Deer Head Christmas Ornament

Oh yes, it is that time of the year. Christmas! Trish and I always look forward to this time of the year. We enjoy decorating our homes, celebrating with friends and family, and crafting. Each year we add a few more homemade ornaments to our family trees. It may be whimsical, colorful, or rustic…but we love them all. I come from a very outdoor oriented family and so this little Deer Head Christmas Ornament is the perfect combo of nature and whimsy…

A beautiful Deer Head Christmas Ornament via Uncommon Designs. A rustic and natural Christmas ornament.

Isn’t he sweet? I drew my inspiration from all the fun animal items I have been seeing in stores lately. The neutral colors and earthy textures are the perfect combo for my Christmas tree decorations. Our home is all about homemade items including ornaments, which we create each year for our Christmas tree. My son is going to love hanging this special one on our family tree.

A beautiful Deer Head Christmas Ornament via Uncommon Designs. A rustic and natural Christmas ornament.

 Cream, brown, and green are some of my favorite colors. I love how he is nestled in his little wreath. So let’s get started creating your own Deer Head Christmas Ornament



1. Wooden Birch Disc

2. Miniature Deer Head { this one came from Michaels }

3. Miniature Boxwood Garland

4. DecoArt Americana Warm White Acrylic Paint

5. Minwax Stain in Color of Choice { I used Dark Walnut }

6. Glue Gun and Glue Sticks

7. Small Eye Hook

8. Wired  1 1/2 inch Burlap Ribbon

9. Jute Twine

10. Floral Wire

11. Fine Grit Sanding Block { optional }




With a small foam brush, paint a few coats of Warm White Acrylic Paint on the miniature deer head. I painted 3 coats to completely cover it.


I love the look of the warm white color, but I think a metallic gold color would look amazing as well.



Stain the front of the birch disc with the wood stain. I wanted to create a contrast between the warm white color and the disc. You could certainly leave it natural as well. I did quickly sand over the stained birch disc to give a bit of contrast to the stain. Just use a fine grit sanding block if you want to do this.



Insert the eye hook in the edge of the birch disc. I like to use eye hooks with ornaments to allow ease of hanging on the Christmas tree. You may need to get it started by gently tapping a very small nail into the disc and then removing it.



Use your glue gun  to attach the deer head to the center of the wood disc. Make sure you use a high temp glue to place it on the wood. If you have never crafted with these fun birch wood slices, the possibilities are endless. I love the Burned Wood Christmas Snowflake Ornaments I created using them. They really can take on a rustic or contemporary look.



Use a bit of faux boxwood garland to create a sweet little wreath around you deer’s head. I love this garland that I picked up at a local craft store a few years ago. I also used it to create a wreath on my  beautiful Burlap Winged Christmas Angel.



Tie a simple burlap bow, and attach it to the eye hook with a bit of floral wire. It is much easier to add the bow if you tie it first and then use the floral wire to attach it to the eye hook.



Finally, tie a loop of simple jute twine through the eye hook to allow you to hang this little guy on your Christmas tree.

That is it! Rustic, neutral, simple, and adorable!

A beautiful Deer Head Christmas Ornament via Uncommon Designs. A rustic and natural Christmas ornament.

So, are you ready to begin crafting for the holidays? We have a lot of fun and beautiful Christmas Ornaments with full tutorials for you to choose from.

Love burlap and neutral Christmas decor? Trish has an incredible tutorial for a No-Sew Burlap Christmas Tree Skirt and this sweet Christmas Angel may need to go on your “to do” list…

Gorgeous Christmas Angel made of a styrofoam cone and yarn via Uncommon Designs.


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Trish Flake

Hey y'all! I am Trish and the creative voice behind Uncommon Designs. I adore party planning, holiday celebrations, and all things crafty! I am so excited to share my creative adventures with you!

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  1. says

    This ornament is just darling! I haven’t seen the miniature deer heads at Michael’s. I’ll have to go a “hunting”. 😉 I love that your tree is full of homemade ornaments. Have a wonderful week.


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