Just when you think I'm gone for good, I show back up like a Michigan winter...
I couldn't find an original source for this other than Pinterest.
Firstly, I have done some big projects since we last talked, but then it's like you have to clean up from the project, stage the project, take decent pictures of it (you know, where there aren't dirty socks on the floor or cereal boxes on the table in the background), get your sd card reader wedged in the USB port just so (that's just me? Well, luckeeeee...), watermark the pics, write the post...
But just this weekend my sister Jill came over and I made her do a cute little project with me and I'm quite in love with the results. So in love that I cleaned up from it...
There's still residual cardboard and razor knives on the table! I hate myself.
But I did take decent pictures...
Okay, I'll go take them now.
Cause I'm keeping it real.
See the deer head?! HA! I'm loving him! Also, the orange razor knife behind him? We found that upon completion of the project. Keep reading and you'll understand...
Here's a better shot:
It really took me awhile to get on board with the "faux taxidermy" trend. I didn't hate it, I just never gave it a second thought until I was putting together my collage wall above my new desk, both of which I really need to put together some blog posts about.
Here's a sneak peek:
It's not done, surprise, surprise. I know how I'ma finish it, I just am slow going about it.
Anywho, so I have my collage all how I want it (almost), and I decided a little faux taxidermy would be just the thing to add a little depth to the arrangement.
The thing is, I have a sister who works at TJ Maxx, and she has yet to see any faux bulls or elk or anything come through. Other retailers want a hundred bucks, or more!
So I googled images and came up with some clever DIY solutions.
Some ingenious crafters have taken ugly figurines they've found in thrift stores, whacked the body off and mounted the head to a plaque and spray painted the whole business.
But I was in my pajamas and not in that place where I have both the desire and the money to go to the thrift store. Or put on pants.
So this little cardstock project was the perfect solution:
By the way, this is a blog by a 13 year old boy. Who knew?
Anyway, this Ty even has a printable template. He gives credit to chroniclebooks.com,
where he got the idea/tutorial. Here's her (I'm assuming it's a "her", now I don't know!) faux head:
Christina (it is girl, I just checked) used foam core, and she, too, has a printable template.
I printed it and taped it to some foam core. An exacto knife would have been awesome, but I don't know what happened to mine. And maybe it was never mine. Maybe I had my mom's or one of my sisters'. Hopefully they know where it is and I didn't just lose someone else's exacto knife.
Great. Now I have to buy two.
Also, there has been a bright orange razor knife in my face for days, nay, weeks. I swear. Every time I turn around is this bright orange utility knife and I'ma yelling, "Is this where this goes?!" to whatever kid happens to be in the room or to the air cause said kid skee-daddled before being accused of some razor knife crime that is superseded in importance by the fact that they've left the tool out on the counter...
Actually, it was the top of the entertainment center. I know I saw it there!
But now, when I need it, and am actually excited because it had been left out and now I don't have to go all the way to the basement to get it: Gone.
I don't even want to tell you the energy exerted looking for that stupid knife! And the sweat. And the tears...
So I did what any rational person would do.
I used a straight-edge gripped perilously in my fingers!
(Do not try that at home!)
I managed to not cut off any of my fingertips, but I did blister and bruise my right hand pointer finger that I was pressing with, not to mention paper-cut the crap out of my middle finger, which I didn't even notice until squeezing lemons later that evening. OUCH!
Anyhow, that is how I cut out the entire big white deer head out of foam core.
And we giggled with glee. It had only taken me forever to do.
In the meantime, Jill had used the templates from the first blog, Ty.
His were much smaller, and made out of cardstock. The cardstock I had, though, was pretty thin and it didn't work so good. So I dug some cereal boxes out of my fire-starting bin (we burn wood for heat) and she taped her cardstock pieces to the boxes and cut them out with scissors and put them together before I was done getting the antlers cut with my stupid razor blade!
The result was the cutest little deer head I've ever seen! I immediately taped it to an empty frame.
You can see the print from the box on the inside of the head, but I almost think it adds to the character of it. It's so quirky anyway, that it works.
You could also Mod Podge it with whatever scrapbooking paper or wrapping paper that you wanted.
Which brings me back to the foam core head. It is hilariously great. But a little too big for what I wanted it for. The little cardboard one has captured my heart. So I am going to cover the big one with camouflage paper and give it to my dad for his hunting camper! I'm so excited! I hope he likes it.
I hope you like it, too.
Don't forget to stop by Know and Tell Crafts and Chronicle Books for this tutorial and other great stuff.
That's it for now.