Thursday, August 18

Big Game Hunting on a Thrift Store Safari

Ever wanted to go on a safari and hang your find proudly mounted on your wall? No, I don't mean the kind of safari where you wear khaki and shoot a poor animal in the Serengeti. I mean a thrift store safari. They have quite the selection of wild (stuffed) animals there. With a few crafty moves you could have a mounted head collection of your very own without harming a single hair on anyone's head.

Tulip Fabric Paint in Azalea
Black Ribbon or Trim
Aleene's Fast Grab Tacky Glue
Stuffed Animal
Wood Plaque
Jig Saw

The first thing to do is decapitate your stuffed animal. It sounds morbid, but the end result is so cute you will feel better about the whole thing in a minute. I found my zebra at the thrift store, there is always a plethora of cast off creatures looking for a second chance at making someone happy.

Once you have your head you will have a better idea about what size plaque you need. You can buy square or oval pieces of wood that work at most craft stores. I of course was determined to have the traditional shield shaped plaque to give my zebra a more majestic feel. Well as majestic as a mounted stuffed animal could be anyway.

I drew my design on the wood and using a saw I cut out the shape I needed. You may need to sand down any rough edges.

Next up I used fabric paint on wood. Yup, I have done it before and know that it works. Interestingly I did it with a zebra themed craft project previously. This mounted zebra is going in the same nursery, so it only makes sense.

Once my paint dried completely it was time to mount Mr. Zebra. Using a combination of screws and Tacky Glue I attached the zebra to the plaque. You will just have to eyeball this part. You want to pull the fabric on the back of the zebra's neck taunt so that their head is up and not sticking straight out. It is best to nail or screw the fabric in place for this. Once your stuffed animal is positioned how you want them use Tacky Glue to attach all the stuffed animal edges to the wooden plaque.

A little black trim was added around the rough edges to give the zebra a more finished look.

So go ahead do a little poaching. Thrift store poaching of course. There are plenty of lions, tigers and bears just waiting to grace your walls. This would also be an adorable way to display your child's favorite stuffed animals once they outgrow them. There is a Cabbage Patch Kid and a stuffed pink gorilla in my house who may soon have something in common with the Headless Horsemen.

P.S. Thanks Mom for all your help!!!

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chelybeans said...

Really cute gonna have to try this 1 or 4 times.

Unknown said...

Bahahahaha! This is hilarious & I love it :)

Natalia said...

We already have a moose like this! (Commercially made, though we got it from a thrift store.) It's the first time I've thought of making him a partner! :)

Anonymous said...

I would think that'd be frightening to a kid

Anonymous said...

Such an awesome idea! I featured it on my blog.

Svr said...

Pinned this! This would be cute to do with all their favorite stuffed animals, even after they get worn out.

Connie M Fink said...

That is so fun, great idea!! New follower from Dancing With Words

Calamity Colleen said...

I made it. Thanks!

Anonymous said...

Just curious, what are the characteristics of the end result of using the fabric paint that you prefer, that makes you choose to use it over something like acrylic? Is it texture, or the color or what? Interested, because I'd never heard or thought of it before and it sounds intriguing.

Also, LOOOOVE this idea! My friend and I had considered doing something similar but out of paper mache over a frame work, but yours is infinitely cuter and easier!

Les Créateliers said...

Love this project! I posted it on my website, here's the link:

Lisa said...

Oh I am so doing this! Hysterical!

Anonymous said...

"This would also be an adorable way to display your child's favorite stuffed animals once they outgrow them."

Seriously? If my mother did this with my favorite stuffed animals after I outgrew them I would've murdered her and have the decency to not mount her severed head on my wall.

leann michelle said...

i could never cut a stuffed animal in half.

Sarah said...

What a cute idea! I'm going to link back to your diy instructions :)

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Farwa Khan said...

What a great idea for stuffed animals! I always dread stuffed animals...only so many fit on their beds and the rest are thrown into a basket.

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