DIY Upcycled Pink Flamingo Wall Hanging

Have you ever seen those country wooden geese at the thrift store? They remind me of an old kitchen painted dusty rose and blue. Not my style at all. Yuck! The last time I came across one I was struck with inspiration. I have wanted to add a flamingo to my wall for a while and this would be a perfect base. The hardest part is figuring out the legs. Well guess what! I figured it out and I’m finally ready to share this awesome makeover at the Monthly Thrift Store Decor Upcycle Challenge! Find out how to turn an ugly thrift store goose into an awesome DIY upcycled pink flamingo wall hanging.

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  • Upcycle an item(s) from a thrift store, resale store, or garage sale into a new piece of decor.
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  • There’s no budget to stick to.

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See the newest makeover at the Thrift Store Decor Upcycle Challenge! Turn an ugly thrift store goose into an awesome pink flamingo wall hanging.

 

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Materials

 

See the newest makeover at the Thrift Store Decor Upcycle Challenge! Turn an ugly thrift store goose into an awesome pink flamingo wall hanging.

Step 1

Clean your wall art.

 

See the newest makeover at the Thrift Store Decor Upcycle Challenge! Turn an ugly thrift store goose into an awesome pink flamingo wall hanging.

Step 2

Paint a coat of white over the entire goose.

Step 3

Let the paint dry.

 

See the newest makeover at the Thrift Store Decor Upcycle Challenge! Turn an ugly thrift store goose into an awesome pink flamingo wall hanging.

Step 4

Paint a second coat of white paint.

 

See the newest makeover at the Thrift Store Decor Upcycle Challenge! Turn an ugly thrift store goose into an awesome pink flamingo wall hanging.

Step 5

Start adding red paint as seen in the photo above before your second coat of white dries.

 

See the newest makeover at the Thrift Store Decor Upcycle Challenge! Turn an ugly thrift store goose into an awesome pink flamingo wall hanging.

 

See the newest makeover at the Thrift Store Decor Upcycle Challenge! Turn an ugly thrift store goose into an awesome pink flamingo wall hanging.

Tips:

  • Only brush your paint in one direction to give the illusion of feathers.
  • Leave a white area in the middle of the wing.
  • Add the red paint more heavily on the tail, base of the neck, and the top of the head.

Step 6

Set your goose off to the side to dry.

 

See the newest makeover at the Thrift Store Decor Upcycle Challenge! Turn an ugly thrift store goose into an awesome pink flamingo wall hanging.

Step 7

Now it is time to form the legs. At the end of one of your pipe cleaners (about 1 inch from the bottom) twist a second pipe cleaner.

Step 8

Snip off the excess of the twisted pipe cleaner so that you are left with 2 claw-like ends.

Step 9

Next, bend your pipe cleaner at the ‘knee’.

 

See the newest makeover at the Thrift Store Decor Upcycle Challenge! Turn an ugly thrift store goose into an awesome pink flamingo wall hanging.

Step 10

Cut a second pipe cleaner in half.

 

See the newest makeover at the Thrift Store Decor Upcycle Challenge! Turn an ugly thrift store goose into an awesome pink flamingo wall hanging.

Step 11

Fold each half into an upside down triangle.

 

See the newest makeover at the Thrift Store Decor Upcycle Challenge! Turn an ugly thrift store goose into an awesome pink flamingo wall hanging.

Step 12

Attach one triangle, point side down to the end of your pipe cleaner opposite the claws. Do this by twisting the open points around the end.

Step 13

Repeat step twelve on a fresh pipe cleaner.

 

See the newest makeover at the Thrift Store Decor Upcycle Challenge! Turn an ugly thrift store goose into an awesome pink flamingo wall hanging.

Step 14

Next, wrap tape around the triangle end of your pipe cleaner legs.

 

 

See the newest makeover at the Thrift Store Decor Upcycle Challenge! Turn an ugly thrift store goose into an awesome pink flamingo wall hanging.

Step 15

Continue wrapping the legs until they are completely covered.

