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Drab or Fab: Recycled Papier Mache Rhino & Zebra Heads


It’s been a while since I’ve found something truly worthy of a Drab or Fab post, but when I saw these heads at Anthropologie the other day, I  knew they were perfect for one. As a general rule, I’m averse to the idea of having animal heads hanging from a wall, whether they’re real or fake (HOPEFULLY not real, though). But there’s something about these two that draws me in. They’re almost — dare I say it — cute, and even slightly modern.

They are made of recycled cement bags and pages from old books. In the closeup shots, you can really see the detail of the words on the pages used, though you won’t be able to read them unless you can speak French. They have a quirky quality to them that just might make me overlook the fact that they are still — well — animal heads. Intended for a wall. Still, as smitten as I am, I’m not sure how or where they could be used, outside a library or playroom of some sort. And while Anthropologie is generally spot-on with their staged shots of products in a room, I’m sorry to say that the photo below is NOT a stylish solution.


So what do you think? Are they drab or fab? Are animal heads a no-no, regardless of what they’re made of? I can’t wait to hear what you think!

Why It’s Green:

  • Made of recycled cement bags and pages from vintage books

Price: Zebra & Rhino, $68/ea.

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I am a graphic designer by trade who has a strong passion for interior design and doing what we can to protect the environment. This blog and my other site, Green & Gorgeous, are my ways of giving back to the Earth.


  • Lynn
    April 29, 2010 at 4:30 pm

    Personally, I love these. They perfectly fit with my quirky personality. I could totally see them over our fireplace. Since I have a silk tree whose leaves I stripped and replaced with ones cut from magazines, these would be a great complement–just kind of pricey for decor items!

    • jennae
      April 29, 2010 at 4:47 pm

      @Lynn Every time you leave a comment, I keep thinking I soooo want to see photos of your home! You have such a fun, quirky personality and I can only imagine that your home reflects that. Care to indulge me? I see a Room Reveal in your future 🙂

  • Lori Z.
    April 29, 2010 at 4:30 pm

    I’m with you. I love them for a playroom but that picture and how they would come into play elsewhere in a house is beyond me!

    • jennae
      April 29, 2010 at 4:49 pm

      Yeah, I’m not sure what they were thinking with the super-sized pyramid mural. But now that I think about it, these would be really fun in a black and white room — maybe with a crazy color like electric blue or lime green as the accent. And I guess if you’re an animal lover, this is a good way to have them represented without having to stuff any actual heads. Because that would just be creepy. And wrong. 🙂

  • Tracey Monette
    May 4, 2010 at 7:32 pm

    fab! I actually grew up with a zebra head on the wall in my home. My father had a client who couldn’t afford to pay him and would give him things instead. So we ended up with a zebra head! But it would certainly absolutely never be my choice to kill an animal so that you can display it in your home!!! Our zebra often wore fancy hats, jewelry and scarves.


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