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

Posted on | September 11, 2012 | 96 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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  • http://profiles.google.com/amber.gregory Amber Gregory

    Your tags for this crack me up!! Also: super crafty funtimes! Looks great. Thanks for the inspiration :D

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  • Brenda

    I really love this. And I really love that you made it for yourself.

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  • http://www.lifescandy.com/ Mae (Life’s Candy)

    Freaking Awesome.

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  • Xenia Galaviz

    That is fucking amazing.

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  • Jessica R @CHCP

    OMG! I love this. I’m going to have to try this! Because who doesn’t love taxidermy where no animals were actually injured??

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  • Jessica R @CHCP

    OMG! I love this. I’m going to have to try this! Because who doesn’t love taxidermy where no animals were actually injured??

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  • Jessica R @CHCP

    OMG! I love this. I’m going to have to try this! Because who doesn’t love taxidermy where no animals were actually injured??

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  • Morgan | Mrs. Priss

    Love this! Definitely going to do!

    You know what the back ends of the animals reminded me of? That Butts are Gross poster my high school used to have posted everywhere. Anyone? Anyone? Okaynevermindbai

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    Francine Johnson McGee Reply:

    We won’t admit when we graduated…lets just say it wasn’t MY high school, but I have seen it. NOW I REALLY have to do the butts 1st

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  • http://mrspriss.com Morgan | Mrs. Priss

    Love this! Definitely going to do!

    You know what the back ends of the animals reminded me of? That Butts are Gross poster my high school used to have posted everywhere. Anyone? Anyone? Okaynevermindbai

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  • Sara

    i absolutely freaking adore this

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  • aliya jiwa

    this is awesome. so awesome. so so awesome. good job, m!

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  • Jennifer

    Not that you weren’t already, but you are totally awesome!

    xo Jennifer

    http://seekingstyleblog.wordpress.com

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  • http://therichstyle.com/ Melody Rich

    That’s so cool!!!!!

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  • Lacey Horst

    okay, i love this. i just might have to do it in my own house.

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  • ashley jennett

    LOVE this idea. Wouldn’t it be funny with little human figurines? ha!

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  • Amanda

    so adorbs!

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  • http://www.acutedesigns.org/ Gina

    I love it. And i also love and use that spray paint all the time. Gold is the best :).

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  • Aa

    Ridiculous cute ! Such a clever lady, you are.

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  • http://www.mylittlemustache.com Jessica West Judkins

    freaking amazing!!!!

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  • http://twitter.com/HelenaMarie Helena

    What a cute idea! Everything is better with spray paint.

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  • meggs0929

    Cute! Plans for the butts?

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    Mandy Reply:

    I’m thinking magnets!

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  • http://littlegraypixel.blogspot.com Vanessa

    You make this seem easy enough for me. But pray tell, how did you dismember the animals? Scissors? Exacto knife?

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    Mandy Reply:

    I used an old kitchen knife and sharpened the heck out of it before hand. I still had to saw through them. I was wondering if a serrated one would be easier, but it might make the backs too jagged for mounting.

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    Kelly Murray Gardner Reply:

    If you need to use a serated edge just use really course sand paper to even them out. God only knows how I know this.

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  • eRin @ Growing Up Senge

    Wheeeeeeee! I LOVE it! So fun!!

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  • http://twitter.com/offenserude Dana Murphy

    Please god tell me you’re making a matching one with just the butts because … ANIMAL BUTTS MANDY. GOLDEN ANIMAL BUTTS.

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    Fiona Reply:

    what she said.

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    Kaitlin Reply:

    THOUGHT THE SAME THING! Maybe in a neon shade? So funny. So great.

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    Shannon Feltus Reply:

    seriously, white elephant gift? HA I punned on accitent there, because there could indeed be a white elephant ass.

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  • Becky

    i too must beg you to make one of the butts too! you could put it in the bathroom with a wipe well sign. or interchange the heads and butts one to throw people off. please let us know if you do!! or what about giving the butts one away as a house warming gift or to ME. i could surely use framed butts for my bathroom! HAHAHA!!!

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    Mandy Reply:

    GENIUS

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  • Miranda Zorn

    Oh that is just too cute!!!

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  • thepapermama

    THIS is fantastic.

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  • kristen rogers

    I love this! This is a rare-ish DIY that I might actually attempt! Also “wine” is such a good tag to see on this haha

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  • Heather

    Ahhh so cute! I love this!
    xo Heather http://ahopelessnotebook.blogspot.com/

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  • Kelsey

    I just got incredibly excited when I saw this post on bloglovin. You are a tiny gold animal GENIUS!

    http://kelseyelizabetha.blogspot.ca/

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  • http://twitter.com/planetkendar Kendra @planetkendar

    You are crazy in the best possible way. This project is so cute!

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  • http://tidbitsparenting.blogspot.com/ OTandET

    dinomite! dynomite! i’m just going to keep spelling it differently til i don’t get the red line. dynamite! <– there we have it :)

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  • http://heronandhibou.blogspot.com/ Mills M.

    This is so adorable! The greatest golden miniature animal craft project ever made. Seriously, how can anyone top that kind of cuteness?

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  • Design Thoughts ~Kim

    Just saw this on pinterest and followed link back to you!! Love love the idea!! and props to who ever first pinned this with proper credit and link trail ;)

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  • http://www.justshireen.com/ Just Shireen

    I’m totally doing this to hold all my jewelry. Love it!

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  • Meg

    Dude. This is awesome, Mandy. I’m totally making this for my son’s room (and using the “leftovers” to make a butts version for the bathroom).

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  • http://twitter.com/the818 Morgan (The818)

    I’m obsessed with you.

