DIY ideas for plastic toy animals have exploded on Pinterest, and I just had to see for myself what all the fuss was about. I picked up some wild animal toys at Hobby Lobby (full disclosure, I'm on their social media team, so a lot of the crafting stuff I get is from there), and the animals were similar to this but in a larger size.
Here are a couple of "before" shots:
I also bought some metallic silver spray paint, and then put some newspaper on the ground in my garage and gave them a good coating of paint. I had to go back the next day and touch up some spots I'd missed, but the paint did a good job of coverage over all.
My final step was to make miniature party hats out of scrapbook paper and ribbon. To figure out the shape, I looked up a party hat template and then drew a tiny version of that shape on the back of the paper. I cut a small length of ribbon, curled it with scissors, and hot-glued the ribbon into the hat and onto the animals' heads.
For the backyard movie night my roommates and I held in August, I set out a group of the animals with a "Party Animals Welcome" sign. I love the way it turned out!
Since the party, the animals have found new homes around the house, from the windowsill of my jungle-themed bathroom to a shelf in the living room and on the kitchen counter next to the microwave.
Thanks to Oh Happy Day for the party hat inspiration!