DIY Deer Head String Art

I was super excited to meet Kilee at SNAP Conference and then super disappointed to find out how far away we lived from each other! She is beautiful inside and out and has such a darling little family!

Today I’m sharing a little piece I made for baby Knox’s nursery.
When I was looking for craft ideas for Elevate, I stumbled upon this string art and was hooked. I knew it would be something different and unique, but a perfect thing to make while chatting.
After I saw Knox’s nursery I thought one might go cute in his room.
There were little pops of green so a deer head string art in green it was!
 You can really make this deer head string art as big or small as you want. This is on approximately a 7×9 piece of wood.
Print out a silhouette of whatever you’d like to use. A letter, number, anchor, state, animal, there are so many cute possibilities! Stain or paint your wood.
 Here are the nails that worked the best for us. Found at Lowes for $1.30.
Lay the paper down and nail around the outline. When you are finished, the paper easily rips off. To start tie a knot around a nail twice to be safe. Start wrapping! There are so many tutorials on Pinterest, but I would say if you are going right to left wrap counter clockwise so that the crochet thread is on the outside of the nail. If you are going from left to right it would be clockwise. I’ve heard the deer head string art looks better on the outside of the nails and not the inside. When you are wrapping the thread make sure to push it down the nail so you can continue wrapping if you decide to come back through the pattern.
 I used Red Heart Crochet Thread size 10. You don’t need very much for a smaller board. At the end, tie 2 knots again and you are done! It’s not very hard depending on the shape you do. The great thing is you can use as much or as little string as you want for your deer head string art. It’s not a craft that can be messed up. If you make a line you don’t like, you can unwrap it. Time consuming, yes. Advanced, no.
Congrats Kilee and fam!



28 comments so far.

28 responses to “DIY Deer Head String Art”

  1. I remember seeing this on her blog! Didn’t realize it was you who made it. You’re so talented and I love this!

  2. Love it!! I have the CA state string art we made at Elevate up on my wall!! It’s a great craft — great job on the deer head!! I appreciate every nail you hammered in for that!! 😀

  3. Lynn and Lou says:

    This is perfect! I am pinning this right now! I really love this DIY! xx. McKenna Lou

  4. Rachel says:

    This is such a cute idea!

  5. Really Fun– and hello- super cute!

  6. Christine says:

    That is really amazing Jen!

  7. Ana Lopes says:

    Wow!That’s really a fabulous project! I love reindeers and this is so sweet!Thanks so much for sharing the great tutorial! Would love to have you visit me sometime. Have a fabulous week!
    Hugs from Portugal,

    Ana Love Craft

  8. Natashalh says:

    What an awesome tutorial! I love string art, but i’m kind of afraid to try because I’m not sure I could get a pattern to turn out like I’d like.


  9. this would be great for christmas! & I love the stained wood.

  10. I love this! Already brainstorming ideas of what I want to make!
    Stopping by from Tatertots and Jello’s party!
    Beth @ The First Year Blog

  11. Brandi says:

    I love this! Such a creative idea.

  12. So fun!! I’m seriously thinking about making this for my kitchen!! PINNING!!

  13. I love this project! It is super fun and whimsical. I would love it if you would come and link this up at my link party
    Dandelion Wishes Wednesday I’m also pinning this 🙂

  14. Mindi says:

    This is so stinkin cute, seriously! Thanks for the tips and I pinned!

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  16. Lisa says:

    This is so cute! I have been looking for something unique that the kids can make for their grandparents for Christmas and this may be it:)

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  22. Emily says:

    I love the deer head, where did you find the outline? Thanks!

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  25. Emily Marie says:

    I love this! String art is always a great option for decorating but this deer head pattern just speaks to me. I think the hardest part about it would be to decide on what colour to do!

  26. Mandy R says:

    I think that Deer head can fit into my living room as a proper design.