March 28, 2013

Saw it. Pinned it. Did it. - Toothpaste Tricks + How to Frame a Dead Animal

This is the first and, most likely, the last Pinterest project I will ever participate in that involves a dead animal. For all you animal activists or PETA members, you may want to go ahead and press the little red "x" in the top corner of your screen. For the rest of you, well, don't say I didn't warn you.


By now, you all know I come from a family of hunters
and, to no surprise, I married one, too...
There's nothing sexier than a man in camo and snake boots. Nothing.

Animals hanging on the wall are nothing new to me so when I came across this pin, and realized we had about 6 animals to hang on ours, I instantly knew I'd be recreating it in an effort to make these animals more "decor-like"...if you will. (Just got with it, mmmkay?)
Now if I could only find a way to pull of a tin wall... 

Anywho-here's what you'll need, you know...besides a husband who likes to kill any wild animal in his sight:
One dead animal | XL barnwood frame from Hob Lob | hanging doo-hickies + hammer | toothpaste

You may all be wondering what the heck toothpaste has to do with this? Well-call me an overachiever (or don't) because this post actually includes TWO pins! (See? Overachiever.)

 
Use your toothpaste as a marker on the back of your frame before nailing anything to your walls. Dab a little on the hanger, press against the wall and voila! Now you know where your nails should go!
 
Flipping genius, right?
 
Once you know where your nails are going, ask make your husband hang your frame. Trust me...anytime an animal gets hung in our house, Beau is always the first one to jump at the opportunity to hang it so I really didn't even have to butter him up for this one...

Use the toothpaste trick on the back of your animal too, and...ladies and gentle men...I present to you... the framed animal head.

This guy is a Scimitar Oryx, generally found in Africa. Beau had the privilege of shooting him in 2011 (but in South Texas) and I'll be honest, he really is SO pretty! (Not to mention, the meat alone fed us for over an entire year and was, hands down, the best meat in the WORLD. No lie.) That blank space at the bottom? I'm envisioning some sort of little plaque with a description of the animal along with when/where he was shot. And don't even think for a second this guy won't be decked out for every holiday that rolls around...he's known for wearing a Santa hat, ya know...

To give you a better idea as to where he's hanging-this is in one of the corners of our living room...
I'm picturing maybe a leather chair and a side table to go along the other wall to balance it out. Maybe some shelves too? Iono? I'm not the decorator here...I just hang dead things on mah walls.

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Saw it. Pinned it. Did it.

 

40 comments:

  1. Sounds silly to say I love something like that but LOVE IT!!! I was raised with hunters and don't think I've dated a guy that hasn't hunted. Dead animals are the norm around these parts. I've luckily kept them off my walls so far!

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  2. "I just hang dead things on my wall" may go down as the best blog quote in history. Hysterical! And I have dead things as well - although my hubs is more of a bird (duck, quail, turkey, anything that flies) hunter so our "trophies" arent usually quite as big :)

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  3. hahaha oh my that is awesome. my husband would love this. but we have a cow hide rug and that's as far as i'll go. I love the toothpaste idea!

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  4. I'm all for the fashionable dead animal hanging on the wall, but if i walked through that door way not knowing he was there and saw him looking it me i'd probably, jump. love it & the plaque idea is great

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  5. If only I knew that toothpaste trick last year when I was working on my gallery wall! Great tip! Love how the frame dresses up the dead thing on your wall, haha!

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  6. Glad i'm not the only one who will have dead animals hanging on the wall. My fiance insists that we will have them. I'm not too sure about it yet, but one thing is for sure. If there's one on my wall, it will be decorated and made girly.

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  7. I really love the way he's looking to the side. I'm envisioning him saying, 'hey, whatcha doin over there?'

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  8. Im not going to lie.. I texted my fiance asking if he would go shoot something today so i could do this! I love it!!!!! :)

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  9. that toothpaste trick is awesome
    (am I blind or is the link tool not up?)

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    1. LOL no-not blind at all! I put it up but it wasn't showing up for some reason so I just fixed it. Sorry girl...I'm an amateur...

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  10. I love this!!! Such a great idea. No worries, you are not alone with the dead animals in your home. My parents have an entire deer... The whole thing... Yes, the whole thing! And yes, he was always dressed up for holidays and he even made a Christmas card appearance one year BAHA!

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  11. Love this! We currently have five dead things hanging in my husband's "man cave" that I am hoping to add a touch a elegance to since it is the first room you see when you enter our house!

