DIY Deer Head Stuffed Animal Taxidermy – Pattern & Tutorial – DIY Animal Head Kid’s Room Decor

DIY Deer Head Stuffed Animal Taxidermy - Pattern & Tutorial - DIY Animal Head Kid's Room Decor

Hey everyone! A few weeks ago I shared this adorable DIY Deer Head Stuffed Animal Taxidermy pattern & tutorial over at the lovely Liz Marie’s Blog.

Today I am posting it here in case any of you missed it & because I just love it that much… it’s pretty darn cute after all!

DIY Deer Head Stuffed Animal Taxidermy - DIY Animal Head Kid's Room Decor

If you’ve been following along here on We Lived Happily Ever After, the you will know that I recently designed my daughter June’s room in a Rustic Prairie Theme (see the whole space HERE), and one of the biggest highlights of the room was all of the DIY’ed animals I made.

I love Stuffed Animal Taxidermy. It’s a fun way to showcase your love for animals without hurting any of them. And lets face it, they look so adorable when done!

DIY Deer Head Stuffed Animal Taxidermy - Pattern & Tutorial - DIY Animal Head Kid's Room Decor

To make your own deer, you will need to download the pattern, which is at the bottom of this post.

 

The Materials you will need to sew your own deer head are as follows:

-A pair of Antlers

-A Drill

-Wood for the Plaque & Stand

(I used a 1×4″ for the plaque and a 1×2″ for the stand)

-Staple Gun

-Fabric for the Deer

(I used Burlap for the face, and Faux Fur for -the chest and ears)

-Black Felt for the eyes and nose

-1 bag of Poly-Fill for stuffing

-And finally a Needle & Thread and a Hot Glue Gun.

DIY Deer Head Stuffed Animal Taxidermy - DIY Animal Head Kid's Room Decor

The first step to our DIY Deer Head is building the frame for the antlers. My husband, Silas, has a box of antlers he collected when he was growing up, so we used a pair of the smaller ones for this project.

Cut a 1×4″ into a 3.5-4″ block of wood as shown above. Set aside.

DIY Deer Head Stuffed Animal Taxidermy - DIY Animal Head Kid's Room Decor

Next, use a drill to pre-drill holes into the antlers. This step is very necessary, because bone is much harder than wood, and you won’t be able to screw directly into the antlers.

By the way, I do not recommend drilling into your hand – the above photo is for illustrative purposes on where to drill – not how to do it. Taking pictures while balancing a pair of antlers and a camera is hard without an assistant. Haha! 🙂

DIY Deer Head Stuffed Animal Taxidermy - DIY Animal Head Kid's Room Decor

Pre-screw two screws halfway into the block where the antlers should go. Then, one at a time, place your pre-drilled antlers onto the screw and gently attach using your screwdriver drill.

DIY Deer Head Stuffed Animal Taxidermy - DIY Animal Head Kid's Room Decor

They don’t have to be super tight, but just make sure they are securely attached to the board.

DIY Deer Head Stuffed Animal Taxidermy - DIY Animal Head Kid's Room Decor

Next, cut your 1/2″ board to about 10″ long, with a 45 degree angle that tips at about 10″

DIY Deer Head Stuffed Animal Taxidermy - DIY Animal Head Kid's Room Decor

Pre-drill a third screw halfway into your antler plaque.

DIY Deer Head Stuffed Animal Taxidermy - DIY Animal Head Kid's Room Decor

This is what progress looks like! Attach the 1×2″ to the plaque as illustrated above, with the 45 degree angle on the bottom, facing the wall.

DIY Deer Head Stuffed Animal Taxidermy - DIY Animal Head Kid's Room Decor

Now we need a plaque/base to attach our antler creation onto.

DIY Deer Head Stuffed Animal Taxidermy - DIY Animal Head Kid's Room Decor

I screwed 4 12″ long 1×4″ boards together using the 1×2″ board on the back. This would be a great place to use some pallets, like I did for the Fox Head Base, HERE.

DIY Deer Head Stuffed Animal Taxidermy - DIY Animal Head Kid's Room Decor

Now that we have a solid plaque, we can screw the 45 degree angled board to the other boards. You can prop it up using another 45 degree angled board, attaching it with wood glue. This baby’s going nowhere! Haha!

DIY Deer Head Stuffed Animal Taxidermy - DIY Animal Head Kid's Room Decor

Now for the sewing part! Each pattern piece will tell you not only what color the pieces should be, but how many of them to cut. Cut out as indicated.

DIY Deer Head Stuffed Animal Taxidermy - DIY Animal Head Kid's Room Decor

We will start off the sewing with the face pattern piece & one of the head pattern pieces.

DIY Deer Head Stuffed Animal Taxidermy - DIY Animal Head Kid's Room Decor

Lay the face piece on top of the head piece and sew the outer edge together, as illustrated by the dashes in the above photo.

DIY Deer Head Stuffed Animal Taxidermy - DIY Animal Head Kid's Room Decor

Now sew the nose piece to both the head and face piece.

DIY Deer Head Stuffed Animal Taxidermy - DIY Animal Head Kid's Room Decor

Next, add the second headpiece and sew it onto the face and nose piece.

DIY Deer Head Stuffed Animal Taxidermy - DIY Animal Head Kid's Room Decor

There should be one un-sewn edge on the nose piece. This is where we need to attach the neck piece.

DIY Deer Head Stuffed Animal Taxidermy - DIY Animal Head Kid's Room Decor

Here are the 5 pieces all sewn together.

