Girly Car Accessories Supplies
- 3″ to 4″ high items make excellent ornaments. Items I used specifically was a Fisher Price Flamingo, and a Unicorn Action figure from this set. Think VERY light weight plastic things. Dog toys, kids toys etc. They need to have a base to firmly hold the magnet(s).
- Extra Strong Magnets N35 or Higher 1.5″ in size. You can also buy them on eBay
- Waterproof permanent glue
- Silver Paint We use this brand as it seems to give the best silver. (We also used Martha Stewart Pearl Color Fruit Punch from this set)
IMPORTANT SAFETY PRECAUTIONS
What you don’t want is your ornament flying off your hood. It should ONLY be used in the following ways.
- Drive in town only when using your ornament.
- Don’t drive over 35 MPH, just to be safe.
- Use only light weight thin plastic items never taller than 4 inches or so.
- Use only super strong magnets as described.
- Use super strong Permanent Epoxy glue
- Pop it off, NEVER SLIDE IT AS IT CAN MARK THE CAR, when you go in anywhere. (Not for safety but just to make sure it doesn’t get taken!)
Find the items you wish to use for your ornaments. Make sure they have flat surfaces so you can attach a magnet. Some might require two magnets.
Don’t make them higher than about 4″ or so due to wind resistance.
The stronger the magnet the more brittle it is. When shipped to you they will have spacers between them to prevent breaking. If you hold one magnet close to the other it will snap together. It will also probably break. Be very careful.
For our Fisher-Price toy Flamingo, I wanted it in a metallic pink so I used Martha Stewart’s Pearl Fruit Punch. I had to paint over him about 5 times, at least the head and foot part.
Using the epoxy attach the magnet to the bottom and allow to dry overnight.
The final hood ornament is ready to use. When removing them, DO NOT SLIDE THEM off the car. Pull them straight up as they can possibly leave a mark. It usually rubs off but don’t take a chance.
The unicorn was spray painted silver.
Glue the magnet onto the feet of your unicorn and let set overnight to complete it.
I came across a batman and wanted to keep his cape black so I used masking tape and a paper towel to cover it.
I taped up close to his neck.
Then taped up the rest of the cape with the paper towel.
I chose gold for Batman. The dragon was painted silver and magnets added to its feet.
This guy works for a girly or manly car!
i want to have a butterfly hood ornament but one that will withstand all circumstances i am not about to get out of the care to take it off driving from toronto to brampton and so forth what can you suggest recommend – where might i be able to get a full time butterfly hood ornament
So will you attach it permanently? That will of course mean gluing something to your car. You would need heavy duty water resistant glue. As far as the butterfly… I’ve been doing some searching. It will either need to be a ceramic butterfly with a flat base… though not sure ceramic is a good idea… whatever you use needs to be waterproof. You could use a wood one or plastic. But you will need to make a mount for it. I suggest Etsy and Ebay. Search for “Brass Butterfly” and “Butterfly Ornament” and “Wood Butterfly”. I founds some cool ones on Etsy. But you will have to make some sort of mount and I’m not sure how to do that. Maybe a 1″ dowel with a thin flat base? Everything needs to be coated with waterproof lacquer or something. I found an expensive literal hood ornament on Ebay… I added it into the pics I sent so you could see what I mean by a mount to hold up the butterfly. I’ll email you too to make sure you get this. Most of these I found on Etsy. The glass one was SUPER expensive but you can see what you can find by using those searches. A really nice plastic one would work too I would think. Good Luck!
Omigosh! The flamingo is what first caught my eye, but the dragon might even be better. I will definitely have to do this.
I’m So glad you enjoyed it Laurie Jo!