I have quite a collection of lanyards with name tags from conferences, trade shows and special events. While I don’t hoard too many things (craft supplies don’t count you konw) I do hoard my name tag lanyards. I like keep them around as mementos of my fun travels and also as a reminder of how far I’ve come in the world of craft/blog/design.
Until now they’ve been piled in a box but I decided that with the new studio I was going to hang them where I can see them and remember the fun and accomplishments.
When I spotted this lion and rhino last fall I picked them up for a couple of dollars. I had recently written this post: Fabulous Friday: 14 Crafts to Make with Plastic Animals and knew I wanted to use them for…well, something.
Then as I was putting my studio together it all started to make sense. Trophy hooks for my lanyards!
Here is how I made them.
- Krylon spray paint in Shimmer Metallic Pink
- Krylon spray paint in Shimmer Metallic Gold
- Krylon Pale Gold Leafing Pen
- 2 Plastic animals
- 2 wooden plaques
Command Picture Hanging Removable Interlocking Fasteners
- Dawn Dish liquid
- Sand the wooden plaques and spray with Shimmer Metallic Pink. Let dry.
- Cut the heads off the plastic animals with a table saw and wash the heads with Dawn dish liquid to remove any dirt and oil. Let dry and then wipe with alcohol.
- Spray the heads with Shimmer Metallic Gold. Let dry.
- Attach the heads to the plaque with E-6000 Let set. If you are going to hang heavier items you may want to use a brad/nail to adhere the head to the wood in addition to the glue.
- Use the gold leafing pen to outline the edge of the plaque.
- Hang on the wall with Command Picture Hanging Removable Interlocking Fasteners
I have several other projects in mind for my new studio space. One of them is better lighting. The downside to a basement studio is the lack of light. But hey, it beats having only one very small closet like I did early on in my creative life. 🙂