Brilliant DIY LED Deer Christmas Decoration

Brilliant DIY LED Deer Christmas Decoration

LED Deer: This is a simple, but brilliant diy illuminated wall art project. I made this for the fraction that it would cost to buy something similar from an upmarket interiors store.
Christmas lights add sparkle to your decorations in those dark winter evenings. I love walking into an illuminated home, it all adds to the magical feel of this time of year.
Christmas string lights have evolved considerably in the last few years. When I was a kid the only Christmas string lights you could get were those tacky green plastic ones you put round the tree. Now you can get lovely copper wire lights, that are sleeker, brighter and a thousand times more stylish.
Make your own brilliant DIY LED Deer Head Christmas decoration.  It's a lot cheaper and simpler than you think.

I wouldn’t have attempted this DIY illuminated Christmas decorations with the old lights, it just wouldn’t have looked good. However I’m in love with the new copper wired LED lights, so many Christmas decoration possibilities.
Warning the led lights come with a remote control, which you should not let fall into the wrong hands. The lights aren’t always soothing, especially when my son insists on putting the lights on a fit inducing disco flashing mode instead of my favoured gentle soothing dimmer mode.

As with my Photo Frame Chalkboard Display I need to include the following disclaimer, before I receive a the usual backlash I seem to get whenever I upcycle old picture frames.
Disclaimer: I promise that no original artwork was harmed in the making of this DIY project. The picture used was a print. If it was an original painting, I would have sold it at auction and would currently be drinking Champagne contemplating my retirement 🙂 .

What you need to make an LED Deer Christmas Decoration

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How to make an LED Deer Head Christmas Wall Decoration

  1. I was lucky as my picture frame was in relatively good nick. The frame itself was a gold colour with a red fleck. As I felt this was kind of Christmassy colours I left the frame as it was. However I did paint over the picture (note a print and not original artwork) with chalkboard paint.

  3. Print out the deer silhouette of your choice. The size will depend on the size of the frame. My frame was rather large so I printed out my deer head onto several pages of A4 paper. If it’s easier for you you could get your local print shop to print it out for you onto one large piece of paper.

  5. To transfer my deer head image I used a neat little chalk transfer trick. Turn the deer silhouette over and rub chalk over the thick outline. Then turn the paper over and with a pen with a lid on, firmly trace round the deer head outline.
  6. When you lift up your paper you should have a nice chalk outline of your deer silhouette. Just go over this again with chalk to neaten it up and remove any excess chalk.

    Adding the lights to your LED Deer Head

  8. Now you are ready to add your lights. Drill a small hole on the base of the deer head and feed through the end of your copper light string.
    LED deer Head Christmas Decoration
  9. Using the clear sticky glue dots, stick your copper wired lights to the chalked outline. I had enough copper wire to go round the head silhouette three times.
    DIY  LED deer head Christmas decoration.

The LED Deer head is now ready to hang and add some brilliance to your Christmas decor. Just make sure you have control of the remote so you can ensure your lights are on a calming setting.
Make your own brilliant DIY LED Deer Head Christmas decoration.  It's a lot cheaper and simpler than you think.
Make your own brilliant DIY LED Deer Head Christmas decoration.  It's a lot cheaper and simpler than you think.
If deer heads are not your thing. You can of course make your DIY Led Christmas decoration in any shape you want, a tree perhaps, or a star for an all year round decoration. I will be making another one with the next frame I find, next time I might attempt a pineapple just for fun.
If you liked this you might like to check out my diy fabric stags head decoration.
 Free pattern to make your own DIY fabric stags head.  fantastic christmas decoration even looks good all year round.


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  2. What a creative project! Thank you for sharing it at The Crafty Corner! I hope to see you again at the next party (beginning tomorrow).

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  4. Gorgeous! I cannot believe you had to add a disclaimer for this old print. Haha! A vast improvement surely from what it was before.

    • Thank you Mary, I know but I still get comments about how could I do that to a painting, even when I have explained that it is a tired old print.

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  8. Awesome idea! 🙂

  9. That is genius! I am so adding this to my must do list. I appreciate the heads up about the disco feature that light spasm makes my eyes twitch. LOL

  10. This is so cute! I love this idea!!! Thanks for sharing at the Peaches+Link Link Party!

  11. There are copper wired Christmas lights?!?!?! I need to get out of the house more…….
    This is really cool, by the way.
    I found this in a link party scanning ALL of the crafts and yours was the only one that popped out.

    • Thank you! Yes those copper wired lights are amazing and very reasonable, I have bought a few sets.

  12. Can we still sip champagne while basking in the illumination of the deer head? Very cute project!

  13. Reindeer Amazing! Have never seen anything like this before even in the store!

  14. Great project – pinned and shared

  15. Beautiful !!!!!

  16. This looks so easy and fun! Thanks for sharing on the Pleasures of the NW’s DIY party!

  17. Wow I’m so in love with this Claire! Great thinking and really clever idea!

    • Thank you Medina. I really enjoyed making it and love having it on the wall.

  18. Great project! Thanks for the tutorial.

  19. WOW! This is so dang cute!

  20. I love this Claire!!! And those lights are fantastic! I just bought some yesterday ! LOVE

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