DIY Cardboard Deer Head

I have always wanted a Cardboard Deer Head like the ones you see at trendy shops or at but couldn't justify spending money on something I know I can make myself.

In this Instructable I will show you how I made my Cardboard Deer Head. Its not perfect but I am happy with it. The total project took me about 10+ hours off and on. My best advice is too take breaks and don't get frustrated (cutting gets a little tedious).  If you had a laser cutter this would probably take you less than 30 minutes of actual work.

Cutting cardboard can be difficult. Please be careful to not cut yourself, always cut away from yourself!

Shall we get started?
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Step 1: Supplies and Materials

The Best part about this Instructable? ITS FREE! That"s right free, that is of course if you have most of the supplies on hand.

Box Cutter
Hot glue gun
Tape (masking tape works well)

Optional (but recommended)

Cardboard (best if it is clean, not bent up, and doesn't have anything printed on it)
Template printed off (I attached a .zip file with the template scaled so you can print at any standard printer. Also a much larger .png file if you want to scale up or play with)
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Step 2: Cut out the template

Start by cutting out the template. (I provided a .zip file on the last step)

Once you cut out all the pieces tape together any pieces that weren't able to be printed on one page. ( The head with the antlers and the middle) Look at the closer images for reference. If you have any questions feel free to ask

After you have taped the pieces together that needed to be, loop your masking tape on the back of the template pieces.
gmiller2915 days ago

Cheers :) (i suggest using a projector to mark the card)

diklla made it!17 days ago

Thanks so much for the instructions! I just finished making this yesterday. I used paperboard (which I then spray painted) instead of cardboard. It's more delicate and can break more easily but I think the final result is pretty awesome. Thanks again :)

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ritarita21 days ago

Do u have unicorn head draw ?

sgreen-cook25 days ago
Well I've started so I will finish I am calling this 1st attempt my/your prototype and have grand plans for the final wall hanging. ...maybe cover it with William Morris style wallpaper.Watch this space.!
omidshrz8 months ago
Does anyone have a template for RHINO??? I really need it:( plz help me

Did you ever find one? I want one, too!

matthew_v3 months ago

Here is mine: :-)

hvergilas jr.3 months ago
Do you have a vector format for this please?
brendaacabral3 months ago
Made from foamboard and adhesive wood sticker! Thanks!
libbamanibba4 months ago
This is great! Do you have the file in DXF format?
Nadia1234 months ago
Hi, thanks for the instructions. This is a great project that I will start. However, you said it would be faster and neater to cut this with a laser? where would I buy a laser cutter that will cut cardboard? Thanks
brendaacabral4 months ago
Its an amazing project! Did you glue the pieces together or did you let them the way it is?
Jordan Dyck2 years ago
another question how did you re size the pics im not the best at computer stuff
I opened with paint and split it this way,
of course you can do it bigger
cesar20 cesar206 months ago
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Soupraok (author)  Jordan Dyck2 years ago
Any photo editing program. Gimp is a good free one.
Great design, Soupraok. Thanks. Here's a jumbo version, from a jumbo box.
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Awesome dude.
I bet all of us fell really proud of this project.
Soupraok (author)  Marcus Gibson1 year ago
Did you blow up the original plans?
cjackson3210 months ago
Fantastic! thanks for the template.
awesome colors
Funny with the sun glasses.
cesar206 months ago
Thanks man!
I couldn't upload pictures of the one I made
cesar20 cesar206 months ago
cesar206 months ago
Awesome job.
I'm going yo make two
kbi9 months ago
I always wanted to have one of these in my office, but they were pretty pricey to buy. Thanks so much for the template, I am thrilled with how my turned out. I used black foamcore.

wagnerkr10 months ago
I made this to hang in our living room as a decoration for a medieval feast we were hosting. It turned out so good I'm leaving it up. It is made from foam core that I painted with brown spray paint and I added a little piece of cardstock behind the 3rd head panel that has two amber colored pieces of flat marble glass glued to it for eyes. For some reason they hang a little unevenIy if viewed from the front, but since it is usually seen from one of the two sides it looks great. I had to cut the slits a little wider than the template on all the pieces since foam core is thicker than most cardboard. I also carefully cut three slits into the small shield to glue the base of the neck into. We used wood glue and allowed it to dry overnight with the shield horizontal before attempting to hang it. Our ceiling slopes so the very tips of the antlers touch the ceiling.
rlievens1 year ago
How did you made it smaller? because i can shrink the images but i dont know if they will fit.

Soupraok (author)  rlievens1 year ago
That turned out great!
andresleona10 months ago
How did you made it smaller? because i can shrink the images but i dont know if they will fit.

mollldoll11 months ago
Thank you for the great plans! Spent the afternoon making this :)
Imeanhoneybee12 months ago
Here's mine, not finished yet because I may have made it a tad too big for our house!
kasaiyuri1 year ago
do you think this would work with plywood?
or do you think it would be too heavy?
scarnz1 year ago
Does anyone have a template for other animals? Rhino, unicorn...
Flybell1 year ago
mounted a horse head today based on similar principles. the clippers are there because I
I'm still waiting for the glue to dry!
iditkosti1 year ago
Thanks a lot for the great instructions!
brongier1 year ago
I did it on my own... after a long work... and a lot of cutter blades...
Thanks for the template... I am so proud of my deer!
smattson11 year ago
I put this one together this weekend, fun project, had some leftover paint in the garage so...
borregotv1 year ago
Amazing going to try this, also a question how do you design the template? I love to do some other animals too
gfxdug1 year ago
Thanks for the template! I had a lot of fun making this. Used Black Foamcore & burlap.


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