Antler decor makes any place feel a little more like home to me. (What can I say? I’m originally from Pennsylvania and my dad’s side of the family counts a long line of hunters and outdoorsmen.) If you live near a wooded area where deer, moose or elk roam, you can find shed antlers in the winter through the early spring. Urban dwellers, you may be able to pick them up at flea markets or online. But whether you spot a single “shed” or a few matched pairs, there are so many interesting ways to accent your home with antlers, as you can see below. (Not feeling real antlers? Go faux, like Erin Loechner did in her laundry room.)
We’ve basically exhausted the crafting possibilities around wine (see: corks, bottles, glasses, crates AND barrels), but this ingenious antler wine rack from Meg Caswell is a cool way to store and display your wine before you’re ready to sip it/craft with it.
If you only have a single antler, this offbeat idea from Emily Henderson is a good bet. Placing it on a dining room table as a centerpiece plays up the antler’s naturally sculptural form.
Lots of antlers can be used to make “chandeliers,” as seen in this kitchen by designer Jaymes Richardson. Adding glossy paint in an arresting shade makes these pieces less rustic and more modern.
This bachelorette pad transformation by Property Brothers Drew and Jonathan Scott got mounted antlers as a cute touch. The flowers and metallic finishes feel feminine and quirkier than the mounts you’d see in a hunting lodge.
For the ultimate in form and function, try using a single antler as a coat rack like Claire Zinnecker did on Camille Styles’ blog. Already have a coat rack? This idea could easily double as a jewelry holder! See all the details on CamilleStyles.com.
Which antler craft is near and
deer dear to you? And do you have any other clever suggestions for decorating with antlers? Tell us in the comments below!