Miniature Mounted Menagerie! Also known as, I’m obsessed with tiny plastic animals.

Posted on | September 11, 2012 | 112 Comments

Do you think of things you could make with tiny plastic animals while you’re in the shower? If the answer is no, then I congratulate you on your life. But if so then come join me in Bananaville won’t you?

As it always is, Pinterest is to blame for this nonsense. I’ve seen drawer pulls, magnets, jar toppers, even planters made out of these toys (the larger ones of course). Last year I made a dinosaur terrarium for Harper and this time I wanted something for myself. Or you know, the living room. This is what my brain came up with and it’s easy and pretty cheap.

Ready, go!

The most time consuming part of this project was cutting the animals in half (so excited to see the Google search terms come in on that one). Seriously, be careful with that. If anyone has any tips on doing this easily, I’d love to hear them (maybe a Dremmel tool?).  Once the animals are all halved (I bought mine at Target in the party favor section for like, three dollars), spray paint them. I used Rust-oleum Metallic in Gold, and I picked it up at Home Depot for about six bucks. I’m kind of in love with it and am currently searching for more things to randomly paint.

I bought my frame at Target for $16, and used a white piece of cardstock to adhere my animals to. I put the glass of the frame behind the paper and matte so that I had a hard surface to work on (and it keeps everything nice and tight once you put the frame back together. That way later when you decide gold animal taxidermy is weird you can use the frame again as intended). I simply marked out where I wanted my tiny friends and used my glue gun to adhere them. Done!

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