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Golden Elephant

I’ve had the most fun putting together this project. But, I honestly feel like it needs one more detail.


Let’s go back to the beginning . . .

Once I had the idea in my head I set out to find the perfect elephant. I found my plastic elephant toy at a craft store and asked Hubbs to remove his head. After a quick look of horror, I managed to convince him it would turn out as planned (at least he was convinced). FYI, he used a hand saw to remove the head quite cleanly. Then I took him outside and spray painted his head. (I love how he almost looks like he’s smiling!)

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The tusks were particularly tough to get coated but the antique gold treatment finally worked. I gave him 2 days to cure completely and then it was time to get him mounted. I used a piece of pre-cut craft wood to mount him on and stained it with a walnut stain. I traced the base of the elephant and then, following just inside the line, I filled it in with brad nails. I used a pencil to make sure the nails were about 1/4 inch above the wood. Then I put a line of super-strong, Weldbond glue along the traced line. The brad nails won’t hold the elephant up but it helped brace it in place while the glue dried.

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Here he is, in his special place, on the wall.  I feel like he needs a little hit of color. What do you think?

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I’m thinking I need to paint a solid border around the outer edge of the wood and I’ve narrowed it down to a chartreuse green, bold red, or maybe a robin’s egg blue. I’d love to know what you think!


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Jesica - 02/24/2015 - 11:23 am

This is so cute it made me giggle! I love seeing something cheeky & whimsical like that in somebody’s home. I vote for chartreuse, I think it will pop against the lovely navy of your wall.

Sharon - Her Organized Chaos - 02/24/2015 - 10:39 am

This is such a cute idea! I am really into the goal accented stuff. It’s just so classy looking. Pinning and sharing! Thanks for sharing this at Totally Terrific Tuesday. I can’t wait to see what you have for this week!


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