DIY Gilded Animal Parade

M33A6003aHey there crafty ladies, we’ve missed you! Sorry we’ve been neglecting posting, we’ve been going through a busy season of life!

Today’s DIY project was super fun for us, and we’re so excited to share it with you!  We love eclectic and unique art, housewares, and décor, so we loved giving these little critters a flashy glow. We’re bringing these children’s toys outta the toy box and into the design world! Talk about evolution!

Here’s what you’ll need! (We found everything at Michael’s Craft Store!)  :

1) A crisp white frame. With white matting (8×10)

2) Gold spray paint

3) Small, plastic, animal figurines

4) A hot glue gun and glue sticks

5) A drop cloth to catch rouge spray paint droplets (we used a trash bag!)

6) Sponge brushes for touchups

7) An X-Acto knife


Step 1: Use the X-Acto knife to cut the tail end off of each animal figurine


Step 2: Place the figurines on a drop cloth or plastic, outdoors, spaced apart. Allow ample time for your figurines to dry before turning them over to spray the other areas.


Step 3: Spray! M33A6061

Step 4: Map out where you want to glue your figurines. Our frame was 8x10in so we spaced them horizontally at 2, 4, and 6 inches. And then vertically at 2.5, 5, and 7.5 inchesM33A6081 M33A6086Step 5: Glue! You only need a little bit, smaller than a dime size. Allow the hot glue to set for about 10 seconds after it hits the paper otherwise you’ll melt your animal! Gently attach your animal figurine and hold it there for 25 seconds.


The finished product! Lauren’s husband LOVES dinosaurs and sharks, so naturally he was thrilled to come home to our creation! We love the shadows each animal casts!M33A6130a

Happy crafting! xoxo