Many of you have noticed the amazing paper taxidermy moose that appears on the wall in some of Barb’s Before & After Basics posts, and we’ve received several requests for a tutorial on how to make one. We asked South Carolina-based artist Mollie Greene — moose creator and woman behind the charming Etsy shop Royal Buffet — to share some of her sculpting secrets with us and she kindly agreed!
This is a great project for a rainy day or a lazy weekend. The large-scale antelope adds the perfect texture and drama to a cozy living room or den and a fabulous addition to your fall home decor. Thank you so much for sharing, Mollie! — Kate
CLICK HERE for the full how-to after the jump!
I’m always up for new ways to repurpose items destined for the landfill, and paper taxidermy is a great way to use books with interesting paper that you can find at thrift stores, garage sales and sometimes on the side of the road! Papier-mâché is like other sculpture in that each sculptor has to figure out some aspects of it for herself/himself, so most of this DIY post covers the techniques involved but it assumes that those who try it will have the fortitude to get the shapes they want out of their wires! These photos are of an antelope, but you can use these techniques for any animal you wish. — Mollie
- chicken wire or other bendable wire netting (you can find this at any hardware store. I prefer the gridded wire because it’s stiffer than chicken wire, but it’s also harder to cut with your wire cutters.)
- floral wire (comes on a spool) for wiring things together
- sturdy wire for hanging and for the horns
- newspaper to protect your surface, and possibly for stuffing here and there inside the piece
- paper that you want to see on top (for example, this antelope is covered in vintage French magazine pages)
- Mod Podge, matte finish, 1–1.5 large bottles (I avoid flour-and-water paste as it can mold and attract bugs!)
- foam brush
- wire cutters
- protective gloves (I used gardening gloves — the wire scratches mercilessly!)