Showing posts with label animals. Show all posts
Showing posts with label animals. Show all posts

Thursday, January 5, 2017

ETCETERAS: Gold Leaf Elephant Trinket Dish with Heart Footsteps

Gold Leaf Elephant Trinket Dish by homework I jumped on the gold leaf trinket dish train and also borrowed some inspiration from the painted animal trend. Combine the two and you you get a Gold Leaf Elephant Trinket Dish complete with little heart footsteps for Valentine’s Day.

Monday, December 16, 2013

CELEBRATIONS: Animal Snow Globe

Animal Snow Globe via homework | www.carolynshomework.comThere have been a couple of trends that I love in the crafty world – snow globes made from jars and painted plastic animals. I decided to combine the two into a holiday stacked animal snow globe.

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Little Craft: fuzzy animals

Fuzzy Animals 2I love picking up those bags of plastic animals at the dollar store. I’ve painted some and even glitterized some. And at a dollar for a bag of animals, these make great kid crafts.

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Little Craft: piggy piggy bank

Piggy Bank 7Using plastic animal in crafts have been very popular for awhile now. I created some jars a few years and I’ve seen some fun and creative projects on Pinterest.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Upcycling: gold leopards to stone leopards

Just like Medusa from Greek mythology, I turned these leopards into stone. 

Or at least, faux stone.

When I was sorting through Christmas décor, I found these leopards at the bottom of a box of holiday décor. The leopards are made from paper mache and I think they were a gift. They’ve never worked with out with my holiday look…

I started by covering the leopards with a white paint primer.

To achieve this faux stone look, I mixed the same white paint and some leftover grout. 

Once the white paint grout mixture was dry, I distressed the leopards a little. I know there’s special paint you can purchase to give projects a distressed look but I used Martha Stewart Liquid Gilding in silver. 

I applied the gilding with a cheap course bristle brush very sparingly and used a toothpick to add a few dots here and there. Close up the gilding has a pretty metallic sheen. 

It would be fun to apply this faux stone or as I call it {Medusa} technique to a variety of objects.

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Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Upcycling: silver animal jars

I'm taking a break from all the holiday projects. I wanted to make something fun and whimsical and these definitely fit the bill - plus they can be used for decorating or organizing.

Many of you may have seen the fantastic, colorful painted animal jars {photo above} that have made their way around the craft blogs and Pinterest. They’re from House to Home and have been featured many, many times. 

Like many of you, I fell in love with these adorable jars and decided to make my own grown up versions. I used smaller jars that were originally sample make up and lotions. The animals are the cheap plastic toy animals that can be found at local discount stores or dollar stores. I used a sheep, pig and cow from a farmyard set.  

For the pig and sheep, I used Martha Stewart Multi-Surface Metallic paint in Sterling.

The original lettering on my jars wouldn’t come off so I wrapped embroidery floss around the jars and painted the floss in the matching silver paint. Of course it would be easier if you have silver embroidery floss which I didn’t.

For the cow, I used Folk Art Enamels Glitter paint in Silver. 

I’m planning on using these jars to organize a few of my supplies like beads and paper clips. There’s something about these little animals that are just irresistible and they’ll be fun to look at everyday.

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Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Etceteras: fuzzy yarn sheep

These fuzzy yarn sheep make me smile. This is actually a child’s craft that I modified. The original project calls for clothes pin legs and chunky yarn. Here’s how I made my sheep.

Cut out a cardboard sheep body.
Add a face out of black card stock.

Glue on twigs for legs. I taped mine before the glue dried so they would stay in position and the sheep could stand up.

Add a small amount of fiber fill.

Wrap fuzzy yarn around the body like you’re making a yarn ball. Tie off the end and tuck the knot into the body.

Cut out ears and tuck into the yarn with a dab of glue.
You can add a loop of string and use them as holiday ornaments or year-round décor.
Mine are grazing on my office window sill which makes me happy.



This project has been entered in the CSI Project of the Year Challenge