Jun 27, 2013

Animal Head Menagerie + Win A $250 Home Depot Gift Card!

This past weekend, I tackled a fun, but messy, project which I had seen on Pinterest and wanted to try! This animal head menagerie is relatively cheap, easy to make, and a super cute accent piece for anywhere in your home!

Recently, I was contacted by my friends at P&G and The Home Depot asking if I'd be interested in doing a messy project for them and showcasing the fabulous Bounty Paper Towels in action. You know I'm always up for a messy project and the cherry on top is I get to give away a $250 Home Depot gift card and two rolls of Bounty Paper Towels to one of my lucky readers!

Project supplies:
- picture frame with matte
- plastic animals
- spray paint
- burlap
- large sharp knife
- Bounty Paper Towels
- hot glue

The single hardest part of this project is cutting these plastic suckers in half! I really didn't think it would be that hard, but I was wrong. Don't get me wrong, it is do-able, but it takes some patience and lots of upper body strength.

Do not, I repeat, do not use a miter saw to try and cut these guys in half, haha! I had my husband try it on two of them. The first one worked okay, but scared the bejesus out of me! The second one's head shot across the garage and came out super jagged! Oops. You live and you learn. So, the easiest method is to take a cutting board, lay the animal on the cutting board, and with a large sharp knife (I'm talking cleaver here), cut through the animal. I laid a kitchen towel over the top of the knife and slowly rocked it back and forth, pressing very firmly on the animal. It will take a few minutes, just keep pressing down and rocking the knife till it goes smoothly all the way through. Be sure to keep your fingers out of the way of the blade!

Whew! Okay, the hard part is over! Next comes the painting. For my #BountyChallenge, I used my Bounty paper towels to prevent the spray paint from getting on my backyard patio. Simply lay out a few sheets of the paper towels and place your animal pieces on the towels, as seen below. Be sure to give short, even sprays of the spray paint and don't get too close while spraying. Allow your animals to fully dry and add any additional coats as needed. 

These paper towels rocked! Clean up was so easy because none of the spray paint leaked through the towels on to the concrete! That was even after two really thick coats of paint. Not a drop was left on the concrete thanks to my Bounty paper towels.

And if you're skeptical about their strength just watch this video!

Once your animals have dried completely, take your frame and remove the glass. Attach the burlap to the back of the frame matte using hot glue and stretching it taut and replace the frame backing. Flip the frame over and arrange your animals. Pay attention to the order you put them and don't be a goof like me and mess it up. If you didn't notice I did head, tail, tail, head on the top row and then tail, head, tail, head on the bottom row, whoopsie! That's what I get for rushing! I'm sure I could just pull it off and re-glue it, but I don't mind.

That's all, folks! Pretty easy, right? All in all, this project cost me about $20 for the frame, animals, and spray paint.

Now, who wants to take the #BountyChallenge and win a $250 Home Depot gift card + 2 rolls of Bounty Paper Towels!? You can enter below for your chance to win, good luck and don't be afraid to get messy!

This is a sponsored post by P&G and The Home Depot. I was compensated for this post. All opinions are my own.