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Upcycled antler-shaped coat rack mounted on a wooden wall, with a garland of festive white puffs hanging from it.
Maker Max McMurdo holding up his upcycled creation, an antler-shaped coat rack made from repurposed wood.

Make an Antler Coat Rack

Max McMurdo
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Upcycling doesn’t have to be limited to just painting and sanding old furniture. You can also follow trends and create the season’s must-have items. We have been inundated with antlers and hunting artefacts recently so why not produce some made from reclaimed materials? Once waxed, the natural grain of scaffold boards even resembles the tones and finish of antlers! And the brushed aluminium of the scaffold join gives an industrial edge to the hunting-lodge vibe.

This step-by-step course shows you how to upcycle materials to make an antler coat rack.

This project has been taken from Max McCurdo's book Upcycling: 20 Projects Made from Reclaimed Materials with kind permission of Quarto.

Level: For this project you must know how to use a jigsaw to cut shapes

Photography: Simon Brown

Portrait of upcycling master Max McMurdo.

Max McMurdo

Max McMurdo started from humble beginnings as a child crafting washing up liquid bottles into spaceships. In 2003, he established his business reestore ltd with the aim to design and create a range of upcycled furniture and accessories from objects destined for landfill. By 2007, after gaining several awards for this business, Max successfully pitched to BBC's Dragons Den for investment, leaving with investment from Deborah Meaden and Theo Paphitis.