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DIY Neon Animal Garland - Erin Loechner

Neon animals and garlands are two of today’s hottest trends in the craft/party decor world, so why not combine the two to create a bright and vibrant neon animal garland? Here’s how!:

DIY Neon Animal Garland - Erin Loechner

MATERIALS: I spotted these plastic dinosaurs at the dollar store (my favorite spot for budget crafting!) and then headed to the hardware store for neon spray paint, twine and eyelets (screw eyes).

DIY Neon Animal Garland - Erin Loechner

INSTRUCTIONS: After spray-painting the dinos to my heart’s content (actually, sweet Ken did this part, as I’m now 7 months pregnant with our little renovator!), we pre-drilled a 1/16 inch hole in the center of their back and inserted screw eyes from the hardware store. Easy peasy!

DIY Neon Animal Garland - Erin Loechner

Stringing the garland is a piece of cake, as well – simply route the twine through each hanger and tie to secure (just to keep your dinos from sliding to the center after the garland is hung). I chose to use a natural twine to balance all of that crazy color so the look isn’t far too shocking to match the rest of my office. Luckily, the garland fits right in!

I think our sweet little creation would be darling in a nursery, or perfect for kid’s party decor. For now, I’m selfishly hoarding it in the corner of my office so I can stare at those fun little dinos daily. Who knows – maybe I’ll make them all my interns and teach them to answer the phone…

Happy crafting!

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27 Responses

  1. Grantley@HGTV says:

    How fun (and easy)!

  2. @HB_Belle says:

    *Love* this idea! I'll have to make one for my desk!

  3. Kayla@HGTV says:

    Dinos AND neon paint = pure perfection! I can't wait to try this! :)

  4. erin loechner says:

    Thanks, friends – it was SO crazy easy, and I love looking up and seeing those little roarers daily! :)

    • erin d. says:

      erin, how did you hang the garland on the wall? just tying the twine to nails in the wall, or something else? i was toying with the idea of using Ikea's wire curtain/picture hanger to give it a modern/clean feel. would love your suggestions! thanks!

  5. [...] Macarons DIY Crafts: A Neon Animal Garland! HGTV Design Happens Thu, May 10, 2012 1:47 PM UTC HGTV Design Happens Rate Share (function(){var [...]

  6. [...] Click here to go to the Design Happens blog for the tutorial by Erin Loechner Share this:ShareFacebookEmailPrintStumbleUponDiggReddit [...]

  7. [...] Or maybe in a child’s room or nursery? Erin Loechner (of Design for Mankind) has a quick tutorial for how to create a neon dino garland over on the HGTV blog. If dinosaurs aren’t your thing, you could spray paint any type of [...]

  8. Savanah says:

    This is absolutely adorable! I like it for a kid's party or a conversation piece in my house :)

  9. Kate Sins says:

    Oh wow, my boys are going to love this. I found packets of dinosaurs like that – about ten for $1-2. Great value for something like this.

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