You see these little plastic animals when you walk past the kids’ aisle of the dollar store but they never quite catch your eye. They’re usually jammed inside a plastic sack and serve no purpose for a full-grown person… But here I am, two sacks later and another can of spray paint :).
kind of obsessed with stationary, pens, cute stickies, calligraphy, planning… you get where I’m going here, right? I recently discovered bullet journaling and modern calligraphy/ brush lettering and I found a huge Insta-community that has really inspired me to try and learn some new things. I’ve been doing a ton of writing, lists and scheduling which leads me to the point of this post. This little pencil/makeup holding project was so basic but I loved it. I’ve seen many projects, here, here and here using plastic toy animals. These can be your children’s old toys or in my case, store bought. There’s nothing like using ordinary, cheap items and revamping them into practical, chic, and eye catching decor items. I no longer lose my pens and pencils in the drawers. They’re pretty on the eyes and keeps me extra organized. #Win.
That’s my dollar store stash minus the remaining animals I wanted to revamp. You can see what I did to the glass vases here. I pretty much spray painted everything else you see above in gold and added them to my modern gallery wall, a post coming in the near future :D.
Since I love to spray paint everything gold, you could guess what I did. But before that, I drilled a few holes on the backs of some animals. I chose the cats ’cause I was feeling fierce… ha! They also had large backs and a tail for hanging some jewelry. Multi-purpose y’know? Below are my affiliate links if you’re interested in the products I used.
Yes, I drilled over a box to catch the plastic fly aways for easy cleanup. After I drilled, I checked the size to fit a pencil (or other objects you’d like to use), and rotated my drill bit around and around to make it bigger when I wanted bigger holes. Since I do a lot of day-to-day planning, writing, notes, to-do’s, I created one holder for my pencils and another one to display some makeup items and tools on my vanity.
Use some spray paint of your choice, mine is Krylon Gold Metallic Paint. Now, depending on the type of plastic material your animals are, you might need Krylon Clear Gloss Spray or you’ll find they will smudge and never fully “dry”.
- Plastic toy animals
- Drill with appropriate drill bit
- Krylon Gold Metallic Paint
- Krylon Clear Gloss Spray
- Drill where you’d like your holes to be positioned
- Spray three thin coats of gold spray paint
- Spray two thin coats of clear spray to seal
- Display your new decor holders
I thought they turned out pretty spiffy! No more losing my pencils.. because I have the same issue with losing pencils as I do socks.
Have you seen plastic animals revamped? Leave me some ideas!