I love second hand shops! Goodwill, Salvation Army, Value village, even the church-run thrift shops can be fantastic places to find unique things for your wardrobe or living space. I’m a big vintage clothing nerd, I’m inspired by clothes with a story. I also alter/re-make lot of clothing (and house accents) for myself, I love blending vintage stuff with designer pieces.
Recently I was at ValueVillage with my friend and we found a big plastic Easter bunny light! It’s actually intended as an outdoor decoration and stands about 3-4′ tall (big bunny). I fell in love with it instantly and decided it had to come home with me to be my next “project”.
This is what he looked like lit up before I got my crafty mits on him. He’s fairly creepy already, I must say. A giant glowing white bunny with rosy cheeks and those milky blue eyes- SCARY.
I decided he ought to be black. Solid black. So out I went behind my apartment building onto this grassy lawn area with my spray paint and got to work. The retired couple one floor up were watching me from their balcony, I’m pretty sure they think I am insane as I am often painting things on the lawn or hurrying out the back door wearing bunny ears or one of my various insane hats.
So now I had a giant solid black rabbit lamp. Yes, that’s my cat, Atticus, in the background. However when I lit him up you could see all the movement of the spray paint on it, which I didn’t like. Once he had dried I took him back outside for another coat of black paint. It was then nearly opaque when lit- which kind of diminished the lamp aspect- so I decided to get created and did some strategic scraping with a butter knife on the paint. I also cleared off and repainted his eyes.
This was the final result! Bloody scary right? Love him.
What you need to do this craft yourself:
-Decorative light up object (bunny was $7 at ValueVilage). There are some neat Halloween shapes out there, as well as Xmas ones (imagine a big solid black Santa!).
-All surface quality spray paint. I used Rust-o-leum because any name with that many “-“s has to be good! Matte black according to the can. I also put a layer of sealant over the paint when it was done, just so it wouldn’t chip as easily. The red is just cheap craft acrylic I had in the studio.
-Butter knife for scraping bits of paint off, optional.
What do you think of my creepy bunny lamp? Heh.