The school play is coming up, and you suddenly realize that floppy construction paper antlers are not going to cut it on your little reindeer. Or maybe you're a fan of faux-taxidermy decor. Whatever the reason, you're in need of light, sturdy, aesthetically pleasing fake antlers, and paper mache fits the bill. Allow yourself about a week — no...
M/F Cut two 15-inch, two 7-inch and two 4-inch pieces of 12-gauge wire. Twist the end of a 6-inch wire around a 15-inch wire just above the midpoint, and tape it in place with masking tape. Twist the end of a 4-inch piece below it and tape it in place. Repeat with the other three wires.
M/F Mold aluminum foil over the wires to give the antlers more shape and dimension, leaving 2 inches of wire bare at the bottom of each antler.
M/F Wrap the foil-covered wire antlers with masking tape.
M/F Place the bottom of the wires on the base — either a wide headband or a 6-inch-by-6-inch corrugated cardboard square. Twist the wire around the headband or bend the wires as necessary. Hot glue the wires in place, then tape over the glued areas.
M/F Cover your work area with newspaper. Mix two parts white glue and one part water in a bowl. Tear additional newspaper into 2-inch strips.
M/F Dip the newspaper strips, one at a time, into the glue mixture. Wipe off the excess glue between two fingers, then place the strip over the tape-covered antlers shape. Allow the strips to overlap, so you have a layer of paper with no tape showing through. Allow the paper mache to dry overnight; cover any leftover glue mixture with plastic wrap.
M/F Apply a second layer of paper mache. Shape each tip of the antlers into a paper point and smooth the paper with your fingers. Allow the second coat to dry overnight.
M/F Spray paint the antlers tan or brown. Allow them to dry for two hours, then apply a second coat of spray paint. Allow the antlers to dry for at least 24 hours before use.