DIY: How to Make a Paper Mache Deer Head

DIY: How to Make a Paper Mache Deer Head


Hey, everyone. So a few weeks ago, I did a tutorial on how to do a two‑tone faux deer bust, and I made it out of papier- mâché, store-bought. Unfortunately people were having trouble finding their own store-bought papier–mâché deer head, so I thought for this week I would put together a tutorial on how to make your own from scratch. It took me a while to figure out how we could tackle this, but eventually I decided that I’d do it similar to the turkey candles that I made. I rendered up the deer head in a 3-D program and threw it into another program that would flatten out the image so you could print it out and then cut the pieces out and reassemble it, so then you have your own 3-D object. And then using that as a base, if you want to put more detail into it you can use some air-drying paper clay to sculpt some more fine details into it. So enough of me just rambling about what I did. Let’s get started. You will need the 𝗽𝗮𝘁𝘁𝗲𝗿𝗻 printed onto thick card stock. A link to the pattern will be in the description box below. 𝗠𝗮𝘀𝗸𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝘁𝗮𝗽𝗲, 𝗵𝗼𝘁 𝗴𝗹𝘂𝗲 and glue gun, papier-mâché paste, 𝗻𝗲𝘄𝘀𝗽𝗮𝗽𝗲𝗿. Optional materials: 𝗔𝗶𝗿-𝗱𝗿𝘆𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗰𝗹𝗮𝘆—I’m using handmade paper clay, 𝗔𝗹𝘂𝗺𝗶𝗻𝘂𝗺 𝗳𝗼𝗶𝗹, a 𝘄𝗼𝗼𝗱𝗲𝗻 𝗽𝗹𝗮𝗾𝘂𝗲, and hanging hardware. This is supposed to be a tutorial for just the papier– mâché deer head, not necessarily the mounted deer head thing I did before. That’s why I threw those last two into the Optional list. First cut the pattern out and, following the directions, piece it together. After I filmed this I ended up going back and numbering all the pieces, so it should be easier to keep track of everything. It took me forever to put this thing together because after I cut everything out, I just put it into one big pile, and I had to go searching for all the pieces I needed, when I needed them. It would probably be easier if you did one sheet at a time. I recommend just taping all the pieces together since it will get covered up by papier-mâché later. There’s not really any need to glue it. This head ends up being a little bit smaller than the papier-mâché deer head that I had bought from the store. But, if you want it to be bigger you can always scale it up a little bit when you print it out. Now that you have the deer head put together, if you like this faceted look, you could totally just skip to the papier-mâché steps. But if you want to, you can start putting some more detail into it right now to make it look a little bit more realistic. I used a mixture of aluminum foil, masking tape, and then finishing with air- drying clay to put more detail into it. I went online and found a good picture of the anatomy and musculature of a deer’s head, and using that as a reference, I started to rough out the shape of the head by taping crumpled- up aluminum foil onto it, like so. I just learned about this technique. It’s actually pretty nice. It’s a quick way to bulk areas out when you need to but you can also get some pretty decent detail with the aluminum foil as well. I used a bone folder to push in the tape into the areas where I wanted there to be more detail, such as around the eyes and in the nostrils. You could just use a pen or a pencil or your fingers or whatever. When I happy with what I roughed out with the aluminum foil and masking tape, I moved on to the paper clay. You can skip this part if you’re happy with how detailed your piece is after the last step, but honestly, I kind of just wanted an excuse to use this awesome paper clay that I made the other day. I used it to help smooth out some areas and to put a little bit more detail onto the eyes, with the eyelids and then in the nose, into the nostrils and everything. I let it dry and then I lightly sanded the clay to smooth it out even more. And then it was time to papier-mâché. I made a paste with about 1 part flour to two parts water. I mixed them together with a stick blender, but if you don’t have one of those, you could just mix it with a fork or a whisk until there aren’t any lumps. If it’s too thin or too thick, you can add more flour or more water. Dip your paper strips into the paste and then run it in-between your fingers to remove the excess. Then apply it to the head. Normally, you see people using newspaper for this because it’s an easily accessible, cheap, thin paper, but in my case I’m using some brown packing paper that I had saved from some packages I got a while back. It’s pretty much the same and in my case it worked out well because my deer is going to be brown, so it’s nice to have that background color already. When you put a new strip of papier-mâché down, you want it to overlap about ¼ or ½ of the previous strip. And then just continue on until it’s all covered up. Again, for the more detailed parts, I used my bone folder to push the papier-mâché into those areas. Since you’re not going to remove the innards like you do with a piñata, you only have to do about 1–2 layers. Let it dry, and you’re done. Technically, this is the end of the tutorial because this is How You Make a Papier- Mâché Deer Head, but I couldn’t help but decorate this one, and of course I recorded it, so I’m going to show you guys what I did. I went with a sort-of-realistic-but-not-really kind of paint job with acrylic paint. And then when I was done with that, I went back in with some black nail polish for the eyes to give them a glossy look. It actually ended up looking pretty nice. Then, I simply hot-glued the head onto the plaque that I had stained and finished with a coat of poly-acrylic. And here’s this one, completely finished. I hope you all enjoyed this project. If you did, please leave a Like, and if you want to see more then feel free to subscribe. I post DIY videos every Thursday. 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100 thoughts on “DIY: How to Make a Paper Mache Deer Head

