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Children's Animal Trunk

This charming animal trunk is the perfect accessory for any kid's room.




  • Barn-red Milk Paint powder
  • Pumpkin Milk Paint powder
  • Receptacles for paint
  • Paint stirrers
  • Paintbrushes
  • Animal cutouts
  • Unfinished wooden trunk
  • Foam brush
  • Wood glue
  • Poly-acrylic sealant


  1. Step 1

    Make the Milk Paint for the cutout animals: Mix 1 1/4 cup warm water, 1/4 cup barn-red Milk Paint powder, and 1/2 cup pumpkin Milk Paint powder. Stir well to avoid the paint displacing and clumping.

  2. Step 2

    Paint animal cutouts with the blended paint. Coat each side twice, allowing to dry for 10 minutes between each coat. The paint dries considerably lighter, so it may take more than two coats to achieve a satisfactory color. Tip: When the cutouts are dry, they will feel powdery to the touch.

  3. Step 3

    Make the Milk Paint for the trunk: Mix 1 cup warm water and 1 cup pumpkin Milk Paint powder. Stir well to avoid the paint displacing and clumping.

  4. Step 4

    Paint trunk with several coats of the pumpkin-colored Milk Paint. The trunk surfaces will dry in about an hour.

  5. Step 5

    Allow glue to dry. Cover entire trunk with a poly-acrylic sealant.

The Martha Stewart Show, February 2009



Reviews (5)

  • DMSolomon 15 Apr, 2009

    Does anyone know if I could do this in another color, like white? I don't see why not, but I am not very crafty (yet) !!

  • shesdolish 9 Feb, 2009

    I love the woodpeckershop. Thet have real wood at great prices! I got a storage step stool from them

  • nattie2002 9 Feb, 2009

    Wooden shapes also available from for australian crafters

  • ferries 5 Feb, 2009

    could you please attach photos to the craft instructions - it would make it so much easier to follow the directions - thank you

  • llindee 5 Feb, 2009

    Where can I see a picture of finished trunk?