You all know by now that I love a good knockoff.
Lately I have been eyeing all the fabulous trophy art out there.
Here are some examples of the awesomeness that is animal heads sticking out of your wall.
(Source: Ballard Designs)
(Source: Z Gallerie)
These are all great examples, but not “me”.
So I started brainstorming about what would be a good representative of me – and Flamingo Toes.
There was no contest – it had to be a Flamingo!
Nothing says style, class, and panache like a plastic lawn flamingo wearing a tutu hanging on your wall.
Ready to make one too? I have a quick, easy tutorial for you.
Half a plastic lawn flamingo
I started by spray painting the plaque a nice vibrant pink.
While that’s drying, let’s do a little Flamingo Surgery.
I used a saw to cut the neck and head off.
My garage looked like CSI-Retirement Miami.
After the amputation, hot glue the neck to the wooden plaque.
I felt that it still needed a little “something”. I thought a tiny tutu would be perfect.
Measure around the neck of the flamingo and cut a piece of elastic that length. Sew the elastic into a loop.
Cut your tulle into strips twice the length of the tutu. Mine are about 5″ long.
Fold the netting in half and loop it around the elastic.
Pull the knot tight.
Keep knotting the tulle pieces around the elastic until the tutu is as full as you’d like.
Glue the tutu around the neck of the flamingo right up against the plaque. Add a fun bow to the top for extra snazziness.
I found this furry zebra ribbon at Michaels. I thought it brought just the right touch.
And that’s it! Super easy trophy art!
He’s kinda sly. I like it.
What do you think? I think it makes quite a statement. ;)
For some other fabulous posts today – check out Crafterhours.
They have a creative tutorial today and right below that they’ve assembled a great list for you. ;)
Also, check back tonight for the Crush of the Week!
We had great links this week (of course) and I can’t wait to show you the features! (No joke. ;)
Jessica at Me Sew Crazy says
Oh my – lol. It is perfect for you! Lol….this was exactly what I needed to start my day with, cracked me up :)
I love it!
U R 2 funny…and creative! My niece has plans of making me one of these for Christmas (she likes to plan ahead) to hang over my fireplace. I was thinking of picking up the zebra theme and adding a zebra stripe rug. Maybe a black “furry” sofa. Oh, this is so fun =)
Sew Homegrown says
that is hilarious bev – where did you put it?!
Katy Lunsford says
Maggie M says
Seriously adorable…you are so clever…
I was soooo hoping you did the Anthro knock off but instead I had a really nice giggle! It’s perfect for you!!!!!
I LOVE it!! We argue about the real animal heads hanging on the wall….it creeps me out. I understand that I married a gun lovin’ redneck animal huntin’ to feed the family boy…..but I have issues with the eyes. All of these are right up my alley!!
Jenn Erickson/Rook No. 17 says
Clever as always, Bev. One of the many things I admire about your creativity is your range. You’re definitely not a one-trick-pony (or flamingo!).
this flamingo made my day from gray to pink! :) d.
The Answer Is Chocolate says
Oh Bev, you had me cracking up at this : Nothing says style, class, and panache like a plastic lawn flamingo wearing a tutu hanging on your wall.
And I love your trophy!!
Debby Messner says
Made my day. So funny but I actually like it alot. I couldn’t imagine where you were going. You are so creative. xo
Kim @ seven thirty three says
OH MY FANTABULOUS!
This is too funny! Love it.
made my morning!
Heather R. says
Okay I love this. Part of what drew me to your blog is the name. I scrapbook with a couple of girls and we were given the name of The FlaminGals…we currently have an inflatable flamingo as our mascot (Plastico Flamingo! LOL!) This would be such a fab and fun gift to make for each of my girls…we are always on the look out for fun flamingo favors! I have a pic of me and my FlaminGals on my blog here: Fun with my FlaminGals
Thanks for the great idea!
So classy. I love fine art. Please tell me you’re keeping this up in a prominent area of your home. I want it to be the first thing guests see when they walk in.
Actually Adrianna that’s exactly where it is. Entry way wall. I want people to know exactly what kind of style I have as soon as they walk in the door. ;)
that is so awesome that you have it in the entryway! lol! bev, you have to be one of the most creative people i “know.” your creations are always so fun!
Phoenix Peacock says
Oh my goodness Bev! Too classy for words. And I love the pink and black – you need to pull your halloween wreath out of the closet for this one!
kim castillon says
Girl….I love ya. That’s all I can say.
