What do you get a dinosaur mad 5 year old, who owns all the dinosaurs in the world, who has a mother who is quite possibly a little dinosaur weary, for their birthday? A living dinosaur of course!
Take 1 used and discarded toy, repurpose it, give it a more modern, visually pleasing makeover and you’ve swapped mundane for super cool, all very simply and relatively quickly too.
Here’s how to make a dinosaur planter..
what you’ll need –
- a dinosaur, shape/ size is up to you, but quadrupedal (4 legged) dinos lend themselves best to the job
- spray paint in a colour of your choice, I love Montana Gold spray paint and have used it for several projects, check them out here. I’ve gone for pure white this time as I wanted to keep things clean and crisp
- plants – succulents, cacti, or any other mini plant you can think of that won’t object to slightly cramped living conditions
- I’ve just used multipurpose compost as this is what I have. Technically not ‘right’ but I’m sure it’s fine
- stones for drainage and mixing with soil and for placing on top of the soil at the end. You can buy bags of mini gravel from Pet shops, normally used in fish tanks.
Find yourself a dinosaur, I asked around on some local Facebook selling groups and tracked down an unwanted little fellow. Make sure it’s hard but hollow plastic.
Next attempt to cut a hole in the top, I say attempt because this was one solid little guy who objected to the modifications, so I had to employ the help of my husband for this! Apparently if you soak the dinosaur in hot water this makes it more recptive to incisions! Cut the size hole you want, this will depend on what shape and size plants you are using.
Next spray your dinosaur. Us professional dinosaur upcyclers like to use an old trick known as stick it on the end of a spade that happens to be stuck in the lawn, this helps you get at it from all angles and means you don’t need to touch it until it’s dry.
Add some stones for drainage, I decided against drilling drainage holes as I wanted it to remain watertight, plus the succulents I’ve used only need spritzing with water, so the soil shouldn’t become too wet. I also added stones to the compost to increase drainage (but not AS much as it looks like in a photo!)
Pop the soil into the opening, filling in the tail and neck with extra stones if needs be. Remove your plant from it’s pot, loosen the root ball then place into the hole. Fill around with soil so it is firmly in place. I then placed small stones (I found some lovely Amethyst gravel at Pets at Home) on top of the soil and pressed in firmly. Give the plant a spray, wipe over the dinosaur’s body and that’s it, so easy and a brilliant transformation.
If you’d like to save this little how to for later than please pin this image below…
I also made a little terrarium for another friend’s birthday, much the same theory, just on a bigger scale. Both recipients were very happy, as was I to share their special days with them. Today I’m going to make myself something I think, it could be just the remedy needed for my fuzzy Prosecco head!
Happy weekend xx