Lions And Tigers and Metallic Neons, Oh My!

While stumbling about the Internet one afternoon I discovered these amazing animal figurines on Etsy and just about died. I must have them!

And then it got me thinking: How many of us have kids toys laying about that are no longer age-appropriate or are just sadly neglected? And you’re wondering to yourself, What am I going to do with all this?

Well duh! You are going to spray paint them in neons and metallics! And then they are going to look AWESOME in your house as decor! How very green of you.

After the jump, a quick how-to, some more really rad neon/metallic animals as inspiration, and some ideas on what common toys might look good with this look, to get your creative juices all juicy.

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  • The Inspiration 1 of 19
    The Inspiration
    Neon yellow!
    From Etsy Seller The Good Machinery
  • The Inspiration 2 of 19
    The Inspiration
    Is it a horse? Or is it a zebra?
    From Etsy Seller The Good Machinery
  • The Inspiration 3 of 19
    The Inspiration
    Personally I favor the two color animals, though that tiger is pretty amazing.
    From Etsy Seller The Good Machinery
  • The Inspiration 4 of 19
    The Inspiration
    Lion cub.
    From Etsy Seller The Good Machinery
  • The Inspiration 5 of 19
    The Inspiration
    Metallic gold and neon pink--amazing.
    From Etsy Seller The Good Machinery
  • The Inspiration 6 of 19
    The Inspiration
    Man's best friend gets the glamour treatment!
    From Etsy Seller The Good Machinery
  • The Inspiration 7 of 19
    The Inspiration
    That ombre effect is stunning!
    From Etsy Seller The Good Machinery
  • The Inspiration 8 of 19
    The Inspiration
    Polka dots. Obviously.
    From Etsy Seller The Good Machinery
  • The Inspiration 9 of 19
    The Inspiration
    So sweet.
    From Etsy Seller The Good Machinery
  • The Inspiration 10 of 19
    The Inspiration
    Hello kitty!
    From Etsy Seller The Good Machinery
  • The Inspiration 11 of 19
    The Inspiration
    The best of them all. Read on for some fun toys you could paint yourself!
    From Etsy Seller The Good Machinery
  • Army Soldiers Play Set 12 of 19
    Army Soldiers Play Set
    These guys were MADE for this project.
    Find This Classic Toy At Amazon, $10.95
  • Classic Wood Stacking Ring 13 of 19
    Classic Wood Stacking Ring
    Duh.
    Find This Classic Toy At Amazon, $23.95
  • Barrel Of Monkeys 14 of 19
    Barrel Of Monkeys
    Right??
    Find This Classic Toy At Amazon, $7.16
  • Thomas And Friends Wooden Railway Engine 15 of 19
    Thomas And Friends Wooden Railway Engine
    Bonus for the anti-logo types: After a good coating of paint it's like that goofy face never existed.
    Find This Classic Toy At Toys R Us, $12.99
  • First Act Wooden Xylophone 16 of 19
    First Act Wooden Xylophone
    One color per . . . slat? Hmm.
    Find This Classic Toy At Toys R Us $9.99
  • UFC Micro Figure Action Pack 17 of 19
    UFC Micro Figure Action Pack
    These are just silly. They belong in some spangly golds.
    Find This Classic Toy At Toys R Us, $17.99
  • Godzilla Action Figure 18 of 19
    Godzilla Action Figure
    This would be SO RAD in neon pink.
    Find This Classic Toy At Toys R Us, $12.99
  • Melissa And Doug Classic 30Pc Wooden ABCs 19 of 19
    Melissa And Doug Classic 30Pc Wooden ABCs
    Are you seeing the possibilities??
    Find This Classic Toy At Toys R Us, $14.99

You can buy similar safari figurines on Amazon (and here are some farm animals, if you want to mix it up).

Here are some links to spray paints of all types: neon, fluorescent, glow-in-the-dark, metallics. You can find these at your local hardware store (or even at Walmart).

To create the two-color look, use painters tape to mark off a clean line, and cover the parts of the toy you don’t want painted with newspaper or cling wrap, using painters tape to keep it firmly in place. Allow the spray paint to dry completely before adding your second color. Polka dots and other designs can be added with acrylic paint once the initial coat has dried using a toothpick as an applicator. (Martha Stewart has a great line of acrylics in really fun colors and finishes that you can find at Michael’s.)

P.S. Please make sure the toys you paint won’t be used by mouthy babies. Fairly sure the finished product wouldn’t be safe for tasting!

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