Tips:

  • Thoroughly cover your pipe cleaners with the tape paying special attention to the joints.
  • Wrap your tape in a way that adds volume to your legs. The tape is to make them bigger as well as secure them.

 

See the newest makeover at the Thrift Store Decor Upcycle Challenge! Turn an ugly thrift store goose into an awesome pink flamingo wall hanging.

Step 16

If needed, fix the bend in your clawed leg.

 

See the newest makeover at the Thrift Store Decor Upcycle Challenge! Turn an ugly thrift store goose into an awesome pink flamingo wall hanging.

See the newest makeover at the Thrift Store Decor Upcycle Challenge! Turn an ugly thrift store goose into an awesome pink flamingo wall hanging.

Step 17

Place your legs on a paper towel and cover with a coat of white paint. Set aside to dry.

Step 18

Now, mix together a small amount of red and yellow paint to get a dark red-orange.

 

See the newest makeover at the Thrift Store Decor Upcycle Challenge! Turn an ugly thrift store goose into an awesome pink flamingo wall hanging.

Step 19

Next, add the orange to the dark red areas on your goose.

Tip:

  • It’s fine if your paint hasn’t quite dried yet.

 

See the newest makeover at the Thrift Store Decor Upcycle Challenge! Turn an ugly thrift store goose into an awesome pink flamingo wall hanging.

See the newest makeover at the Thrift Store Decor Upcycle Challenge! Turn an ugly thrift store goose into an awesome pink flamingo wall hanging.

Step 20

Lastly, paint the black beak and the eye. Set aside to finish drying.

 

See the newest makeover at the Thrift Store Decor Upcycle Challenge! Turn an ugly thrift store goose into an awesome pink flamingo wall hanging.

Step 21

Add a second coat of white paint to your legs.

 

See the newest makeover at the Thrift Store Decor Upcycle Challenge! Turn an ugly thrift store goose into an awesome pink flamingo wall hanging.

Step 22

Without waiting for the second coat of white to dry, dab your legs with black paint.

Tip:

  • The black should be heavier at the bottom and lighter on top.

Step 23

Allow your paint to dry completely before moving on.

 

See the newest makeover at the Thrift Store Decor Upcycle Challenge! Turn an ugly thrift store goose into an awesome pink flamingo wall hanging.

See the newest makeover at the Thrift Store Decor Upcycle Challenge! Turn an ugly thrift store goose into an awesome pink flamingo wall hanging.

Step 24

Attach your legs to your swan with hot glue.

 

See the newest makeover at the Thrift Store Decor Upcycle Challenge! Turn an ugly thrift store goose into an awesome pink flamingo wall hanging.

Step 25

Secure the bent leg to the straight leg with a dab of hot glue.

 

See the newest makeover at the Thrift Store Decor Upcycle Challenge! Turn an ugly thrift store goose into an awesome pink flamingo wall hanging.

See the newest makeover at the Thrift Store Decor Upcycle Challenge! Turn an ugly thrift store goose into an awesome pink flamingo wall hanging.

See the newest makeover at the Thrift Store Decor Upcycle Challenge! Turn an ugly thrift store goose into an awesome pink flamingo wall hanging.

Now hang your flamingo on the wall and enjoy. Can you believe how amazing this turned out? Who would have thought you could turn an ugly thrift store goose into an awesome flamingo wall hanging with pipe cleaners and some tape? This is my favorite thrift store makeover so far! *Insert giddy girl squeal here.* Before you run out to buy your own ugly goose, make sure you check out the awesome projects from my friends below!


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I’m a nerdy, crafty mom of three adorable little kids. I love writing and creating, but in my non-existent free time I also love karaoke, taking my kids to the zoo, and reading. I got my degree in Science (no idea how that happened) but I took every English class I could get my hands on because, yeah, I’m that girl.
  • Diana Petrillo

    Quite an amazing transformation, Marie. What vision you have to be able to see a flamingo in a duck! Thanks for linking up your project with us at Vintage Charm 🙂

    • Thank you so much, Diana!

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  • Debra Pashkowsky

    This turned out fantastic. How creative.

