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Hot Pink Unicorn Wall Decor

Hot Pink Unicorn Wall Art

Obviously…I didn’t just get my friend a card for her birthday. I also got her a matching unicorn head! Time to make a giant hot pink unicorn head. She’s a teacher so her classroom was the perfect place to hang some quirky wall decor. Who doesn’t want to stare at hot pink unicorn wall decor all day?

We had been browsing around online looking for her deer head project (which looked kinda creepy to me). I think its the eyeballs that freak me out. The unicorn was way less creepy maybe because he/she’s magical. Magically awesome. We found a few on Etsy that were spray painted and selling for hundreds of dollars. HUNDREDS. That’s crazy to me. This project was A LOT less. Still not cheap, but you pay a premium for magic.

Here’s what you’ll need to get your own hot pink (or whatever color you want) unicorn head wall art:

  1. Unicorn head (obviously)
  2. Spray Paint Primer
  3. Pink Spray Paint (Pink Glow)
  4. Tacky Glue
  5. Extra Fine Gold Glitter
  6. Nails
  7. Hammer
  8. 4-5 Trash Bags/Floor covering

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We started by laying down trash bags to catch any overspray during painting. We may or may not have been successful with that. We used 2 trash bags, but I recommend 4 just to be sure. Also maybe don’t spray paint onto the trash bags, walk on it, then walk on the uncovered part of the floor. Oops.

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We started with a white primer to even out the dark areas of the unicorn head.  Also to cover the super creepy eyes. We sprayed a thin coat for quick drying time and no drips/streaking. At this point, it looked like a horse with a rectangular hole in its forehead.

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While the primer was drying, we decided to glitter up the horn because, everything can always use more glitter. We started by laying down another trash bag on a table. Next, we applied streaks of craft glue along the horn and smeared it into all the nooks and crannies with our fingers (rather, my friend’s fingers).

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Next, it was time for glitter. We used a fine glitter and started dumping it all over the horn. Don’t worry about all the glitter that doesn’t make it onto the horn. We just dumped it all back into the glitter container when we were done. Glitter recycling.

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To let it dry, we leaned it up against the wall. Can you tell we did this in her classroom? We don’t put owl borders in our homes. Not cute for home…super cute for a classroom.

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Now that the primer was dry on the unicorn head, it was time for hot pink spray paint. We did sprayed about three thin coats to cover all of the white primer and to get a true hot pink color. Also, we made sure to get it at every angle. You’d be surprised how many angles are on this thing (behind the ears, under the jaw, nostrils, list goes on…).

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Here’s what it looked like after three coats.

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And now our unicorn head was ready to be reunited with its newly glittered horn. The dry time was about 1-2 hours for the spray paint and horn.

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Now it was ready for the wall. The head comes with a hole in the back for hanging. We hammered a nail into the wall and hung it up!

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UH-MAZING.

Pink Unicorn Birthday Card

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It was recently my college roommate’s birthday. If I didn’t know better, I’d have thought she majored in glitter and puffy paint. She puffy painted everything, including her laptop, scissors, and stapler. You name it, it had glitter on it. In her honor, I made her one of my most awesome birthday cards ever. A big, pink, glitter unicorn. We’re all grown up now, but nobody’s ever too old for unicorns and glitter.

So here’s what you’ll need to make this birthday card:

  1. Unicorn Image (.studio file or .PDF)
  2. Silhouette Cameo or Small Scissors
  3. X-Acto Knife
  4. Cutting mat or cutting board
  5. Pink, white, black, and gold paper (scrapbook paper preferred)
  6. Glue Stick
  7. Silver and/or Gold glitter nail polish(Essie Golden Nuggets, Essie Silver Bullions), puffy paint, or glue
  8. Optional: Glue Gun and Glue Gun Sticks
  9. Optional: Tulle Ribbon

So, I went a-Googling and found myself a cute unicorn picture from Zazzle to start.  While it would be super easy to just order the card from there, it wouldn’t be the same and it wouldn’t be as giant and glittery and awesome as the one I made. Also, I needed a card that day and I couldn’t wait for processing time and mailing time.

So, I saved the image and traced it in the Silhouette Cameo software and came up with the unicorn outline. To make it extra special, I added “Happy B-day April!” lettering along the edge. Since the person you’re making the card for probably isn’t named April, I removed the name from the links in this post.

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With Silhouette Cameo: Next, I was ready to cut. I used a thick pink paper with some texture to it. It was some that I had from another project and thought the color would be great for this. I placed it on the cutting mat and fed it through the machine. I’m pretty paranoid and use a slow cut setting (usually between 1-3) and always set the cutting tool to 2 for any kind of scrapbook paper.

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Without Silhouette Cameo: If you don’t have a cameo, print out the PDF image, cut it out, trace it onto the paper you want to use, and cut the image out with a small pair of scissors and/or X-Acto knife. Its more tedious but this image isn’t too difficult to cut out.

Tip: I used to use cuticle scissors to make small and precise cuts. I’d never use them for my cuticles, but they work really well for paper crafts and help you get around curves and corners more easily than traditional scissors.

Once, the cutting was finished, I removed the excess paper around the outside, making sure to remove it carefully and cutting any areas that didn’t cut all the way through with an X-acto knife.

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Next, I removed the outline of the unicorn using the same process. I removed the paper slowly and used an X-Acto knife to cut any areas needed.

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Next, I took my glue stick and slathered it all over the back of the outline and glued the outline to a piece of white scrapbook paper that would serve as my backing.

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Next, I removed what I call the “hair” pieces and glued them to the paper as well. By hair I mean the tail, mane, and bangs. I think they’re the bangs part of the mane. I don’t know. All the hair bits. Oh, and I did the little ear outline as well.

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Next, I cut out the horn, eyes, and nostrils. I could have just used my cameo to do this, but I didn’t bother because there were so few pieces and I just cut them out by hand with an X-Acto knife. I used the pink pieces that were cut out by the Silhouette Cameo and traced it with the X-Acto knife onto gold (horn) and black paper (eyes and nostrils).

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I was able to glue the gold horn on without a problem, but the placement of the eye and nostrils came out funny when I guessed where they should be. It makes a big difference if you place them crooked or in the wrong place. To get the exact placement for the eyes and nostrils, I used the actual unicorn piece as a guide. Isn’t she cute? This unicorn is DEFINITELY a she with all this pink and glitter.

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Next, my little unicorn was ready for some GLITTER. I couldn’t find my glitter glue, so I opted for glitter nail polish instead. You can use any method to adhere glitter to paper here. However, I’m pretty happy with using nail polish because it doesn’t make the paper all soggy and the glitter bits don’t crumble off and leave a mess everywhere. Believe me. Glitter goes everywhere and it never goes away. Ever.

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I used the gold glitter for the horn, and silver glitter for the “hair” pieces.

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So sparkly and cute. Here’s what it looked like after it dried. Its a subtle glitter, but sparkly nonetheless.

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Next, I cut around the edge of the pink outline, leaving about a 3/8″ white border around the edge. I probably could have used the Silhouette Cameo for this, but didn’t have the foresight to do that. Oh well.

I also found some tulle ribbon left over from wedding projects I did years ago. I couldn’t help myself. I cut a piece to the length of the unicorn and attached it underneath the outline of the horn. I used a glue gun for this to make sure it would stick. Regular glue stick wouldn’t work for this. Here she she is!

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I wrote a little message along the edge on the back so it wouldn’t ruin the front of the card and wouldn’t show through the white paper if she decides to put this up somewhere.