DIY Deer Wall Art

Today, I’m sharing a project I’ve had ‘on my list’ for MONTHS and I am so excited that it’s finally finished! Do you ever have projects like that? The ones you really really want to do but other things get in the way and by the time you actually get to it you think to yourself, “Gosh why didn’t I do this months ago, this took no time at all!?” This was one of those projects and I’m very happy I finally completed it. Here is my DIY Deer Wall Art. 

DIY Deer wall art

I’ve been loving the deer art trend going on right now and since I live in the Pacific Northwest I thought it was necessary to make one for our home.

Meet my new Deer Wall Art. I haven’t named him yet, but I think it would only be appropriate to give him an identity. Any suggestions?

DIY Deer Silhouette

This project cost me zero dollars and I am pretty proud of that.

1. I started with left over plywood from my Board and Batten project. I cut 4 pieces at equal lengths.

2. Next, I used my handy Gorilla Glue to secure the pieces together. (Tip: a little goes a long ways, if you use too much it will spill out through the cracks. Lesson Learned.)

3. I used basic painter’s tape to hold the pieces of wood together while they dried.

4. I picked out a dark stain for the wood called Kona by Rust-oleum.

5. Using a paint brush I brushed on one coat of stain.

6. After an hour, I did a second coat of stain.

7. Let it sit for about 10 minutes and soak up the excess stain with an old towel.

8. I used my Silhouette to print out the deer silhouette. Since I don’t have the larger cutting mat, I cut two pieces and taped them together (sorry for the different paper, I was trying to be Eco-friendly and use up my scrap paper).

9. To trace the deer I used a chalk pen (not pictured). I chose this method so I could easily erase the line if needed. Worked like a charm.

10. I used a very small paint brush to paint the outline the deer and then I filled it in with a larger brush. Two coats.

It’s just what I wanted and fits perfectly with our home. Love it when that happens :)


Taryn is the owner/editor of Design, Dining and Diapers, a lifestyle blog that focuses on DIY home decor, design, seasonal crafts, easy recipes and just being a mom! She is all about making things for less by upcycling thrift store finds and using what’s on hand. Taryn lives in the greater Seattle area with her husband, 3 year old daughter and 1 year old son.

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  1. says

    Love it!!! I need a silhouette, now I’m convinced. I am a big fan of the deer art out and about lately…and I live in Southern California which definitely doesn’t scream ‘deer!’ But I had to have one grace the wall in my kids room, cause I just thought ‘he’ was so cute.

  2. says

    What a great project! I’m totally going to have to make that as a father’s day gift for my husband who had his prize deer trophy stolen. I’ve got pictures that I think I could blow up and trace so the antlers look the same. Thanks for sharing!

  3. says

    I love that wall art! Awesome project, definitely pinning for future inspiration :)
    I think he looks like a Johnny or a Scott :D

  4. says

    Love it! I’ve been wanting to do something like that for my wall…I’ll have to remember the chalk pen trick. Looks great!

  5. says

    Im a litte (ok a lot!) obsessed with deer heads as well. I love this idea beause even I can trace and paint in the lines. Now to find a nice piece of wood for my masterpiece :) thanks for sharing


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