As of late, my daughter always comes out of her bedroom in the morning wearing something completely different than what she wore to bed. Apparently, upon waking up, she marches over to her closet and chooses 3-7 articles of clothing (typically dresses and skirts) and 2-14 accessories to don during her entrance into our bedroom, with a stuffed animal and blanket in tow. It’s an amusing and delightful thing but also starts the day with quite a mess.
I’ve been searching for a way to keep her accessories tidy (yet still accessible for a three-foot person), without adding more boxes or cabinets to the room and without the risk of a little hand accidentally pulling a hook out of the wall…
During one late night Amazon order I saw these adorable flamingo lawn ornaments that I’d “saved for later” just waiting for the perfect excuse to buy them, and voila! What 3-year-old wouldn’t love a bedazzled flamingo in their room?
The long necked bird is perfect for necklaces, bracelets, headbands, and crowns, and adds a playful mood to any room.
- Gold spray paint
- Flamingo yard ornament (this is the one I used)*
- Large flower pot (at least 8″ high)
- Paint or trim (I used three yards of 3″ wide trim)
- Glue gun (if using fabric trim)
- 1 styrofoam disc to fit at the bottom of the pot (6″x1″)
- 1 styrofoam half circle for the middle of the pot (8″)
- Scarves, boa, or fabric
- Small magnet or weight (optional)
*If you’re hoping to add a large quantity or heavier items, I’d splurge on the biggest flamingo you can find. I’ve found that these guys hold about 2 pounds before becoming top-heavy.
- Spray paint the flamingo body and let dry.
- Decorate your pot as you wish. If using trim, I found it helpful to place the pot upside down and begin gluing from the bottom. With my particular trim I glued the top and bottom of the lowest row.
For the middle and top rows I simply glued the top of the trim and let it fall down freely, overlapping the previous row. Begin each row directly over the seam of the previous row. This will be the back of the pot.
- Once flamingo has dried, attach the legs.
- Place the small styrofoam disc in the bottom of your pot to anchor the flamingo “feet” and then the half circle styrofoam to anchor the legs. You want the feet to be as wide apart as possible for greatest balance.
Stick the legs through both pieces of styrofoam. I covered it with one of my daughter’s scarves — you can use a boa or fabric cutting of choice. If you find the flamingo to be a bit top heavy, glue a small magnet to the tail.
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