Mounting Individual Antlers

I’ve long had a pair of natural shed antlers I picked up at a thrift store several years ago.  I’ve used them in all sorts of places– on bookshelves, as centerpieces, on my fireplace, coffee tables, you name it.  But now they have a new home: mounted above our bed in our master bedroom.  Today I’ll show you how simple mounting individual antlers can be.

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We put some thin moulding around our bed and nightstands, so it didn’t really leave much room for artwork.  It looked a bit too plain above our DIY headboard and I had the idea of mounting some antlers.  But rather than buy a new set or look for something already mounted on a plaque or something, I thought let’s try to mount the pair we already have.  I’m happy to report this is one project that worked out exactly as I envisioned it in my head.

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I headed to the hardware store and to one of my favorite underrated isles for DIY decor projects: the plumbing isle.  Plumbing hardware comes in all kinds of pretty materials: copper and brass and gold and black.  I found these copper tube straps at Home Depot and thought they may just be the perfect size to fit around the antlers and into the wall.

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They were just a teensy bit too tight, but the metal was pretty moldable so we made it work by bending it around the antlers a little more, then drilling it into the wall.

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Because they were a bit small, it was a tad tricky to drill them in.  I recommend having two people– one to hold the antlers, and one to do the drilling.  The most important part is to hold really still, and drill steadily into the wall.

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I must admit, the first night they were up there I worried about them falling and stabbing me in my sleep, but they are in there pretty good!  I don’t think they’re going anywhere, and they look so pretty, don’t you think?

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  1. They look lovely. But a naive question: Is over the bed a really good place to have something pointy and sharp? Could be an accident waiting to happen. But I’m an old worry-wart…..

  2. Hey Jen,

    first – congratulations on your absolutely adorable baby Vivienne!
    Second – it seems like staying at home with your darling gives you time to catch up on posts. And I have to say I love that! =) So double benefit – cute baby pictures and more posts from you. <3

    Happy Holidays to you and your family!
    Lea

  3. You need your own HGTV Show!

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