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.
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Huseyn90 made it!2 months ago

I made of 3mm MDF. Completely handmade ;)


Exactly what I'm looking for :-) love handmade. Yours is beautiful. Good job.

Does measurements fit 3mm MDF/wood if printet as they are?? Or do I have to scale..

Will you please send me .jpeg file.

Vickitimmermann (at)

Thanks :-)

¿Handmade? It´s perfect. ¿How do you made de model? Please :D

Thank you. yeah its handmade not lasercut :D
If you want, i can send e-mail all pieces by .jpeg file. You can scale pieces on Word what you want.
scarnz1 year ago
Does anyone have a template for other animals? Rhino, unicorn...

Did you ever find the template for the Rhino ? I've been long time trying to find it.

I still haven't found one. Been looking, though. I've seen where you can buy some ridiculously high priced kits, though.

Soupraok (author)  micah1_8yesterday

Wow I haven't been on this in forever, I haven't forgot, I have been super busy... I work full time, go to school full time, and have a girlfriend full time... lol, Any ways I have been meaning to publish more instructables. I have a few projects that are ether halfway done and just need to be finished and photographed, and I have a few that I just need to take the time (time what is that?) to upload the photos and create the instructable. One of the projects is a follow up to this one, it is an elephant head, I plan on also publishing one on how to do a card board trophy. But again I am very busy, and barely have time to even write post like this one so, just bear with me please.

omidshrz1 year ago
Does anyone have a template for RHINO??? I really need it:( plz help me
micah1_8 omidshrz8 months ago

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

did Any of you guys ever got the template for the RHINO ?? I'm getting crazy trying to find it.

ohtaryn4 days ago

This was way awesome! Thanks so much! I've wanted one of these for a while but I couldn't afford to buy it. This was thee easiest diy ever! Just word to the wise, press hard with your blade/razor, otherwise you're going to be re-cutting quite a bit (like I did). This is the one I did. I've since added colorful pom poms but don't currently have a photo. Anyway, thanks! I've passed it on to many many people!


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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¿This PDF and autocad files correspond to that pict? ¡Thanks a lot!

Claptrap4 months ago

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

DXF file available if anyone wants it.


Hi, i really want to know if you can send this to my email please.

Claptrap would love your dxf please. (at) thanks

it would be great, if you could send me your dxf file


thanks a lot

geryl Claptrap1 month 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


dawson201010 days ago

I love this and I want to attempt this project this weekend. Can anyone help with how to print the pattern in its actual size? I don't have any type of special printer, largest paper I can print is legal.

James-B15 days ago

Here's how the shield and the fittings to lock the neck to the shield turned out.

James-B made it!15 days ago

I re-engineered it from the ground up using your original design as a guide.

It's been sized so it can be cut from a single 4ft x 2ft piece of 3mm plywood, that's been divided into 3 unequal sized sections that would each fit into my Universal VLS4.60 LASER cutter/engraver (24" x 18" cutting area).

The central spine is doubled up to make a 6mm piece. The two 3mm pieces are mirror imaged so that "good one side" ply could be used and are glued together for strength.

The shield is now 3 layers glued together with hidden wall mount holes and locking tabs that allow the head and neck section to lock onto the shield, but with the ability for it to be disassembled for storage or shipping.

Width: 365mm from antler tip to antler tip
Depth: 335mm from the tip of the nose to the wall
Height 515mm from the tip of the antlers to the bottom of the wall mount shield

I'm still working on a slight revision to reduce the tendency of the ear and antler sections to wobble.

jendicou26 days ago

I would love to get the dxf file if possible.

jendicou at msn dot com - sorry for the funny way of writing my email, I'd rather if a bot didn't pick up my email and start spamming me.

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

DropUrPeaches2 months ago

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?

mauperalta2 months ago

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

Thanks a lot.!

kellydaniels4 made it!5 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!5 months ago

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

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bmorandi made it!5 months ago

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

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gmiller29 made it!7 months ago

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

diklla made it!7 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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ritarita7 months ago

Do u have unicorn head draw ?

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