Rack ’em up
What on earth am I doing with that thing … right?
I love antlers. I discovered this fascination one day while antiquing. There they were … five sets of small antlers, mounted on wood with blue and black felt. At $5 a pop, I grabbed ’em. Today, they hang on a wall above a club chair and surround a rustic old painting in a dark brown gesso frame. I love the way it looks.
And where did I get that forlorn little antler, above? Farmguy likes to walk in the woods looking for antler sheds. In late winter/early spring, deer shed their antlers. They usually get bigger each year as the deer matures. Every once in awhile Farmguy will find a monster antler.
I have a basket full of antler sheds, and I know how to use ’em.
Hooks … centerpieces … candle rings … the possibilities are endless. At the moment, I’m trying to figure out how to mount them on the wall individually. Our family has three recurve bows for target shooting. I need a place to hang them … why not on the wall inside the back door? If I use antlers as hooks it’ll be decorative and pleasing … right? I’ll pretend you’re all agreeing with me.
All of this babbling to say this is my latest project. I know it’s weird, but so am I. So there!
Antler art … think about it!
This last one is a bit extravagant for my taste — and my checkbook. But you can use antlers to add texture and interest to just about any decor … they work great with primitives, rustic and lodge styles, and ruralist interiors. Have you heard of new Victorian style? Antlers can be worked into those spaces, too.
Can’t see yourself using antlers?
Try one of these ideas …
- Place an old, wooden bowl in the center of your table and fill it with antlers and red or silver Christmas bulbs.
- Have a dough trencher? Place it on a table or on top of a sideboard or console table. Fill with pine boughs, large rusty jingle bells and a couple of antlers.
- Arrange a scrap of burlap fabric on a counter, dining or side table. Gather natural items like pine cones and pine boughs. Add sleigh bells or Christmas balls, a sprig of holly or two, and pillar candles. Situate small antlers around the base of the pillars.
However you decorate for Christmas … whether you enjoy antler art or not, have fun playing with found objects.
They’re so much more interesting than shiny new items!
Happy weekend, friends!
Take a little time to redecorate a tiny corner, tabletop or small space. It’s invigorating!