Deer Silhouette Spring Mantel


We love everything about living in the country.

Well, almost everything. I’m not especially fond of the scorpions that will slowly start making their way into our home this summer. They kind of creep me out. Oh, and the freakishly large centipedes that can be found in the flower beds from time to time. I’m not a fan of them either.

Besides those two creepy-crawlies, we love living in the Texas Hill Country. There’s nothing like it.

The stars shine brighter.

The air smells cleaner.

The deer roam freely.

When I decided to change my winter mantle from this…



…to something a little more spring-like, I couldn’t help but think of the deer, especially right now when the fawns are running all around.

Now, when you have deer right outside your window, the last thing you want them to see is one of their family members hanging on your wall.


So, I came up with an alternative I know they’ll approve of.

How to Create A Deer Silhouette Work of Art…

First, I pulled out the largest antique window I had from my leftover stack of windows. Believe it or not, I still have a few windows lying around from my 25 windows project. After painting 25 windows, I really haven’t been too eager to work on any more. Can you relate?

I cleaned the window up and painted it with several coats of chalkboard paint.

Once it was dried, I searched the internet for a “deer silhouette.”

When I had the one I liked, I uploaded it to Block Posters. This is a great site for making poster-sized images using a regular printer. It asks you how many pages wide you want your poster, and then it prints out your image using that many pages. Once you have them all printed out, you line up the images and tape them together to form your poster-sized image. Like this..


From there, I used the side of a piece of chalk to shade the entire back of the image.

Next, I flipped it back over and traced around the deer silhouette. Once it was removed, it left the image behind.



I then traced over the chalk line with a white paint pen.



Finally, I painted the entire inside with Annie Sloan’s Old White.

I removed the white blanket from the frame that was on the winter mantel, and added burlap to the back. I created curtains inside the frame so they would lay just outside the window.

How to Create a Spring Mantel Deer Silhouette



How to Create a Spring Mantel Deer Silhouette


I LOVE it!! I’m pretty sure the deer would approve… what do you think?

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My name is Claire and I am behind the blog... The Rustic Pig. I am a wife, a mother to 2 boys, and I just might be addicted to Craigslist. I love to buy antiques, paint them, and give them a chance to be loved again! Please feel free to pull up a chair and stay for a while. If you ask a question or leave a comment, I will be sure to get back to you as soon as possible!


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  1. Margaret Garcia says:

    This is so PRETTY!!! Great work!!

  2. Good Morning Claire-
    I found you through Barb/Everyday Home and I am your newest follower. This is a great project and I never knew you could print things off like that (in pieces). Great post- xo Diana
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    • Hi Diana!! I learned about it a few months back and now I use it all the time!!! It’s great for projects like this, and I’ve used it a few times to add lettering to my furniture. So glad you stopped by!! Hugs!!

  3. LOVE THIS!!!! I am doing this to a pillow for my bedroom makeover. I love your white paint pen solution for a crisp line. It’s adorable!
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  4. It’s beautiful Claire! Thanks for the tip on printing images larger like you did…I’m always wanting to make something bigger for projects and haven’t ever tried this method.
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    • Glad to help!! I can’t remember where I found out about it, but it was a life changer for me!! I use it all the time!! Wish I knew about it when I was a teacher!!

  5. I love this idea but I don’t think I have the patience to do all the printing steps. I’m too old.
    I love reading all your comments and ideas.
    I live about 140 miles north of you and know the insect problems you talk about also. I hate those scorpions too.

  6. Back up here…. the scorpions that start making their way into your house?????

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    • Ha ha ha!!! Oh, yes, friend! The joys of living in the country!! We are getting ready to get pretty serious about attacking them now! In the summer I use a florescent light (they glow bright yellow under the light) to check under the covers before I get into bed. NOT FUN! The scary thing is when you find them in the shower… after you just got out! Talk about creepy!!
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  7. Beautifully done as always!!! Have a wonderful weekend! HUGS!!! ~ Judy
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  8. I love it, Claire! The whole mantel is gorgeous!!
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  9. OMGoodness!!! This is beyond, AWESOME!! I LOVE it. You did a fantastic job.. Thank you so much for stopping in and linking up at Knock Our Socks Off!!
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  10. Love this idea! Thank you for the link ~ I’m going to print out some posters of my late fur babies 😀

  11. I absolutely adore this! My husband and I just moved into our first house and I have no idea how to decorate a mantel. This idea is fantastic!

  12. Love the way it turned out Claire! I just did this same treatment to the tops of two sweet side tables for a fall show! Your mantle looks great. xoxo

  13. Great idea. I have been looking for a how to for this project. Thanks


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