Plastic animal crafts are pretty trendy these days so I decided to jump on the bandwagon. Here is my creation, a funky hippo necklace.
Start with your plastic animal toy of choice. I found a tube of small animals at Michaels and used the hippo because they are one of my favorite animals. Use acrylic paint to paint it your color of choice. You will probably need several coats.
Now use gold leaf paint to add polka dots (or any design you so choose).
Once dry, finish with a coat of clear acrylic varnish and screw an eye screw into the top. Finally, you will attach a long piece of chain to the eye screw using a jump ring. I made the chain long enough to go over my head without a clasp.
Ta-da! That's it! I rocked my necklace for date night. Gotta love a night out without the baby :)
Want to try some more animal crafts? Here is a sampling of tutorials from around the web:
Animal Coat Rack
Animal Jar Lids
Animal Candle Holders