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?

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.
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Claptrap3 months ago

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

DXF file available if anyone wants it.

geryl Claptrap20 hours ago

would it be possible for you to send me the dxf file



@claptrap That is amazing! I would love the file if you dont mind. Please and thank you!!

I will be grateful for file.

For any one who wants it..... files available at

Hi! Could you send me the DXF file please? My email is:


Hola me podrias pasar el escalado quedaría muy agradecido


You really made me do something than sit and watch T.V.!!!

Huseyn90 made it!1 month ago

I made of 3mm MDF. Completely handmade ;)


I wanted to see if this would be a viable project for me to attempt as a Christmas gift... And I think if I can handle it with one sheet of printer paper... I can handle it with material that's a bit sturdier.


don't you have the rhino head?

Print these 3 pdf's with a lasercutter on 300 x 600 mm sheets of 3 mm MDF. Paint it white and assemble. Cheers

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mauperalta1 month ago

How can I download the CNC file? DXF or PDF? The link doesn´t work.

Thanks a lot.!

kellydaniels4 made it!4 months ago
I made mine out of white museum board and a wood plaque! Thanks for the template!
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bmorandi made it!4 months ago

This time I made it with foam core and fine paper.

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bmorandi made it!4 months ago

I glued a floral paper to the cardboard with PVA. Lots of fun to make!

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gmiller29 made it!6 months ago

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

diklla made it!6 months 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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ritarita6 months ago

Do u have unicorn head draw ?

sgreen-cook7 months 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.!
omidshrz1 year ago
Does anyone have a template for RHINO??? I really need it:( plz help me
micah1_8 omidshrz7 months ago

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

matthew_v made it!9 months ago

Here is mine: :-)

hvergilas jr.9 months ago
Do you have a vector format for this please?
brendaacabral10 months ago
Made from foamboard and adhesive wood sticker! Thanks!
libbamanibba10 months ago
This is great! Do you have the file in DXF format?
Nadia12311 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
brendaacabral11 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
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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?
cjackson321 year ago
Fantastic! thanks for the template.
awesome colors
Funny with the sun glasses.
cesar201 year ago
Thanks man!
I couldn't upload pictures of the one I made
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