Have you ever heard of micro crafts? We sure have! Micro crafting is working with well…little things! We love the idea of tiny everything, so today we’re going to show you how to decorate with tiny plastic animal sculptures. The best part? You get to use a rotary tool and saw plastic in half. You don’t have to be a kid to enjoy these adorable little plastic animals. Especially once they’re gilded silver and mounted in a beautiful frame! This easy art is an instant conversation starter and is sure to be the highlight of any decor – simply customize to your room’s colors!
DIY Mini Animal Specimen Art
Alright, so you’re ready to get started. Make sure to gather your tools accordingly and let’s get started! Here’s our super quick and easy tutorial!
- Small plastic animals (raid your kids’ room, or pick some up at the toy store)
- Rotary tool with a standard mandrel attachment and a bunch of cut-off discs
- Liquid gilding (you could also use spray paint)
- Cardstock (I used black, you could use white or another complementary color)
- E6000 glue
Use your rotary tool to cut the animals in half. You’ll need a bunch of cut-off discs as they break away pretty easily when cutting through hard materials. Try to keep your cut straight so you have a flat surface to glue to the frame. Do this carefully! Go outside, wear safety goggles and a dust mask!
Paint your animals in a well-ventilated area. Let dry thoroughly.
Take your frame apart and insert cardstock, followed by any matting and then the glass. This way, if you decide you want to use the frame for something else one day, you can! Apply a dollop of E6000 glue to the back of each animal and firmly hold in place for a few seconds. Let dry overnight before holding the frame upright.
This would be such a fun project to do with the kids’ old toys as a way for them to preserve their childhood memories in a chic way. But I really like it as a whimsical piece of art! Get creative and use different types of animals – like fish, dolphins, whales painted bright teal for a seaside theme, or cats and dogs if you’re an animal lover.
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Thanks and happy DIY’ing.
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