head projects?
Until next time,