Painted deer antlers

A couple of years ago I bought four deer antlers on eBay. I have been meaning to use them in some sort of upcycle project ever since- so last night I decided to paint them. I have seen lots of gorgeous looking ones on Pinterest so I took my inspiration from there.


It is best to give the antlers a good scrub first and let them dry out before painting.


I chose to use Fusion mineral paint in Casement (which is basically white) because it gives great coverage, seriously this paint is lush. I already had a pot from another project, it isn't the cheapest paint but a 500ml pot goes a long way. This gave a good base to add colours to.


I chose a colour palette of turquoise, coral and gold to give it a Navajo kind of feel. The paints are DecoArt crafter's acrylic in Glorious Gold, Coral and Turquoise. I used a fine paint brush and the colour blocks took two layers to get a good coverage. For the last antler I used Cerulean Blue acrylic on the tips.

Painted deer antlers

Painted deer antlers

Painted deer antlers

This was really simple and therapeutic. If you don't have antlers and want to do something similar you can use sticks. I used to collect sticks for this very purpose.


The antlers could be used to hang macrame from, as a jewellery holder or just as general bohemian style decor. To hand them we wrapped them in galvanised wire creating a loop in two points and then nailed them to the wall.

How to mount deer antlers to wall

Painted deer antler jewellery holder

Painted deer antler decor