This week’s Easy Ornament is in fact so ridiculously easy that you can make it on Christmas Eve even after you hit the “special” eggnog. (Well, except for the part with the Xacto knife and the drill. Do that first, particularly if you like your fingers.) This ornament also allows you to steal a toy from a kid if you want. Grinches everywhere, rejoice!
- Plastic toy animal (bought, found, or stolen from a toy chest near you)
- Xacto knife
- Small wooden plaque ($0.59 at Michaels) or a comparable surface, such as the lid to a can of orange juice concentrate
- ModPodge or other glue
- Decorative paper(s), acrylic paint, and various embellishments as desired (felt, sequins, ribbon, beads, small jingle bells, etc.)
- Super glue or hot glue
- Wire, string, or ribbon for hanging
- A wine cork or similar object (optional)
Part One: The Part You Have to Do Before You Start Drinking
1. Make a hole in your base.
- If you’re using a metal lid, you can punch a hole with a Crop-a-dile if you have one; otherwise, use your drill.
- If you’re using a wooden plaque like mine, I would normally tell you to measure twice and drill once, but this is Tipsy Toy Taxidermy. Eyeball it. Drill. Done.
2. Decapitate your animal. If that seems cold, read it a list of its crimes first.
3. Break out the egg nog. Toast this tutorial, or your lately beheaded animal. Drink.
Part Two: The Part You Can Do Under the Influence
1. Grab that wooden base / OJ lid / ornament base and figure out how you want to decorate it. If you plan to use any paint, apply that first so you don’t make a big mess later.
2. Select your decorative paper and cut it to size. If you can’t trace the area you’re covering, press the paper against the edge of your surface with your fingers to create an impression in the paper, then use the impression as a cutting guide.
3. Slap some ModPodge on the base and smear it all around with your fingers. Lay the paper on top and smooth it down with your palm (or your dry hand).
4. Examine the neck of your animal. If there is enough surface area to hold super glue, you can attach the head directly to the base. If you’re uncertain, track down that optional wine cork and carefully cut it to size. Glue the cork to the plaque and the animal head to the cork.
5. Pour more egg nog. Go crazy with the embellishments, or mellow out and get minimal. I gave my hippo a red felt scarf to ward off the chill and embellished the top of the plaque with red seed beads and holly sequins, but you could totally give your guy a felt Santa hat and a cotton ball beard. Do it. I dare you.
6. String that thing!
As the final touch, I gave my hippo a tiny can of Schlitz so he could join the party.
Remember: If you make your own version of this ornament (or any other ornament from our December tutorials) and post a picture to our forum by January 7, 2012, you will be eligible to win our contest – and this awesome canvas, created by Cindy Jo!
Also remember: Don’t drink and drive, don’t decapitate real hippos, and don’t ever forget that wonderstrange loves you.