Introduction: DIY Cardboard Deer Head

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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?


ash394051 (author)2017-11-16

can someone please send me the DXF for the above

ash394051 (author)2017-11-16

can someone send me the DXF file please

Claptrap (author)2014-07-02

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

DXF file available if anyone wants it.

Bananenbiber (author)Claptrap2017-10-26

Hi Claptrap! :)

Is the DXF file still available? I would really like to try it in the same way like you with wood. Please mail me to ! :)

Thanks a lot! :)


MarcelG12 (author)Claptrap2017-10-15

I would like this file

PhilR40 (author)Claptrap2016-04-22

Good morning,

That looks immense, I'm thinking of cutting one out of of steel, and would really appreciate the DXF's if you still have them? My e-mail address is



umarking817 (author)PhilR402017-09-10

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!


ChristianM162 (author)Claptrap2016-05-02

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


yes i have if you want any more dxf file plz whats app me 0092 307 5800541

kamex (author)Claptrap2016-05-09

Hi Claptrap,

Could you send me the .DXF files of your Deer Head? / TY!!

TamraR3 (author)kamex2016-05-09

Did you get the DXF file? could u send it to me please

umarking817 (author)TamraR32017-09-10

yes i have if you want any more dxf file plz whats app me 0092 307 5800541

Ojdaniel (author)Claptrap2017-02-26

En donde lo puedo descargar ??

Can u upload it for us? Thank you, if u send me I can do it, so we stop to spam you, hahaha! Thanks

j_ocean81 (author)Claptrap2016-12-16

Could you please send me the dxf file. Thank you so much!

TannerL6 (author)Claptrap2016-12-15

If you could send that DXF file as well that'd be awesome.

StephyLoke (author)Claptrap2016-12-07

can u send me the dxf file pls>< tq~~~~~

pommie3 (author)Claptrap2016-12-07

could you please send me the dxf file as well?

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 ;)


Fr0stties (author)Claptrap2016-12-05

would love the .DXF file too,

Lee MC (author)Claptrap2016-12-04

Wonderful, Could you send me DXF file please. Thank you very much. Thanks.

MarquitaP (author)Claptrap2016-12-04

I too would love the dxf file please.

StefanoS46 (author)Claptrap2016-12-03

Hello, could you please send me the dxf for 3mm plywood? That would do me a great favour ! Thank you so much!

Arturov19 (author)Claptrap2016-11-26

hola buenas+,me podiarias enviar las plantillas asi para poder hacerlo al correo

FelixF28 (author)Claptrap2016-11-25

Hi Claptrap can you send me the dexf file please to

Thank you

SteveW261 (author)Claptrap2016-11-23

hi claptrap can you send me the dexf file please to


Hallr384 (author)Claptrap2016-11-17

@Claptrap can you sent the dexf file to
Thank you much

BogdanD12 (author)Claptrap2016-11-17

Hello there,

Could you please send me the .dxf file to

Thank you


TeresaF54 (author)Claptrap2016-11-16

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

AnthonyD153 (author)Claptrap2016-11-15

Bonjour, pourriez vous me faire parvenir le fichier .Cordialement

BrynM2 (author)Claptrap2016-11-14

could you send me the DMX file?!

Simoolie (author)Claptrap2016-11-12

Hi Claptrap,

Could you send me the .DXF files of your Deer Head?

andresp66 (author)Claptrap2016-11-01

amigo tienes el diseño

gramopor tu ayuda

Jorge E.G (author)andresp662016-11-11

Hola amigo podrás enviarme por favor el fichero DXF, mis email: y


AshleyBazan (author)Claptrap2016-10-23

I would love this file please

AshleyBazan (author)AshleyBazan2016-10-23

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

DiegoB84 (author)Claptrap2016-05-25

hello claptrap great job, do you have the DFX of elephants or other animals, if you have please send to thanks. or if you know of any site, where you can download

pacovillagrana (author)Claptrap2016-05-20

pls email DXF

KoplaxkuK (author)Claptrap2016-05-17

Hi claptrap its great job.can you send the DXF to and cheerss

TamraR3 (author)Claptrap2016-05-09

me too please! using this as my major work

18huguenardl (author)Claptrap2016-05-04

I would love it if you could send me the DXF file!!


CarlienD1 (author)Claptrap2016-04-29

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

JayA52 (author)Claptrap2016-04-28

Hi Claptrap. I would love it if you would email me your DXF file. Thanks!

StuartD23 (author)Claptrap2016-04-25

Hi Claptrap, any chance of sending the DXF file to me? My address is if it is possible. Thank you

StuartD23 (author)Claptrap2016-04-25

Hi Claptrap, any chance of sending the DXF file to me? My address is if it is possible. Thank you

StuartD23 (author)Claptrap2016-04-25

Hi Claptrap, any chance of sending the DXF file to me? My address is if it is possible. Thank you

nataliaharini (author)Claptrap2016-04-22

Hi there! I would really appreciate getting the dxf file! Please mail to


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