What do you do when it’s a holiday weekend and you are stuck at home preparing for a possible Category 4 hurricane? Well you work on a craft project of course!
By Saturday morning it had become a waiting game. When a Category 4 storm is only moving forward at 12 mph a LOT can happen in the three hours in between updates. So unless you want to drive yourself completely crazy it gets to a point where you HAVE to do something else. I had all the supplies I needed so I decided to switch gears and work on my first DIY project for football season.
As anyone who knows me can tell you, I LOVE my Florida Gators. Love love love. I’m a class of 2001 graduate and I bleed Orange and Blue. I also love Flamingos. Why is this important you ask? Because I decided to combine the two for a super quick and easy DIY project.
It is AMAZING what you can do with a can, or two, of spray paint. I have lawn flamingos that are out all year and a friend gave me a spare set that she scored from a work event that I’ve been holding on to for just the right DIY project. When my mom sent me a link to some orange and blue flamingos last season I immediately knew what I needed to do with these. I wasn’t about to spend $27 on flamingos that I would only use for part of the year, so I decided to make my own.
I was a little worried about regular spray paint covering the flamingos and staying put in the heat and rain we have a lot of so I ended up going with the Rust-Oleum 2X Ultra Cover Paint + Primer. It is made to work with plastic so I decided to give it a try. It was only a little more expensive than the other brands so I felt it was worth a shot.
The first step is to cover the flamingo beaks with tape. I didn’t want the entire flamingo painted, so I made sure to use painters tape to cover up their beaks. Then I removed their eyes. I know this sounds horrible since we are talking about birds, but I didn’t want them to end up with eyes the same color as their bodies – that would just be weird. So I used a flat head screwdriver to pop them out before painting.
I didn’t want to get paint all over the metal legs so I used some leftover stakes from another project to hold these guys up. Doing this meant that I didn’t have to worry about where the excess spray paint ended up. I probably could have used something a bit more sturdy, but in the end it all worked out just fine.
I probably could have just gone with one coat of paint but with the weird nooks and crannies on these birds I needed that second coat to hit all the little spots I missed.
IMPORTANT NOTE ABOUT THIS PAINT: The paint says to do the second coat within an hour, which I totally did (I’m a stickler for directions). It also says that it is dry to the touch in 20 minutes, dry to handle in 1 hour, and fully dry in 24 hours. PLEASE PAY ATTENTION TO THIS! They put all those fun facts on there for a reason. Yes, it was dry to the touch in 20 minutes. And yes I put the second coat on within an hour. But when I had to move the birds inside due to a sudden rain storm (thanks Dorian) within an hour of that second coat… well lets just say that some of the paint stuck to Meghan instead of the birds.
Thankfully I was able to correct this misstep and I was able to leave the birds to dry inside for WELL over 24 hours before I had to touch them again. Once they were dry I put their eyes back in and did a little touch up on their beaks. All I had left to do was add the metal legs and they were ready for the yard! Now I am all set for football season – Go Gators!
While I was painting I MAY have painted a few other things to use in additional DIY football projects, so keep an eye out for them as well.