A few weeks ago, I was in Anthropologie (hands down, favourite shop on the planet) and I spotted some cute little gold dog magnets. Here they are. Cute. I showed them to George, he thought they were hideous and refused to let me own them (not that I need his permission, but, you know). Then I saw a mug with my initial on it, he refused that too. So we had a bit of a row. Anyway, where am I going with this… oh yes, I thought I’d have a go at making my own version of these animal magnets. And they worked! AND he likes them. And they are the easiest thing to make, my three year old could do it (assuming she could operate a glue gun and spray paint. Details).
I raided my children’s stash of plastic animals and stole the smallest, flattest ones for the job. If you don’t already have plastic animals, you can pick them up really cheaply from pound shops.
You will need:
- selection of plastic animals
- copper spray paint
- strong glue/glue gun
- strong mini magnets – I got these ones.
1. First, select your animals. Go for small ones that lay on their side well – a kangaroo won’t work (trust me, I tried). Give them a good soak then a scrub in hot soapy water. Make sure they’re totally clean, then leave to dry out completly on some kitchen towel.
2. Glue a magnet onto one side of the animal with a large blob of glue.
3. Once dry, place on a sheet of newspaper outside and spray with copper spray paint. You’ll need 2 coats on both sides. Make sure every bit of the animal is covered.
That’s it! I didn’t really need to do a tutorial did I. It’s so easy, I don’t know why I wrote one. But I’ve done it now so there you go
I like the hippo the best. The texture really came out when I sprayed him copper. Like a miniature sculpture.