My oldest niece is celebrating her 8th birthday,
and guess what she loves...
I had a lot of fun making some special gifts for her.
The gift I'm probably most excited about is this funky necklace holder,
and all the necklaces that go with it:
Here's a close up of one of the necklaces:
How to make a Mini Dinosaur Necklace:
This was a really fun project!
Mini 'saurs, necklace, spray paint (optional)
and these little screw things
(I threw the packaging away, and can't remember what they're called...boo.)
You can find them in the hardware section at Walmart.
They have a screw-like bottom and a circular top.
The circular top closes completely.
If you're down with the spray paint, start by painting your dinosaur.
(I painted some of mine, not all of them. The one pictured is not painted)
After your dinosaur dries, just screw the circular screw thing into the top.
This part is a little tricky, and requires patience and determination.
Don't give up! Heh.
As soon as it twists in a bit, it's easy peasy!
Last step- slip it on the necklace, and you're finished!
Cool beans, right?
How to make a Dinosaur Necklace Holder:
This is also really easy and really fun!
You'll need a normal (large) size dinosaur, spray paint (optional),
a saw, and something to use for the background.
Depending on what you use for your background,
you may need push-pin sawtooth mounts, in order to hang it on the wall.
(Woo, I didn't throw that packaging away!)
The mounts can be found in the hardware section at Walmart.
Oh, and you'll need a nail for hanging purposes!
Start by spray painting your dinosaur and background.
After they dry, use a saw to cut your dinosaur in half.
(We used an electric saw)
Hot glue it to the background, and you've got a fancy new necklace holder!
You could probably start by sawing your dinosaur first,
and spray painting second.
(After I painted mine, I thought- "oh no!" I should have sawed first!"
But, I'm happy to report that painting first and sawing second
didn't create any problemos!)
My thoughts on spray paint...
I tried Krylon and Rustoleum with these projects.
They're pretty much the same price.
(about a ten cent difference)
Back when I first started spray painting projects,
I read a tutorial on a blog and they recommended Krylon...
Up until now, I've been using Krylon, based on that tutorial.
This was my first time using Rustoleum and Krylon brands.
I totally prefer Rustoleum!
I like the way it sprays, and think it covers better, too.
A note on neon spray paint- based on my experience:
it's really watery and doesn't cover very well.
I had a hard time getting it to look good because it was so wet and bubbly.
A note on metallic spray paint- based on my experience:
It's AWESOME!!!! Seriously.
It dried really fast,
and it covered really fast and really well, too.
Not to mention, I felt like a super hero, turning things to gold!
Next surprise, please!
Some cute little dinosaur hair clips!
(I used mini *MINI* dinosaurs for these)
What was that you said?
You'd like to see even more surprises?
Here are a few of the Party 'Saurs I made!
Good ol plastic dinosaurs, spray painted and dressed up.
Someone's turning 8, right?!
It's a good thing, because these dinosaurs are ready to party!
All set with a bone in the purse!
I have one other purse (not pictured) that holds baby dinosaurs.
And, because you love surprises sooo much,
here's one last surprise:
A few stuffed + dressed up dinosaurs.
The possibilities are pretty endless with these projects.
You can paint any type of plastic critter-
zoo animals, forest animals, farm animals...
Whatcha waiting for?!
Get busy, create some art, and surprise someone you love!
Here you can find: