At the same time I was vaguely planning to do a plastic animal jewelry dish Anthro hack DIY similar to this one and had bought some plastic animals in preparation.
Desire for fox canister + having plastic animals + an endless supply of saved glass jars = Whoa, I can make this myself!
So I did. It was easy! All you need is a jar, spray paint, glue, and a plastic animal. Takes maybe 20 minutes (and a day of waiting for things to dry). Click on "Read more" below to see the complete steps.
As I noted above, this DIY requires minimal stuff.
- A clean jar (I used a pickle jar, so I really let it soak in soapy water before I used it); remove the label before using
- Spray paint (I used Krylon Chrome in silver) and a spray paint gun
- Glue (epoxy is shown, but that didn't stick so well - in the end I used Eco Flo Leathercraft cement, which stuck great)
- Plastic animal (several pictured, but you only need one)
Probably the hardest step. The giraffe didn't stand right so he was eliminated right away. I was really torn between the elephant and the moose (I wanted an animal that had really defining characteristics - so the moose ears and elephant tusk got me). In the end elephant just seemed the most kitchen-y for some reason.
Make sure you like how it looks before you start spraying and glue it on there!
Paint the animal first so you can get its belly before it's glued down to the lid. Also please note the following tips:
- A spray gun prevents drips and generally gives better coverage. Plus it's easier on the trigger hand.
- Wear protective gear (a face mask) indoors even when it's just a quick blast.
- Takes about 30 minutes to dry completely.
Put a dollop of glue on each animal foot and gently place the animal feet first on the canister lid. No need to press down, gravity will handle that part.
Allow the glue to dry overnight.
You can also give the animal another coat or two of spray paint. Aim to get complete coverage so it looks seamless.
If you screw up, don't panic. Wait for it to dry and then sand off the messy parts, wipe away sanded bits, and re-spray until it looks tidy.
Repeat for two coats or until you have satisfactory coverage.
Always the best part. Put your craftiness to good use. I filled ours with teabags because we are obsessed with tea lately (it's the only thing warming our bones lately, summer hurry up!).