Ready for a side by side comparison? And yes I even made my own faux antlers and I am going to give y'all a tutorial for those as well. Here is the Pottery Barn version and my version...
- Wire wreath form (mine came from Consumer Crafts)
- Pinecones (I got some plain ones from my yard and some white tipped ones from Consumer Crafts)
- Spanish Moss (had on hand)
- Hot Glue
For the antlers:
- Clay (I used air dry)
- Metal coat hangers
- Aluminum Foil
- Paint in various colors
Let's get started on the antlers first. I saw some faux antlers on Pinterest some time ago and wanted to give them a try. I just did not have a place for them until I saw the Pottery Barn wreath. The antlers that inspired me where these from Crafterberry Bush. I ended up doing a lot of research on making antlers from clay and I loosely followed the tutorial on Crafterberry Bush. I ended up using metal coat hangers instead of sticks.
I cut the coat hangers and shaped them into three different "antler like" shapes.
I then covered my shapes with aluminum foil making sure the tips are pointed and the end is not.
I then covered the shapes in air dry clay until I was happy with the results. Again making the tips pointed and the end not. I took an old paint brush and stippled the ends and a few places along each antler.
When all three were done I left them to completely dry for over 24 hours.
I really thought I might have a craft fail after this. They cracked y'all. I was upset but forged on. I took a little water on my hands and smoothed each antler out. The one on the left below has been smoothed and the one on the right has not been. It worked! I had to do this twice for each antler letting it dry in between. I did have a few small cracks after that but the paint worked to fill those in. Also notice that my wire came out of the bottom of one. You can just snip that off with some side cutters.
Now for paint! I am not an artist y'all. I just pulled up the Pottery Barn picture on my computer, broke out a few shades of white and brown, and experimented. Don't be afraid. Just break out your brush and get started! The worst that can happen is that you paint over it and start over. I played around until I was happy with the results. Are they perfect? Nope. But they are pretty!
Now for the wreath. I made mine inside of a box cause this gets messy!
Cover the form loosely with spanish moss and LOTS of hot glue. You can see that not all areas got covered but that is okay.
I then took a few plain pine cones from the yard and used hot glue to adhere them to the form randomly.
I then took my white tipped pine cones and filled in around the wreath until I was happy with the result. Again adhering with hot glue.
Then take your painted and dry antlers and just tie them onto the wreath with twine.
This one is ready to hang on your door to invite in all of your fall guests!
This one would also be awesome with a red bow for Christmas. Seriously this may be my favorite wreath ever!
A word of caution -- your antlers are NOT made to get wet. I have mine on a door that is protected by a glass storm door. Please do not hang outside or your antlers may melt away.
I hope y'all have enjoyed this wreath as much as I have and will make your own! This one would be good for fall, Christmas, winter, really any season!