Ever pinned a craft on Pinterest and thought, “Great, but can you really do that yourself?” I ask that every time I repin. I’m a cynic. I’m kind of a DIY non-believer.
So, I’m putting popular Pinterest ideas to the reality test: Can the rest of us—not the Marthas of the world—DIY this?
First up: Painted plastic toys. They’re everywhere on Pinterest. On Mason jar lids, strung as garland and fun bookends. Usually, it’s in the context of dinosaurs so I scroll right along (not a fan of dinos), but some bright blue dog bookends did catch my eye.
Glue plastic toys to wood blocks and paint. Easy, right? Actually, yes. On a scale of one to five, one being totally doable and five being not-so-much, I give this project a one.
I made rhinoceros, bull and dinosaur (again, not for me, but would be perfect for a little boy’s room) bookends. They turned out a lot better than I thought they would. I painted the rhinos and bulls gold to tap into the metallic horns trend. And the manager of HGTV’s Design Happens blog told me he was impressed, so they must look legit!
The dinos not so much. I went with a fluorescent paint that supposedly glows in the dark so it could double as a night light, but that paint is not forgiving. It shows every drip and uneven part. If I did the dinos over, I’d hand-paint them with a foam brush and neon craft paint.
Got a Pinterest idea you want me to test? Comment below with a link or tweet me @DeanneRevel.