There are so many lovely diy’s you can do with little plastic animals these days going around pinterest! I originally saw this Anthropology knock off diy on Flamingo Toes Here. I loved these little necklaces and thought they were a lot of fun! I thought they would be a great craft to ring in the New Year, and they also are perfect for a gift for my sister-in-law whose 18th birthday is today! The original Anthropologie necklaces and the Flamingo Toes featured circus themed animals. Here is my version:
These are really easy to make, all you need is plastic animals, trims, and beads. You can use hot glue or e6000 to glue the trims. I decided to make all of my animals gals with skirts, party hats and princess crowns. To make the crowns, I used bead caps and little beads inside, and the party hats are vintage lucite flower beads upside down with a seed bead glued on top. The skirts are made out of scrapbooking trim that I had from Websters Pages. You just glue them around the body and snip in the back. You can add crystals as accents too. To make these little gals into necklaces, you can twist in small eye hooks. I bought these tiny eye screws at the craft store in the jewelry section. Once you have screwed in your eye, string the pendant on your choice of chain. I used a tiny ball chain for mine. And voila! Easy right!
I love these little necklaces! They are really easy to make and they are really inexpensive to make as well. You can customize them with your own style by using different beads and trims. I know these are a little too funky for some people, but I love them! They are right up my alley! If they are your style too, give em’ a try. I bet you’ll love them too!
Today I have a really easy and fun DIY for you, prehistoric ring holders. Certain toy dinos have a perfect shape or features for holding your favorite rings! I found this Brachiosaurus, and wooly mammoth at the craft store the other day. With a coupon they are really affordable, around $5 a piece. You could use other animals than dinosaurs as well, just pick what you like best.
Here’s What You Need:
*Large Plastic Animal or Dino Toys
*Krylon Plastic Spray Paint
*Craft Acrylic Paints
Step 1: Spray paint- Clean off your dinos and spray paint them according to the directions on the can. I sprayed them lightly and did several coats. Let Dry
Step 2: Tape off areas you want to be left white
Step 3: Paint- Grab a decent paint brush and paint your dinos in your favorite colors. While paint is still wet, remove tape. Once dry, touch up any spots you need to.
Step 4: Add crystals(optional)- place small dabs of clear glue( I used e6000) on your dino, and add crystals. Tweezers can be a help when working with small crystals, but I find it just fine to use my finger and press them on that way. Let dry
Step 5: Add a little necklace(optional)- I added a little necklace to each of mine. I strung beads on embroidery floss and ties around their necks. Enjoy!
These dinos make a quirky and fun statement to my vanity, and I love them! They are a little bit serious and a little bit silly, which I totally dig! Like I said earlier, you could use any type of animal or dino you like as long as the shape will work. The possibilities are many! I can’t wait to try more! And this would also be a fun craft to do with your kids, or for a party! These would make great gifts to for any gal!