While looking through pictures of John & Sherry of YoungHouseLove's living room, I spotted this fun rhino from Cardboard Safari.
Of course, this is a sophisticated rhino and the medium version cost $30. While many of my close friends understand that I have an obsession with white decorative items, I knew I wasn't going to spend $30+ on a cardboard rhino. Maybe in a future life, but not as a recent college grad living without a bed frame (a problem I have recently remedied).
So, I set off to recreate the decorative appeal of the white rhino! Thanks to the wide selection of crafting supplies at Michael's, I went to work.
I purchased some Super Glue, high gloss white spray paint and a wooden 3D rhino puzzle for ... $3! The rhino took some time to assemble especially since I kept confusing his left legs with his right legs.
After putting the rhino together, I brought him outdoors for a couple coats of the high gloss spray paint. I'm sure regular paint would have worked as well, but I wanted him to be more dramatic.
Here is what my finished rhino looks like:
Worth the $27 savings? I know it's not entirely the same look, but the concept it the same. I'm pleased with the results and the fact that I got to release some of my creative urges in the process.
Michael's also has a lion and elephant that I had my eye on. Maybe a high gloss apartment safari is in order? However, my roommate may already think it's a jungle living with me without adding glossing African animals into the mix.