Gold Leaf Giraffe- Plastic Animal DIY

Did I gold leaf a plastic toy giraffe?  Yes, yes I did.  I love giraffes as home decor ever since Jonathan Adler knocked me off my feet with his version.

I grabbed a plastic giraffe from the thrift store last weekend for $2, I did not know what I was going to do, just that I wanted a plastic giraffe (Let me clarify- I wanted it for ME, not Kalia…)

I may have a slight addiction to plastic animal DIYs as seen by my plastic animal garland diy and diy neon plastic animal pushpins and again, my plastic animal storage jars.  In my defense, two of those DIYs were gifts…

Before Version (still cute)

Gold Leaf Plastic Animal DIY

Plastic Animal (leopard would be a cute one!)
Spray Paint
Small Paint Brush
Gloss Mod Podge* (I used gloss to keep shine of gold leaf)
Gold Leaf


Note: I used Mod Podge because I lost the glue that came with the gold leaf set, you can use that glue or purchase just gold leaf sheets- Mod Podge works great!

Spray paint the animal your desired color and let dry.  I went with white!

Cut out shapes of gold leaf.

Apply a bit of Mod Podge to the plastic animal, stick gold leaf on and repeat until done.  Seal with a THIN layer of Mod Podge.

And you are done! This gold beauty animal looks nothing like its’ former plastic self!

I know it is not Jonathan Adler, but I think I glammed up a plastic giraffe for my desk or bookshelf (I have not decided) and you would not know unless you touched it that it was a $2 plastic toy!

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