How to Build Your Own Deer Antler Chandelier

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How to Build Your Own Deer Antler Chandelier
Make a chandelier with deer antlers. (deer antler image by CraterValley Photo from

Deer antler chandeliers are a way to make use of the antlers from your hunting trophies. The chandelier goes well in any home with a rustic feel or a cabin set in the woods. Rather than paying for a deer antler chandelier at the store, you can make one yourself and save some money. The electrical wiring kit can be purchased at a hardware store, making sure the chandelier works and is wired correctly.

Skill level:
Moderately Challenging

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Things you need

  • Deer antlers of about the same size
  • Oil soap
  • Polyurethane clear coat spray
  • Drill
  • Wire
  • Chandelier wiring kit
  • Light bulbs
  • Brown air drying model clay
  • Chain and anchor

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  1. 1

    Clean the inside and outside of the deer antlers using oil soap. Allow the antlers to dry, then spray them with a clear polyurethane finish. Apply several coats, first waiting for the previous coat to completely dry.

  2. 2

    Use a drill to make holes at the tip of each antler you desire to put a light through. Drill more holes through the sides of the antlers' bases. String the chandelier wires through the holes and arrange the antlers in a circle. When the antlers are in the configuration you want, tighten the wire and twist the ends together.

  3. 3

    Push the electrical wires through the base of the antlers and out through the holes in the tips. Place light bulbs in the light sockets. If any lights are not level, use model clay to make the light level.

  4. 4

    Attach a chain and anchor to the top of the chandelier. The chandelier is now ready to be installed in your room of choice.

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