Antlers as Home Decor

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I’ve been a little bit obsessed with deer antlers lately.  I think Terry started it when she found that amazing wooden stag/deer head for her baby’s nursery {here}.

new baby

That little baby is pretty, sweet, too!

I looked on Craigslist and mostly found stuffed deer heads.  I’m not quite sure I’m ready to take that plunge yet, although I come from a family of hunters.  Mostly I remember being scared. to. death of the stuffed deer head at my grandmother’s house when I was little.

I did find one box of antlers, but they wanted $50 for them!  Then I remembered that, as mentioned above, I come from a family of hunters.  I’m smart like that.  I called my uncle, who lives in Michigan, and who just happened to be coming for a visit.  He brought me four antlers, or “sheds” as they call them (because the deer shed them and they find them in the woods).  I think one set–the four-pointers–were from one of my cousin’s deer, but they separated them for me.

Here’s what I did with two of them:

Deer antlers in home decor

It isn’t rocket science; I just incorporated them into the decor on our shelves.

Deer antler

They’re mostly white, but the bases are knobby and rough.  I just used them as-is.

Deer antlers I had to move them higher on the shelves because the dogs went crazy over them and I’m sure would have chewed them to bits by now if I had let them.  I guess that makes sense.

I’ve seen the antler chandeliers, but I’m not a huge fan of those.  I think I like this look better…it adds a little interest but doesn’t overwhelm the style of the room.  By the way, remember that white duck that started out bright blue?  I like him much better this way!

What are you favorite natural decor pieces?  Turtle shells?  Coral?  Or are you an antler fan, too?

Thanks for stopping by.



  1. Oh my goodness, I’m loving antlers and trying to figure ways (that aren’t overly huntsman/lodgey) to incorporate in my home. I know “coastal” is really in, but antlers are man-enough to make my man happy. I’m planning to put several shed antlers in a large hurricane on one table. You can also get the plaster molds at Ballard – considering that formal my sitting room on a chocolate brown wall. I also found silver antler candlesticks at a antique show – I didn’t buy them and am kicking myself!!! Oh yes, I did have custom pillows made out on an antler print (the pattern is Lee Jofa “Antlers”) that are sitting on my leather sectional. Keep the antler suggestions coming!!!!

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