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  12. I have been forbiding my hubs to hang any dead animals on the walls and now I think I've changed my mind! Love this!

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  13. WOW!! I never thought that a mount could look THIS good!! Love love LOVE the frame that you chose too! (where did you get it?) We don't have any stuffed animals in our home, BUT we do have my husband's state record Northern Pike (fish) replica hanging in our living room, above our patio door. Typically mounts aren't really my thing... but it's done REALLY well and looks great. And best believe, he had a big ol' Christmas bow around his neck over the holidays ;-)

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  14. Looks great, Steph. Can't wait to see it in person in like 4 or 5 months.

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    1. lol aww Julie! Hi to mr oryx from ohio! You tasted DAMN GOOD

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  15. I grew up in a home where our main living room was dubbed the "Trophy Room"...not kidding. I love it, and love dead things on the walls. That's just how I was raised! Now...we need to have a his and hers, so it's your turn to go shoot something :) And I say you pretty it up by adding a burlap bow or something!

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  16. I don't condone hunting, but I'm not here to bash or anything....and he looks pretty good hanging on the wall!

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  17. That space is perfect for him! HAHA I love how he's looking around the corner like "who's there?"

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  18. My husband won't let me decorate Bambi for the holidays. So I banished him to the basement. (The deer, not my husband). I really like this idea though, it looks great.

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  19. If I liked dead animals hanging around the hosue, it'd be beautiful. But they give me the creeps. Good thing I don't live in Texas.

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  20. I don;t have dead animals, but love this.

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  21. my guy keeps telling me "when we move to texas, we are going to have dead animals hanging in our house." but at least i will get to frame them and decorate them. i'm going to name them all too. :)

    ps i think it's hilarious that he's just looking around. i really hope he scares the crap out of someone coming around the corner!

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  22. Well, it looks really good on the wall!!!! ;)

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  23. I think if this was on my wall I would go around with the Adam Sandler movie quote "Quit looking at me Swan" in my head every time I passed it. It looks cute though.

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  24. I wouldn't say that animal heads are my cup of tea, but this looks awesome! The frame definitely ups the decorative factor!

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  25. Looks great! I've put off hiding the hubs animals far too long! If can convince him to put them up like this, we might see some compromise!

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  26. this is such a great way to turn a trophy into art! My brother-in-law is an avid hunter and just got his first place, I definitely forsee myself "helping" him decorate by suggesting this!

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  27. Love this and definitely need to do this!! It makes the animal heads seem less gross to people who aren't used to that.

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  28. All Tim kills are deer. MEH. They dont look half as cool as that thing!!! But maybe I can do something fancy with all the antler... You got me thinking!
    K

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  29. I love this!
    My boyfriend is a hunter and what hangs on our walls are his prize possessions.. no way he would ever let me decorate it. Like, ever. Believe me, I've tried. And we name all of ours too.. lolol.

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  30. i can't stop staring at this guy's head hahaha. there's not many hunters out here in san diego so i'm just not used to it. but man what a beautiful little guy! And love the frame.

    A leather chair and a book shelf or floating shelf screams classy to me!

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    1. ps-do you watch game of thrones? because whenever i see your email below with your old last name i can't help but think you're somewhat related to joffrey.

      anyways, just let my nerdiness out of the bag there.

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  31. Can you just come to my house and fix my head issue?! Michael has 2 goat heads and 4 deer heads that are literally the size of my fireplace. I have no idea how to decorate a house with those babies as a main centerpiece in our formal living room. Men and their trophies. :) have a great weekend friend.

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  32. I love your blog! Definitely following now, stay in touch xx

    thedailysugar.blogspot.com

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  33. That looks FABULOUS there! You couldn't have picked a better spot to hang it! Now..to just get hubby out here catchin' something... ♥

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  34. I think a leather chair beneath that feller would look GREAT! I also wish I'd bothered to read this last week, and benefit from your toothpaste trick. I hung a bunch of stuff this weekend (for my own SPD) and it would have helped me tremendously, haha

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  35. How fun! Might have to learn this so when I have a husband who likes to hand animals on the wall I know ahah :)

    So excited to follow you via GFC! HOpe you follow back so we can stay in touch xoxo :)

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  36. I love the framing around it! Such a great idea. My fiance has a deer head and bobcat out at the taxidermist now that I have been trying to figure out how to display them in our new house that is being built!

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  37. What a gorgeous animal! I love the colors on him. Looks great in your home!

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