Monday, November 19, 2012

Have $3.50 and Half an Hour? I've Got a Gift Idea for You!

It's that time of year again, time to find or create gifts for what is probably a fairly long list of people!
If the budget is tight, but you'd like to give someone a little something that is fun, try the below.

(This one is going to my Dad, who has a collection of elephants...
sorry to ruin the surprise if you are reading.)

First, raid the kids toy box, or if that would be too unkind, head off to Michael's with a 40% off coupon and select from a very wide range of toy animals in stock. After the coupon, this one cost me around $3.00.

While you are there make sure to restock your supply of Rub'n Buff, which I forgot to do.
 Luckily there was more than enough left over in the tube from my lamp refinishing project.
You'll only use a small bit, so this will run you maybe .50 cents.

Use a brush and cover the entire figure with Rub 'n Buff, this took me twenty minutes to be exact.

I know. I was looking at the clock and racing as it was quickly approaching time for me to go pick up the kids from school. Under normal circumstances I would spread out the job to half an hour.

And then you are the proud creator of a "faux brass" animal. Pretty fun I'd say, with the look of brass being so chic these days. A 'tongue in cheek" gift that certainly someone in you life would appreciate.


  1. I love this. I just rub'n'buff'd a giraffe for a jewelry box for my daughter. Rub'N'Buff is literally like crack for DIY design buffs. I have to stop myself from gilding everything in site!

  2. Kristin,
    Just stopped by your post AND YOUR GIRAFFE is FABULOUS!!!!!!!! Love it! Janell

  3. This is a clever idea Janell! You always come up with something fun! I hope you and your family have a very Happy Thanksgiving!

  4. *** Morning, Nellie!!! What you did is darling!!!

    I have 2 "sorta large" (resin?) & one small (white ceramic) elephants that I bought for our Election Night party... thought I'd have to waste space keeping them for ANOTHER 4 years, til the NEXT election!!! Anyhoooo, your great idea made me think about that... (About a year ago I BOUGHT some "Rub n' Buff", but never had "the nerve" to use it)...

    Gotta run... off to try that RUB N' BUFF on them, & if they look pretty good, I'll put them at the waaay top of our built-in bookcases!!!

    Will let ya know! Thanks again,

    Linda (in AZ)

  5. I did the same thing with a plastic elephant from the Dollar Store and some oil rubbed bronze spray paint :-) I bet nobody would ever guess how your pretty bronze elephant started out. Well, unless they read your blog, of course ;-)

  6. I love that the elephant's wrinkly skin are so much more highlighted with the rub 'n buff. I'm totally addicted to this stuff but I just bought myself some Martha Stewart Liquid Gildng which I think is a different form of the same thing.

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