Bringing Nature Into The Home - Deer Designs With Antlers

I love nature, walking in amongst the flora and fauna. There has always been something grounding, a larger picture, and so much joy. Architects, interior designers, and garden designers have been bringing the outside, inside for years. As it brings so much peace, a sense of calm and is said to have health/well-being benefits. These past two years have changed us, our priorities, and the way we live. Having moved into our new home last year we were also looking at different ways to bring more nature into our lives. Antlers have been an interior design statement for years, with more recent resin lookalikes available. Here is how you can go a more authentic antler route and incorporate them into your home.


Close-up of a large male red deer with grown antlers.
Rua at Highland Safaris & Red Deer Centre, Aberfeldy, Scotland ©MDHarding

Interiors With Antlers


Did you know red deer antlers are naturally shed each year in April/May? By August/September the new antlers have grown in. Red deer antlers can reach 90 cm (3 ft.) in length and weigh 3 kg (6.6 lbs) each.


In the Cherokee homelands of the southern United States, deer antlers are a symbol of luck and heritage. The Deer is also a celebrated animal in the Chinese zodiac and in feng shui a symbol of abundance. It is said that if you have antlers in the southeast corner of the dining room or even in the east direction of the house, they will bring abundant health to the lives of everyone living in the house. Deer paintings and photographs are also said to bring luck and light, along with better opportunities for fame and money in the path of your career when placed in your home and office.


Scottish Themed Bedroom ©MDHarding

Where To Get Antlers


You can find them laying on the ground but I got mine from Highland Safaris and Red Deer Centre. They have a wide selection of red deer antlers of various sizes, that have all been naturally shed and cleaned. Prices vary depending on size.


But first a delicious hot chocolate (yum)!


Highland Safaris and Red Deer Centre is well worth a visit. There is an owl experience, jeep safari, and more. It's a great day out for the whole family. You can read more about what to expect on a Highland Jeep Safari and other places of interest in the area.


Close-up of hot chocolate with large pieces of chocolate.
Delicious Hot Chocolate at Highland Safaris and Red Deer Centre ©MDHarding

White Antler Hanging Frames


I had a few ideas but has taken me some time to cement these. I knew I wanted to attach an antler to each of the below frames, that has been lying around for ages (Ikea frames). I spray-painted them white with Rust-Oleum white chalk paint. Now it was time to try and attach the antlers. I had a few different options, one to screw directly into the antler and the other to put holes into the back of the frame to attach them. I wasn't that keen to do either just in case I would like to re-use the antler in another way and the same with the frame.



So I opted for a clear beading thread from Hobbycraft. It's very tough and almost non-visible. In the past, I have also used fishing tackle but didn't have any to hand for this project.


Red deer antler attached to white frame with a small bunch of dried flowers hanging from it.
Antler With Dried Flowers ©MDHarding

You could hang anything from the antlers but I choose a small dried flower arrangement. What do you think?


Antler Photo Hanger


This project was much simpler. Using some twine, I tied each end to a larger antler to create a hanging hoop. I then also used the same clear bead thread from Hobbycraft to attach all three lines of small photographs. It was a little fiddly getting the right length and attaching the small clothes pegs. The small photographs I printed at home are my own taken in Aviemore, Scotland, and inspired this Scottish-themed bedroom.


Red deer antler with small photographs hanging from it.
Antler Photo Hanger ©MDHarding

I am really happy with the finished results, though it did take some time to create it. I hope this has inspired you to make your own creations at home. For more ideas on how to use antlers, here are 28 antler-inspired interior designs.

Scottish Inspired Bedroom with Red Deer Antlers ©MDHarding

Until next time....