Introduction: DIY Cardboard Deer Head

I have always wanted a Cardboard Deer Head like the ones you see at trendy shops or at http://www.cardboardsafari.com/shop/product_cbs1002.php 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.

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

Shall we get started?

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.

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

Optional (but recommended)
Exacto-knife

Materials
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)
Pop top

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.

Step 3: Start Cutting Out the Cardboard

Once you have a piece taped down carefully start cutting out. I put sheet of cardboard down so i wouldn't cut my carpet up.
Go slow and take brakes. Use you scissors or exacto-knife for smaller more detailed cuts.

Don't worry about cutting the notches where the pieces go together just yet. I saved that for the next step to assembly line the processes.

Be sure to recycle any scrap cardboard and paper. No point in putting that in a land fill.

Step 4: Cut the Notches Out

This part in my opinion is the hardest, but dont let that discourage you.

This is where having an exacto-knife set comes in handy. Due to the varying sizes of cardboard thickness, use the printed lines more as guides vs actual.  Luckily for me I had a square exacto-knife perfect for my cardboard.

Carefully cut out the notches if your cardboard is thicker than the template be sure to center your cuts. (be careful not to cut off or rip piece that shouldn't be, I did but its not a big deal)

Take the paper and tape off, and RECYCLE IT!!!

Step 5: FINISHED. Put It All Together

Finishing
Following the guide I have provided, start at the bottom and go to the top putting the pieces in the notches. Its basically biggest to smallest. When I took these photos I switched around 8 and 9 no big deal. I have since fixed it but haven't taken new pictures.

Glue the Shields together
Glue the antlers on
Glue the pop top onto the back of the shield for something to hang it with.
Finally glue the head to the shield

And done, its like your a hunter. you can now brag to your friends that you hunted and mounted your own buck.

Optional
You will notice if you used a box cutter the edges will be jagged. I sanded down the edges to smooth it out.

Other ideas
If you are like me you want something a little different. I am eventually going to spray paint mine, but you could also cover each piece in old maps (http://24.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_ku5dpjz1CS1qzn34eo1_400.jpg). You could also cover it in camouflage duck tape.

With election season coming up you could make this out of corrugated plastic political signs.

The possibilities are endless. Feel free to post other ideas on what to do.
Please post pictures of your deer head.

Final Thoughts
I had a lot of fun making this project, and would appreciate any positive feed back. Feel free to modify the template I have provided.
My hope is to make more projects like this one. Moose head, bull head, maybe even an elephant head? Who knows?

Comments

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EliavR made it! (author)2017-07-07

can i also get a DXF file please

tzak24@gmail.com

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FrancisA39 made it! (author)2017-06-20

Hola Saludos desde Ecuador. Me pueden enviar el archivo DXF muchas Gracias!!!

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PieterV59 made it! (author)2017-04-30

Can anyone please me the DXF or DWG drawing, My children will be grateful to you. pieter_vanhende@msn.com

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Byzantinetr made it! (author)2017-04-10

I am teacher and i need this for school project.can you send me dxf file if avaible.
buluncer@gmail.com

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Claptrap made it! (author)2014-07-02

Redrawn and scaled for 3 mm plywood. Worked out great.

DXF file available if anyone wants it.

DSCF1632.JPG
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Junior Logan made it! (author)Junior Logan2017-04-04

podreria enviar me o arquivo , obrigado!

Juniorlogan1@gmail.com

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VitorC33 made it! (author)VitorC332017-04-01

Can you send to me? vitortuba250@gmail.com

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rdaw made it! (author)rdaw2017-03-26

I would love the plans. You can email ryan@enhancemedia.ca

Thanks so much

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kadzar made it! (author)kadzar2017-03-22

Hi Friend!! Can ou send to me the DXF file?

kadzar@gmail.com

Thanks!!

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tsandeen made it! (author)tsandeen2017-03-20

Hey Guys! Does anybody have the part or drawing (CAD) files for this project? If so, could you please send them to me at wizkidorc@gmail.com? Awesome project and thanks in advance!

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her45 made it! (author)her452017-03-16

Hi Claptrap can you send me the dxf file at cncartrv@gmail.com ?

Thanks a lot !

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do nhan made it! (author)do nhan2017-03-14

Bạn có thể xin vui lòng cho tôi file?

Ml: nhandtdhl@gmail.com

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TomC328 made it! (author)TomC3282017-03-12

Hi Claptrap: can I also pile on and ask for a DXF file?

Thanks,

bucket01@tsc3.us

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AmyC218 made it! (author)AmyC2182017-03-06

hello, can you send me the DXF for this? Thanks.

amycurneen@gmail.com

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Ishaqba made it! (author)Ishaqba2017-03-05

Hi, could you please email me the DXF file at: ishaqbinabu@hotmail.co.uk

Many thanks,

Ishaq

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Ojdaniel made it! (author)Ojdaniel2017-02-26

En donde lo puedo descargar ??

