DIY Deer Art - $100 Room Challenge - Week 3

Easy DIY Deer Art | Free template | home decor | wall art


Here we are already week 3 of this awesome challenge. I entered this challenge really at the last minute, so for me, it hasn't been really the third week! See my first week post here.


Last week, I was trying to plan my room since I'm away from home for springbreak. See the entire post here. I talked about hanging some artwork on the right side of the bath :


I saw those nice deer artwork at a store in my town :



But at 125$ (93$ USD) for both of them, it was way out of my budget.

But good news, I found a way to make them both for waaaaaay cheaper!

Here's what my version looks like :















Amazing isn't it? The thing I like the most is that you can really feel the texture on the canvas. It's not just printed images.

What you need


  • 2 - 12"x12" blank canvas (or whatever size you like. Take the cheapest canvas you can find)
  • Wall scraper
  • Mod Podge and brush
  • Burlap-like or linen-like fabric (mine is cotton but looks like linen)
  • White and black acrylic paint
  • All purpose Dry wall compound

That's the one I used. I had a container lying around for a while. It was full of dried lumps and my husband was on his way to throw it away. You don't want lumps on your walls, but your sure do on your art ;-)




Step-by-Step Tutorial

So first, you need to print deer silhouettes and you're in luck, I have theses free templates just for you, just need to sign in to have access to them and a lot more freebies!



Cut the linen fabric to the size of the deer.

With Mod Podge, glue the fabric to the canva. 



Then, start applying the drywall compound while holding down the deer silhouette.

Step by Step Easy DIY Deer Art | Free Template | Cheap | Wall art | Home decor | $100 Room Challenge Deer


Be sure to cover all the surface. Don't mind the lumps and the uneveness of it all. In fact, you should encourage it!

Step by Step Easy DIY Deer Art | Free Template | Cheap | Wall art | Home decor | $100 Room Challenge Deer


Are you as impatient as I am to take off the deer silhouette? Then go! Let's do it! 

That's by far my favourite part! And I'm pretty happy about it! I think I might even use the leftover silhouette for another DIY! 

Step by Step Easy DIY Deer Art | Free Template | Cheap | Wall art | Home decor | $100 Room Challenge Deer

Now you have to pay it dry for at least 24 hours if not more depending on the thickness you applied and the temperature in your house. 

In my case, I had a surprise waiting for me :


Yep, you can see exactly where the fabric ended. So, my advice to you : cut the fabric almost the same size as the canva. 

But if you have the same problem that I had, just apply another layer of the drywall compound as shown below. 

Step by Step Easy DIY Deer Art | Free Template | Cheap | Wall art | Home decor | $100 Room Challenge Deer

And then, take a deep breath and wait another 24 hours... ugh


The final step

Take the acrylic paint you already have and mix to find a shade of gray you like. Don't mix too much, the variation in the tint of the gray throughout the canva makes it look even better. 

Step by Step Easy DIY Deer Art | Free Template | Cheap | Wall art | Home decor | $100 Room Challenge Deer

Are you lazy like me and have trouble washing your paint after your done?  I still had brownish paint from my DIY burlap box on there!! 


So go ahead and paint. Don't try to get everything gray. Again, you want to leave texture. 

Step by Step Easy DIY Deer Art | Free Template | Cheap | Wall art | Home decor | $100 Room Challenge Deer


Sometimes, I even went back with a damped clothes to remove some excess paint. 

Step by Step Easy DIY Deer Art | Free Template | Cheap | Wall art | Home decor | $100 Room Challenge Deer

That's about it. If you have any questions, don't hesitate, I'll be happy to answer. 

I can't wait to show you what it looks like on the wall of the bathroom. That will have to wait for the reveal! 😉

I already had everything I used, except for the fabric. So, for the $100 Room Challenge, the fabric cost me around 5 $ (CAD). So I still have plenty to go on for the next week.

Have to get to work! Still plenty to do!

And if you like it, don't forget to Pin it!

Deer Art | easy DIY | Step by step | Cheap | Wall art | Home decor


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See where I'm linking up HERE!






Now, let's see what my blogger friends have been up to for this week's challenge :




25 comments

  1. These look great! Great tutorial too!

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  2. I'm in love with your DIY artwork. It turned out so wonderfully and that texture is great. Thank you for sharing.

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    1. Thanks Sue. Easy to do! The patience for waiting it to dry is the hardest part!!!

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  3. They are so cool!! I love the way they turned out.

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  4. what a unique look! I have never seen this before.

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    1. Oh! That's a pretty nice compliment! Thanks!

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  5. These are amazing! I love that you created just what you wanted and saved a ton of money in the process!!

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    1. Thanks Cindy! I find that using what I have at hand instead of buying is even more rewarding

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  6. This has to be the coolest and most original DIY art project I've ever seen!

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    1. Wow, you've just made my day! Thanks so much Corinna!

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  7. What a great idea! I have never seen anything like that before. Love it!!!

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  8. What a cool and creative idea! I never thought of doing this, but it gives such a neat effect.

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  9. Thanks Sarah! I'm really happy about it!

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  10. Such a unique wall art idea. Turned out great,Natalie. Great to be co-hosting with you at #HomeMattersParty

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    1. Thanks Sahana! I'm happy to be there too!

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  11. What a super cool way to make textured canvas art! Thanks for sharing your DIY deer art at the #HomeMattersParty - it's nice to be co-hosting with you.

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    1. Thanks Nicole! Real happy to be co-hosting too!

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  12. Natalie, what a great project!!!! Looks so good!! Excited to host with you this month for #HomeMattersParty!

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    1. Thanks Ashley! Really happy to be there too!

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  13. Great budget friendly project and it looks great! Thanks for sharing with us at #HomeMattersParty. Glad to have you as a co-host!

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  14. What a great tutorial at a fraction of the cost-love it! #homemattersparty

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  15. I love the texture. Thanks for sharing at #HomeMAttersPArty

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