If you’re looking for a neat way to add eclectic textile decor to your walls, you have to check out these knitted taxidermy animals! They’re hilarious and fun!
Hello, lovely readers! As you all know, I’m an avid crafter and I love all things crafty. If it’s crafty and decor related, I love it even more. If it’s off-the-wall and quirky, I pretty much need it in my life. With that being said, welcome to this blog post! I have been keeping my eye on knitted taxidermy for a while, and let me tell you, the more I see, the more I love it! I’m not sure when or where this little trend started, but it makes me happy. I mean, there’s literally faux taxidermy knits like a dinosaur or deer on a wall, like you would see normal taxidermy, but it’s completely humane. As someone who grew up in a family of hunters, this is wonderful to me for many reasons. It makes me smile, and it’s a great way to showcase knitted items! So, let’s take a look at some of these DIY knitted taxidermy animals!
Via Sincerely Louise
The knit deer is a classic. I mean, when people have real taxidermy animals hanging in their home (i.e. like my entire family) there is always at least one deer. It’s a country/rustic thing. I think this is a super cute rendition of it, and it would be great to add into any quirky decor. It still keeps that rustic vibe, because it’s a taxidermy animal, but it’s knitted and kind of adorable. And, no animals were harmed in the making of it, so this is great for those of any belief system. How awesome is that?
This knitted ram is another twist on classic taxidermy wall decor, except this is way cuter. This is another one of the taxidermy kits by Sincerely Louise and you can totally buy it to make yourself. I told you, I’m a little bit too excited about these animal knitting kits. But, growing up in the country like I did, we always went hunting, and there are taxidermy animals in pretty much every one of my relative’s houses. It’s not weird to us to have them. However, my family might think these knit versions are strange, but I think they are fantastic, and I would love to have one in my home!
I also love the fact that this lovely woman created mythical creatures. I think this would be great for fans of fantasy movies and novels. Game of Thrones fans might even find this fun! This post is kind of turning into a ‘go shop with Sincerely Louise and get you some cool taxidermy knit critters’ post. She just has the cutest kits, and in all sorts of knitted animal patterns and even some great mythical creature taxidermy knits. She has the normal ones, like the deer and the ram, then she has even quirkier ones, like this dragon and the knitted dinosaurs from the featured image. I mean, come on, who wouldn’t want a knit T-Rex or Triceratops dinosaur head on their wall? I kind of do!
I instantly thought of Harry Potter when I saw this faux taxidermy bird. I mean, it’s a phoenix! This is very well made, and it’s a kit that you can buy and make yourself! I really love that I can buy this kit, with everything I need to make this faux taxidermy head and wings, and I don’t have to do a lot of thinking. I can just make it! I think this is great for beginners who aren’t sure what they want. This is not going to be an easy knit project, with all the curves, but it’s going to be fun. If you learned how to knit from my knitting post before, then you should be good to go to start a project like this. I totally believe in you.
You can’t have mythical creatures without unicorns! I honestly think this one is my favorite. A fake taxidermy DIY unicorn kit you can knit and hang on your wall. It makes me smile and laugh. I would totally make it have a sparkly horn and a rainbow mane, but I do love the soft colors of this kit. Plus, it’s a kit and it already has everything you would need to make this mythical friend! Also, I really like how these kits are called “Make Your Own Mythical/Forest/Prehistoric Friend” and they’re taxidermy heads. I don’t know why, but the slightly demented image makes me laugh. But, it’s all in good fun, and it makes a killer statement piece for your quirky home!
If you aren’t into the less realistic fake taxidermy animals, you can totally make a more realistic one! I love these knitted deer heads. They look so real! I mean, other than the fact they are blue and yellow. And made from a cable knit material. But the shape is realistic. That’s what I mean. This is great for the person who wants the realistic shape and image, without the colors. This is such a great way to show off some creative knitting as well! I think having a taxidermy deer made from a fair isle or crazy knit pattern would be fun too. Fair isle is the really cool color worked sweater pattern you see all over the place in the winter. Wouldn’t that make a great taxidermy project?
Via This Sydney Life
And finally, fake taxidermy heads for the purist. This deer is totally knitted! This is so realistic that I had to look at it a few times to make sure I was getting the right image! This one is made with real antlers, though, so if you aren’t into that, you can always create fake ones from wood. Or, you can nix the idea entirely and just make the deer. Either way would be awesome!
There you have it, folks! A glimpse into the world of knitted taxidermy, and the hilarity and fun they can bring into your home. Would any of you buy or make one of these knitted animal heads? I’m super partial to the unicorn myself! Let me know in the comments below, and don’t forget to share this post with your friends and family! And, as always, stay creative, my friends!
**Featured image via Claireabellemakes