Introduction: DIY Cardboard Deer Head

Picture of 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?

Step 1: Supplies and Materials

Picture of 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)
Pop top

Step 2: Cut Out the Template

Picture of 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

Picture of 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

Picture of 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

Picture of FINISHED. Put It All Together

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.

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 ( 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?


Chientje (author)2017-12-10

Hi Claptrap, nice job! Thank you for the idea. Can you also mail me the DXF file please? So i can apply it to 5 mm plywood.


JRA14 (author)2017-11-26

Hi Claptrap. Do you still have the DXF file. please mail me


Claptrap (author)2014-07-02

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

DXF file available if anyone wants it.

LyeG (author)Claptrap2017-11-23

Would Love to get that file too!

Ojdaniel (author)Claptrap2017-02-26

En donde lo puedo descargar ??

Bdg28 (author)Claptrap2016-12-06

Astonishing !

Could you please send me the dxf file or tell me where I could find it ?

Great work :) I hope I'll soon have the same dear head at home thanks to you ;)


AshleyBazan (author)Claptrap2016-10-23

I would love this file please

CatherineC56 (author)Claptrap2016-05-26

Could you please e-mail me the DXF file for the deer ?


digelbel (author)CatherineC562016-06-17

did you get the file

Wow! Looks fantastic! Do you still have the DXF file for the Deer Head?

SjoukF (author)Claptrap2015-11-29

is THE dxf file still availlable?

ChilangoChoco (author)Claptrap2015-11-25

Hi! great Job! Looks Nice!

Can you please send the DXF file? i want to make in 6mm mdf... what do you think?

HylcoW (author)Claptrap2015-11-24

Can you pease send it to me?

sparrowandco (author)Claptrap2015-11-21

Great. Could you send me the DXF file?

redon.softa (author)Claptrap2015-11-21

One of the best on the internet!

Can I kindly ask you for the dxf file please? redon.softa(at)

Thank you a lot!!!!!

AmyM81 (author)Claptrap2015-11-19

would you please send me the DXF file? it would be very much appreciated

RyanA19 (author)Claptrap2015-11-16

Please send me the DXF file if you still have it. That would be amazing!

minders101 (author)Claptrap2015-08-17

do you have the DXF file still?

SamR17 (author)Claptrap2015-06-24

Looks Great, would love the dxf's if still available?

nikischutt (author)Claptrap2015-06-19

Somewhat late to the party. If the dxf file is still available, I would like a copy.

Ivelisse24 (author)Claptrap2015-04-29

Pleade can you send the DXF file my daughter is doing a paper mache deer for school. Thanks in advance :-)

can i also have the dxf file plz

ben.jacobs.1975 (author)Claptrap2014-07-31

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

juanoelec (author)Claptrap2014-07-09

Hola me podrias pasar el escalado quedaría muy agradecido

Claptrap (author)juanoelec2014-07-10


christophes16 made it! (author)2017-10-16

Thank you for the DXF. I've made one. (Width 80 cm ~31 1/2 inches)

plywood = 10 mm 0,393701~inches.

CSONNECK --> My channel -->

See you soon

umarking817 (author)2017-09-10

yes i have can you tell me the thinness yo steel i can send you file

PhilR40 (author)umarking8172017-09-10

Probably wouldn't need to be very thick would it? 3mm perhaps?

Thanks a lot!


FrancisA39 (author)2017-06-20

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

chantalb16 (author)2017-01-22

Thank you very much for share this! I was searching for this template for long. I will do it!!!

Omaro38 (author)2017-01-15

Hi, some body can send me DXF or DWG format?

AnwarQ (author)2017-01-12


AmélieC9 made it! (author)2017-01-02

Here's mine. I'll do it again without painting it this time.

Thank you

AmélieC9 made it! (author)AmélieC92017-01-05

The other one. I prefer it !

Claptrap (author)2016-12-07


MặtL8 (author)2016-12-01

do you still have the dxf file? If so, can you email it to me please.

VanA11 (author)2016-11-26


jesus ivang (author)2016-10-23

very nice

kolive (author)2016-08-13

Hi friend please send me yours proyects in illustrator, tks for all :) good works!!!

TonyaK9 (author)2016-08-13

Hi! I saw this and fully intend on making it for my dad for Christmas. I work at a factory where I have access to all the cardboard I could ever want, so that won't be a problem.

I was wondering, though, how you could/would alter it to make it a moose...?

IreneA13 (author)2016-06-07

I just finished assembling this, the only remaining step is glueing the head to the shield. What did you use? A hot glue gun? It looks like a small surface for regular glue.

D-Perreault (author)2016-05-26

Downloadable link for .DXF file! Haven't tried actually cutting it out so let me know if it works!

AudreyE7 made it! (author)2016-05-04

I divided the size by half, and i couldn't help but make a second one... i'm trying the big one soon. I want my wall full of these ( and other versions to spice it up! ) thanks!

cutenapandapanda (author)2016-02-17

hi sir. im so exited to do this and also the result. this will be the best artwork that i can showcase and display in my workplace. love lots and thank you :)

vicdelafont made it! (author)2016-01-26

I made it with a little modification and it still looks great (even better in my opinion). I didn't want to spend too much time on it, so I only made the 1, 3, 6, 11 and 13 parts (plus obviously the head and antlers).

Great project !

T0BY (author)2016-01-09

Very clever, nicely done!

Craftymomonthego (author)2015-12-03

Could you also send me a copy of the DXF file as well?

Thanks so much.

peacey (author)2015-12-02

Hi nice work any chance for getting the DFX-file


pederw (author)2015-11-30

Great job! please send DXF-file if you had it, would appreciate! thanks a lot!

rokko87 (author)2015-11-16

zip don't work:( but other then that is really awesome.

About This Instructable




Bio: I would rather make something than sit and watch T.V.
More by Soupraok:Perler stamp for tape method (updated)Dala Horse EarringsA guide to Photojojo project DIY: Make a stained glass window
Add instructable to: