I am obsessed with all things DIY.

I see it,

I love it,

I make it.

Thursday, February 13, 2014

DIY Animal Keychains

After making my Animal Jars I ended up with a bunch of left over animals but had no clue what to do with them.  I was on Pintrest today and saw this tutorial by Ginger Snaps on making DIY Animal Keychains.....

what you need: plastic animal(s), small screw eye hook, paint/brush, key ring, *optional: clear sealant spray or clear nailpolish, safety pin, small bowl

I bought a new batch of animals because a coworker wanted a elephant so I used a 40% off coupon from Michaels to get them. 

This is my selection of animals that I am going to work with.  I decided on the parakeet, elephant, chimpanzee, giraffe, panda, corgi, polar bear, and rat.   
Next I got all my supplies together so I could get started.  I purchased Martha Stewart High Gloss in Black and Sea Glass in Satin.  I also picked up Glitter Acrylic Paint from Martha to jazz up the overall look of the key chains.  I bought a pack of Metallic Sharpies for decorating. 
 Let's get to painting!
You lookin at me?


These are one coat of paint.  Some of the animals will only need one or two coats.  The giraffe and elephant required 4 coats.  Be patient and let each coat dry thoroughly before applying the next coat.
 3 coats of paint
After 2 coats of paint

Mr. Polar Bear only required 2 coats and I was anxious to see how the glitter was going to turn out so I applied a coat to  him.  The 2nd picture is after one coat.  Didn't really do too much but I let this coat dry and applied 3 coats of the glitter.

Time to switch to the animals that will be painted black.  I selected the chimp, gator (which I added later), and rat to paint black.

The animals painted black only required one coat of paint.  I let them dry for 4 hours once all the animals were evenly painted then cruised Pintrest looking for decorating ideas.  I found a few things but decided to go with the flow of each animal. 

Once they were all decorated it was time to put the small screw eye hook into the animal.  I used a safety pin to start the hole I found it was easier this way.

 I grabbed a pair of pliers to assist with the turning of the screw because just be warned it will hurt your fingers after you do a few.

After the gator had his screw I grabbed a key ring and slid it through the hook.  So the pictures below are the finished products.  I think they turned out fabulous!!!

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