Most people agree that antlers look best when they are still on the living deer, but if you like hunting and enjoy all that delicious meat, finding something to do with the antlers is not only ecological, because it avoids waste, but it can look great too. There are some inventive examples of antlers crafts that may help to inspire your own creativity.
Try These Antlers Crafts
First up, why not go the whole hog and leave the antlers attached to the head and mount it in your living room? You will need to visit a taxidermist to clean out the head and stuff it and to add some false eyes, but who isn’t going to be impressed by the sight of this magnificent animal? In addition, it is a great conversation starter.
You can also use the antlers to make attractive coat hangers and hat stands. These can look fantastic in a rustic house. Alternatively, why not use the antlers to make a decorative table lamp stand? You can either place the lamp inside the antlers, creating a great lighting effect, or use them as a stand.
Deer antlers make fantastic supports and door handles. Why not fashion a gun cradle from your deer antlers? This is very appropriate if you enjoy deer hunting and is in the similar spirit that our ancestors used to make weapons and hunting equipment from bones, teeth, and antlers from their prey.
Antlers crafts can be used in numerous ways all around the home, and they can look great. Don’t forget the kitchen. The shape of antlers leads to them being just perfect as pot and utensil holders. They make great handles for cupboards as well.
More Decorative Antlers Crafts
One way where antler crafts really score is when they are just used as decorative objects. You can make great Christmas wreaths for your door (although this may upset Santa and younger children) and maybe add other hunting trophies such as feathers. For a bolder statement, why not use the whole skull as a centrepiece?
Deer antlers also make great dream catchers and hanging mobiles. The bones will chink together in even a light wind, so they can provide a peaceful sound that is not creepy at all.
Using antlers crafts to create household objects and decorations gives you an added dimension to your hunting. These beautiful natural objects can look fantastic in your home, and bring some of the great outdoors inside.
For any keen hunter, it is important to use all the meat and the by-products and when you make objects from deer antlers, you are tapping into an ancient history. Deer antlers have been used for numerous purposes since prehistoric times, so doing this yourself is a great way to connect with our ancestors.