  1. wow!  You are really talented and artistic with your hands.  I believe there really isn't too much you could not do with your imagination.  You spear my creativity to challenge myself to do as much.  I really enjoy working with my hands as I was a animator for a studio years ago.  Once again, thank you.

  2. Instead of classic glass balls to decorate the Christmas tree, I made reindeer figure cut outs, painted white and sprinkled with silver glitter.
    The tree lights shine off the reindeer. Beautiful effect. You must have a figure saw machine. Such as a Dremel figure saw. About €100 .plus.

  3. Very difficult to glue together. With patience, you get there.
    Takes a long time.
    Would be more creative to clay model on an armature.

  4. I'm at a loss of words. You are incredibly talented! I wouldn't be able to do something like that in a million years.. wow..

  5. The pepakura PDO file isn't working. Can you please help? i already printed it but i cant rad the numbers. i think pepakura would help me put it together. Can you please help. TY. HAGD

  6. Hey, I just watched the vedio, I have to submit a paper mache tomorrow and there is not much time left I have printed this out and cut out the pieces and have folded them but I dont know which piece would be attached to which one please help

  7. No entiendo por que si estas tan interesada en compartir tus trabajos lo bloqueas a uno cuando ya realizamos la suscripción a tu canal y no puede uno descargar los moldes de tus vídeos, que lastima

  8. Thank you sooooo much! I needed 30 and didn’t have the budget but now I will just make them! Thank you for all the work you did to make it easy for us

  9. When a deer is young its called a fawn it has white spots as it grows older it loses its white spots and it brownish tan if its a male called a buck it grows antlers if its a female called a doe it doesn't no deer I have EVER seen had dark spots like that dumbass

  10. Fabulous! You speak in such a relaxed, comfortable way and you allowed people to choose different ways to do this. Well done! <3 – Ginn

  11. I was just wondering if you think it would be possible to do the paper mache first, then the detailing and then make a new layer of paper mache? I realized the paper I'm using is on the thinner side and I've never done anything with paper mache before

  12. Im actually doing and using this template for my art project but it already seems so confusing…I hope I can finish in time.

  13. hey chezlin, i loved your video! can i ask what specific size of paper should be used to get the same size of the deer head in the video?

  14. I'm doing this tomorrow and I'm confused. How and where do you know where to fold the pieces and where to put them? If anyone can reply to this and help a girl out it would be amazing i would appreciate it sooo much!!! Like I looked at the link to the deer template where u print it out and I just don't know how to do it.

  15. Hey I was wondering if you could make me one I got a 13 point and I went to get it mounted by a taxidermy and then he sold it and I never got to see it agin so I was wondering if you could please make me one

  16. Your work is so beautiful. I just found your channel and I love it. You are awesome! Can you show us how you made the paper clay you talked about. I am wanting to make a 3 foot reindeer for Christmas decorations. Do you think you can make one with the body? I would really appreciate it and would love to see how to do it.

  17. this looks like such a cool project! i want to try it out for myself, but the website/url for the template doesn't seem to be working atm… :/

  18. I am currently trying out this project and am blocked in one of the steps. I don't understand how we match the little numbers. Do we have to find the same number in an other piece?

  19. Thank you for sharing this was just what I needed to help me make my giraffe. Stop by to see my small channel. When my giraffe is complete I will gladly share your channel for more inspirations to my viewers. Great work! LOVE IT!

  20. This was really so amazing! I have a request ma'am, if possible can you please do a paper mache unicorn like this 3D template? I actually needed help for my college fest decorations.

  21. Wowww..this was so cool. And thanks for the template. Will try it now. Can you please do a lion as well. Love your work☺️

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