As you all know, all of this week, we’re sharing our Christmas gifts to you. It’s our little way of saying thank you to all of you for stopping by and following our house restoration adventures throughout the year.
I’ve wanted a faux taxidermy stag head for such a long time, but as it’s a bit of fashion, I wasn’t prepared to pay the – sometimes quite hefty – price tag that went with the ones I liked. It was also pretty much impossible to find one in the size that we wanted. So, being a tight-arse as usual, I DIYed my own and of course we’re sharing how we made him, including the template, which you can download here: StanleyTheStag.
This is how we made him:
Start by printing the template. We wanted our stag to be fairly large (actually larger than he turned out, but I miscalculated – Ups!) so we used Block Posters to scale it up to the size we wanted. After printing and cutting out each template, transfer them onto some cardboard.
Then cut out each piece. You will need one of each head piece and two of the side on view piece. The notches are slightly more complicated. We’ve marked the exact position and height on the template, but the thickness you have to cut will depend on the thickness of the cardboard you are using. Basically each notch has to be as wide as the thickness of the card.
Then all that’s left to do is slot everything together. To make things easier, we’ve colour coordinated (and numbered) each layer of the head with the corresponding slot in the side view piece.
This is by far the easiest and most satisfying part of the project, as you can really see Stanley the Stag come to life within minutes. For extra stability, we glued the back three mount parts together – everything else is just slotted together.
Now, we’re really planned on having him over our new wood burning stove in the dining room, but he’s too small! I guess we’ll just have to make another one. Until then, and just for fun, we’ve mounted him on our living room door.
I have to admit, that even if he’s not the size we’d wanted him to be, we love him! And best of all, he was completely free!
Do you love cardboard taxidermy as much as we do? If you use our template, we’d love to know how you get on!