We saw some roe buck mounts at a hotel in Austria like these. Some were painted and others had little charms on them, but we knew we wanted to make some.
Step 1: Supplies and Set Up
We find these roe buck antlers mounted on a slice of finished wood at the flea market for about €10 each. I heard about this paper mache stuff and found it at the craft store. We also got some fabric; one piece is a fat quarter and the other is adhesive backed fabric. Fancy ribbon is a must for trim, about a meter is more than enough.
Step 2: The Plaques
Remove the screws that hold the wood and skull together. Trace the wood face down on the back of the fabric so it will fit when applied to the face of the wood. Make small cuts where the screws will come through and cut about 1/8th of an inch inside your trace line to allow room for the bark. I used a flat brush to coat the wood with some modge podge. For the fabric I applied some extra glue around the edges to keep it from fraying. I was able to use modge podge for the delicate ribbon but the other ribbon had elastic and I had use some tack nails to keep it in place.
Step 3: The Skulls
This paper mache stuff was awesome. Tear it into small pieces of various sizes. Using the flat brush again, coat the skull with a layer of modge podge and apply the paper. Using the brush really helps to push it into all of the crevices of the skull so it takes good shape. I also used some creative license to place some of the design that I wanted to feature on the skull.
Step 4: Finishing
Replacing the antlers on the wood took a little finesse to line up the screws. I also decided to add some extra ribbon to one.