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.
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!