Decorative Animal Sculptures Made From Natural Materials

Updated April 17, 2017

You can make animal sculptures from many natural materials, such as wood, straw and tree bark. If you live in a city, you may not see animals except at a zoo. Creating animals to place in your yard or around your patio will make it seem like a natural habitat for wildlife. Animals are part of nature, and making animal sculptures from materials such as wood and straw makes them seem more natural.

Dried Logs and Driftwood

A trip to the beach or into a nearby wooded area or park should provide dried natural logs and pieces of driftwood. Driftwood usually does not need sanding and may only need slight cleaning. Pieces of wood often have roughly an animal's shape. Adding eyes or a tail may be all that's needed to create natural-looking animal sculptures. Use pebbles as eyes to keep it natural. Make tails from dried twigs, vines or pieces of twine.

Tree Stump Art

Tree stumps in your front or back yard don't have to be unsightly. Carvings that will be viewed from a distance don't have to be exact; they only have to give the illusion of being a particular animal. Painting is not usually needed unless you want to paint on eyes. A hammer, chisel and drill will help you cut details such as ears or rough-looking fur.

Straw Animals

A bale of straw and some twine or wire are all that's needed to create a backyard zoo. You can use smaller sculptures inside the house for decoration. Straw can be bundled, bent and bound with twine. Use rounded bundles for the mid-body and add straight bundles as legs. If the leg bundles aren't sturdy enough, insert a small tree branch up into the bundle and cover the branch with straw. Wrap a couple pieces of twine around it to secure the straw. If this isn't feasible, make the animals in lying-down positions.

Bark and Twigs

With a sharp knife, trim pieces of bark into animal body shapes. Use twigs and small tree branches as the legs and tails. Bark is thin enough to punch or drill a small hole in the top for hanging. The legs can be hot-glued on and attached with wire or twine. Paper patterns can be used to outline an entire animal on a piece of bark. Cut around the outline to create the animal. If the bark seems too curved, get it wet and place something heavy on it for a day or so. It will be much flatter when it dries.

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