Tutorial: Zebra Stripe Lawn Flamingo

If the neighbors had any doubt that we are the strangest people on the block, I think that my latest project just might confirm our status as the neighborhood weirdos.  Lots of folks around here have plastic flamingos on their lawn – one guy even has a collection of them that he rearranges into different configurations every few days – but nobody else in town has a zebra flamingo.  (Zemingo?  Flebra?)  Want to add a little weird to your yard as well?  Read on…

Project estimate:

  • Plastic flamingo, $1 and up
  • Spray primer, on hand or $1 and up
  • Black paint, on hand or $1 and up

Total:  $1 and up

plastic lawn flamingos

I was so excited to see plastic lawn flamingos at Dollar Tree that I had to resist snatching up a whole armload of them.  Instead, I grabbed a pair.  If you can’t find them at your local store, check for them on the Dollar Tree website; while seasonal items come and go from their inventory, when I looked I found them available with a minimum order quantity of four!

painting plastic lawn flamingos

I knew that I wanted to give my flamingos a complete makeover, so the first thing I did was give them a few coats of white spray primer.  Be patient and use lots of light coats to get good coverage in all of the cracks created by the feathers without making the paint look drippy.

zebra reference photo

Before you start painting the zebra stripes, look at some photos of real zebras to get an idea of what they should look like.  I kept a photo of a zebra up on my computer screen as I was working so I always had something to refer to.  This picture is from Wikimedia Commons; if you want to see more pictures of zebras from different angles, try a Google image search.  A little research goes a long way!

zebra stripe lawn flamingo

The great thing about painting zebra stripes is that, due to their unique-like-a-fingerprint nature, they are actually very forgiving.  I had five or six “oops” moments while painting this one and you can’t even tell!

I still have one more flamingo left to paint, but I am debating what to do with it.  Should I paint it with zebra stripes as well, or should I try painting one with giraffe spots?  (Wouldn’t that be funny??)  What’s your vote?