I'm sure you've seen all the spray painted animals going around the web. I love the idea especially because I'm slightly obsessed with Jonathan Alder's shiny gold figurines. This project is really easy and fast. Just spray and dry, and before you know it you'll have new table toppers or shelf props for only $5.
protective paper like newspaper or butcher paper
plastic toy animals (you can purchase from any craft store)
white primer spray paint
gold metallic spray paint
clear glaze spray paint
Once it's completely dry, display on a book shelf or table. These are also good as party props or glue to the top of jars. The possibilities are endless.