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The Friday Five – Gold DIYs

The Friday Five - Gold DIY's | Squirrelly Minds

Gold Foil Brush Stroke Pillow by Sugar & Cloth on Design Love Fest / Gold Striped Planner by One O / Gold Accented Headphones by Fall For DIY / Desk Calendar by Anna Bode / Faux Crystal Pendant with Gold Leaf by Adventures in Fashion


It’s no secret that I love gold, so I’m naturally drawn to gold DIY’s like a magpie is to paperclips or other shiny objects. I’m well accustomed to using gold spray paint or gold leaf to get that shine I so love, but I was so excited in my search to find gold silk screen foil. WHAT!???? Now I want to turn all our fabrics gold!
Watch out mister, the gold invasion is coming.
Happy weekend everyone!

DIY | Animal Head Mounts

DIY Mini Animal Head Mounts | Squirrelly Minds
If you saw this picture on instagram a few days ago, you may have thought I had gone insane. I promise my insanity is in the name of art/DIY.

The lovely Colleen of Lemon Thistle invited me and 5 others to participate in a DIY challenge (scroll down to see their fab creations) – head down to the wood crafting aisle and turn an item into a DIY. My item? Wooden bases. I enjoy taking items that serve one purpose, and using them for another. When I saw a bin with a bunch of bevelled round wood pieces the idea struck – plastic animal head mounts. There’s no way I would mount a real animal head on my wall, but a plastic one? Sure! I found a similar mini version in a bag of 6 wooden bases. A perfect fit for mini plastic animals.

DIY Mini Animal Head Mounts | Squirrelly MindsThe total time for this project is about 1 hour, 45 minutes of which is drying time. It’s certainly something you can do in an afternoon and have fun magnets/wall decorations for the evening!
Ready to cut off some animal heads? …plastic ones that is….
Let me assure you, no actual animals were harmed in the making of this DIY.

Now let’s create!

Materials

  • Wooden base pack
  • Plastic toy animals
  • Sharp knife and cutting board
  • Gold spray paint
  • Adhesive removable mounting squares or adhesive magnetic strips
  • Scissors
  • Hot glue gun

steps

DIY Mini Animal Head Mounts | Squirrelly Minds1 Use a sharp knife on a cutting board to cut off the heads of your animals. For thicker necks, you may wish to wear a glove and press firmly down on the flat side of the knife to push the blade through. When selecting toy animals, try to go for a softer plastic as it’s easier to cut through. If your animal has large antlers, make sure you cut the neck at an angle so that, when mounted, the antlers won’t press against the wooden base.
2 Paint your wooden base and your animal head in the colour(s) of your choice.
3 Cut your adhesive mounting square and/or magnetic strip to size and place on the back.
4 Use a glue gun to adhere your animal head to the centre of the wooden base. Allow to completely dry before adhering to your wall or magnetic surface.

DIY Mini Animal Head Mounts | Squirrelly Minds
These can be mounted either on a wall with adhesive backing, or use magnetic strips to create fun fridge magnets! (My personal favourite option). Also you don’t have to stick to just gold like I did. Maybe a white base with a gold head, or perhaps neon pink everything!

Check out all the other fantastic craft wood DIY’s out there today!

DIY Mini Animal Head Mounts | Squirrelly Minds

Nalle’s House: Mid-Century Modern Ball Clock | Squirrelly Minds: DIY Animal Head Mounts | Persia Lou: Inkodye Wood Wall Art | Annabode: DIY Bud Vase | Lemon Thistle: Birch Plywood Wall Hanging | Petite Modern Life: DIY Craft Wood Shelves | Brave New Home: DIY Wooden Modern Cuckoo Clock

So go to the wood craft section and get making!

Which DIY are you itching to try?
Yes…I just rhymed.

The Friday Five – Easter DIY’s

The Friday Five - Easter DIY's | Squirrelly Minds

Candy filled Easter Bunnies from Craft with Mom / Gold Animal Easter Eggs from Flax and Twine / Watercolour Easter Egg Cookies from We Are Scout / Geo Bunny Wall Art from Twine and Table / Galaxy Eggs from Dream a Little Bigger


Okay, I’ll admit it, I totally dropped the ball this Easter season. Man, if I can’t juggle being pregnant with work and creating DIYs how am I going to do it with a baby around!?
Anyway, Sorry I don’t have anything for you, but I do have the below archives (check out all past Squirrelly Minds Easter fun!) and all the fantastic Easter DIY’s above. Hooray!

I’m away this weekend on an island Easter getaway with some friends so I may not be back around these parts until later next week.
Wishing you all have a lovely long weekend!
xo

Easter Archives

DIY/Eat/Holiday | Easter – The Archives

Easter Roundup from the Squirrelly Minds Archives
Tissue Paper Dyed Easter Eggs

Easter Roundup from the Squirrelly Minds Archives
Easter Egg Garland

Easter Roundup from the Squirrelly Minds Archives
Confetti Easter Advent Calendar

Easter Roundup from the Squirrelly Minds Archives
Egg Place Cards

Easter Roundup from the Squirrelly Minds Archives
Golden Eggs

Easter Roundup from the Squirrelly Minds Archives
Paint Splattered Easter Eggs

Easter Roundup from the Squirrelly Minds Archives
Printable Easter Menu

Easter Roundup from the Squirrelly Minds Archives
Mini Egg Explosion Cupcakes

Easter Roundup from the Squirrelly Minds Archives
Easter Nest Cupcakes

Easter. The season for bunnies, eggs and sweets! Here are past DIY’s and recipes to celebrating the holiday. Happy eating/DIYing!

We’re heading to the gulf islands for a long weekend getaway with friends.
What are your Easter plans?

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