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Freakland made it! (author)Freakland2017-02-24

Hi can you send me the DFX file please my e-mail is: freakland01@hotmail.com

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mmedeiros6 made it! (author)mmedeiros62017-02-22

Hi, could you email me the files (triole1@gmail.com) ? I'm new to laser cutting and this de era could be a good start. Thanks

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IgorL43 made it! (author)IgorL432017-02-22

Hi,could you send me the DXF file please? My email is: igli@centrum.sk

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LennartD1 made it! (author)LennartD12017-02-14

My students would love to make this. Can I get the DXF files? lennart.dubois@gmail.com

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chi-k-hual made it! (author)chi-k-hual2017-02-11

Hi can you send me the DXF file please. My email is bernardo.cervantes@gmail.com

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AlejandraR35 made it! (author)AlejandraR352017-02-08

Looks very nice :) would you please send the DXF file to aleja.restrepo@hotmail.com

thank you

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ST-Geotronics made it! (author)ST-Geotronics2017-02-07

Looks awesome! Would you please send the DXF to ironcondor00 at gmail dot com

Thank You!

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Alucietto made it! (author)Alucietto2014-07-24

Hi! Could you send me the DXF file please? My email is: alucietto@yahoo.com.br

Thanks!

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__Danitha__ made it! (author)__Danitha__2017-02-07

Hi, please can you send me DXF file on daniela.jerez.13@sansano.usm.cl

Thanks!!!

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Gary Hamilton made it! (author)Gary Hamilton2015-03-20

All images look good on this site!!! I would appreciate a copy of the dxf you do not mind sharing. Looks good.

gary.hamilton (at) gmail.com

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__Danitha__ made it! (author)__Danitha__2017-02-07

Hi, please can you send me DXF file on daniela.jerez.13@sansano.usm.cl

Thanks!!!

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nohamj made it! (author)nohamj2015-09-02

Hi, OP isnt responding so I was wondering if you could send the DXF file to jmahon24(at)hotmail.com if you ever received it? Thank you.

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enguedonat made it! (author)enguedonat2015-12-15

Hey! Could you email me the DXF file please? Thanks! enguedonat@gmail.com

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__Danitha__ made it! (author)__Danitha__2017-02-07

Hi, please can you send me DXF file on daniela.jerez.13@sansano.usm.cl

Thanks!!!

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DanieleD23 made it! (author)DanieleD232016-09-26

me manda o arquivo dxf por favor, figueroaffigueroa@icloud.com

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__Danitha__ made it! (author)__Danitha__2017-02-07

Hi, please can you send me DXF file on daniela.jerez.13@sansano.usm.cl

Thanks!!!

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Topher92 made it! (author)Topher922016-12-04

This looks awesome. Could you please send me the DXF for the 3mm plywood? cfreagan@gmail.com

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__Danitha__ made it! (author)__Danitha__2017-02-07

Hi, please can you send me DXF file on daniela.jerez.13@sansano.usm.cl

Thanks!!!

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lukkee made it! (author)lukkee2016-12-24

I would love the dxf file. Thank you. lukkee1@gmail.com

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__Danitha__ made it! (author)__Danitha__2017-02-07

Hi, please can you send me DXF file on daniela.jerez.13@sansano.usm.cl

Thanks!!!

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__Danitha__ made it! (author)__Danitha__2017-02-07

Hi, please can you send me DXF file on daniela.jerez.13@sansano.usm.cl

Thanks!!!

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nitushm made it! (author)nitushm2017-01-09

Hi, please email DXF file on mahipal.nitush@gmail.com. Thanks very much

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__Danitha__ made it! (author)__Danitha__2017-02-07

Hi, please can you send me DXF file on daniela.jerez.13@sansano.usm.cl
Thanks!!!

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SheenaD9 made it! (author)SheenaD92017-02-06

This is a cool project! If you dont mind, can you please send it to me? sheedrix@gmail.com thanks!

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gazirov made it! (author)gazirov2017-02-06

Please send me on gaziorvm@gmail.com Thank you!

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evn15 made it! (author)evn152017-02-02

Great deer! If still possible, could you send me the dfx file on vne@live.be

Many thanks!

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suecerrillo made it! (author)suecerrillo2017-01-30

Great project I would appreciate the plywood pattern if it is still available. Thank you. sue.cerrillo.201@gmail.com

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Xenosiv made it! (author)Xenosiv2017-01-29

Please send me on Xenosiv@gmail.com , this deer is so cool

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Ayniax made it! (author)Ayniax2017-01-28

Id love to have the pattern for plywood as well

if you dont mind send it please

inesmoraissantos@gmail.com

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GreiceR made it! (author)GreiceR2017-01-25

gostaria muito! e-mail é studiodlinhas@gmail.com . Obrigada

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lisapizzafor4 made it! (author)lisapizzafor42017-01-19

I would love to have the pattern for plywood. Can you please send it to lisapizzafor4@yahoo.com?

Thanks.

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GreiceR made it! (author)GreiceR2017-01-25

Contém uma gostaria muito! studiodlinhas@gmail.com

Obrigada!

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floriansuditu1 made it! (author)floriansuditu12017-01-17

Please send me too . floriansuditu1@gmail.com. thanx

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Omaro38 made it! (author)Omaro382017-01-15

Hi, can you send me the file? mi email is: omarzucchetti@gmail.com, thanks!

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