The best gifts are thoughtful and unexpected. Today I am sharing an easy tutorial on how to create these awesome gold painted “spirit animals” which I created for a few coworkers when I switched jobs. Inside the tutorial there is also a link to a free printable for the gift tags shown above so you can easily create your own.
STEP 1: PAINT THE ANIMALS
Begin by taking down one side of a large shipping box so there is an opening in the front of the box, then place all six animals evenly spaced throughout it. Spray all of the animals from every angle with a white spray paint primer and allow several hours to dry. Once the animals are dry, flip them on their sides to paint from underneath. Continue this process until each animal is fully covered and repeat the process using 24K gold paint by Krylon. It is a bit time consuming, but the results are definitely worth it.
STEP 2: CREATE THE GIFT TAGS
After the animals were completely painted and dry for the second time, I printed out these DIY spirit animal gift tags on my laser printer and placed it in a “folder” made from parchment paper. While laying on a flat surface, I placed small scraps of silver foil on the animals and carefully folded down the top layer of parchment paper and ran the whole thing once through my laminator. I was happy with the results so I proceeded to cut out the tags, fold each one down the center, and hole punch in the top left corner.
STEP 3: PUTTING IT ALL TOGETHER
Because these tags are folded, the inside is perfect for hidden messages for the recipients. Write something down inside and re-crease the fold of the card to make it flat again using a bone folder.
Please visit What is my Spirit Animal for more information about other spirit animals.
Can you think of anyone that might like one of these?