DIY Deer Head Stuffed Animal Taxidermy - DIY Animal Head Kid's Room Decor

Now you can turn your creation inside out and attach the chest.

DIY Deer Head Stuffed Animal Taxidermy - DIY Animal Head Kid's Room Decor

Here is the deer with the chest sewn on, turned right side out.

DIY Deer Head Stuffed Animal Taxidermy - DIY Animal Head Kid's Room Decor

Drape your deer head over the antler frame. Partially stuff it so that you know where to staple it in place.Honestly guys, I just winged this whole process. I totally didn’t know how it would turn out, but at this point I was getting really excited because I could finally visualize exactly what I had been thinking up!

DIY Deer Head Stuffed Animal Taxidermy - DIY Animal Head Kid's Room Decor

I just went around stapling with a 1 inch hem allowance. Try to make the deer as centered and symmetrical as possible.

DIY Deer Head Stuffed Animal Taxidermy - DIY Animal Head Kid's Room Decor

Here is what it looked like after I added the staples to the chest. Now we need to cover up that open hole in the back.

DIY Deer Head Stuffed Animal Taxidermy - DIY Animal Head Kid's Room Decor

This is a piece that I didn’t include in the actual pattern, because it’s size depends on how much you stuff your deer, and the placement of your antlers. But basically you need to cut out a square of fabric to cover the back of the head, and attach the shoulders to the plaque. Mine was about 8″ – 12″ long.I just folded it into this triangle-ish shape to give it straight hems.

DIY Deer Head Stuffed Animal Taxidermy - DIY Animal Head Kid's Room Decor

Then I attached it to the top of the head, covering the antlers.

DIY Deer Head Stuffed Animal Taxidermy - Pattern & Tutorial - DIY Animal Head Kid's Room Decor

Lastly, sew the triangle’s edges to the rest of the deer to completely seal up the deer.

DIY Deer Head Stuffed Animal Taxidermy - DIY Animal Head Kid's Room Decor

Now we are going to create a strip to go inside the edges and hide all the messy staples.

DIY Deer Head Stuffed Animal Taxidermy - DIY Animal Head Kid's Room Decor

To give the strip crisp edges, fold the edges behind the strip, and iron it so that the crease stays permanent. Lastly, hot glue (yes you heard me right… hot glue!) the edges to the deer head.

DIY Deer Head Stuffed Animal Taxidermy - DIY Animal Head Kid's Room Decor

Next sew the ears together by placing one brown, and one white piece together with their fronts facing each other. Leave the bottom un-sewn. Turn inside out & repeat with the second ear.

DIY Deer Head Stuffed Animal Taxidermy - DIY Animal Head Kid's Room Decor

Sew onto the deer’s head.

DIY Deer Head Stuffed Animal Taxidermy - Pattern & Tutorial - DIY Animal Head Kid's Room Decor

Now all that’s left to add are the eyes and nose! You can use felt or even black tape for this step and Ta-Da!

I finished my adorable deer off with a flower crown made for June by my friend, Jasmine, from Enchanted Honey Bee.

DIY Deer Head Stuffed Animal Taxidermy - DIY Animal Head Kid's Room Decor

Now all that’s left for you to do is enjoy your new Deer Head Decor… Oh, and make the Buffalo and Fox

DIY Deer Head Stuffed Animal Taxidermy - Pattern & Tutorial - DIY Animal Head Kid's Room Decor

And don’t forget to make the $6 Bear Rug!

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  1. Amy W

    November 14th, 2014 at 5:24 pm

    You are insane, like insane awesome! I died when I saw this and I'm pinning like crazy. So adorable.

  2. Hannah @ We Lived Happily Ever After

    November 17th, 2014 at 6:25 pm

    Thanks Amy! I am so glad you like it! 🙂

  3. Amanda

    June 10th, 2015 at 12:55 am

    Thank you for sharing this wonderful creation! I'd love to make this for my sons approaching birthday but I have a few questions. 1. How much fabric did you use? 2. What's the final dimensions of the deer? I printed the pattern but suspect that my computer may have blown it up, ie the dimension of the head is 12"x15", making it appear more horse than deer at this point. Could that possibly be correct?

  4. Hannah @ We Lived Happily Ever After

    June 10th, 2015 at 4:21 pm

    Hi Amanda! So glad you like it!!! 🙂

    I didn't actually take note of how much fabric I used, (oops!) but I'm sure it was under a yard.

    Just make sure your printer prints as "fit to page" and it should print the correct pattern dimensions (the pattern pieces were meant to be printed on 8.5×11" paper)

    Hope that helps & send me pictures after you make it! 🙂 XO

  5. Brooke

    July 25th, 2015 at 8:00 pm

    This may be a silly question but you sewed this by hand right?

  6. Carly Stirland

    October 16th, 2015 at 5:11 am

    I've been trying to find ideas for my baby girls nursery. I LOVE this, the bear rug, the fox. WOW! I am amazed at your talent. Thank you for the info! I'm at least doing the bear rug hopefully this deer too! THANK YOU.

  7. Unknown

    July 7th, 2016 at 12:03 am

    Did you do anything to cover the staples on the white chest fabric? I've almost finished this for my son's room! Love all of your projects!

  8. Hannah Hathaway

    July 8th, 2016 at 9:14 pm

    I didn't, but it's up to you, if you think it needs it then go for it! I would love to see a picture once you are done! 🙂 XO

  9. Heather Spencer

    June 22nd, 2018 at 10:24 am

    When I printed the pattern off as well it printed the head on two sheets of paper. I have my printer set to fit to page. I read the comment previoulsy and it is still printing off on two pages. Suggestions ?

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