tutorial: DIY floral plastic animal toy jewelry

Farm animal toys are sold by the pack. So after I turned the poultry into rocking thingamabobs, I still had several left.

Ta-da! Floral Horse and Aztec Goat!

My post introductions have gone downhill ever since, well… Okay, they’ve never been up the hill so let’s just stick to the DIY. This one, as you can see, is another from the Crafting with Childhood Toys series. And oh-so-easy to do!

To make a patterned plastic animal toy jewelry, you will need a screw-on eye bolt, chain, spray paint, acrylic paint, tiny paint brushes, acrylic gloss, and duct tape.

1. First, you will need to screw the eye bolt to the back of your animal toy.Take a bit of duct tape and wrap it around the eye bolt. This will serve as your “handle.”

2. In a well ventilated place, spray paint your toy in a color that you like. Let dry.

3. Now we paint the pattern! You will need maroon, pink, and green acrylic paints. First, we dab the animal toy with red dots. Don’t worry, these don’t have to be perfect.

Okay, those who can actually paint, you will need to walk away now. Because I’m about to show you a digital representation of what I did to the horse. And it aint pretty.

Basically, after your red dots dry up, you will paint bits of pink on top of the red dots. When those dry up, add the leaves. Again, these don’t have to be perfect. The truth is that the whole here will be greater than the sum of its parts.

Let dry. Seal with clear gloss. Remove the duct tape and hang from a chain.

And that’s it. As for the Aztec patterned goat, it’s just a series of lines and dots. I’m sorry I don’t have photos of the process; painting the Aztec pattern was more laughable than my flower-painting moves, you see.

[This floral horse is going home to Mimai.]

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