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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Claptrap1 month ago

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

DXF file available if anyone wants it.


@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


kellydaniels42 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!2 months ago

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

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bmorandi made it!2 months ago

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

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gmiller294 months ago

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

diklla made it!4 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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ritarita4 months ago

Do u have unicorn head draw ?

sgreen-cook4 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 omidshrz5 months ago

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

matthew_v7 months ago

Here is mine: :-)

hvergilas jr.7 months ago
Do you have a vector format for this please?
brendaacabral7 months ago
Made from foamboard and adhesive wood sticker! Thanks!
libbamanibba8 months ago
This is great! Do you have the file in DXF format?
Nadia1238 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
brendaacabral9 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
cesar20 cesar2010 months ago
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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.
cesar20 cjackson3210 months ago
awesome colors
Funny with the sun glasses.
cesar2010 months ago
Thanks man!
I couldn't upload pictures of the one I made
cesar20 cesar2010 months ago
cesar2010 months ago
Awesome job.
I'm going yo make two
kbi1 year ago
I always wanted to have one of these in my office, but they were pretty pricey to buy. Thanks so much for the template, I am thrilled with how my turned out. I used black foamcore.

wagnerkr1 year ago
I made this to hang in our living room as a decoration for a medieval feast we were hosting. It turned out so good I'm leaving it up. It is made from foam core that I painted with brown spray paint and I added a little piece of cardstock behind the 3rd head panel that has two amber colored pieces of flat marble glass glued to it for eyes. For some reason they hang a little unevenIy if viewed from the front, but since it is usually seen from one of the two sides it looks great. I had to cut the slits a little wider than the template on all the pieces since foam core is thicker than most cardboard. I also carefully cut three slits into the small shield to glue the base of the neck into. We used wood glue and allowed it to dry overnight with the shield horizontal before attempting to hang it. Our ceiling slopes so the very tips of the antlers touch the ceiling.
rlievens1 year ago
How did you made it smaller? because i can shrink the images but i dont know if they will fit.

Soupraok (author)  rlievens1 year ago
That turned out great!
How did you made it smaller? because i can shrink the images but i dont know if they will fit.

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