today we are sharing a little holiday decor DIY project that is beautiful, easy, and inexpensive. and when we say “holiday” what we actually mean is “we leave ours on display year round”.
you will need to start with some genuine deer antlers, and 2 cans of metallic spray paint (or any 2 analogous colors that will blend into each other well). now before you go getting all animal rights activist on us, let us emphasize that deer shed their antlers naturally. still, living in LA we can’t exactly go walking down hollywood boulevard and find ourselves any, so we ordered some from this etsy seller (who collects them from the forest floor in oakanagan, washington) for $15 per antler.
the first step is to apply your base color. we decided to do our antlers in opposite gradients — fading to gold on one and silver on the other. after 2 coats of base color have dried, start from the bottom and slowly, evenly spray your contrast color toward the top of the antlers. as you move upward, pull the spray can back gradually so that the color starts to fade as it goes up. you can do this as many times as you need to get an even gradation, focusing most of your contrasting color at the bottom of the antler so that the bottom is where the contrast color is the most solid.
repeat the process with the opposite color on the other antler. after both colors are completely dry, you can also spray with several coats of clear gloss spray paint to make the metallic extra shiny. that’s it, guys! an awesome, rustic-glam mantle piece in just a few hours of dry time and a few cans of rustoleum.