Cardboard Deer Bust
I wanted something fun and sort of neutral for the nursery nook in our master bedroom where Braden was going to sleep for the first 3+ months of his life. When I came across a cardboard deer bust on Pinterest I was sold. Animal busts normally sort of freak me out, but theres something about the cardboard and porcelain ones that have much less of a "dead-animal-on-my-wall" vibe.
This was a pretty fun project although a bit labor intensive the first time I worked on it...mostly because I decided to blow it up to about 3x the size of what the original tutorial made the stencil for. I took the stencil and blew it up to the size I wanted in Photoshop and then printed all the pages off and taped them together to get my final stencil. That was probably the slowest part. After I had my stencils cut out I laid them on top of my old pieces of cardboard box and traced with a pencil. I prefer to cut cardboard with an X-Acto knife, but scissors work too. After all the pieces were cut out, assembly was really easy and quick. I put some hot glue dollops in a few places to make sure things stayed put and that was it. The hardest part was finding a piece of cardboard wide enough to get the big antlers in one cut.
I have since created the file in my silhouette program so that I can just have it do all the heavy lifting for me. Obviously it can only create much smaller deer busts, but I'm ok with that! You can download the template here and the silhouette files here.