Papier-Mache Deer Head on an MDF Plaque

Originally posted 2015-08-10 08:00:32.

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I just recently used a stencil on the wall in my daughter’s room that resembles birch trees. She painted the walls a bright lavender color, and the birch tree stencil (in white) really pops! Keeping with a sort of vibrant woodsy theme, I decided to add a papier-mache deer head mounted to an MDF plaque for a bit of kitschy fun!

For the record, she’s named the deer Felipe Hornsworth the First!

Papier-Mache Deer Head Mounted on an MDF Plaque_Featured


  • Papier-Mache deer head (<– affiliate link!)
  • MDF Plaque measuring approximately 8″ x 12″ (I found mine at WalMart)
  • Latex paint, in color of choice
  • Liquid Nails
  • Picture Hanger (I used a soda can tab with a screw and a washer)
  • Auger Anchor for the wall with a screw

I laid the plaque and head on a piece of plastic with painter’s triangles underneath to elevate them. (I thought I photographed this step but I guess I did not!)

Papier-Mache Deer Head Mounted on an MDF Plaque_Before

I painted the plaque and the head with two coats of latex paint. Spray paint can also be used, if desired. I don’t use it because I don’t think it covers the papier-mache very well! I also painted the tips of the antlers with gold paint.

Once the paint was dry, I marked the position for the picture hanger on the back of the plaque. Since I was using a soda can tab, I drilled a small hole (not all the way through), then inserted the screw through the washer and soda can tab, securing it into the hole with a screwdriver.

Papier-Mache Deer Head Mounted on an MDF Plaque_Hanger

I applied a thick bead of Liquid Nails around the back of the deer head then positioned the head on the plaque. I had to use a clamp on the bottom of the neck of the head so that it would remain flat on the plaque. Any glue that oozed out was touched up with the paint.

Papier-Mache Deer Head Mounted on an MDF Plaque_Adhesive

Papier-Mache Deer Head Mounted on an MDF Plaque_Clamp

The place where my daughter wanted “Felipe” to hang was right over her new bed. There was no wall stud to drive a screw through so I used an auger anchor instead, then drove the screws through the anchor.

Papier-Mache Deer Head Mounted on an MDF Plaque_Auger Anchor

My daughter loves it!

Papier-Mache Deer Head Mounted on an MDF Plaque_Front View

Papier-Mache Deer Head Mounted on an MDF Plaque_Finished Profile

Such great wall art and it was so easy! What color would you paint a papier-mache deer head mounted on the MDF plaque? Leave your idea below!

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