Deer Skin Rug

Introduction: Deer Skin Rug

This instructable will show you how to preserve a deer skin and the it into a rug.

Step 1: Getting the Skin

The easiest way to get a deer skin is just wait until deer season or if you see a fresh one on the side of the road.

Step 2: Skinning the Deer

To skin the deer just skin it as if you were just trying to get the meat off of it.

Step 3: Scraping

After getting the skin off the deer you want to take a dull knife and scrape off all of the fat and leftover meat on the skin off of it.

Step 4: Treating

There is two ways to cure a deer skin if you want the hair on it. You can cover the skin in salt and let it dry out by the sun, or you could take Borax and cover the skin and leave the skin out for a day and then take the Borax off. The salt method will leave the skin a little hardened but if you use the borax method the skin with be very supple.

Step 5: Sewing(optional)

If you hunted this deer and there is holes in the skin you can sew the holes with a needle and thread. If you want to get really fancy you can sew or glue felt (preferably red) on the bottom of the skin to give it a better look.

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    5 Discussions


    Question 7 months ago on Step 3

    the meat under the sticky stuff do you scrape it off?

    jo soap123
    jo soap123

    7 months ago

    when do you stretch the fur and and when do you apply tanning fluid?


    5 years ago

    Well the big hole is from my dog getting a hold of it during the drying out process and the two smaller ones are from the arrow It got shot with


    Reply 5 years ago on Introduction

    Looks like a perfect shot to me!

    I would have hit lower to destroy the lungs & liver and a cut a bit of the heart.

    Glad I'm not the only one that likes to hunt with a bow!


    5 years ago on Introduction

    Either this is your first time skinning or your projectile went off course inside the deer.

    Probably first time skinning though since you didn't skin the legs.