Kristol Faucheux says
T.H.A.T… is Freakin’ Hilarious!!! LOVE IT!!
Leslie, the Home Maker says
Kei @ Unfortunately Oh says
Haha I love it! So fun and original! The tutu is the absolute perfect finishing touch!
Madigan at madiganmade says
This made me smile this morning when I saw the post in my reader. I don’t quite get the faux taxidermy trend… but I totally ‘get’ him! :D Too cute!
You make my smile and snort coffee out my nose. Can you do a moose?
So, I’m sitting here minding my own business, and I see this post. I laughed so hard ( saying “that’s amazing” when I could catch my breath), that my kiddos came in. I’m counting four votes all day, from our house for your flamingo! Outstanding…
I’d put this on the wall and see how long it took my husband to notice and/or get the nerve up to ask about it.
Hilarious! But my favorite part by FAR is the photo of the poor severed head and the hacksaw. THAT’S THE STUFF OF NIGHTMARES,
The Death of Kitch, literally!
Haha! That is so great! My in-laws live in the FL Keys and I think that would be perfect for them!
it may be the most beautiful thing I have ever seen. I LOVE it!!!! =)
Oh, my gosh! This cracked me up! The CSI-Retirement Miami in your garage was awesome! And, I love that you did a whole tutorial for this! You’re great!
well, that is just precious…lol…I love it..now, where did you hang him??
You are so freaking adorable! And he’s adorable! And together, it’s almost too adorable for words…other than adorable, of course.
I love it!
Oh, my house could use a little pink. This is FAB-ulous. The tutu around the next makes it all work. It must look great hanging on the wall. Which room are you hanging it in? Ha!
OMG I would love to copy this project, but my boyfriend would kill me. Awesome idea though.
Erin @ Crafts & Sutch says
Holy cow! This is the COOLEST thing I’ve ever seen! I adore it!
LOL! Too cute! Did you put your flamingo trophy in your craft room?? You should totally do a play off of flamingo toes… That would be hilarious!
Rebecca @ My Girlish Whims says
loving all the hot pink
Cate from Random CraftyGeorgia Girl says
My mom loves flamingos. I sent this to her and the next day she went out and got the supplies to make one. I will be feautring this on Random Crafty Georgia Girl Crafty Tuesday tomorrow.
Kristen @ Who's Watching the Baby says
I love everything about this. I mean, for real. The post, the flamingo surgery, the flippin’ tutu – it’s amazing. Now you need to make its serious cousin by decoupaging it with book pages and painting its beak black a la Anthro. It could even wear little wire-rimmed glasses.
I live in Florida. I’m probably going to have to make one of these. And the injection-molded Christmas decorations are now going to take on an entirely new world of possibilities…
Condo Blues says
I have so many pink lawn flamingos in my garage I could do a wall series of trophy art with them. I get them as gift all the time because I have a thing for flamingo. I had a friend christen my old 80’s pink bathroom (it was a rental so I couldn’t change the pink wall paper0 The John Waters Memorial Bathroom because I decorated it with pink flamingos.
garden flamingos says
flamingos have adapted a number of unique traits which helped them to survive in their environment. By adapting to salty, deep, lagoons, flamingos ensured that they could survive by essentially adapting to fit a niche. Predators have a tough time reaching flamingos in their natural habitat.
I totally did this after seeing your AH-mazing tutorial and I LOVE IT!!!
Freaking fabulous ma lady!
Had to write and ask Why stop at just one!? Just think of a wall full of flamingo trophies? I am of course assuming that the rest of our little friends bodies are just hanging out on the otherside of the wall. I just can’t let my little pink brain conjure up the image of decapitated flamingo bodies lying around everywhere. Oh, the humanity! Yes I prefer to think of their other halves doing a strange version of the can-can just behind that wall.
Girl, I have finally found someone that loves flamingos as much as I do. Love your site and the tutorial. Keep up the great work, and God bless you.
I LOVE this! My daughters room is done in camoflauge with pink accents, what is more perfect than a mounted flamingo!
Where did you get your flamingo??? All of the ones I can find have yellow beaks and not white like this one. I love this one so much more! :)
This is so stinkin’ fabulous! :)
LOVE , LOVE, LOVE this!!! it is so me! Hubby will hate it, lol.
haha This is absolutely fantastic! Love it!
Thanks Amy! It’s one of my favorites too – even though it’s completely ridiculous. ;)