As you saw from my previous post I went full on atomic space age for my home office. I had to do a few DIYs to make it exactly what I wanted it to be, but my favorite is probably this astrodeer!

This project required some Frankenstein style surgery, but I’m really thrilled with the way it turned out. Here’s what I did!


Paper Mache Deer
 6.5″ Round Glass Terrarium
Aluminum Foil Tape
Utility Blade
Hot Glue
Craft Glue
Silver Tinsel Garland
Silver Tinsel Stems
Craft paper or paper bags


DIy Space Deer TutorialOk I’m going to admit right now I didn’t take process photos because I’m the worst and I wasn’t even sure it was going to work, BUT luckily it’s a pretty straight forward process. (Note: I’m going to make one for a friend so I’ll try to update this post with photos when I do!)

In order to get the deer’s head into the terrarium, but still have the helmet in the position I wanted, I had to make cuts on the points shown below.

Space Deer Cut Diagram.jpg

I added paper ears and eyes and placed the head in the terrarium. Once the head was in the terrarium (from here on known as the helmet) I reattached the bottom part of the antlers, and the upper part of the neck with craft glue and used chopsticks to help get where I had trouble reaching. Once it was dry, I used wet strips of paper bag and glue to cover the cut seams.

Space Deer DIY.jpg

Then I used hot glue to attach the rest of the antler to the top of the helmet, and the helmet to body. I used a black sharpie to draw on the hooves and a nose, then I covered the body in foil tape, and covered all the glue joints with tinsel wire and garlands.

There it is! My new spacey pet. Isn’t he a cutie?

DIY Space Age Deer


12 responses to “DIY Retro Inspired Christmas Space Age Reindeer”

  1. Retro Mid-Century Atomic Space Age Christmas Decor Theme – Melodrama Avatar

    […] my new pet, my favorite Christmas creation of all time, my space deer! He’s made out of a papier mache deer and a round […]

  2. Leslie McBride Avatar
    Leslie McBride

    Do you know where I can find a nutcracker like that? Is it DIY? So adorable!

  3. Jane Wilson Avatar

    This is so insanely cute, thank you for sharing! Even though Christmas is over, my daughter still wants us to make one, she said it doesn’t have to be a deer, but she wants to have a space animal. I guess this is what we’re going to do next weekend.

  4. raymond Avatar

    This deer is amazong!

  5. Julie Avatar

    LOVEEE the deer!

  6. Lindel Avatar

    Just wanted to say I love the Astrodeer, in fact I made mine based on yours. I got a bit carried away and used very large deer (one standing, one at rest) but they have come out beautifully. Thanks for the cool idea.

  7. contactsophiebastiencom Avatar

    It looks amazing! love it ❤

  8. Joy Avatar

    Are you selling these?

  9. beckatha Avatar

    Oh I love your carpet! Who is it by/where was it from!?

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