I love neutral decor especially around the Christmas and winter season. I also love a good DIY that is not only easy but quick to make. This is one that you can make with your littles or even use to decorate a nursery room. This DIY didn’t cost us anything to make as we had everything we needed on hand from other projects.
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- empty toilet paper rolls
- white acrylic paint
- Sharpie markers- black and pink
- paint brush
- thin sticks from outside – or brown pipe cleaner
Creating the Shape:
The first thing you’ll want to do is use Lysol spray to quickly disinfect the empty roll. Make sure that you do this quickly and stand about 12 inches away as to not saturate the cardboard. It will pucker and puff up with too much moisture. You could also use a paper towel roll and cut it down to size. Next, flatten the toilet paper roll. Using scissors, notch both sides about half way down. This creates the separation from head and shoulders. Then trim across the top to create a rounded head, making sure to notch out the very edges for the ears. (see photo below) The first one I made, I used a pen to mark the area I was trimming away. After the first one, I just eyeballed it and they turned out great.
Now that you have trimmed the toilet paper roll, it’s time to add some features with paint. We used a creamy white acrylic paint color. You can use any tone or shade of white you like or have on hand. I love using up what I have on hand as it saves me time and money on projects, since I don’t have to make a trip to the store for materials.
I like to add two large circles for the eyes. Then white in the middle of the ears (as shown in the photo above) and don’t forget the spots/dots. The added spots give the fawn or doe look. Some say that at this point it looks like an owl. I think this would make a great owl too. You could paint it all white for a snowy white owl or leave it brown and add the white for a barn owl. The sky is the limit and I love to see when others use their creativity as well.
You’re almost finished. Fine detailing is the next step in adding character to these woodland deer (or owls). I used a black sharpie marker and drew half circles (see above photo) for the eyes. On some of the eyes I added eye lashes for a more feminine look. I also added pink hearts to some of the eyes and a little bit of pink “blush” to the cheeks. Each deer is different. You’ll use the black marker again to draw a circle and fill it in for the nose. I put the nose near the bottom of the white circles of the eyes. All of my deer have their eyes “closed”, this is where your creativity comes in- if you want open eyes, draw open eyes!
The last thing you’ll do before styling, is add the antlers. I used sticks I gathered from my yard. You’ll want them to be small and thin to keep your deer from being top heavy and tipping over. If you don’t have sticks you could use crafting pipe cleaner. I glued the sticks to the front side of the head. You will want to use E6000, tacky glue, super glue or a glue gun. (If you are using a glue gun make sure to keep it away from children and be cautious so you don’t burn yourself.)
When the glue is dry and no longer tacky, the woodland deer are ready for styling. I added some to a shelf on the wall. You could use them for a centerpiece, on book shelves, on a buffet or even add some ribbon or twine and add to a Christmas tree. The possibilities are endless, use your creativity to decorate and style these sweet deer any way and anywhere you like. You may even want to add them to a winter tablescape. You can see our Winter Wonderland Tablescape ideas here: https://therefininghome.com/Winter Wonderland Tablescape
Joleen & Jess