Glittered Animal Canvases

Sometimes I create something that makes me really super duper happy. Typically, it involves glitter. This is no exception.

You know those mini rubber figurines that sit in the bins at Michaels? Well one day I brought a few home. Knowing I would just have to glitter them. And so I did. But I needed a way to show you just how awesome glittered mini figurines could be. I needed to preserve them forever. On the wall. Cue the painted canvases. And voila. Art for the ages. Not to mention a great way to teach R + M animal sounds {Nothing like asking kids, “What does a butterfly say?”}. Priceless.

First paint your canvses. I used a variety of little ones of different depths and widths. Like these and these. Acrylic paint will do the trick.

Next it’s time to glitter your animals. This takes time and patience. First paint the part of the figurine that will show with craft glue {no need to waste perfectly good glitter on the back of your little guy}. Once dry, {at least an hour} tap off excess glitter. I like to glitter and tap onto tracing paper. This helps me recycle the glitter into the next layer. Parchment is great too.

Go back with your paint brush to touch up areas you may have missed on the first go round. Check behind the ears, under the hoofs, and on top of any areas that might look sparse. Let dry again completely and tap off excess glitter.

Then spray your animals with hair spray. That should help the glitter hold without losing its luster.

At this point it started to feel a little like Noah’s Ark in my craft room. Except these guys were marching one by one.

Mount your animals onto your canvases using this.

Hang and admire.



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    I understand that I can use glitter to make figurines beautiful. How do I put glitter on the rubber figurines???

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