Holiday Home Series: Glittered Antlers


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.

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 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. 

(Before)


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. 


Then came my new best friend...

Krylon Glitter Blast Spray

I used "Diamond Dust" to give them a little bling.



(Krylon Glitter Blast is at Home Depot, Amazon, Ace Hardware)













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13 comments:

  1. Oh how lovely. What a wonderful idea. I just love it.

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  2. Those are awesome... I love unexpected items on display...
    Holly @ downtoearthstyle

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  3. They look lovely!! I can't wait to see your entire Christmas home! :)

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  4. Looks so pretty! I didn't realize there was a glitter paint that is so pretty. I'm going to be sure and try it.

    Great Christmas mantle.

    hugs
    Sissie

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  5. Wow! The antlers turned out beautiful. Love the extra touch of the glitter spray.

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  6. I love them!!! Just purchased alot of them to sell in my new shoppe...maybe I will try this with a couple of them...thanks so much for sharing this idea.

    Blessings,
    Linda

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  7. Those look so great! Loving horns these days and they are perfect on a mantle.

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  8. I love these! I think it is so fun to use antlers modernly in home decor, and these are the perfect holiday addition!

    xo Lisa
    http://belleandbentley.blogspot.com

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  9. Those are some HUGE antlers! So pretty what you did with them. Love the stockings too!

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  10. what a beautiful arrangement! I've never seen that glitter blast spray before!

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  11. Wow...these antlers are gorgeous! Definitely a statement piece! Also love how you decorated them with the stockings! :)

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  12. I use antlers in my decorating too. Mine are from regular deer and we found them white. Maybe mine were bleached int he sun? I like the glitter, that's a fun and festive touch.

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  13. Love this! I decorated with antlers this year too.

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