Papier-Mâché Wall-Mount Zebra Head

It’s probably not the nicest thing to say, but when I saw this $69 papier-mâché zebra head on my best friend’s baby registry, my first thought was…

I could make that for way cheaper.

And I wanted to! A quick search on Pinterest led me to this tutorial gem, and I followed the DIY instructions almost to a T (in other words, I skipped the podging because I didn’t have any Modge Podge and applied two layers of white base paint instead).

I already had everything else for this project idling around the house, except for the $4 wood plaque and $1 hanging cleat I bought from Pat Catans:

  • Flour and water for the paste
  • Plastic bags I’d neglected to recycle and blue painter’s tape for creating the initial shapes
  • Strips of brown paper shipping fill for the papier-mâché layers
  • Cardboard from a used box for the backing
  • Leftover black chalkboard paint and white wall paint

Zebra-in-progress

The hardest part of this project was painting the chevron stripes. I free-handed them because it was too difficult to tape off on the curved surface of the zebra head. (If you are not good at painting, this project is probably not for you!)

Total Cost: $5!

Zebra-final