Tiny Faux Taxidermy




About: I'm a freelance illustrator who likes to make fun crafty stuff in my free time :)

I found some small wooden plaques at a thrift store, and knew that I had to do something with them. The first thing that popped into my head? Tiny mounted animal heads, of course! But I wanted to go for goofy critters - no deer or moose or any other typical "trophy" animals. I wanted a goat, a pig, and a dinosaur!

Step 1: What You'll Need

  • Plastic animals about 5"-7"
  • Wooden plaques about 4" tall
  • Picture frame hangers
  • 1/2" nails
  • Hammer
  • E-6000 or your glue of choice
  • Hand saw (or whatever you have around)

I got a bag of plastic farm animals at the dollar store, and I just pried the picture frame hangers off some old frames I had lying around. I found the plaques at a thrift store, but craft stores like Hobby Lobby carry them in a plain wood for about $3 each. If you get one of those, I recommend staining it before doing anything else.

Step 2: Off With Their Heads!

Using your saw of choice, carefully and unashamedly chop the heads off of these poor plastic animals. I used a hand saw with a miter box to keep my cuts straight.

Step 3: Hammer Time

Attach the picture frame hanger to the back of the wooden plaques. Make sure your nails are short enough that they won't punch out the front of the plaque.

Step 4: Glue It On

Apply some E-6000 to the neck of the animals, and glue them in the center of the wooden plaque. I let it set for 24 hours before trying to move them.

Step 5: Display and Enjoy!

Once they're dry, hang them on the wall, and enjoy your awesome plastic animal trophies.



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8 Discussions


3 years ago on Introduction

These look awesome! These would be great in a dollhouse. I'd love to make a full-sized one with a bigger plastic dinosaur, or maybe a Godzilla. I love the look of taxidermy heads, but I wouldn't want to hurt an animal, and just cutting a hole in the wall and sticking a live moose's head through has proved problematic. I was looking at cardboard heads, but they're like $30, plus shipping? Forget it. This seems like a nice, cheap alternative to both. Plus, dinosaurs.

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Reply 3 years ago

There are plans on here to make your own cardboard taxidermy heads.
Some of them are amazing!


3 years ago

This is great! ☺


3 years ago

Perfect for wooden pallet contest though.


3 years ago

Bwahahaha this made me laugh, i wonder if it works with action heroes too

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Reply 3 years ago

Hah, something like this?https://blog.adafruit.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/Joker-cosplay.jpg

That would be pretty awesome!