Sunday, February 8, 2015

Secondhand Scores Transformation | Mounted Deer Heads

My favorite thing is when some of my secondhand score items that I get at completely different times come together to create an awesome project.

That is exactly what happened with these $.50 plastic deer heads.  

How weird are these? I have no idea how these were used originally, but for $.50 I couldn't pass them up.

I knew I wanted to mount them so I went through my pile of garage sale wood plaques to find ones that would work with the heads. I see these things at garage sales all the time for like $.05-$.10 each. I like to think of them as a craft that never was.
I found two that fit, although they were not the exact same shape. I stained them with Minwax Dark Walnut.
To reduce the creepy factor, I spray painted the heads white. They had holes in the backs that I was able to put wood dowels in and then stick them in the ground for easy spraying.
The final step was mounting them. Since they had a hole in the back, I put a screw in the wood and put the heads over that. I did need to use glue to keep them straight on the wood. I used E6000.

I used them on my decorative shelves that I put seasonal decor on. I don't have a mantle, so this is the next best thing.

Of course the shelves and everything on them except for the fake candles are secondhand scores.

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22 comments:

  1. Wow, from creepy to cool and all for $1! Well done. Love your seasonal shelf.

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    1. Thank you so much! I can't wait for garage sales to start up this year.

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  2. Oh my...these were a great find and I like the makeover you did on them. Thanks for sharing at my Show and Share Party.

    Blessings,
    Linda

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  3. Okay, these are totally cool. Love the upcycle. The world is better without those 2 creepy deer crawling about.

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    1. Thank you! They definitely were creepy before. I wish I would have asked the lady who sold them to what she used them for originally.

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  4. This is such a great project, Susan! Thanks for sharing how you got such an "on trend" look with thrift store and yard sale items. You know what, I did not even notice the wood plaques were not the same size until I re-read your tutorial and then looked at the finished picture again...hardly noticeable. I saw your post over at "Savvy Southern Style".

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    1. Thank you! The 2 different plaques bothered me at first, but I would rather use what I have and that makes me like them even more.

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  5. That was a great transformation! What a great idea and very frugal!

    Thanks for sharing at Inspire Me Mondays!

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  6. So much better in white! A great find Susan!

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  7. Well, how cute are those?! Love what you've done with them! I totally would have bought them too :o]

    Tania

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  8. These are so great! What a cool find and an awesome transformation. I like the way you think.

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  9. I think they must have once been target practice deer, and the heads were saved just for you to create something great.

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  10. Ahhhhhhh these were SO creepy! And you transformed them into something really sleek and striking. Well done!

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  11. Haha, they were a little creepy! I like them much better now!
    Merry Christmas!

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  12. What a good eye you have and the transformation is amazing!

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  13. you did great job! , painting is really nice as well :-)
    I have similar but with gray wolf

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