DIY // Paper Mache Animal Heads


simple DIY paper mache animal head

I’m not into taxidermy, but I’m really into paper mache animal heads (like these). Can someone make sense out of that one? Yeah, me neither. Despite the irony, I really couldn’t bring myself to pay the hefty price tags for these babies, and I’d make one from scratch, but I’m not a sculpture artist either. Alas, I bought a paper mache animal and sawed it’s head off. All of the awesome, with half the work and half the cost!


  • Paper mache animal (Lots of options here, mine is from Michael’s)
  • Spray paint
  • Saw (or heavy duty scissors)
  • Two long nails
  • Hammer

DIY paper mache animal heads

Technically you could use any plastic animal for this project, but I think the paper mache looks much better in the end. Either way, first thing is to saw the head off. As long as you saw/cut straight down, the finished product should lay flush against the wall. If it doesn’t, you can use scissors to trim up troubled edges. Spray paint it the color of your choice and let it dry.

DIY paper mache animal heads My solution for hanging the animal is pretty straightforward, but if you have any clever solutions for this, I’m all ears!

This version calls for two long, industrial nails two inches apart (according to the size of your animal), and hammered in at a downward angle. Then the animal just slips over the nails and sits up straight.

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17 thoughts on “DIY // Paper Mache Animal Heads

  1. jewel7013

    For those of us who arent avid hunters(who proudly display their trophy heads on the wall), this is the next best thing :)

  2. Erica

    I’ve been looking for a paper mache stag head like that forever, but now I know the trick is to saw the head off. ;)

    Thanks for the link. I’ll also check out craft stores around here for one too.

  3. Patti

    This is great! I have always wanted one, but I always say to myself I think I can do that myself and now I can!! If I follow through I will be sure to share. thanks!

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  6. Resa

    This was a sticky topic with my boyfriend. He’s a hunter…wants animal heads on the wall. I’m not & don’t. He’ll be amazed when he comes back home (Afghanistan)

    About hanging them…I saw something on Pinterest that might help. Mark the bottom of the object where you want the holes to be. Photocopy it, hang the photocopy on the wall & you know EXACTLY where to put the nails.

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