As I assembled my fall mantel, one thing I really wanted to use to anchor it was a deer mount. But all the ones I kept seeing were too expensive for my budget! Like this one from West Elm, for instance. It’s made of papier mache and sells for right at $100:
Cute? Yes! Budget-friendly? Not for me!
So when I saw these at a craft store, I knew my plan! I purchased this unfinished papier mache deer mount for an unbelievable $15 with a coupon.
I let the paint dry thoroughly between coats (he is papier mache, after all) and then gave him a good coat of matte finish Mod Podge. The Mod Podge gave him a tough finish, as well as a pretty, but matte, sheen.
As soon as he was dry, he was ready to be anchored to the wall as guardian of this year’s fall mantel!
And here’s a peek at the entire mantel – be sure to visit and get a better look!
And I’m sharing this simple hack over at the Home for Fall blog hop powered by Hometalk.com! Be sure to check out the links below for some great ‘fall-spiration’ by some of the best blogs out there!
Enjoy… see you next time!