Deer antlers lend a rustic appeal to a Christmas tree. Although they are not obvious holiday decorations to many people, they do correspond to traditional Christmas imagery because of their similarity to reindeer. You can place deer antlers on your tree in two different ways. Artificial, miniature antlers readily become ornaments once you attach a hanging element to them. Alternaively, you can fashion full-sized deer antlers into a tree topper that is sure to leave viewers in awe of your ingenuity.
Things You'll Need
- Narrow ribbon or cord
- Miniature, artificial deer antlers (one per ornament)
- Hot glue
- Craft paint or glitter paint, and paintbrushes, if desired
- 6-inch metal wreath base, double-ringed
- Deer antlers
- Floral wire
- Wire cutters
- Small pinecones
Cut ribbon or narrow cord into 3-inch pieces with scissors. Cut one piece for every antler ornament you are making.
Lay all of the miniature antlers on the work surface in front of you.
Apply a peppercorn-sized bead of hot glue to the spot on an antler from which you want it to hang.
Place both ends of a ribbon or cord piece in the glue to make a loop. Hold the material for several seconds as the glue dries. Repeat the process to make a loop on each antler.
Paint the antlers with colored or glitter paint to embellish them, if desired.
Fit the base of the antlers between the rings of the wreath base. If you are using more than one antler, place the pieces opposite each other in the ring to balance the decoration.
Hold the loose end of a roll of floral wire in one hand. Loop the roll around, up and down the metal ring and antlers in a figure 8 pattern to secure the antlers to the ring. You can let go of the loose end of the wire once you have made a few loops. Cut the wire with wire cutters once you have secured the antlers to the ring.
Hot glue pine cones on the metal ring to obscure it. You will make a pine cone wreath around the antlers.
Paint the antlers and pine cones with colored or glitter paint to embellish them, if desired.