Golden Animal Planter

What do you get when you cross an elephant, an X-acto knife and some gold?

No, not a gold-plated ivory tusk. That’s not my style.

Today, I’m going to show you how to make a golden animal planter. It’s a super simple craft that you’ll probably want to run out and make ASAP because it’s just so darn cute. And EASY. Like, beginner craft level. You got this.


  • A hollow animal toy (found at dollar stores, toy stores or toy bins at thrift stores)
  • Liquid Leaf Leafing Paint in Classic Gold (about $8 at Michael’s)
  • Paint brush
  • Utility blade
  • Air plant or succulent



1. Slowly and carefully, cut a hole in the back of the toy. It feels weird to slice into a kid’s toy but forge ahead. It doesn’t have feelings, even if you used to believe they did.

Start small and make the hole bigger as needed. The plastic is thin and is easy to cut too far.


2. Paint the thing gold. Wait an hour, then paint it again. There is no trick here. Just get in the little crevices and try not to let it lie on a surface while it’s still drying.


3. Once it’s completely dry, pop in an air plant or succulent and you’re done! Just be sure to add sand to the bottom if you’re planting something with dirt for drainage.

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I gave it a baby!


You can also tape off glass or stoneware jars and paint those, or the edge of a marble slab, if you have one of those lying around.


That’s it! And once you have liquid gold leaf, you’re going to want to paint everything. What would you turn to gold?


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