String Art Deer

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I remember watching this slightly goofy candy commercial.

A few years back, when I was a wee lass.

In the commercial, one person would be gaily strolling along the sidewalk, eating out of an open jar of peanut butter.  (A common occurence.)  And another equally happy person would be walking in the opposite direction eating a chocolate bar.  Somehow, the chocolate bar eating person would slip (on an errant banana peel, perhaps?) and fall into the peanut butter loving person.

The serendipitous result was that the chocolate and peanut butter squished together.  Each person then tried tasting their chocolate and peanut butter mix with great delight.

And thus, the Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup.

I experienced a happy crafting mix, myself, with my love of chalkboard paint and my first attempt at string art.  (And I didn’t even need to slip on a banana peel to do it.)  It was a perfect craft pairing to further my current obsession with deer head decor.


10-10-13n 033 String Art @ CharmingZebra.comIt all started out with a simple slab of wood.  I found it wedged between a ceramic cat figurine and an empty frame embellished with blue lace on a shelf at our local Salvation Army.  It was $1.25 so I brought it home.



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I started off painting the wood with two coats of chalkboard paint leftover from my Scalloped Livingroom Wall.


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Next, I searched for a free image of a deer silhouette online.  My printer is non-functioning at the moment, so I simply put a piece of white paper against the computer screen and lightly traced the outline onto the paper.  After trimming the paper, I centered it where I wanted it on the wood piece.


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I then hammered in an excessive amount of tiny nails around the outline.

Important!  Use some type of thick mat under the wood piece to prevent your work surface from ending up with a million unwelcome nail holes.


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I used 4 strands of white embroidery floss to follow the outline of the deer.


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I then used 2 strands to fill in the head.


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Not as tasty as a chocolate and peanut butter mash-up, but still a fun project for Fall.

So what about you?  Any happy mixes on the decorating front?  Or perhaps, an unfortunate slip on a banana peel?

~Miss Charming

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  1. this is flat out awesome!
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  2. Julia @ cuckoo4design says:

    Love it and pinning. It’s such an awesome idea!

  3. This is awesome!!! I can’t wait to try this out for myself!
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  4. This is really cool! Haha, I love your analogy, too.
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  5. That looks so great! I have been wanting to do a string art deer silhouette myself, but never thought to do it on a slab like that. I love this idea!

  6. I absolutely love this! Definitely going to pin this to try this winter. 🙂

    Angela @ Number Fifty-Three

  7. This is a great d.i.y. It definitely looks like something you’d see at urban outfitters. I’ve been trying to find a way to incorporate deer head decor into my house, and I think this is it. I’ll report back.

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  8. This is pure genius!!! And I’m so happy to hear that no banana peel slipping was involved! Ha!

    Pinning for sure!

    Thanks so much for your amazing and fabulous inspiration!

    🙂 Linda
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  9. So cute! I love the deer head trend. My name is Katie and I host Fall Into the Holidays, now open. All entries get pinned. I would love to have you link up!
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  10. This is such a cute idea. With some supervision, I think my 12 year old could make this. We will give it a try this week. Gotta keep the kids busy! Thanks for sharing!

  11. I love this idea! My husband is a hunter and we have some deer decor up all year, but now that it is becoming ‘trendy’ I am finding so many great ideas for incorporating it into our holiday decor as well. 🙂 I am still a little intimidated by the string art, but you made it look easy.
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  12. What a beautiful project! Looks like a lot of fun to put together 🙂
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  13. Love it! Such a great idea! I would love for you to add your link to the link party on my blog at
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