Tutorial: How To Personalize Your Salty Bison Deer Bust

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We have a new item in the shop! It’s a super salty deer bust! It’s a substantial piece that would look smashing in any room of your home! Salty-Bison-3D-Deer-Head

It measure 19.5″ wide 16″ tall and 13″ deep. It’s featured over at Brickyardbuffalo.com right now and is 35% off at a ridiculously awesome price of $32.50. We’ve left the deer a natural wood but love it funked up. So to help you give your deer bust its own personal flare we’ve put together this tutorial for you!

Although painting or staining your deer is the easiest option there are several different mediums you can use to decorate your deer bust…fabric, scrap-book paper, tissue paper, wrapping paper, music paper, old books and maps. We’ve experimented with them all so here’s the scoop…

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FABRIC

It’s the most time-consuming of the other options but between the textured unique look of it and the endless possibilities for patterns it’s one of my most favorite choices. You’ll need a half of a yard to cover all the pieces. Just lay the pieces on the fabric and trace them out, then cut them out. Starch and press the fabric first, believe me it’s a lot easier!

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THE ONLY PIECE THAT NEEDS COVERED ON BOTH SIDES IS THE NECK. SO CUT 2 PIECES FOR EACH NECK PIECE…

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Using a paintbrush cover the wooden pieces with decou-page or mod podge. Then secure the fabric pieces on. The fabric is easy to maneuver and can easily be readjusted if placed in the wrong spot. Fabric is great too because it will stretch nicely to wherever you need it, unlike paper. Clean up the edges with scissors if you have too much hang over.

TISSUE PAPER

This is overall the easiest and cheapest option. One package is more than enough to cover the entire deer. The downsize is that there are fewer design options to choose from. Mod Podge doesn’t work well with tissue paper, it rips easy and bubbles a lot so I used spray adhesive. Simply spray the wood piece and lay it on the flattened tissue paper.

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Flip the wood piece over so the paper is on top. Using your finger rub out any bumps. Now take some sand paper and using down strokes follow the edge of the wood piece to cut the tissue paper off. This goes really fast!

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Don’t forget to run the sand paper through the slots as well…

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SCRAP BOOK PAPER

Like the fabric, scrap-book paper provides endless possibilities to customize your deer bust. There’s so many awesome patterns and textures to choose from. You’ll need 7 pieces of 12×12 paper to cover the entire deer.

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Trace and cut out the pieces.

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Then, like the fabric, decou-page the paper onto the wood pieces and then using a hard object rub out the bubbles. I used my papered chef scraper. A credit card would work great too.

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Because the paper is 12×12 there will be a little gap on the back of the neck piece that will need to be patch worked using left over paper scraps. To finish up use some sandpaper to cut off any overhanging paper.

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BOOK PAGES

Book pages are probably the most time consuming but the most one-of-a-kind looking! Start out by mod-podging sheets of paper onto the wood piece.

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Then like the tissue paper use sand paper to cut the edges off. It takes a little more time because the paper is thicker.

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So there’s a glimpse into the possibilities for your deer bust! I hope you have a blast personalizing it! And leave a comment with any questions!

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P.S. We’d love to see pictures of how yours turns out!! Email us a pic at saltybison@gmail.com and we’ll post it here with the tutorial.

Queen Bee Market – Carlsbad, California

We went on a road trip in November for the Queen Bee Market in Carlsbad, California. We met some fantabulous customers and fellow handcrafting vendors!!! So glad we could share our product in person rather than just through our etsy shop and instagram. There’s just something about chatting in person with people that the worldwide web can’t offer.

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We took some time out to play for a day. Afterall we did travel more than 12 hours pulling a trailer full of goodies. We went to the beach and explored Cedros Design District. It was an epic day filled with fish tacos and eye candy.

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The sunset was SOOOO beautiful. These pictures were not photoshopped at all…fer reals.

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Dev was a bit more graceful than me on the whole jump and look epic pictures. The people walking on the beach by us had no idea we were from out-of-town. We were totally calm cool and collected about being at the beach. No biggie for us…

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Loved it. Awesome experience. Nuff said.

 

She’s A Queen In My Book

So you’ve seen the Salty Bison goods but have you seen the amazing woman behind it all? Her name is Devenie Boyer! And today I wanted to tell you all a little bit about her and why she’s a QUEEN in my book.

(shhhh…don’t tell her I stole her facebook pictures)

First off this lady is a stellar friend! I’m telling you if you want a good ab exercise just hang out with her for a while and it’s a non-stop laugh fest. She rocks chucks and rolled jeans like no other and makes the panteen pro-V models look like they have split ends. But more importantly she’s an influence for good where ever she goes.

She supports her hubs completely in his demanding job as a police officer and volunteer firefighter, which can be full of anxiety ridden days and nights. While he’s away she manages to keep things afloat with their six amazing kiddos at home.

They battled wether or not to have their last child because of the pressures from the world, but last year they put those pressures aside and welcomed their sixth child into the world. It’s hard to imagine their family without that little nugget now and I’m so grateful for their example of bravery in following their hearts instead of the world.

Devenie’s one of the hardest workers I’ve ever met and gives her all for her husband and kids. We seldom get to go shopping together as friends but we took some time out a couple weeks ago, and I kid you not, she shopped for her kids the entire time. I think she ended up with one thing for herself. She’s so giving and always thinking of others. Devenie also serves in the Relief Society presidency in her church, a demanding calling, but even with all she has to keep up with she finds time for it.

Dev is also the brains behind Salty Bison. In the 6 years that I’ve known her she has always had a talent for creating. Her home is so fun and inviting and she can make pretty much any haggard worn out thing look rad. I’m so honored to know such a lovely lady! I’m so grateful to have her as a business partner and friend!

In case you’re wondering, I’m doing this post not only to let you get to know Dev a little  but also because the Queen Bee Market is hosting a “Bee A Queen Giveaway” with lots of goodies for the winner and I think Dev sincerely deserves this opportunity. It’s time for her to have a break from all the giving and experience a day just for herself!

Get Your Grub On

Are you hungry for some magically delicious restaurant decor? Well Salty Bison is delivering it up at the Old Towne Grill on center street in Provo, Utah. It’s the new kid on the block. It opened just this week!

We did a walk through with the owners and they explained to us the look and feel they were going for. Our brains were exploding with ideas before we even walked out the door.

We custom-made their menu’s, outdoor sandwich boards, logo sign, planter boxes, and wall art throughout the restaurant using reclaimed wood.

Their sauce really is AWESOME by the way. We got to sample some grub.

We learned A LOT from doing this huge custom order:

1st – Sanding wood at midnight is not a good way to strengthen your relationship with your neighbor.

2nd – Networking at even the smallest of markets is worth it.

3rd – Husbands are vital when it comes to the really scary power tools. 

We’ll be going to the Old Towne Grill for date night soon and hope you will be too!

P.S. if you go visit their facebook page you can get 50% off any appetizer!

P.P.S. Sorry we had to close the etsy shop for a spell but it’s opening again soon!

Queen Bee Roundup

We just returned from a whirl wind of a weekend. We were vendors at the Queen Bee Markent in Utah. The Snap blogging conference was going on at the same time and we were able to meet some of the big names when it comes to hand made goods and blogging. We were star struck!

Our booth won “The Most Beautiful Booth Award”! Now that it’s all done we’re gearing up to open our Etsy shop. Likely opening date is May 1st!