Each year, deer naturally shed their antlers between late fall and winter to grow new ones. If you’re lucky enough to stumble upon these beautiful gifts on a hike, there are countless creative ways to decorate your home with them. And, with the holiday season on the way, they’re the perfect way to add a festive touch to your home or cottage.
Here are 14 of our favourite ways to use them.
Believe it or not, antler sheds can be used as a great way to display beautiful books or photo albums. Mount antlers sturdily to the wall and show off some of your favourite coffee table books.
Simply arranging antler sheds around pillar candles can create an instant centrepiece. Be sure to use large candles and be mindful not to place your antlers too close to the flame.
This is a simple, yet effective way to bring a bit of the outdoors in. Antler hooks are perfect for hanging coats and the many other winter items cluttering your front entrance.
This one requires a specific shape of antler shed, but if you do come across one of these, save it for a unique handle. They’re perfect for the shed or cottage door.
Antler sheds make a beautiful addition to a fresh flower arrangement in the centre of your table. Adding interest and texture, these centrepieces would be perfect for a cottage wedding or even a formal holiday celebration.
Antler sheds can transform into a practical work of art—this magazine rack is both beautiful and functional.
Sometimes even the most modern rooms need a little warmth and texture from the outdoors. If you’ve been lucky enough to collect enough antler sheds over the years, try gluing them onto a frame to house a mirror. This looks great in a bathroom or over the fireplace.
If you’re looking to put your favourite necklaces on display, try this rustic jewelry holder. Simply attach your antler piece to a frame with backing and hang your favourite pieces. It’s also a great way to keep them organized.
Looking for a gift for the green thumb in your life? Why not try an antler planter? Try adding a liner to a crocheted pouch, and then attach it to an antler shed.
This is a fun and creative way to display your Christmas stockings around the fireplace. Place your sheds among greenery, pinecones, and other outdoor elements for a rustic holiday display.
Dress up an old lamp by tying or gluing some antler sheds to the base. The results are stunning.
Antler sheds are strung together and hung from the top of a covered porch to make a pretty and subtle-sounding wind chime.
Sheds are perfect for holding that special bottle for your next celebration.
With the holidays upon us, you may be looking for a way to spruce up your traditional wreath. Outdoor elements can add whimsy and charm to your door. Simply wire in your antler pieces among the greenery.