So here’s the thing. I have this HUGE bag of plastic dinosaurs I bought at a thrift store and I have been dying to do something with them. Now, I know that dinosaurs aren’t traditionally “nerdy” or “pop-culturey” as much as they are just awesome, but I’m going to approve this as today’s theme, because…. science.
Great, so now that that’s out of the way, here are some fun and festive dinosaurs that you can make with your loved ones this holiday season. Here’s what you will need:
Items You’ll Need:
– Dinosaur (obviously)
– White Spray Paint
– Sticks to make into “antlers”
– Red Glitter
– Hot Glue/Glue Gun
Make sure you wash your dinosaur- even if it’s new. This is to make sure the spray paint adheres to the dinosaur. You can use plain old dish soap for this step.
Go outside. I know. It’s so warm inside, and that’s where the World of Warcraft is, so I get the temptation to skip this step. However, we need our dinosaurs to look like they are wearing clever disguises in their attempt to catch and EAT Rudolph (muahaha), and to make that happen, they are going to need some make-shift antlers. Which will require some antler shaped sticks. You can get them outside… unless you live somewhere really desolate and stick-less, then you might have to go to a Michael’s or a Hobby Lobby.
Once you have your sticks, cut and sand them (if necessary) into antler-like shapes.
Now that your dinosaur has had a bath, and your sticks have been turned into little antlers, it’s time to get your hot glue gun. Hot glue the antlers onto the dinosaur and let them dry completely.
After the glue has dried, take your dinosaur and spray paint outside – preferably on some disposable paper or cardboard box.
Spray paint your dinosaur one side at a time, making sure to get all the nooks and crannies. Best practice when using spray paint is to shake the can REALLY well, and then do a couple of test sprays on some paper to make sure there are no air bubbles or clumped paint. Hold the can about 5-6 inches above the object you are spray painting. Let dry about 10-15 minutes.
Once the dinosaur is done drying, flip it over, and repeat the last step.
Once the paint is dried, check to see if the dinosaur is fully covered in paint. If some of the original colors are still showing you may need to do one or two more coats. If this is the case, repeat steps 3 and 4 until the dinosaur is completely white (or whatever color you have chosen to do…. maybe gold? That would be awesome… Someone should do gold).
If your dinosaur is finished with the paint sequence, bring it inside. Get the hot glue gun and create a glue glob on the tip of it’s nose. Cover that glob in red glitter- and don’t be shy with it! Really get that red glitter on there. Once it’s dry it should look something like this:
You can add extra garnishes to it, like little holly leaves or jingle bells! Put them around the house for a festive, yet terrifying feel and a GREAT conversation starter!
Be sure to check out my other nerdy DIY’s here.