Did you read my DIY on how to get the look of a trophy mount in your home for under $50? If you like the idea of adding a deer head (a humane, no-animals-harmed deer head, that is) to your wall, take a look at these tips for making your DIY a work of art.
Over a year and a half ago, I ordered a Styrofoam taxidermy mount with the intention of finishing it in some fun, unexpected way. Then the mount sat in my garage for over a year while I attended to other projects. Just a few months ago, I finally got around to finishing the mount. If you admire the look of the trophy heads you've seen everywhere from Anthropologie to Neiman Marcus, but don't want to spend upwards of $600 on something that may be a trend, you can DIY your own for under $50. Here's how.
What You'll Need:
- Styrofoam Deer Mount like this one (you can order other animal shapes, but they're often a lot more expensive). While this one is listed at $40, I found one on sale for $12, so shop around.
- Mod Podge
- Thin paper for covering the head (college readers, dictionaries, and other large books work well)
- Swiss army or whittling knife
- Masking Tape
While I'm not a fan of having mounted dead animals in my home, I am enjoying the many taxidermy alternatives I've found on Etsy. From feltidermy to plushidermy to woodidermy, there are many ways to mount an animal in your home — without harming any animals in the process!
I spent a good part of this past weekend hanging out near the ocean, and while there were no whale or walrus sightings, I was inspired to see how these cool creatures could dress up my home. Check out my Etsy favorites when it comes to sea creatures.
Start your collection with this Fantastic Mr. Fox Pillow ($83) from Etsy seller angharadjefferson. This awesome vintage '60s fabric has been embellished with a cool fox pattern by the artist, using a combination of hand embroidery and freehand machine drawing. The back of the cushion is a blue and white striped cotton, and is finished with a vintage button to close.
Want to add to your foxy finds collection? Then read more
British fashion designer Paul Smith and Design Museum director Deyan Sudjic today unveiled a five-foot "rabbit bin." Whenever a passerby drops rubbish in the bin, the bunny's ears light up. The bunny is part of the Design Museum Super Contemporary Exhibition in Covent Garden. I love the concept of making civic responsibility (such as keeping your city clean) whimsical and fun. Perhaps the streets of my fair city would be a little cleaner if there were rabbit bins here.
Would you want a rabbit bin in your town?
I love the old-time look of the illustrated ship on this new Thomas Paul Pillow ($80). Made from jute, it would look great on a slipcovered sofa in a Summer cottage overlooking the sea. I was inspired to see what other similar seafaring items I could come with, and I discovered some great artwork from Lisa Congdon, as well as some other charming whale and ship accents. To see them, read more