Take a long hard look in your recycling bin. It's crawling with creatures great and small. Hopefully, not real ones, but fun future faux ones. With a little imagination, and some easy DIY instructions, you can create a zoo of animals out of common recyclables.
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When I design kid's spaces, for my clients, I want them to be filled with personality and some of their child's own handy work. Often, I'll lead them in a craft project to create something unique. These friendly taxidermy mounts would be a great project for them and would make wonderful room decor. They would also be fun school auction projects or a DIY craft for parties. The possibilities are only limited by your imagination. You can follow along to make your own deer, rhino or circus giraffe version or experiment with the items in your recycling bin to create your own.
1) Assemble your recyclables and decide upon the type of animal you want to create. Remember, the materials can be cut, moved, folded and altered with tape, cardboard or things like bottle caps, straws and craft supplies.
2) Using scissors or a blade knife, cut or trim your recyclables into the shapes and dimensions you need. Also consider scoring and folding pieces to create new shapes. Always observe safety precautions when using tools.
3) Utilize masking tape and hot glue to assemble your creation. Masking tape can be used to bridge voids, cover seams and close open ends.
4) Decide upon the type of mount you'd like to use. Here I've provided three shapes to download. You may have to adjust your printer settings to a size greater than 100% to create large ones.
5) Cut two copies of your mount out of cardboard. Also cut enough inch or two inch strips to line the outside. Pre-creasing or shaping the strips will make it easier to follow curves.
5) 6) Using hot glue, attach the pre-creased shapes to follow the outside edge of your mount. Let it cool.
9) Mix water, flour and a pinch of salt into a paste. Dip scrap paper, newspaper or tissue into the paste and paper mache the outside of your animal shape. The more layers you apply the stronger your piece will become. Although the salt inhibits mold growth, you'll want to make sure your piece dries thoroughly before painting.
10) Paint and decorate your piece. Consider painting it in a solid fun color, decoupaging it with images and text or painting it like the original animal.
Your sculpture can be inspired by a jungle, farm, forest or sea. There are unlimited animal combinations. Or for something different you can consider making robots, friendly monsters or mythological creatures like unicorns and dragons.
Are there animals in your recycling bin? You better find them before your trash service hauls away your craft supplies. Create your own designs and send me a photo. I'd love to share it on social media. If you post it tag me with @aaronchristensenart.
Welcome to my Embellishments Journal, it's a new feature. I will be posting about some of our projects, sharing pictures and interesting things. Chime in, ask questions and keep your arms and hands inside the ride until it comes to a complete stop. -Aaron
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