DIY Deer Postcards

I don’t know what it is.  Human nature perhaps.  But these days, I have buckets of motivation to spontaneously rip down sheet rock to expose an old wood wall, a project that took nearly half a day and is still under construction.  But when it comes to doing a little decor project that would take 30 minutes…tops….it takes me nearly two months to get around to it.  Enter project DIY deer postcards stage left.

Throughout the Christmas season, something always felt odd to me to have hula girl postcards up on the postcard ledges.  Actually, it started way back when, before Thanksgiving while Colby was “upta” deer camp with his family.

I thought to myself, “self…you can’t keep these hula girl postcards up here throughout the holidays.  Heck…you probably shouldn’t have them up there throughout winter.  They’re just gonna make you all sad and depressed like because A) the sun sets around 3:30 pm everyday, B) it is precisely 30 below frigid outside and C) the dog keeps disappearing in the mountain of snow that is the back yard.  It’s not hula girl season.”  Self is so smart!  That’s when visions of sugarplums kraft paper deer postcards danced through my head.

It was a quick and simple switcheroo that I tackled intermittently during one of those 2 hour long episodes of Downton Abbey, which I’m currently catching up on and just finished season 3 and WTF mate?!  The ending?!  Really?!  Anyway, the postcard project all started with a quick search of free deer sketches.  Thank you Google images.

I dumped all those images in a folder on my desktop and then proceeded to drag and drop them into a little 8.5″ x 11″ template that I put together in Photoshop, complete with some cutting guidelines down the middle.  Side note….if you don’t have Photoshop, Microsoft Word works too.  I’m just an Adobe dork.

I ended up making about seven different sets of deer sketch postcard sheets, all of which I exported as a pdf since our printer doesn’t play nice with Photoshop.  Then I printed a couple of each set out on some kraft paper card stock paper that I had hanging around the house, leftover from wedding projects I believe, and cut out each postcard utilizing those handy cut lines I drew out in the Photoshop file.  Side note #2…if you don’t have kraft paper card stock hanging around your home, you can get a stack of it at any craft store.  We got ours from Hobby Lobby in the scrapbook paper section for about $3 after using one of their mobile coupons.

Then I just swiped all of the hula girl postcards off the shelves and replaced them with the DIY deer sketch postcards for a way different look to our living room.

It’s definitely gives off a different vibe for the living room.  I can’t say that I love them (or hate them), it’s just different.  I think it’s just a bit too muted for me.  I love color…lots of color and I really miss that vibrant corner behind the couch that was the hula girl postcard collection.  But I am appreciating the more muted corner over the holidays so the Christmas tree and other holiday sparklies can really shine.

Pssst…You know how sometimes when you see a picture of your room (rather than just looking at your room in person), you have one of those “aha” moments?  I’m experiencing that right now!  I think the coffee table needs to go black…maybe a black polyshades stain?  Thoughts?  Am I crazy?  Would that work?!

One Comment

  1. I like the deer! I think they’re very fitting for the season, but I totally see where you’re coming from with color. I love pops of color, too. Maybe you could print a few deer onto colored card stock? That’s all I can think of right now!

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