As I’m sure many of you have noticed, there has been a real growing trend lately towards faux taxidermy. Taking inspiration from the 18th century fashion of displaying stuffed/mounted animals within a home, faux taxidermy is a modern take on this traditional activity.


I’m really not sure how I feel about conventional taxidermy, when it is used decoratively (ie outside of museums or similar). Part of me finds it pretty grotesque to mount a dead bear head on a wall, whilst part of me loves the traditional feel of the final result… either way, I love faux taxidermy!

In faux taxidermy, the “animals” are crafted from anything and everything and decorated in a whole manner of ways: fabric, decoupage paper, painted wood, ceramic, plastics, clay… the list goes on!

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A really great example of faux taxidermy is Near and Deer, who make a brilliant selection of really cool animal heads. My personal favourite is this golden tiger – is it too early to be planning my Christmas list?! Speaking of Christmas, Hobbycraft are currently stocking some festive faux taxidermy products, such as this stag head (complete with a red Rudolph nose!).

I love this growing trend towards faux taxidermy. I think it’s a great way to add some traditional styling to a home, but with a contemporary, quirky spin. As soon as I get time, I’d love to have a go myself at crafting an animal head. I think I’ll probably make a dinosaur (who doesn’t love dinosaurs?!).

What are your thoughts on this growing trend? Like it? Loathe it? Share your thought in the box below!