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  • Gabrielle

    I did something similar recently but just the magnets- the way I cut through them was by putting them in boiled water for a bit then they were super easy to get through. Highly recommended.

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  • Marlene

    Love it started my wheels turning on things I have in my bins that I could cut and do this with… Hum….
    Marlene
    Cave Creek, AZ

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  • Grace

    This is amazing! I am so making this!

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  • Joyced

    You just provided me with the perfect gag gift for my brother who’s an avid hunter. Although I HATE it, he has taxidermied *i say that’s a word* critters in his house. I know he’ll lhao when he sees my animal friendly version. He’ll get 2 gifts, the heads & the butts. XD

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  • http://twitter.com/charliappleton Charli Appleton

    Animals and spray paint ordered, Iove this!

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  • Megan Toolson

    Thank you so much for this idea!!! i absolutely LOVE it. My boyfriend and I are re-doing our living room with an African safari flair, I’m making this for our mantle!!

    I was wondering what size frame you bought? Also, the animals did you purchase the larger ones or the smaller ones? I would think the bigger ones would tear off the card stock??

    Thanks again for the awesome post!

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  • http://profiles.google.com/ebayfranstuff Francine Johnson McGee

    I am with you in life….plastic animals cut in half. But NOT the plastic animals I played with in the 70s when I was a kid. Yup, still have ‘em, my kids played with them, someday grandkids will…..or I’ll cu them up. But I digress… Did you know Harbor Freight Tools sells miniature, I mean TRULY miniature chop saws. As in 2′ blade. TA DA. At least it works for all the other small stuff I cut. Even has a little clampy thingy. Or clamp poor helpless animal to piece of wood and wield circular saw. Really not as scary as it sounds…or jig saw, which really isn’t meant for anything of the sort, but is less scary and STILL WAY easier than a hand saw. I DON’T DO hand saws. I am MUCH more likely to hurt myself with one of them, even if it’s just the carpal tunnel in my wrists. I think the big girl chop saw would be just TOO BIG to even work without something dangerous. We DO want to keep all of our digits and live to see our great great grandchildren… Thanks for the great idea!! I have way to many of these things that aren’t from my childhood.

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  • http://profiles.google.com/ebayfranstuff Francine Johnson McGee

    PS.. gotta do the butts too!

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  • http://twitter.com/theforgestyle Sophie

    Haha I love that you said you’re looking for more things to spray paint gold! I bought that same can a few weeks ago for a project and was doing the same thing ;) Maybe I need to paint some plastic animals? I want to make them into magnets for the fridge.

    First time on your blog (found you at rachel the hat) and loving it :)

    xx
    sophie
    http://theforgestyle.blogspot.com

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  • Chrissy

    Holy Halved Animals, I love this!

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  • http://shecouldbeapharmer.blogspot.com Hannah

    1) This is awesome. I too want to see a butts-only one.

    2) You are freaking hilarious.

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  • http://twitter.com/britty_mack BrittyMack

    Oh my goodness, how cute. I’d glue the butts to strong magnets and stick ‘em to the fridge… haha

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  • Doralyn Rush

    I TOTALLY love this! Great idea! (Even though I don’t spend my shower-time contemplating plastic animals. Of course, NOW I may, as I want to do this project!)

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  • http://www.facebook.com/Hailey.Erin.Always Hailey Erin Yeager

    This is fantastic!!

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  • Matilda Jane

    I love this idea so much!
    -Matilda Jane
    http://www.matildajaneplatinum.com/

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  • Kate Lapekas

    What an awesome idea! I just thought of doing this on a long board to hang up my bracelets and necklaces!

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  • Angie’re

    Well thanks, there goes my shower time! I like the idea of hanging jewlery from the heads and putting the butts in the potty room. Just my style of humor!

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  • Kristin Durham

    I love this project. So simple, so cute.

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  • Emily

    I have gold spray paint and have been going to town with it!! Pumpkins, twigs, lace crowns for my baby photo shoots…and now, animal halves!

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  • Inspire Me Heather

    I love that!! What a great idea and it looks beautiful too! I’ve got his linked to my DIY painted plastic animals post too today, well done!

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  • emily

    I am totally doing this for my son’s room. But how did you keep them still while spraypainting? They seem like they’d topple over?

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  • Chick Tyler

    I’m glad I’m not the only one obsessed with plastic toy animals! I just made holiday candle holders out of two from Target…it’s fine? (http://www.chasingthere.com/2012/12/christmas-craze-candle-holders.html)
    But really, I love them!

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  • Merel

    Hello, I featured this post in my blog post http://thisblackbirdsnest.blogspot.co.uk/2013/01/tuesdays-top-10-1-01-2013.html

    I hope it’s alright, if it’s not, please tell me and I’ll remove it.

    Have a good day!

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  • Danielle Perkins

    This was so great; I was inspired to make my own version
    after seeing yours on Pinterest. Thanks for the great inspiration! I linked to
    you on a post about it, over at Painting Sunny right here: http://paintingsunny.com/2013/04/01/art-for-the-kids-make-it-up/

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  • Jessica

    Mine keep popping off with the hot glue, any other suggestions for keeping them on the paper?

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  • Sarah

    Thanks for this blog entry! Just did my own: http://pinterest.com/pin/115686284151152918/. I actually just used a tiny bottle of acrylic paint. Wish I’d seen the advice to put the animals in hot water first to help with cutting!

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  • Stephanie

    I love this & I have been on a mission to find these plastic animals at Target.. they don’t seem to carry them anymore, by any chance do you remember the company name that made these?? I found some similar animals but they don’t have the camel and giraffe.. BTW I am planning using the butts for my bathroom & the heads for magnets .. I thought it would be a bit humorous and cheeky for the bathroom

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