Friday, September 23, 2011

DIY: Hunting Lodge Edition

Have you been trying to find a way to make your dorm room go from bare-walled bleak to aristocratic chic? Is the Breakfast at Tiffany’s poster you bought at the poster fair just not cutting it this year? And most important, have you always dreamt of having a large reindeer head looming above your bed as you sleep? We had too. Initially, we evaluated the logistics of having a stuffed head mounted on our wall. However, numerous factors, including the high price tag, a dubious taxidermist who looked to be straight out of Borgin and Burkes, and our oversensitive vegetarian roommate quickly deterred us from this possibility. However, don’t be discouraged, for we have found the perfect solution! Keep reading, and in just 10 easy steps, you too can be the proud owner of a cardboard reindeer head.

Step 1: Follow the link at the bottom of the page and print out the six pattern pieces available.

Step 2: Cut out pattern.

step 1+2

Step 3: Trace the pattern on a large piece of cardboard. (Insiders tip: look in the Watson basement for spare pieces of cardboard.)

Step 4: Cut out the traced pattern using a sharp X-Acto knife or box cutter.

step 3+4

Step 5: Assemble neck as shown below.

step 5

Step 6: Assemble head as shown as shown below.

step 6

Step 7: Hot glue neck to head.

Step 8: If you have extra cardboard, cut out a fancy shape to mount your reindeer’s head on. Cut two long slits on the fancy backboard and insert the reindeer’s neck.

step 7+8

Step 9: If you’re looking to get extra fancy, pick up some spray paint from the local hardware store and unleash your inner Banksy.

step 9

step 9 pt 2


(That's our friend Bobby. How dreamy can you get?)

If you’re still determined to have the real thing, we recommend watching this immediately. If you're not still determined to have the real thing, we recommend watching this immediately:



X-Acto knife or box cutter

Printed pattern from the link below

Hot glue gun

Spray paint



Zoe and Morgan

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