Looking for an original Christmas craft idea? Make this string art Christmas deer head following my instructions and template. Happy Christmas crafting!
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Christmas is getting to me. And that is all your fault!
Here in the low lands, we don’t really do Christmas this early. Granted a lot of shops are already decked out in full Holiday cheer, but nobody, literally nobody is decorating for Christmas yet. We still have another december holiday to celebrate first, so no Christmas trees are put up before December 6. But I know that lots of people are already searching for holiday inspiration and trees go up a lot sooner in the States. So I am happy to jump on the band wagon and be a good little blogger and start my Christmas early this year.
I must admit I am liking it. Gives me the feeling that I am so in control for once. I don’t feel that way all that often. With life being the roller coaster that it is, I am usually feeling that I am running behind, always catching up and most of the time catching my deadlines by the skin of my teeth.
But not this Christmas. I have my second project done and it isn’t even December yet. Yeah Me!
I am in love with today’s project. I needed to make a Christmas sign because that was the ‘Deck the Home Challenge’ of the week. And I really wanted to do something different for this challenge. I think I succeeded. my string art Christmas deer head brings a whole lot of Christmas cheer to my home.
Can’t wait to hear what you all think about my project. Let’s jump in to how I made my string art deer head, shall we.
String art Christmas deer head supplies
You don’t need a whole lot of things to make this string art deer head. You might even have most of it already in the house. But for a quick rundown of what you’ll need, here we go:
- The basic board to make your Christmas sign on. I repurposed a sheet of plywood that was previously used as the backing of a some artwork in a frame.
- A template of a deer head. I searched online for ‘line drawing deer head’ and found lots of lovely designs that would work well. The one I used I uploaded below so you can use it too.
- A means to print that deer head in your preferred size. I printed it on my simple home printer, but if you want to make a really big one, you might have to take it to a professional print shop.
- Nails and hammer
- Something to make the lettering. If you have a silhouette or cricut machine, you are very lucky and this would be easy to do. I am not so lucky. I thought about buying some stick on alphabet letters, but ended up using those old fashioned scratch off letters because I had a sheet of those laying around.
- String. Many different kind of string would work. I used a role of black butcher’s twine that I had laying around in my craft room.
- A bit of time and patience.
String art Christmas deer head DIY instructions
Making string art is fun and really not all that difficult. It just isn’t a project that you can whip up between the starter and the main dish. You will need a bit of designated time for it. But then again, it is quite easy so putting on a Christmas movie in the background is no problem. You don’t need a ton of concentration for this on.
Okay here are the steps I took to create my string art Christmas deer head.
Find a template. As I mentioned before I searched online of ‘line drawing deer head’. I was looking for an open design with a doable amount of lines that make up the deer head. I thought the one I found was just perfect. I simply saved it and printed it on my home printer. The saving part was easy. The printing part took a little figuring out.
Printing the deer head in your desired size. When you have a simple office printer that prints on A4 or letter size paper, it takes a bit of finicking to print something in a bigger size. But I found out how you can do it. I am assuming you have something like Adobe PDF reader already installed, it is a pretty standard PDF reader after all. So save your image as a PDF in your preferred document manager. Then open it up in Adobe Reader. Now when you go to the print settings, you will see that there is an option to print in poster size. And right underneath the option to enlarge your image.
I had set my image to print on A3 already in my word processor (A3 is double letter size for you US pals), but that still wasn’t big enough. So in my Adobe print settings I enlarged another time to 150. I might have skipped the step with the A3 settings and just set it to 200% right away, but this was an ongoing learning process. Depending on your print size you will end up with multiple sheets of paper (mine were 4 sheets) that you then have to stick together.
I never knew it was that easy to print something poster size on my home printer! Of course in this case it didn’t matter that the print quality was seriously compromised. If you use this trick to print an image that you need in high quality you will have to use an image file size that is large enough to accommodate that.
Position your drawing on your plywood and use some sticky tape to line your sheets up and build the drawing. I eyeballed the position of the deer head. I think it is somewhat centered with a a little bit more room left at the bottom. Also use sticky tape to secure the drawing to the plywood.
Apply the lettering. I found it easier to do the lettering first and the nailing later because those nails would get in the way. But you can change the order of step 4 and 5 if that works better for you. I used what I had for the text and that turned out to be some very old scratch off lettering. I made some very light markings with a pencil to ensure I was going in a straight line and then simply scratched of the numbers with the back of a sharpie. Again if you have some fancy vinyl letting equipment at your disposal, by all means use that. It will make this step much easier and quicker.
Hammer in a nail at every cross point in the line drawing. For easier hammering and for noice control I put a blanket underneath the plywood. It still was a bit of a noisy job though. But it took surprisingly little time. This is also the point where you can let go, and get rid of some lingering anger issues…. 🙂
If you are right handed like me, start hammering on the right so the finished nails won’t be in the way when you try to hold on to the next one with your left hand.
I started step 6 with removing the paper. In hindsight it might have worked better if I had left the paper in place a bit longer. I don’t know really, because it might also have been difficult to remove it from under the strings. As it was, this last step turned out the most difficult. Because this felt like doing one of those children’s ‘follow the dots’ puzzles but in a version where somebody forgot to number the dots. I had a smaller printed version of the deer head hanging in front of me to help remind me of how it was supposed to look, but it was still difficult to figure out which nail represented which spot on the drawing. It took a few tries and some starting over from time to time, but I made it work. I tried my best to only go over each line once, but that wasn’t always possible. I started in the top left corner and worked my way form left to right and from top to bottom systematically. After a while I could see the deer head emerge and I could see that this was going to turn out just as I imagined. It was all the motivation I needed to just keep going. And after I had figured out how to do the antlers the remaining part was much easier.
Style and enjoy!
I am really happy with my new Christmas sign. It turned out just as my vision and it really is a lovely statement piece. Since the string art is pretty low key and I wanted the deer head to shine all by itself, I kept the styling around it pretty minimal. I am just glad I found those wooden ornaments in my stash because the echo the plywood perfectly.
If you are in the mood for more Christmas sign crafting, you have to check out this weeks participants in the ‘Deck the Halls Challenge’. I am sure you will find lots of amazing DIY projects there to create your own Christmas sign.
So tell me, what do you think?