No need to go on safari! You can have your trophy head without harming any animals. Let me show you my new pattern...
One of the challenges I had to think about when I sat down to design these was how I wanted to mount them on the wall. If you take a look at my faux taxidermy Pinterest board you'll see that some taxidermy are mounted on wooden plaques. I chose to make these sit flush with the wall for a really smooth look.
I figured out a really simple way to do it. Here's how it works:
Cut a piece of stiff cardboard the same size as the template used for the back of the animal, but without the seam allowance. Use an awl to poke holes in it. (I got this white cardboard the last time I was at the frame shop. It's scrap matte board, which is awesome, but any cardboard will do.)
Once the animal head is mostly stuffed slide the cardboard inside.
Cut a 12-inch length of wire (I used 18 gauge aluminum wire from the hardware store, but any sort of fairly substantial wire would work). Insert a tip of the wire through each hole.
Now reach your hand inside the head through the opening in the side seam and twist the wire ends together.
Now you've got a nifty hanger for your faux taxidermy! Finish stuffing and close up that opening with ladder stitich.
To hang your mount on the wall hammer a nail about 3/4 of the way in and hook it on.
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