Want a deer silhouette canvas on your wall? This is EASY! You can create this simple deer head silhouette wall art piece in an afternoon.
Skills Required: Beginner. I’d recommend practicing with Mod Podge on a scrap piece of wood before attempting this project, just so you can get familiar with decoupage.
The good news is that this project is really easy, so you shouldn’t have any problems making it happen with little crafting experience. You should just pay close attention to the instructions.
‘Tis the season for all things deer inspired! Mix and match different colors and textures to highlight your decor. Just choose your favorite scrapbook papers and cardstock.
We love simple wall art around here; if you haven’t seen our Mod Podge canvas art ideas, you need to check those out! This is yet another idea that is simple, easy, looks great, and can be accomplished by kids or adults. And you can put it anywhere in your home!
Everyone has a different idea of the kind of deer silhouette they want on their wall. Some might want just the head, and some might want a body. Some might want male or female.
My recommendation is that you search “deer silhouette” online and find something that you like. Choose a silhouette, print it out, and use it as a template. You can also do a hand sketch based on what you find, to make it your own. That’s what I did for this project.
Of course if you have a die cutter, you can choose an image from the library (or upload your own) and cut it out that way.
And you don’t have to stick with a deer; this silhouette wall art is very versatile. You can turn almost any shape into a silhouette and then do this project – that’s what I love about it!
Choose Your Canvas
If you choose a canvas smaller than 12″ x 12″ or so, it will typically fit one piece of scrapbook paper without piecing any paper together. That makes it nice and easy to do this project!
Having said that, if you want to use a larger canvas, you have a few options – because technically you can choose any size canvas you want. If you want to go larger than 12″ x 12″, you can:
- Paint the canvas and not worry about scrapbook paper. Think about painting the canvas solid and making a large, patterned deer head.
- Piece the scrapbook paper together on the canvas. If you do this, you’ll want to make sure that the patterns actually work together before you purchase the paper – meaning that when you place the paper end to end, the pattern continues.
- Choose paper that is larger to cover the background – like wrapping paper or larger sheets of paper that you can purchase from art stores.
All of these are viable options and I’ve done all of them. If you decide to piece the paper together, you’ll have to remember that you might able to see the seams, especially if the canvas is large. I typically only piece paper together if it’s two or three pieces and I can cover most of the seam.
Mod Podge Formula to Use
For this project we used Gloss Mod Podge, but there’s no right or wrong answer to what you should use. It all depends on the finish you’re looking for – whether it be gloss, matte, satin, or even sparkle. The Brushstroke Mod Podge is a great formula for adding texture once the canvas is complete.
If you decide to hang your silhouette wall art, keep it out of the sun if there’s no UV protection on it (via a sealer or UV glass). Otherwise, it will fade over the long term. Mod Podge won’t protect it from that.
Are you ready to dive into this silhouette wall art project? Let’s do it!
DIY Deer Head Silhouette
- Mod Podge Gloss
- Square canvas – we used 12″ x 12″
- 2 pieces of cardstock
- Red acrylic paint
Choose the scrapbook paper for your background as well as your canvas. You don’t need to do anything to prepare it.
Place the scrapbook paper upside down. Turn the canvas upside down on top of the paper, and trace the edges with a pencil.
Use a paper trimmer or scissors to cut along the straight lines. Do a test fit and continue to trim if needed.
Sketch out the deer silhouette on the other piece of cardstock. Cut it out with the scissors and set aside. Tip: you can also print out the silhouette if your wall art is smaller – and use the silhouette as a template.
Brush acrylic paint on the canvas edges. Allow to fully dry; about an hour.
Give the canvas a second coat, and press down with your finger along the edges to make sure the paper is fully secure. Let dry.
Allow your deer head silhouette to fully dry before displaying.
- Mod Podge Gloss
- Square canvas - I used 12" x 12"
- 2 pieces of cardstock - one decorative, one solid
- Red acrylic paint
- Choose the scrapbook paper for your background as well as your canvas. You don’t need to do anything to prepare it.
- Place the scrapbook paper upside down. Turn the canvas upside down on top of the paper, and trace the edges with a pencil.
- Use a paper trimmer or scissors to cut along the straight lines.
- Sketch out the deer silhouette on the other piece of cardstock. Cut it out with the scissors and set aside.
- Brush red acrylic paint on the canvas edges. Allow to fully dry; about an hour.
- Use Mod Podge to adhere the cardstock on the surface. Brush a medium layer of Mod Podge onto the canvas and then smooth down the paper thoroughly. Let dry for 15 – 20 minutes.
- Give the canvas a second coat, and press down with your finger along the edges to make sure the paper is fully secure. Let dry.
- Brush a generous amount of Mod Podge on the back of the silhouette and secure to the canvas. The brush a thin layer of Mod Podge on top.
- Allow your simple wall art to fully dry before displaying.
I purchased packs of canvas for this project (cheaper than buying individuals) as well as two sheets of paper; I already had the Mod Podge and paint on hand.
What do you think of this deer silhouette wall art? I hope you enjoyed it! If you liked this project, check out these other related craft ideas: