Giraffe Head Accessory Organizer

January 31, 2015RaChil Luke

Hey dreamers! I’m back to round off the month with a great tutorial! I recently read a craft trend report that said the faux-taxidermy animal trend is on it’s way out. I’ve had this project in mind for forever and just hadn’t gotten around to it yet, but I didn’t want to miss my chance. So without further ado, I present you with an easy and functional faux-taxidermy tutorial!

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Here’s what you’ll need to make your own!
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Supplies:

  • Crayola Model Magic (I used three of those bags, I bought the 2 lbs. tub)
  • Wooden Plaque
  • Picture Fame Hardware(close up below)
  • Mod Podge
  • E6000
  • Masking Tape
  • Sponge Brush
  • Paint (I used a metallic and a matte)
  • Old Book Pages (Or whatever you want to cover your animal bust with)
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  • Hot Glue
  • Hammer
  • 1 nail (long enough to go through your plaque and still show about an inch or two.)

Close up of picture hanger, in case you’re not familiar with them.

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Step 1: Tape off the beveled edge of your plaque. Use your acrylic paint to decorate your base as you’d like. I like to go with a matte color for the flat part and a contrasting metallic for the edge. 
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Step 2: Next use your model magic to sculpt whatever animal head you’d like to use. I picked a giraffe because I want to put my scarves and maybe a hat or two on it, therefore his long neck was perfect.

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I built the head and neck separately and then used some soft, fresh clay to attach the two pieces. Let Dry.
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Step 3: Once your head is dry, you may begin tearing up your pages and mod podgeing them to the surface. Repeat until covered.
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Step 4: Drive a nail through the back of your plaque, in the center of where your animal head is going to meet the base. (I went ahead and attached my picture hanger to the back as well)
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Apply a layer of E6000 to the neck/head/whatever section touched the base and then impale it on the nail. Use books or whatever you may have on hand to prop up your head if necessary.

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Step 5: Cut out an ear shape, copy and repeat.
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Cut 4-5 lines vertically at the bottom of your ear.

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Glue the fringe you just created together to create that rounded ear shape.

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Glue to the main piece and you’re all finished! Except for any drying time.

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I originally made the elephant head when I was in my senior year of high school to hold jewelry. It’s held up very well these last few years and I though he was lonely, so I decided to make him a buddy! Depending on your sculpting ability you can attempt to make any animal you want with the method described above.
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Wanna see both of these beauties in their natural habitat (aka my office)? Check out my craft office tour! Want more cute and functional organizers, check out my inspiration board upgrade!

Til Next Time!

RaChil

Comments (1)

  • Kat

    February 4, 2015 at 7:26 PM

    So cute! And I hope faux taxidermy doesn’t become TOO passe, since I have a giant Wampa head on my wall. ;)
    (joking not joking)

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