I live in a community that is packed with deer. I feel lucky that I get to watch them nap in my yard or run past my back yard fence. (I don’t love that they’ve eaten most of my landscaping but I have learned to be smarter about what I plant.) I was inspired by a deer couple to create some woodlands themed decor. This deer decor would be cute for Valentine’s day or for a wedding shower.
Step one: Paint two of the hearts with a light wood tone color. I used a flat milk paint from Folk Art called “Britches”. Let the paint dry completely.
Step two: Place the tree stencil on the painted heart. Load a pouncer with white paint, then blot the excess off onto a paper towel. Dab the white paint over the stencil to create the tree background. Repeat this process with the other painted heart. Let the paint dry.
Step three: When the paint has dried, grab the deer stencils. You will only be able to fit part of it on the heart, so line it up as you like. Use an embossing ink pen to fill in the design.
Step four: Pour sticky embossing powder over the inked image. Tap off the excess powder, then use a heat tool to set the powder. Sticky embossing powder turns into a clear glue-like substance when you heat it, so you can easily add the powder in the next step.
Step five: Sprinkle pink flocking powder over the deer image. Press the flocking into the melted sticky embossing powder, then tap the excess off.
Step six: Use hot glue to attach the faux fur to one side of a paper mache heart. Trim off the excess, then hot glue fur to the back of the heart. Trim the edges of the fur.
You can hang these individually or as a grouping, like I did. I used a branch and twine to hang the pieces up together. You could make a pretty mobile with these hearts, too. Have fun crafting and creating nature inspired Valentine decor!
This project was originally published on the Darice Crafts Blog.