Welcome to my Holiday Home Series at The Yellow Cape Cod.
Today, I would like to share how I turned authentic deer antlers into whimsical Christmas decor.
I started with three large authentic Reindeer antlers. (I wasn't sure what kind of antlers they were so I asked a few friends. They concurred that they are Reindeer antlers. Since they are all pretty smart, I'm going with it). I found them at a garage sale over the summer. You can find antlers online like these antlers that are listed right now on ebay. Craigslist is also a great source.
Since they are Reindeer antlers, I decided they must be used as Christmas decor. My mantle would be the perfect spot. Please tell me I am not the only one planning my Christmas mantle in July.
Here is what I did to give them Christmas magic:
First, I washed them with warm water and Dawn dish soap. Real antlers have natural oils on them that resist paint. The Dawn dish soap takes care of that. I let them dry out for a few days. Then, I gave them two coats of spray primer and two coats of antique white spray paint. Antlers are porous so it takes a little patience to get a nice opaque finish.
I used "Diamond Dust" to give them a little bling.
(Krylon Glitter Blast is at Home Depot, Amazon, Ace Hardware)
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