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Make your own Blank Park Zoo holiday ornament!
Confession: I got this idea upon a Google search. Turns out, animal Christmas ornaments are pretty easy to make! And, we have some of the supplies you’ll need to make your own unique Blank Park Zoo ornaments.
Aren’t they cute?
In our Blank Park Zoo WildThings gift shop, you’ll find an assortment of small plastic animals you can use to make your own ornaments at home. We sell them in bulk at $15 each with different themes for each tube (or toob).
Or, we also sell them individually at $1 each if you want to pick out a few.
I snapped a couple of up-close photos. Aren't they perfect?
Make your own ornaments at home!
(full credit for the idea, photos, etc. here)
Supplies you’ll need:
· Plastic animals
· Small screw eyelets
· Electric drill and small drill bits
· String, embroidery floss or ornament hooks
Optional supplies if you wish to paint them:
· Colored spray paint
· Krylon Glitterblast paint
· Krylon Glitterblast clear sealer
1. Use some soap and water to clean the animal(s) off so that the paint will adhere well. Dry completely.
2. Drill a hole that's a bit smaller than your screw eyelet into the back of your animal. (Or the head, or whatever makes sense. That sounds more violent than it is.) Try to drill in the center of piece's weight, as opposed to its length, so that the ornament will hang evenly.
3. Use your fingers to screw in the eyelet, turning the animal onto the threads.
4. Give the whole thing a solid basecoat of colored primer or paint. Since the Glitterblast is (understandably) a bit more pricey than normal spray paint, it’s a great way to get a deep saturated color without using too much of the sparkly stuff. (Try hanging from the eyelet with some fishing line, using a loose knot to prevent the thread from blocking the paint.)
5. Allow to dry. Cover with Glitterblast. Be sure to shake the can for a full two minutes, then use short spurts of sparkle to cover the whole thing - front, back and belly.
6. Finally, give it a coat of Glitterblast clear sealer, which will keep the sparkle on your critters and off of your Christmas tree.
Enjoy your homemade holiday Blank Park Zoo ornament hanging on your tree!
Original blog post found here.