Pattern for a Paper Mache Jackrabbit Wall Sculpture/Faux Trophy Mount

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A jackrabbit “faux trophy mount” is a silly idea – but that’s what makes it so much fun.

This is a downloadable PDF Pattern with full illustrated instructions: You’ll be able to download your pattern right after you order. You’ll also receive an email with the download link, and a separate receipt. The emails may take a few minutes to arrive. If you don’t see them, be sure to check your spam or promotions folder.

To make your jackrabbit, print the pattern on card stock, cut out the pieces and tape them together. Then add a few bits of crumpled foil to give him a nice nose, more softly rounded cheeks, and eyelids. (The pattern shows you exactly how to do each step.)

Then add one layer of paper mache to your larger-than-life jackrabbit wall sculpture, and you can proudly say “I made it myself!”

To make it even easier, you can use my paper mache clay recipe instead of paper strips and paste. You can find the recipe in the Art Library on this site.

The pieces on this downloadable pattern are quite small, so you’ll need patience to put your jackrabbit together. When you’re done you’ll have a realistic sculpture you can mount directly on the wall, as shown above, or you can attach him to a wooden plaque for that ‘faux trophy mount’ look.

I used newsprint for the spotted fur on the jackrabbit shown above, but you can use acrylic paint, instead. Clear fingernail polish will make his eyes bright and shiny.

Watch the video below to see how the paper mache jackrabbit wall sculpture is made:

To make this paper mache sculpture you will need:

  • 110# card stock (you can find it in the office supply department at WalMart)
  • A printer
  • Scissors
  • Clear plastic tape (like Scotch tape) or Peel N’ Stick Clear Laminate Adhesive Shelf Liner*
  • 1 1/2” Styrofoam balls for the eyes
  • Glue gun, to attach the eyes
  • Masking tape (both narrow and wide)
  • Aluminum foil, shredded paper or foam packing peanuts for stuffing inside the pattern to support it.
  • Paper Mache (use paper strips and paste, or paper mache clay. Recipes can be found in the Paper Mache Art Library.
  • Acrylic Paint and Acrylic Medium
  • Matte acrylic varnish

*You can find clear shelf liner this in the housewares department of Walmart, or order it online. Or just use plastic tape. It’s to keep the card stock from getting wet when you add paper mache.

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Do you have a question or need help with your pattern?

I love questions!

There are two ways to contact me: The fastest way to get an answer is to leave a comment below. I read all comments and answer them as soon as I can, usually within a few hours. Some of my readers might also chime in to help – we have a very supportive community here on this site.

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66 thoughts on “3-D Pattern for Paper Mache Jackrabbit Head”

  1. I thought you’d like to see my clay version of the jack rabbit – his ears are a bit wonky (but I like him anyway). Not fired yet as he’s taking a while to dry.

    • They’re both really nice, Angela. Did you have any trouble getting the bear to fire without cracking? I assume you made him hollow. I don’t know a thing about working with clay, (which might be kind of obvious 🙂 ) but I think they’re great.

      • Yes they are both hollow – and no cracks (so far). The trick getting them not to crack is to dry them slowly 🙂

      • This is one of my smaller rabbit heads. He’s 10cm (4 inches) high. You’ve inspired me to go bigger. The jack rabbit is 28cm (11 inches) from the tip of his ear to his nose!

    • You did a wonderful job on your rabbit, Ilja! I’m really impressed. He has such a lovely character, and you painted him beautifully. (or is it a she? 🙂 )And thanks for trying the photo upload again – I know the system can be frustrating. 🙂

  2. Thank goodness for the internet.. I’m not one to really say such outlandish kudos, HOWEVER, stumbling across you and your Art is worth every bad thought I’ve ever had regarding some of the past decades technology. You my dear are the perfect recipe I need in today’s environment. Many thanks to YOU, to your care to share and your many amazing Creations! I’m making my Hardware/Walmart list right the last letter to this message….Ciao ciao

  3. Hi.
    Just want to tell you how happy i was when I saw you’r website. I wanted to make a bunny Doll. And this is the result – thanks to the pattern from you’r website.
    Regards from Danmark

  4. Hi Jonni!

    So i’ve made 2 full heads of your scupltures and in the middle of another one. I’m so glad I found your website i’m in love with you 3D patterns! I was wondering how you made them? I wanted to make some more specific animals and would like to go off a pattern like yours. Also are you planning on making more 3D patterns ’cause they are great and i’ll probably purchase all of them hah 🙂

    Thanks,
    Anna

    p.s I will post photos of my heads once i finish the last one! 😀

    • Hi Anna. I’m so glad you enjoy the patterns. I don’t know when I’ll have a chance to make some more – I enjoyed learning the 3-D programs, but I’m really slow. You might enjoy making your own. I used the Silo 2 program, just because it’s a 3-D program that doesn’t do anything else, like animation. Fewer buttons help me remember which one to push. But you can do the same thing with Blender, which is free. Once the 3-D pattern is finished, you use a program called Pepakura designer to take the pattern apart and make it printable. Do a search on YouTube for tutorials on how the Silo or Blender programs work. They aren’t hard, once you get the hang of it. If you do make some, by the way, I’d love to see how they come out. And I’m really looking forward to seeing the heads you’ve already made!

  5. Dear Jonni Good,
    Amazing work you do! You’re website is a fantastic resource. I am wanting to make a jack rabbit head to fit a human head, but unfortunately the link to the 150% larger pattern by Beverley Frey appears to be broken. I wonder if you could provide me with another link to the PDF file? Many thanks!

    • Hi Linda. I had to take the larger jackrabbit pattern off the site because the file was corrupted in some way. Some people could print it out just fine, but many people couldn’t. I couldn’t fix it, and I didn’t want so many people to be frustrated, so I took it down. It wouldn’t be large enough for a human head anyway. I suggest that you print the original on larger paper. You might need to take it to a print shop to get that to work.

      • Dear Jonni, thank-you so much for replying so promptly (and I must apologize that it has taken me so long to acknowledge it! And thanks, yes I did end up taking a print-out of the original (smaller) file and getting an enlargement. ? I must say again, how wonderful a resource and how inspirational your site is. I began creating the whole jackrabbit and then ended up using just the fantastic ears and making a mask from latex. Here is the result.

        • Hi Linda. Did you try to upload a photo? If so, it may have been too large for the system. You could edit the image to make the file size smaller, and try again. I would love to see how it turned out.

      • Hi Jonni, I just (finally) responded to your very kind last message, but I can’t see it here. Anyhow, thank you for your prompt response! Apologies for the very late reply. I did end up using your smaller pattern and enlarging it. But ended up just utilizing the brilliant ears and then adding a latex mask for the face. Here it is! And thanks again! ?

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