How to Make…An Animal Jewellery Hanger

Hello everyone and a Happy Tuesday to you! My day started a bit pants, I had a bad nights sleep thanks to trying to get baby to sleep in his own bed (he is not screaming as much anymore but he is waking up roughly every 2 hours – argh!) and it was wet and windy and cold. However, I have had about 10 cups of tea, the sun has come out and I’ve got the Olympics on in the background, so I plan to get some things done before bedtime!!!

This week I have been busy finishing off a multitude of craft projects that I started weeks ago, that I have either not had time to carry on with or have been waiting for other materials to finish them. But I finally got sick of looking at my cluttered dining table this weekend so I am getting a crack on with them!

The first project I have finished this weekis this jewellery hanger, and I am totally in love it. I have it in mind to make a few as Christmas presents, as I know a few friends who would find these too cute! (It’s never too early to be thinking about christmas you know!)

This jewellery hanger is made using old plastic toy animals – so either you can use up some old toys that your kids have outgrown (and it is always great to be able to rationalise some of their toys!) or it is really inexpensive to buy some specially. I went for wild animals, but it would look fun with farm animals or dinosaurs, with are both popular and easy to get your hands on!

What you will need:

  • Plastic animals
  • Stanley knife (or other sharp knife)
  • A small offcut of wood (whatever size you like as long as your animals look in proportion and not tiddly!)
  • Screws (as many as you have animals)
  • Drill
  • 2 screw in hooks
  • Primer and metalic spray paint
  • Length of yarn/twineFB_IMG_1470735235699

How to make it:

  1. Take the animals that you have selected for your jewellery hanger and cut them all in half using your stanley knife – watch your fingers! This takes a little work but is actually easier than I expected.
  2. Get rid of the animals bottoms (or alternatively keep them for some other project – don’t ask me what though!)

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3. Apply a coat of primer and then a coat of your chosen spray paint colour. Make sure you do this somewhere that you don’t mind getting some paint on! I did mine onto a sheet of paper outside just to be safe! It took a couple of goes, turning the animals to different angles with each spray to get a complete coverage, but it only takes a few minutes to dry in between coats, so you don’t have to leave them outside for too long!   13892133_10154395680144663_5227505371285188808_n

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4. Next I chose to paint my block of wood. You don’t have to do this, but as it was a pale pine off cut, and the copper coloured paint showed up better and looked more striking against a dark background I decided it was worth the extra little effort. I just used some left over satin feature wall paint we had lying about. I think you could probably get away with a tester pots worth of paint.

5. Now, you want to drill the holes to attach your animals. You need to use some screws that are longer than the depth of the wood, and then drill a hole that is the same size/very slightly bigger than the screw, so that it is poking out of the front as below:13912651_10154395680304663_4973782389001907081_n

6. Drill another hole (with the same size drill bit) into the back of each animal – make sure not to drill right the way through!

7. Twist the animals onto the screws. They should screw on nice and snugly.13938375_10154395680319663_5990627605657165509_n

8. Nearly there now! The last thing to do is to attach the hooks for hanging your block up with. Just drill a hole at each end of the top of the wood, again the same size or marginally larger than the thickness of the hooks screw, and then screw the hook into the hole. Attach some yarn or ribbon to the hooks to hang your masterpiece! And then get it up on the wall so it can be admired! 13886291_10154395680334663_8898547478032143210_n  13892358_10154395680419663_804142504255654054_n   13939349_10154395680479663_141101909122812894_n

As I  have said, I totally love this jewellery hanger, and I think it would make a wonderful present for someone with slightly quirky taste!

What do you think?

 

Lucy x

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14 Comments

  1. Charlotte August 10, 2016 / 6:07 am

    What a fab little project, I love arts and crafts. I’m currently making my daughters a kitchen, for their playhouse, out of old cabinets. xx

    #DreamTeam

  2. Gemma August 10, 2016 / 7:19 am

    Lucy this is fab!!
    I’ve got a crafting list as long as my arm but this may just have to be added to it .. Christmas gifts would go down a treat!
    I can just imagine my kids faces as I saw a hippo in half 😂👍🏼
    The elephant trunk looks like a good ring holder too!
    Gemma x

  3. Madeline (This Glorious Life) August 10, 2016 / 7:43 pm

    I love this! So quirky! And actually looks quite straightforward to make. I’m not sure how my children would feel about me attacking their toy animals though, haha! x #BloggerClubUK

  4. Ali Duke August 13, 2016 / 9:56 am

    That is so cute. My daughter would love it, maybe a craft project for us to work on together x
    #fortheloveofBLOG

  5. Amy Le Pelley August 13, 2016 / 9:26 pm

    What an amazing project!!!!!! So imaginative. My son would love a dinosaur one! #sharingthebloglove

  6. Bridie By The Sea August 13, 2016 / 11:12 pm

    Oh this is the cutest! I love it and am going to have a go for my little girl’s room, we have an elephant theme going on and I think this would be just lovely. Thank you for sharing on the #dreamteam xx

  7. Katy - Hot Pink Wellingtons August 15, 2016 / 7:01 pm

    I love this – it’s so cute! I remember seeing it on your Instagram and thinking how cool it was. I’m reassured by your comments about the fact that cutting the animals was easier than expected, as I thought that sounded quite tricky! Thanks so much for sharing this with us at #SharingtheBlogLove

  8. Laura - dear bear and beany August 16, 2016 / 9:25 pm

    Oh I love this! This is right up my street, it looks so different and its pretty cool. It sounds easier than I thought it would be. Thanks for joining us at #SharingtheBlogLove Laura x

  9. The Mum Project August 18, 2016 / 8:23 am

    AH-mazing!!! I love it, it seems fairly simple as well. I like how they look rustic with the bronze paint sprayed on. Thanks for the tips and sharing with #StayClassyMama!

  10. tooting mama August 18, 2016 / 2:39 pm

    Sooooper! I love it! It’s looks so on trend, I am sure I have seen something similar here in Paris – it looks totally hipster!

  11. Emma T August 18, 2016 / 8:28 pm

    That looks great. Totally individual #sharingthebloglove

  12. Rebecca Taylor August 18, 2016 / 8:30 pm

    Ooh I love this! What a fab idea! And great for presents too! Thank you for sharing. #Sharingthebloglove

  13. The Pramshed August 19, 2016 / 8:51 pm

    Oh wow I love this, very stylish and classy! It looks like you’ve bought it from an expensive shop. Its simply gorgeous and will keep the fashion for years to come. I was a little worried when I read – cut the animals in half – but as I read down your post I could see what you were doing. I hope you are really pleased with your jewellery hanger. Thanks so much for linking up at #fortheloveofBLOG. Claire x

  14. Laura August 24, 2016 / 7:31 am

    What an amazing idea! Looks so gorgeous and classy #sharingthebloglove

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