Not the most obvious vintage home project, but I have always wanted a massive pair of antlers on which to hang our hats, or one pair for each family member, hung at just the right height for them. These faux antlers, made of wire bound in fabric, take a little bit of making, but are well worth the effort. You need an impressive-looking mount for your antlers – taxidermy suppliers sell appropriate shields and boards that are very reasonably priced, or you can sand and paint an offcut of wood, a slice of tree trunk, a piece of driftwood or even an old chopping board to make your mount.
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You Will Need
Mark a cross on the mount where each antler will be.
Choose the number of wires you will be using, allowing
one wire for every point that you want on your antlers. A
maximum of five is probably best. For a single point antler
use double wire to add strength. Check that you have the
right size drill bit so the wire just fits in the hole and then
drill the right number of holes around the crosses, only a
couple of milimetres apart, all the way through to the back,
making sure that you have a suitable surface behind that
you can drill into. Finish your mount with paint if required
and add a strong picture hook to the back for hanging.
If you are using coat hangers clip off the twisted ends and
straighten them out. Chop the wire into different lengths
and line them all up at one end. Use some string to bind
all of the wires for one antler together at this end, leaving
about 2cm bare so they can be pushed into the holes in the
Bend the wires into antler shapes, tying the wires together
by wrapping more string around the bundle just before
each point forks off. Make the antlers as a mirror of each
other so they make a matching pair.
Start to bind the frames with long strips of fabrics, all cut
into 1–2cm wide strips. Use a glue gun or sew the end of
the strip to the wires, then wind it around and around the
antler, moving up towards the points. Sew or glue each
strip in place and keep winding until all of the wire is
covered. Leave the mount end of the wires free from fabric
so they can slot into the holes in the mount.
When you have a balanced pair of antlers, feed the wires
into the holes in the mount with plenty of hot glue and
cover with a little more fabric to hide the glue. Hang on the
wall as decoration, or use as a hat stand.