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Gold Animal Decor DIY

Gold Animal Decor DIY

This fun and inexpensive gold animal decor DIY will add a playfully glam touch to your patio this summer.

Gold Animal Decor DIY

My husband and I just moved from our two-bedroom apartment into a three-bedroom house, and while we used the move as a great excuse to get rid of lots of stuff we didn’t love anymore, it left us in need of some home decor pieces to accent our extra space.

We have a great side patio that’s covered and I’ve been spending a lot of time out there reading this spring, so I wanted some easy DIY decorations that could be used in a variety of different spaces. Immediately my mind went to gold spray paint and some classic animal figurines–I sort of love the juxtaposition of fancy, shiny gold and casual, laid back toys.

Gold Animal Decor DIY

This is a super easy DIY craft that you can do in less than an hour, which I love (spray paint makes things so easy). Apart from bookshelf accents, these gold animal figurines would also make great party decorations (I would love one of these as a cake topper, just make sure you put it on a food-safe surface first so it doesn’t come in direct contact with the frosting).

Don’t forget to pour yourself a glass of Cambria’s Benchbreak Chardonnay or Pinot Noir! It’s not an afternoon of crafting without a lovely glass of wine.

Gold Animal Decor DIY

Gold Animal Decor DIY


  • At least 2 animal figurines 
  • 1 can of gold spray paint
  • Newspaper


  1. Lay out the newspaper so it covers the surface on which you plan to paint.
  2. Spread the figurines out evenly and spray them with gold paint. The best way to do this is with short, even bursts from the paint can–don’t just hold the button down and cover it with paint. This way it will dry faster and the paint will look a lot better than if you just spray a ton on at once.
  3. Carefully turn the figurines over and spray the other side. Make sure you get the bottom and top parts.
  4. Let them dry before displaying.

Gold Animal Decor DIY

Since they cost roughly $2 each to make, I have no problem leaving them on my patio; but I think they look nice enough to put on my coffee table with flowers and a candle. Win-win.

Written by: Megan Flynn Peterson of Freckled Italian

Photos by Andi Perullo.