DIY - STAG HEAD WALL ART ON RECLAIMED WOOD MOUNT





When i purchased our beautiful Stag from Marks and Spencer for the not so grand sum of £40 (yes £40....bargain!) i was ecstatic, however this was short lived.

He was grand and majestic and yet looked SO lost against our pale wall, not how he should have looked. After a little searching online (pinterest much?) an idea was formed that he required a "frame" of sorts. As i can never get enough reclaimed wood we opted for a wooden mount, a quick delve in the wooden scrap bin resulted in the following...


I'm a little in love!



WHAT YOU NEED
1 x Faux mountable stag [link to ours]
7 x Wooden baton lengths (front of board)
2 x Wooden baton lengths (back of board)
2 x Wall mounts


Additional Items
Nails
Hammer
Sander
Saw
Varnish
Rags to remove excess varnish
Wood glue (optional)







WHAT TO DO

We arranged our wooden lengths flat on the ground to work out how many we would need to proportionately fit behind mounted stag, we opted for seven. For a larger or small mount more or less may be required, personal choice on this one. The batons were laid out moving some up slightly and some down to form an uneven top and bottom, we altered the lengths to our personal taste. The two additional baton lengths reserved for the back were then positioned horizontally and cut down to fit across the seven vertical lengths, the horizontal baton was then adhered to the vertical batons using wood glue (for extra security due to the weight) and nailed in to place, we then recreated the same thing at the bottom of the boards.

The whole mount was given a heavy sanding, as i wanted this to have 'character' the more old the boards the better, a few additional 'dings' were added here and there, all the rough edges were sanded smooth

For the stain we opted for a quick drying oak, on the images this looks quite gingery in colour, its actually a very worn brown look. The varnish used dried within around 30mins (great for us impatient folk) when the varnish was dry the sander was applied again to add further character.


The end result hanging in our lounge





All in all the was a very simple and yet very effective project. Elvis as he has lovingly been dubbed is a central part of our lounge and receives a lot of positive comments from visitors.

Happy Me :)







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14 comments:

  1. That looks great! I really want to get a stag head too for above our bed. Love the balance of the masculine mount with the feminine print!

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    1. We love our stag, he has a 'pride of place' location in our lounge
      Thank you Lauren

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  2. That really looks fantastic with the wooden mount. Great job! Pinned :-).

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  3. You're being featured tomorrow over at OurMiniFamily.com! Please feel free to come by & grab a featured button!

    Thank you for linking up to Bewitch Me & Titi Link Party! I love this stag head--I am a sucker for stag decor. I actually did a Chevron stag last year and this reminded me a lot of it! Love it!

    Cheers,
    ~Cathy Mini~
    OurMiniFamily.com

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    1. Hi Cathy - Thank you for featuring our lovely stag, he's a handsome chap :)
      Will be sure to pop over to visit OurMiniFamily.com

      Many Thanks

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  4. Ooooh, he's fabulous!! Excellent job!
    Jeannine @ The Concrete Cottage

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    1. Thanks Jeannine - he's a bit fab isn't he - haha :)

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  5. Stopping by from Take a Look Tuesday link party. Love how you didn't just hang that stag head, you made it more original by adding the baton. Love it! I have to do this :)

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    1. Thank you Kat. Our dear stag (no pun intended) was far to grand to hang on the wall alone, i love the detail of the amount. He's a beauty :)

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  6. Hi Edea, I'm featuring your super cool wall art on Worthwhile Wednesdays tonight.Stop by, grab your button, and link up again!
    ~Allie @ http://thecraftiestallie.blogspot.com/

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    1. Hi Allie
      Thank you for the feature!! :)

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  7. Yay, thank you so much for coming to the Found & Foraged party!! This project is sooo cool. LOVE. Hope to see you again this weekend! xo, Laura

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  8. Ha! I love that you named him Elvis! He turned out fabulous!

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