    • Thank you, Debra!

  • Oh my goodness, how CUTE!!

    Tania

  • @aPurdyLittleHouse

    Oh my gosh!!! I love your cute flamingo. It’s perfect and it looks so sweet coordinated with your artwork. Great job.

    • Thank you! I am loving all things pink and pretty lately (hence all of the pink in my living room currently). 🙂

  • This is so pretty! 🙂

    I would love for you to share this with my Facebook Group for recipes, crafts, tips, and tricks: https://www.facebook.com/groups/pluckyrecipescraftstips/

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

    • Thank you for inviting me (and for hosting an awesome party)! Join request sent!

  • Pamela Smith

    I am soooo into flamingos right now!!! This is perfect! I will be on the lookout for an outdated goose!

    • Yay! I hope you find one soon so you can rock one on your walls!

  • Haha, this is soooo cute! I love the bright colors. It would be really fun for a little kids room. I had a friend that did a flamingo themed birthday party for her 1 year old last year. So cute 🙂

    • Omgosh, a flamingo birthday sounds adorable! I totally love that idea!

  • MICHELLE JAMES

    This is just adorable!!

    • Thank you so much!

  • Gabrielle Tyler

    Oh my word thats adorabable. I am pretty thrifty and crafty but I would NOT have seen the possibility of turning an out of date duck into a precious flamingo! Now I’m going to be keeping my eyes peeled for an old wooden duck. LOL

    • You totally should! They are everywhere in the thrift stores because no one wants them on their walls anymore. I hope you get one soon. 🙂

  • So fun! Perfect for the warmer months that are on the way!

  • Denise Sbertoli Bryant

    This really is clever and it turned out awesome. I love everything about it and will keep my eyes open for those ugly wooden geese at the thrift store. 🙂

  • Inspired Idea turning that old duck into a beautiful Flamingo! Great paint job as well! Love it!
    Jeannee

    • Thanks, Jeannee! I am still excited about it. Lol

    • Marie

      Thank you Jeanee! It was a lot of fun to paint!

  • Polka Dot Poplars

    How cute is this! You’ve got a great imagination. I never would have thought to do this.

    • Thank you so much!

  • This is awesome!!! Really love the paint job you gave it

  • Whoa. You get bonus points for even thinking about turning that country goose into a fabulous flamingo!

    Thanks so much for the DIY inspiration!

    {BIG hugs}
    ~ Ashley

    • Thank you, Ashley! I’m seriously in love with it! 🙂

  • What a clever idea! I would have never thought of a flamingo looking at that wooden duck. Love the transformation.

    • Thanks, Erlene! Honestly, I wanted the flamingo so I was specifically looking for things I thought might work. Totally changes your perspective! Lol

  • Kim~madeinaday

    Oh my this is soo cool! Your so clever!! Love it! I agree with Shirley I would walked/ran right by this goose!
    Kim

    • Thanks, Kim! Like I told Erlene, I think it helped that I was already looking for something I could turn into a flamingo. 🙂

  • Shirley Wood

    This will stick in my mind because it is so unique. Love the way you crafted the legs and no I had no vision of the ugly goose becoming a beautiful flamingo! Personally, I just love pink flamingos for some reason.

    • Thanks, Shirley! I love pink flamingos too, no idea why. We love to watch them at the zoo (especially the babies).

  • misstoni.65

    How cute is that?! Honestly the first coat of paint was a huge improvement LOL but the pink paint really turned it into a flamingo. Super smart idea for creating the legs. Love it!!

    • Haha, I know, right? It’s amazing what some white paint will do.

  • Angie @ ambient wares

    I love it, Marie! It’s so cute and those legs, how you made them, is creativity at it’s best! Excellent upcycle 😀

    • Thank you so much, Angie! I am still so excited about this one. Definitely my favorite. Lol

  • DazzleWhileFrazzled

    OMG, so fun! Great for a little girl’s room. Awesome transformation. Visiting from Thrift Store Challenge.

    • Ooh, you’re so right. This would be great in a little girl’s room! I might have to go get another one. Thanks!