Flower Pot Giraffe Shelf Sitter
This terra cotta giraffe can add a unique, decorative touch to any room of your home.
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Project by Kriss Weber.
Materials and Tools:
2-1/2" rose pot
2" standard pot
mini 3/4" x 1" terra cotta pot
white or peach craft foam
2 split 5/8" x 7/8" wooden eggs
6 wooden 3/4" x 1" spools
4 small 1" x 1-1/4" wooden flower pots
20- or 22-gauge craft wire
4 small wooden craft beads
Aleene's Patio & Garden outdoor adhesive
flat paint brush
small liner brush
matte finish varnish
drill w/ceramic drill bit
painter's masking tape
Folk Art apple butter brown #819 antiquing medium
Folk Art acrylic paint: skin tone #949, nutmeg #944, light red oxide #914, warm white #649, licorice #938
1. Set rose pot upside down. Drill two armholes on the front of the rose pot about halfway down and 1-1/2-inch apart.
2. Drill two more holes under armholes almost to the bottom of the front of the pot, about 1 inch apart.
3. Glue rim of the 2-inch pot to upside down rose pot at a slight angle.
4. Glue the mini clay pot by the rim to the nose of the 2-inch pot.
5. Glue wooden eggs on top of the 2-inch pot, about 1 inch apart.
6. To make antlers, glue one wooden ball on the top of each wooden spool, then glue to rim of pot behind eyes as shown. Cut two ears (1-inch teardrop shape) from craft foam. Fold on dotted lines and staple in center to create a subtle fold in ear. Glue to rim of the pot behind the eyes, beside the antlers.
7. Basecoat body and the six spools in warm white. Basecoat the four wooden pots in light red oxide.
8. Paint rounded squares and rectangles as spots in light red oxide randomly on face sides and back of body. Leave belly, ears, eyes and nose warm white.
9. Add spots to the six spools.
10. Paint eyes by making a licorice line through middle of egg lengthwise. Top half is the lid; paint the bottom half nutmeg. Add a licorice pupil and a highlight dot of warm white.
11. Paint two nostrils in warm white and bring lines from nostrils to a "V" shape on tip of nose. Outline in nutmeg.
12. After it is dry, paint antiquing medium over every piece and rub off the desired amount with a damp cloth.
13. Seal all pieces with a matte varnish and allow to dry.
14. Use a 10-inch length of wire for arms. String small wooden bead on wire and twist in place. Use inside a wooden pot to hold it in place. String the wire up through the drain hole of the small pot.
15. String on one spool and string into one armhole. Poke end back out through the other armhole. String on spool and one wooden pot, bottom first.
16. Use a bead to tie off wire and hold the "hooves" in place. Use needle-nose pliers if necessary.
17. Do the same thing for legs, but use 12 inches of wire and two spools per leg.
18. Add eyelashes and glue in place.
- If you don't have access to a drill, then you can use small flat wooden buttons and glue them to the front of the body and wire the legs and arms through the holes.
- Look at photos of giraffes to get ideas on how to paint the spots.
- You may want to use painter's caulk around the ears to smooth out the transition from the foam to the pot.
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