Project of the Week: Wildlife that's perfect for plants

Don and Dave Runyan provide plans for carpentry projects.
By Don and Dave Runyan, For The Oklahoman Published: June 3, 2013
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A great way to add a little do-it-yourself “wildlife” to the yard this summer, this trio of do-it-yourself deer planters is perfect for the porch, patio or indoors. And they're guaranteed not to sample the greenery!

Each planter calls for just 14 traceable pieces cut from standard pine or fir lumber (plus wooden balls and buttons for the noses and eyes). All three sizes are constructed following the same five basic steps, so once the first is done the others are especially easy — so easy the whole family can help.

To build, simply trace the parts onto wood, cut everything out and sand. Next, assemble the parts using glue and nails. To finish, add the eyes, nose and a coat of clear sealer (as pictured), paint or stain. Do-it-yourselfers can build any or all of the three in any combination or quantity.

The smallest deer is 16 inches tall by 14 inches long by 7 inches wide; the medium deer stands 24 inches tall by 22 inches long by 10 inches wide; and the large deer measures 32 inches tall by 30 inches long by 13 inches wide.