February 21, 2012
Make It : Safari Animal Hooks
Posted by Kirsten Earl
Friday's Martha Stewart Show was our annual "Baby Shower Show," featuring our favorite baby finds, a recipe for a "reveal cake" and, of course, a craft: these nursery hooks, which turn animal rumps and tails into a convenient organizational tool:
Click on the photo for the animal hook how-to ...
Audience member Lizzy McGlynn did a fantastic job making these with Martha. Even though my one-year-old Jack's nursery is ocean/nautical themed, I liked making these so much that I made one for the back of his door:
And Art Director and mom Anduin Havens hung one at her daughter Harper's level, so she could help with clean up - GREAT idea!
If you are planning on making these yourself, click through the gallery below for my more in-depth instructions on how to pattern the animals:
1 The zebra was painted with a black base coat, then I used skinny patterning tape in a zigzag to make his (or her) stripes.
2 I found that pressing the tape down with a bone folder, especially where it meets the edges of the stencil, prevents having to do a lot of touch-up work later.
3 Then I simply pounced over the zebra with white paint...
4 The whole stencil and tape can be peeled back at once, when you're finished ...
5 Now, for the tiger. I wanted him (or her) to have black and white dart shapes to give sort of a tabby effect. For this I used the thicker patterning tape (with thin tape at the ears and legs).
6 Pounced the whole thing white - but don't peel off the whole stencil yet! This tiger needs some black markings too. Only peel off the tape ....
7 ... to reveal the white markings. Let it dry, then ....
8 Add more patterning tape, slightly offset from the white markings.
9 Pounce the whole thing black! While we wait for that to dry, let's work on the elephant.
10 The elephant was stippled with a darker gray to give him (or her) some texture. I found that stippling a piece of scrap paper to get MOST of the paint off first gave me the best effect.
11 Here's the gray elephant with the darker gray stippled over.
12 I did the same for the lion's body, but this time with a lighter color.
14 The lion texture is subtle, but I'm happy with the result. Zebra is still my fave.
My husband suggested a row of all elephants with hooks for trunks would also be cute. Maybe in different colors? Pink elephants? Who wants to try it?!
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