Well, Hello Deer!

The holidays are over and hopefully you’ve had a chance to pack the ornaments, decorations and garland away for next December. But if you’re like me, your walls are now a bit bare. But thanks to a great idea from heylaurenrene, you can add a stylish touch to your winter walls!


I put a few of my own twists to her DIY by using kraft paper and Martha Stewart glitter paint, which make this project a bit easier and more customizable.

What you need to achieve this look:

  • Here is the free printable for the deer template. I used 8″x10″ printer paper, but you can use card stock for a sturdier template.
  • 12″ x 12″ canvas
  • staple gun
  • pencil
  • paint brush
  • Martha Stewart coarse glitter acrylic paint in Florentine Gold
  • Striped kraft paper (you can also use plain Kraft paper or polka dot, whatever you can find that suits your style!)

Print out the deer head silhouette and cut it out to use as your template. Also cut a piece of your kraft paper to be large enough where you can wrap it behind the canvas to secure.

Photo Dec 15, 7 34 27 PM

Once you have both pieces cut out, you can then lay the deer template in the middle of the kraft paper and trace it. To keep it in place, I secured the top and bottom with a piece of Scotch tape.

Photo Dec 15, 7 51 55 PM                     Photo Dec 15, 7 59 16 PM

Once you have traced the deer, you can use your staple gun to secure the paper to the canvas in the back. Be sure to make it a clean, taught fit. I decided on this technique because glue and mod-podge can cause the paper to wrinkle.

Once the paper is secure to the canvas, fill in the deer head with the glitter paint. Don’t be discouraged if the coverage isn’t initially what you were hoping for. I believe I added three coats, which provided the right amount of glitter for the look I wanted and also hid the pencil outline.

Photo Dec 15, 9 34 59 PM

As you will see above, the paper did begin to wrinkle from the glitter paint, but after a day or so, the paint fully dried and the wrinkles went away.

Photo Jan 12, 8 55 17 PM

What do you think? Since this has been hanging in my home, I have received so many compliments. Little do my guests know how easy this project actually was! I’m thinking of trying other versions of this project with other shapes in the future.

If you have any ideas, please share them in the comments. I would love to try them out!


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