Cardboard Box Stag Deer Head Wall Hanging




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As an addition to my Cardboard Box Moose Head Wall Hanging, here is a Stag Deer version! Just as easy to make as the Moose Head.

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Step 1: You Will Need

Once again there is a good chance you already have all the bits and pieces necessary already (making this pretty much FREE to make!).  Here's a list of what you'll need:

- Large cardboard box
- Scissors
- Pencil
- Stanley knife (or box cutter)
- Ruler
- Cutting mat
- Sellotape
- Hot glue gun
- Computer & projector (or an A4/A3 printer instead)
- Template ZIP file ( attached

Step 2: Projecting or Printing the Stag Deer Template

I used my projector for this next step as it allowed me to scale up the stag deer to the size of the box I had, but you can use your printer if you use Poster Printing to span multiple pages (especially in Corel Draw or Illustrator in printing preferences).

- Cut up the box into flat pieces
- Project the template files onto a wall and trace around them with a pencil
- If printing, use masking tape to loosely stick the designs over the cardboard for cutting out the design

NOTE: if printing, make sure you keep the scaling the same size so that all the pieces are the right proportionate size.  If projecting, make sure 'Actual Size' is selected in your image viewer, for the same reasons.

Step 3: Cut Out the Pieces

Use a new blade to carefully cut-out the pieces.  This is the most time consuming part.  Make sure you keep the blade at 90 degrees to the design to get a nice clean edge.

Step 4: Cut Out the Fitting Slots

For this step cut out the widths for the fitting slots according to the width of your cardboard box. The card I was using for this one was double thickness, but yours may be much narrower, so cut accordingly.

The template files use conservative estimates for the fitting slots, so you will have to offer up the pieces individually to get exactly the right fit for your size cardboard.  It takes a bit of trial and error, but persist because this looks great when it's finished.

Step 5: Slot and Glue Together the Pieces

Next, start at the nose end and slide in the first pieces to the middle head piece (but do the nose last). As you slot in each piece use the hot glue gun on the back only to fix in place (see last two images from this step).

Once you've glued all the pieces to the central main head piece, slot in the main head side pieces x2.  Glue each piece with a bit of glue gun glue from the back.

Step 6: Mounting to the Baseplate and Making a Hanging Bracket

Once you've slotted and glued the Deer pieces together you'll need to slot it into the rear mounting shield.  Same procedure as before, slot together and glue from behind.

Cut out a chevron shape from some spare card, wide enough to span the width of your three main head pieces that fit into the rear shield.  Wrap with a bit of sellotape to reinforce it for hanging.

Cut out small pieces from the main head pieces (image 3 of this step), having marked out where they need to go with the chevron you just cut out.

Hot glue gun the chevron in place and voila, one cardboard box stag deer head wall hanging!

Step 7: Your Finished Cardboard Box Stag Deer Head

Lastly, hang on the wall and enjoy!

Thanks for reading and I hope you make one for yourself.

If you like this one check out the my Cardboard Box Moose Head as well :)

p.s. please post-up pictures if you make one for yourself...

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13 Discussions


2 years ago

I made it ! That was really nice one??????.


3 years ago

yes!! My printer broke so had to trace it :(. Small but good.


3 years ago

Actually i'll need some video to make it easy


4 years ago on Introduction

This looks really cool-do you have plans for any other animal patts?


4 years ago on Introduction

this is a awesome idea for the next step, I am actually gonna try it with wood. wish me luck


5 years ago on Introduction

I'm making one, and changing the template because I think the head is too squashed looking. Very nice and thank you for the templates.


6 years ago on Introduction

Here is my version.  I used the provided template and a projector.  I painted it white just to change it up a bit.  I used a brush on primer and then white spray paint.  I wanted primer to cover up some of the blemishes from sloppy cutting and the used cardboard.  If you use the primer/paint apply in slow layers to getting the card to wet and causing warping.

I used the double thickness cardboard which makes this very strong.

I didn't have an exacto knife for the more intricate cuts but I would make sure to get one next time.  And also buy new razor blades.  I also just used a long wood screw for the mounting bracket (by the end I was tired of cutting cardboard.) 

Thanks for sharing the instructions - it was pretty fun and I (and others) love the results.  I am interested in mixing up the colors or covering material and doing it again.  If I do i will share.

1 reply

Reply 5 years ago on Introduction

Hey there, thanks for posting up your images. It looks really great in white. Good job on the mounting screw too, that was a good idea. I might also do some more with some decent modern pattern wrapping paper on each side. Or get some nice thick perspex or ply wood laser cut... :)


6 years ago on Introduction

These are great. Ill be making one for christmas decor this year. Thanks for sharing!


Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

Glad you like them :) I've got some spare card and could probably make you one up if you like. PM me and we can go from there :)