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When Anna heard that September marks the start of deer hunting season in many parts of the country, she thought it would be fun if I did a post on taxidermy-inspired decor. Why fun? Because I’m a proud vegetarian. As you would expect, I don’t display any hunting trophies in my home. (No tofu trophies either.) But after looking around my favorite blogs and sites, I’ve changed my mind. (Briana almost converted me two months ago.) I do want animal taxidermy on my walls. A rhinoceros head. Deer antlers. Maybe even a dinosaur head or two. Faux taxidermy, that is. I present to you two galleries of my favorite faux taxidermy finds — one for children and one for us adults — that are colorful, whimsical and creative. Even the most advanced hunters can’t say they have a unicorn, dinosaur or mustached moose head on their wall. And the best part of it all? You can make one yourself without leaving the comfort of your home.

For Kids:

Hunting-Season-2011-September-Faux-Taxidermy-Design-Blog-HGTV1. Plush Deer Head :: Etsy / PlanetFur 2. Taxidermy Pinata :: Skunkboy Creatures 3. Curly-Horned Antelamb :: Etsy / horribleadorables 4. Mr. Deer Moose-Stachio Trophy :: Etsy / aircreatures 5. Lady Elegant Teddy Bear :: Etsy / amyjoterry 6. Ester the Elephant :: Etsy / squackdoodle 7. Faux Rhino Head :: Etsy / PlanetFur 8. Snow White Buck :: Etsy / MisfitMenagerie

For Adults:

Hunting-Season-2011-September-Faux-Taxidermy-Design-Blog-HGTV1. Faux Taxidermy Crow :: Anna-Wili Highfield 2. Savannah Rhino Bust :: Anthropologie 3. Violet Flowers Deer Head :: Etsy / hclaire 4. Rhinestone Deer Head :: Etsy / BeJanked 5. Floral Taxidermy :: Pinterest 6. Cardboard Fish :: Cardboard Safari 7. Inflatable Dino Head :: Urban Outfitters 8. Domestic Trophy :: Rachel Denny 9. Embroidered Taxidermy :: Yellowtrace Blog

What faux creature would you add to your home decor? Would it be exotic? Extinct? Or an everyday, backyard friend? (Check out this cool deer head DIY on the Chronicle Books blog.)

Tell us in the comments below.

15 Responses

  1. Briana@HGTV says:

    Oh, golly! I love #8 in the Adults section. (Way clever to split it up like that, btw!) I spotted an oddly cool acrylic deer head at LVM. Which reminds me, I need to put together a post of my fave finds…

  2. Jessica Bradley says:

    I'm still smitten Laura Lynnxe Murphy's cool resign sculptures. Have you seen the Deer head with eight eyes? Creepy-cool.

  3. mary says:

    Not sure how i feel about it… as an animal rights activists does this inspire kids to think it's ok to have animal heads on their walls?

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  5. CplusE says:

    Sadly, these Vanishing Creatures Chocolates are no longer available for purchase, but they were the best idea for wall-mounted animals I've ever seen:


    Five different endangered animal likenesses were sold (elephant and polar bear in addition to the gorilla, koala, and hippo shown), with proceeds going to support the World Society for the Protection of Animals. I wish they were still available, but then again I don't think they would ever make it to my walls! xD

    • Anna@HGTV says:

      Wouldn't make it to my wall either! Or, I'd look at them thinking, cool design but perfectly good chocolate is getting dusty…

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  8. Hunting Gear says:

    very nice site, really had fun reading some of your post. thanks for the share.

  9. anna@HGTV.com says:

    Just came across this cool faux taxidermy created with pine cones and feathers: http://www.suzanfellman.com/collections/catherine

  10. Todd says:

    A store called Pinata Safari is selling Pinata Taxidermy on Etsy…Super Cool!

  11. anna@HGTV.com says:

    I think the Pinata Bust is brilliant!!! Wouldn't a wall of those be fun for a party!

  12. Briana@HGTV says:

    @Marianne: You (we) have great taste! ;)

  13. Ben says:

    Yeah, all of your examples have a certain whimsy that normal taxidermy lacks. I think there is a fairly clear line between this and promoting taxidermy in the mind of kids.

    A stuffed unicorn trophy probably isn't going to inspire much realistic hunting, I would say.

  14. Briana@HGTV says:

    I would have died to have that as a kid! I totally had a giant inflatable stegosaurus that it would have complemented well.

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