Animal heads are popular decorations, they add a rustic, hunter-inspired, or even African touch to the decor (if you take zebras or rhinos). This is of course not pet friendly and animals shouldn’t suffer from our love of decor. Paper mache animal head is a nice way out that makes it possible to get cool decorations without killing animals.
The technique is pretty simple and even your kids can do it. Use newspaper and tape to create a basic shape for your head. There are also tutorials that involve creating a wire frame, but it can be a little tricky. Be as picky as you like, but keep in mind that this will be covered with at least 3 layers of paper mache, along with a molding layer if you want to include one so it doesn’t have to be perfect. Mix the flour and water together to create your paper mache paste. The mixture should be a bit like thin pancake batter. Experiment to see which consistency you prefer. Dip each strip of newspaper into your bowl of mache mix, run your fingers over the strip to remove the extra mixture, and then apply it. You want each layer to be completely dry before applying the next layer to avoid mold or rot. Decide how you want to decorate your head: paint or cover it with fabric or other means. Now let’s look at what heads you can make.
Do you want some magic A unicorn head is exactly what you need! The basic technique is like making a horse’s head, but you need to add a horn. It stays as it is with newspapers, but you can decorate it in different ways if you want.
If you want an African feel to your interior, you can make a zebra head. Make a horse’s head then just paint it to look like a zebra and that’s it!
This is another paper mache deer head, and the hardest part here is making large antlers. Make them out of cardboard, then cover them with paper for a head.
A deer head covered in fabric is a cool and fun idea. After you’ve covered the head with fabric, choose one type for the head and something different for the antlers to make it fun. Here the head is kept in pastel tones, which are currently so trendy.
This project is really difficult: you have to work with wire. First, make a wire frame out of the head, here it is an antelope. And then cover with paper as usual.
A funny fox head is a cool decoration for a child’s room. Well this head doesn’t look much like a fox, but it looks fun and your kids will paint the head themselves.
This rhinoceros head is a cool and unusual idea for your home decor. Here it stays white, but you can decorate it to look more realistic.
This project shows how to make a sheep’s head with pretty interesting horns. Read the full tutorial to find out how to deal with all of this.
Here is another paper mache zebra head made with a wire frame. Thanks to this, it looks more natural and is painted black and white like real zebras.
Barn doors look cool and rustic, and nothing brings as much cosiness as rustic decor. If you want to add a rustic flair to the interior, you can easily convert the barn doors into different elements to suit your interior: sideboards, cupboards, console tables and even headboards for a rustic feel. Give them the looks and finishes you like - let's take a look at some cool crafts.
This cute bathroom cabinet with barn doors is a perfect mix of open shelving and hidden storage for the ugly things you don't want to show. It's super easy to build, and here are some free printable plans to use to build your own! Use a French cleat for hanging. It is very easy to attach and makes hanging the shelf a lot easier.
The master bedroom should be an oasis for you and your love, right? Rustic accents make it more relaxing and a cool rustic headboard is one of those amazing things. Make this cool barn door headboard and install it in your bedroom. Because this door headboard is so heavy, you'll just want to prop it up against the wall and push your bed against it. To avoid scratches and pits in your wall, place a small folded square of felt behind the edges that touch the wall.
This cool storage piece is a chic media console that hides a TV. What you need is to make some eye-catching doors. These amazing barn doors are a cool idea to make the piece amazing and to create a contrast between the barn doors and a modern look to the closet. Read the full tutorial and build your own piece.
This chic headboard for barn doors is a creative and cool idea for any bedroom with a rustic or shabby chic flair. The piece is made of shabby wooden boards and looks like a real sliding gate. Read the tutorial to create one for your sleeping haven.
This barn door desk is a perfect statement for any office with a rustic flair. It won't be very difficult to put together and it will look chic. To make it convenient, just add a glass top - such a nice combination of modern and rustic decor!
This pretty coffee table will remind you of the desk from the previous part of our recap, as it consisted of a barn door and a glass top just like the desk. It looks cute and rustic, despite being modern at the same time.
Grab a barn door and turn it into a gorgeous little shelf - a cool idea to add a rustic flair to any interior. It was made more neutral with a thin layer of diluted paint, but you can dye it or give it any other look you want. Build your own shelf with barn doors and enjoy!
This barn door window treatment plays out the current barn door trend in home decor. It could work in any number of rooms that you want to add character and privacy. These doors add so much character and charm to an otherwise plain room.
This DIY sliding door console is a lovely rustic piece for your entryway or dining room. With mini barn doors, it looks cool and isn't that difficult to make. If you need a cool console, this is the one you should go for. Enjoy!