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Faux Taxidermy For The Non Hunters

It is barbaric of me I suppose, considering I’m quite opposed to hunting for sport, that my favorite decor in my home is the four point deer trophy I scored at a thrift shop a few years ago in Northeast Idaho. I can remember the morbid fascination I felt inspecting the little hairs at the base of the antlers and knowing how stupid it was that I needed–needed!–to bring it home with me. I hung it over the bed and my husband rolled his eyes grandly. It instantly made the bedroom look amazingly put together. When we moved to New York my husband asked whether Bambi would necessarily be coming with. Are you kidding?! Bambi was getting his own seat on the airplane if needed. He’s coming!

My personal feelings on the matter are that if someone else did the killing, boasted it proudly on their walls, then had to donate it to the Goodwill because their wife made them, then why not? I see no moral reason why I shouldn’t bring it home to give it some more love (though I can see why one would). (Is it ironic that in this case, my husband is the one doing the wishing-I’d-return-it-to-Goodwill dance?)

Luckily we’re all in luck these days, those of us who love the look of taxidermy but don’t actually love the process of what got it here: Faux Taxidermy. It’s a thing. It’s incredibly trendy, sometimes affordable (depending on the material), and sure to lend a sense of humor to a room–if not a touch of chicness, even, should you find the right piece.

After the jump, some of my favorite entirely fake trophy for you to display proudly/embarrasedly/good humoredly about your home. You decide. Good luck convincing your husband.


  • White Elephant Gift 1 of 23
    White Elephant Gift
    I love the look of a white elephant on white walls! In this case, this elephant was made for holding your keys. Helpful elephant!
    Find this faux taxidermy at Anthropologie for $20
  • The Egberton Yellow Ceramic Moose Head 2 of 23
    The Egberton Yellow Ceramic Moose Head
    EGBERTON.
    Find this faux taxidermy at Amazon for $135
  • The Tiffany 3 of 23
    The Tiffany
    Tiffany blue, of course! And ready to make your giant walk-in closet a paradise of style.
    Find this faux taxidermy at Amazon for $135
  • The Leonard 4 of 23
    The Leonard
    A more subtle, masculine color might be your choice. I just really like that his name is Leonard.
    Find this faux taxidermy at Amazon for $135
  • Savannah Story Bust in Zebra 5 of 23
    Savannah Story Bust in Zebra
    These faux zebra heads are built of paper mache vintage French book pages! My mother bought one for my son when he was first born. I requested it after I passed out from a kidney stone while 6 months pregnant in an Anthropologie store, and when I came to, this guy was looking down on me from the wall. We've since named him Larry, short for Lawrence of Arabia. I know this is more detail than you need for this slide, but I feel it lends this article a certain something "extra."
    Find this faux taxidermy at Anthropologie for $68
  • Savannah Story Bust in Giraffe 6 of 23
    Savannah Story Bust in Giraffe
    No exciting story for this one, except that these colors and that pattern would complement nearly any design scheme you could hang it in.
    Find this faux taxidermy at Anthropologie for $68
  • Deer Head 7 of 23
    Deer Head
    This would look great as a contrast to a louder paint color or wallpaper, but it would look even more amazing hung subtly on a white wall.
    Find this faux taxidermy at ZGallerie for $50
  • Moose Head 8 of 23
    Moose Head
    Possibly my favorite. He's just so regal!
    Find this faux taxidermy at ZGallerie for $250
  • Rhino Head Wall Plaque 9 of 23
    Rhino Head Wall Plaque
    There is something about a big old rhino head that just screams "power."
    Find this faux taxidermy at ZGallerie for $50
  • Bulls Head 10 of 23
    Bulls Head
    A little Southwestern inspired faux taxidermy!
    Find this faux taxidermy at ZGallerie for $199
  • Billy The Brown Deer 11 of 23
    Billy The Brown Deer
    Oh sweet Billy, you're adorable.
    Find this faux taxidermy at Etsy for $60
  • Backwards Faux Taxidermy 12 of 23
    Backwards Faux Taxidermy
    Good Father's Day gift for the dad who has everything?
    Find this faux taxidermy at Etsy for $100
  • Miniature Faux Taxidermy Deer Trophy 13 of 23
    Miniature Faux Taxidermy Deer Trophy
    I like to imagine that this faux deer trophy was stuffed and mounted as revenge for stuffing and mounting (on his face) that faux man trophy (the mustache?).
    Find this faux taxidermy at Etsy for $39
  • Faux Taxidermy Tiger 14 of 23
    Faux Taxidermy Tiger
    This little guy belongs in a little boy's nursery.
    Find this faux taxidermy at Etsy for $40
  • Donkey Head 15 of 23
    Donkey Head
    Beautiful. I love this one.
    Find this faux taxidermy at Etsy for $120
  • Leonard The Lion 16 of 23
    Leonard The Lion
    Leonard is THE name for fake stuffed animal heads right now.
    Find this faux taxidermy at Etsy for $120
  • Faux Taxidermy – Lamb 17 of 23
    Faux Taxidermy - Lamb
    Sweet, and still slightly creepy.
    Find this faux taxidermy at Etsy for $32
  • Papier Mache Animal Sculptures 18 of 23
    Papier Mache Animal Sculptures
    You know what they say: if it's sold at West Elm, it has to be good.
    Find this faux taxidermy at West Elm for $29-199
  • Giant Cardboard Taxidermy 19 of 23
    Giant Cardboard Taxidermy
    I believe with this one (which I see constantly in blogs and magazine spreads) carries the added bonus of being an "assemble yourselfer."
    Find this faux taxidermy at Urban Outfitters for $52
  • Antler Hook 20 of 23
    Antler Hook
    This guy is big and sturdy and ready to handle your monster key ring.
    Find this faux taxidermy at Urban Outfitters for $12
  • Inflatable Tiger Head 21 of 23
    Inflatable Tiger Head
    Sort of appeals to a certain, strange part of you, doesn't it? (I really like him.)
    Find this faux taxidermy at Urban Outfitters for $30
  • DIY Trophy 22 of 23
    DIY Trophy
    The fact is, antler shedding is a natural part of the life cycle of a deer, and finding a good set isn't impossible. If you're able to (humanely) source a pair of antlers, adding "the rest" could be a fun project!
    Find out how this blogger made these at The Paisley Wallpaper Blog
  • Your Inspiration 23 of 23
    Your Inspiration
    From the headquartrs of--where else?--Etsy.
    Image via Flickr

 

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