I recently attended the wedding of my childhood neighbor (Congrats Kayla & Steve!). I truly enjoy going to a wedding or event that has every little detail thought out and presented in a unique way and this couple did not disappoint. The theme was whimsical woodlands meets fairytale love story. They did an amazing job and their wedding was really a true representation of their personal style.
One of my favorite details of the wedding was the seat card holders for the guests. Each seat card was displayed upright in between a mini animal toy figurine which was cut in half with a magnet attached on the inside of each end. I guess my kids found these little figurines just as enjoyable as I did since I woke the following morning to a screaming match over whose new toy it was. Since I only had one to spare, the only solution was to make my weekly trip to Michael’s a little early and get the supplies needed to re-create these little woodland gems.
Here’s what you need:
- Plastic mini animal toy figurines (I got mine at Michael’s)
- Sharp knife
- Fine sand paper
- Non-toxic paint or spray paint
- Clear glue (I used gorilla glue as well as hot glue to really secure in place)
Take the plastic animal of your choice and vertically cut the animal in half. If you notice that the edges of your animal are a little rough after the cut, take a fine grain sand paper and sand the edges so that they are nice and smooth.
Connect 2 of your magnets together (its easier to work with them already connected first). Take your gorilla glue and dab a little on one end of your magnet as well as a little on the flat side of the animal. Hold the magnet in place on the animal until dry (30 seconds – 1 minute). Repeat this step on the other half of your animal.
Start hand painting or spray painting both sides of your animal and let it dry completely before moving to the next step.
Once the paint has dried on your animals, use a glue gun to seal around the edges of the magnet. This adds some extra adhesive to make sure that your magnets stay in place. Once the glue has dried, your magnets are ready to use.
This is a quick project that will add some whimsical fun to your home or next event. The magnets are a unique idea for seat cards at your next dinner party, a perfect way to display photos or décor for a birthday and they also look great on the fridge (just in time for all the lovely artwork your kiddies will bring home from school).
Try this project next time you are stuck in the house with your kids on a rainy day. Complete steps 1 and 2 on your own and then let your kids use their creativity to paint the animals the colors of their choice. It is a great way to educate your children on their animals or dinosaurs, they get to explore their creative minds with some crossbred species of animals and you will have some pretty cool magnets to hang all their beautiful artwork with.
– Just one wedding guest who appreciates the little details that make a stylish wedding, Thia
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