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Project

Animal Hooks

Decorate a baby’s nursery with this wildly adorable coat rack. To add texture, like fur, to your creatures, apply paint over the base coat using a stippling brush.

Introduction

Martha Stewart Crafts paint colors used for the board and animals:

  • Boards: Scallion or Cloud
  • Tiger: Mace; stripes in both Beetle Black and Summer Linen
  • Elephant: Grey Wolf; texture in Arrowhead
  • Lion: Cantaloupe; texture in Jonquil; mane and tail in Chestnut Brown
  • Zebra: Beetle Black; stripes in Summer Linen

Martha Stewart Crafts paint, gesso, paintbrushes, foam pouncers, stippling brush, patterning tape, and adhesive stencil film from Plaid.

For detailed step-by-step photos, check out Kirsten Earl's post about the process.

Materials

  • Zebra template
  • Lion template
  • Tiger template
  • Elephant template
  • Primer or gesso
  • Paintbrush
  • Acrylic paints
  • 1"-by-6" poplar board
  • Ruler
  • Craft knife
  • Adhesive stencil film
  • Foam pouncers
  • Patterning tape
  • Stippling brush
  • 4 single wall-mount hooks
  • Screws
  • Screwdriver
  • Hanging hardware
  • Coarse sandpaper

Steps

  1. Step 1

    Cut a 20-inch length from poplar board. (Note: In lumber terms, a "one-by-six" board is actually 5 1/2 inches wide. The Home Depot will cut the board to size for you free of charge.)

  2. Step 2

    Sand board with coarse sandpaper until smooth. Prime and paint board desired color; let dry.

  3. Step 3

    Print templates for tiger, elephant, lion, and zebra. With a ruler and craft knife, cut out templates on dashed lines. Tape templates together in order, using solid horizontal lines to align properly.

  4. Step 4

    Cut 20 inches from a roll of adhesive stencil film, then cut film in half lengthwise to make two 5 1/2"-wide strips. Tape row of templates to one strip; save the other strip for another project.

  5. Step 5

    Cut out shaded animal shapes through all layers with a craft knife. Remove paper templates.

  6. Step 6

    Remove adhesive backing from stencil film and adhere to sanded, painted board.

  7. Step 7

    Use a foam pouncer to paint animals desired base colors; let dry.

  8. Step 8

    To add stripes to the zebra and tiger, place patterning tape over each stencil at angles and paint desired stripe color. To add texture to the elephant and lion, apply a lighter or darker color paint over base coat using a stippling brush.

  9. Step 9

    Let all paint dry and remove stencil and tape.

  10. Step 10

    Paint a wall-mounted single hook to match each animal. Screw each hook into place over animal shape to make a "tail."

  11. Step 11

    Add hanging hardware to the back of the board.

Source
The Martha Stewart Show, February 2012

Reviews (4)

  • 3 Sep, 2013

    Hi all,

    I am not able to print any of the templates. Would someone be able to share these with me please or advise on how to download them???

    Thanks,
    Christine

  • 13 Sep, 2012

    I LOVE this project and it will fit perfectly with my son's nursery theme. I can't wait to get started on it. However, I am having the same problem as the previous poster, I cannot print out the elephant template. The other templates print just fine, only the elephant is the issue.

  • 6 Jul, 2012

    I will be a first time Grandma In November. I work full time but had day off today and saw your show. This coat rack is absolute adorable. I have a lot of the Martha Stewart craft items because I scrapbook; however, I am on my way to the store to get what I do not have so I can make it. Thank you for demonstrating it! (My son and daughter-in law had a reveal party about 3 weeks ago and the batter in the cake was tinted BLUE. Such a cool idea!)

  • 5 May, 2012

    I have purchased all the supplies to make this project and now the elephant template will not print out. Is it a problem on your end since I was able to get the other three templates? Thank you.