Meet Frieda the Flamingo! She was born about a week ago when my coworkers at Plaid and I decided to try this something new during our lunch break :-)
Disclaimer: No actual flamingos were harmed during the making of these little guys!
Here's what you'll need:
- Dollar Store Flamingo
- FolkArt Color Shift Paint: Pink Flash
- FolkArt Brushed Metal paints: Black
- Martha Stewart Crafts Liquid Leaf
- Detailing and base coating brushes
- A small plaque
- A really sharp knife
- Hot Glue or Gorilla Glue
- Ribbon of your choice (I used Waverly Inspirations Ribbon that can be found at Wal-mart)
Step 1: Cut your little flamingo in half (Don't worry, your little flamingo won't feel a thing!) You'll want to make sure you get a good, clean cut so the head will mount to the plaque without any gaps.
Step 2: Use a basecoating brush to apply color shift paint to your flamingo. You can also use a pouncer if you prefer but my preference is a brush because it covers more quickly. Let dry.
Step 3: Paint the details of the flamingo's beak. I painted mine with black brushed metal for the tip and enhanced the upper part with liquid leaf so it would really pop (PS: Martha Stewart's Liquid Leaf is addicting. Not only because you can probably get high from the fumes but the coverage is nothing like I've ever seen! It's oddly satisfying to apply and gorgeous!).
Step 4: Secure the base of the flamingo to the plaque by adding hot glue or gorilla glue to the edges. Let dry.
Step 5: While you are waiting for the glue to dry, take the "butt" of your flamingo and cut it in half to make wings! Paint with color shift to match the body and let dry.
Step 6: Glue the wings onto the sides of your flamingo and let dry.
Step 7: For added pizzaz, make a little tie or ribbon for the neck. You can also use the same ribbon to hang your new sweet friend as seen below! It's the perfect office or cubical decor!
I hope you enjoyed learning how to make taxidermy flamingos! You can re-create my little Frieda here or get crazy with your own colors and/or palettes to make something that reflects your personality! Enjoy!