Deer antlers are not only gorgeously stunning to look at, but they're strong as well, making them the perfect to item to use in dozens of different arts and crafts. Even if you don't have experience working with them, you can still pick up a few antlers are turn it into a fully functional object or a piece of art. Keep reading and I'll share with you some easy-to-do antler crafts which you can pick up and do in your spare time.
If this is your first time working with antlers, I recommend constructing a table centerpiece before anything else. They're easy to make, require minimal tools, and look great when finished.
Before you start, you'll need to gather your supplies first. A standard-size table centerpiece will take 2 to 3 antler sheds, hot glue gun, about a foot of wiring, and whatever artificial plant-life you want to add to it. The first thing you need to do is to create the frame of it by wiring the shed together. There's really no wrong way to do this so long as it's durable and keeps everything in place. Next, arrange the plant decor around the antlers and bind them with your hot glue gun. Wait about an hour for it to fully dry and you now have a beautiful antler centerpiece.
Picture frames are another type of craft that's easy to make using antlers. Of course there are a few ways to go about crafting them, but the easiest way is to simply buy a basic picture frame with little to no border and bind the antlers to the outside of it using super-glue or similar epoxy. If you attempt to build a picture frame, make sure you have the right sized antler before starting. Typically, it's best to use one shed on each side of the frame.
Small Antler Crafts
You don't have to limit yourself to large types of crafts and projects. Even if you just have parts of an antler, you can still use it to make a ton of different stuff. If you have a dog, saw the antlers up into pieces and give them to your dog as treats. Dogs love to chew and gnaw on antlers, and they're perfectly healthy for them to do so with.
If you just have parts of an antler, you can still use it to craft doorknobs and handles with. Just take your saw out and cut them down to the right size. Antlers are quite easy to cut without splintering or breaking.
These are just a few of the many types of antler crafts out there. If you're having trouble making something, keep practicing. Crafting with antlers isn't hard, but like most things in life it takes practice.