Jackrabbit Pattern for a Wall Sculpture – Faux Trophy Mount


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

What happens after you order:

This is a downloadable PDF Pattern with full instructions, so there’s no waiting, and no shipping costs. You can start on your project right away

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How to make the jackrabbit:

  • Print the pattern on card stock.
  • Cut out the pieces and tape them together.
  • 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.)
  • Add one layer of paper mache to your larger-than-life jackrabbit wall sculpture.
  • Paint it, and you’re done.

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.

Note: The pieces on this particular 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 easy it is to use this pattern:

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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84 thoughts on “Easy Pattern for Paper Mache Jackrabbit Head”

  1. Soooo happy with how this turned out. My husband has been chasing jack rabbits from eating our plants and burrowing in our landscaping by shooting garbanzo beans with a slingshot. They will eventually move on to less populated areas so I wanted him to have a momento. ?. I covered mine with air dry paper clay, not the DIY kind this time though ?. It is filled with styrofoam “dust” since I have so much from my foam sculpting. The weight of the clay caused problems with the ear connections so I added a layer of shop towels and some floral pins. Now that it is dry I don’t think there is a problem.
    It took about 8 hours to cut, assemble and get it covered with clay. The next day was for filling some cracks in the clay and supporting the ears. The painting was on the third day. (I live in a dry climate so it may take longer elsewhere.).
    Thank you! Joni for all of your generous sharing of experiments, developments, and inspiration. I have used them all many times.

    • Very nice, Terry! It’s lovely. And with your husband’s experience with marauding jackrabbits, he must really enjoy his new ‘faux trophy mount.” 🙂 Thanks for the photos you took when you were making it. What brand of air dry clay did you use?

      • I just used creative paperclay this time. It was handy and already made up so he didn’t hear me mixing UPM clay. Of course I waited until the last minute to get this made so couldn’t plan for when he wasn’t home. I do a lot of foam sculpting which I have covered with joint compound, mixes of JC and glue, UPM clay, or just JC then a layer of wood glue depending on what is being made, the kind of abuse it may need to take, and the longevity needed. I used to work with polymer clay but jewelry and small home decor projects have been replaced with much larger pieces, some 8’. So styrofoam has become my choice structure. I go dumpster diving at construction sites for some and have even gotten foam from people getting rid of their hot tubs which have thick foam in the lids.
        Thank you again for sooo much help and inspiration

        • Hi Terry. Does the wood glue make your work waterproof? If not, what is it for? It sounds like you make a lot of sculptures. Do you sell them? And would you have any interest in writing a guest post for us, showing how you use the foam in your sculptures? That’s a post I would certainly love to read. If that sounds like fun, just let me know. 🙂

          • No, not waterproof, the wood glue just gives the joint compound a bit more protection. No, I don’t sell my items. It is a ministry for non profits along with murals. But I do have a few pieces in my yard that are experiments. My brain is not cooperating with me at the moment to let me know which coatings I used. It’s been a year so far and they seem to be doing okay. I will try to find my notes.

          • Okay, found my notes. I used flex bond grout as the coating, then titebond glue with water on that then painted with Drylok before using acrylic paint for decoration. I then used a coat of exterior sealer that is made for patios and such. I am in CO so we get some snow, rain, and lots of sunshine and wind. I had one part of a garden totem that was damaged when we had a tree replaced. I still need to fix that part but otherwise the pieces have held up for a year. Sorry, no photos of them right now, we are having frigid tempts. Brrr.

            • That’s great info, Terry. Thanks for digging up those old notes. I hope to try the FlexBond grout this year, for sure.

              It’s a bit cold here in MN, too. It was -12° this morning when I woke up. I’m going to stay inside with a nice warm cup of cocoa and a good book. Stay warm!

  2. Hi Jonni, I finished my jackrabbit today. Thank you for creating this pattern, it worked so well! Now I just need to figure out how to mount him on the wall.

    • Hi Rylan. It’s beautiful – I love the way you painted it. Nicely done.

      I hung mine in two different ways. The expensive way was to buy a nice wooden plaque and use epoxy glue or hot glue to attach the back of the jackrabbit to the wood. The easy way was to drill a hole in the cardboard back and hang it over a nail. You can get away with that if the material you used to ‘stuff’ the inside is larger than the hole.

  3. 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.

    • 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. 🙂

  4. 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

  5. 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

  6. 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 🙂


    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!

  7. 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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