Introduction: Dinosaur Bookends With Hot Glue!

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Dinosaur Bookends!

Upcycle old plastic dinosaurs and pallet wood into the coolest bookends!

Step 1: Supplies

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You'll need:

scrap wood

plastic dinosaur toys

hobby knife

hot glue/gun

spray paint

Step 2: Glue Bookends and Bisect Dino

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I cut some scrap wood into blocks.
it's about 4 inches wide.

I used two 6" tall pieces and two 3" tall pieces.

Sanded smooth...ready to go.

Run some hot glue across the 3" block...

And stick it right to the bottom of the 6" block.
Repeat for the other side!

I have had no problem with the hot glue staying firmly stuck.

(but many other kinds of glue would work as well)

Now cut the plastic Dinosaur, Stegosaurus, T-Rex and triceratops...(you can use any hollow plastic toy) and cut it in half with the hobby knife. It was much easier to do this with the animals that have 4 legs on the ground. But as you can see, the T-Rex turned out just fine!

Just don't let your kids see you cut them in half!

Step 3: Gluing the Dino in Place!

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Apply a band of glue around the dinosaur body and on the feet...
and press it right onto your blocks!

T-Rex was a little trickier...but with some fancy leg overlapping, it works great!

Step 4: Pop of Color!

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Add some color pop!
This part is cool because it makes the piece look 1 piece, purchased that way!

Spray paint in light coats with 10 minutes drying time between coats.

Rotating the book end often to get under and around all parts of the dinosaur.

Let dry completely at least 24 hours.

Step 5: Enjoy...sit Back and Read!

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The perfect holder of books for any whimsical space!

Check out my blog Doodlecraft for more awesome.

And please vote! :)


TonkaHands (author)2017-08-31

Looks great! About how large are the dinosaurs? There are a bunch of different sizes.

Lady Stardust made it! (author)2017-02-20

I used off-cuts from my last 'pallet project', and the only spray paint I had lying around, I think it still turned out pretty well. I'm going to make more in some pastel colours for my friends with little ones! I think I just need to make sure I seal the wood next time, so it doesn't absorb the paint as much and looks nice and shiny like the plastic does when it's painted.

I love it! Great job!

SindhuS6 (author)2016-07-17

I actually thought it was 3D printed. Super simple and cute. I'm gonna try it out soon.

Icesphere (author)2016-04-12

That's a super cool idea! But if you put a book of synonyms in between one, would it become...a thesaurus? *rim shot*

SindhuS6 (author)Icesphere2016-07-17

lol. That made me laugh harder than it should.

doodlecraft (author)Icesphere2016-04-12

You win the internet! :)

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fullclip765 (author)2016-04-08

cool idea

meddler (author)2014-12-26

You know, I have a Godzilla model I might try this with.

American Ruin (author)2014-09-25

Nice! I have a friend who absolutely loves Dinosaurs! She's getting one of these for Christmas!

poofrabbit (author)2014-07-27

What a simple yet brilliant idea! Very well done!

fluffy52601 (author)2014-07-19

Cute for little kids bookshelfs!

MikeyWalnuts (author)2014-07-04

I'm going to have to make these for my nephews! Thanks for the 'ible!

this is spectacular!

Why thank you! :)

ladykalous (author)2014-06-28

Oh those are so cute! I will have to make this for my grand sons! Ty for sharing!

Mark Montano (author)2014-06-25

The cutest!

doodlecraft (author)Mark Montano2014-06-25

Thank you Mark! :)

vishalapr (author)2014-06-22

They look great! Really like the blue one a lot :D!

doodlecraft (author)vishalapr2014-06-25

Thank you! I couldn't decide which color I liked the I had to do all 3! I love them as a set! :)

bergerab (author)2014-06-19

Very cool! It almost looks like the dinosaurs were 3d printed!

doodlecraft (author)bergerab2014-06-20

Thanks! :)

ThijssjihT (author)2014-06-18

A great instructable. It's super easy, and the result is fantastic. Thank you.

doodlecraft (author)ThijssjihT2014-06-20

Thank you! :)

johnstat000 (author)2014-06-16

Looks like a great baby gift!

doodlecraft (author)johnstat0002014-06-20

Yes, and could be done with any plastic animal toy! :)

Passion Make (author)2014-06-14

So creative :) Looks Awesome!

doodlecraft (author)Passion Make2014-06-20

Thank you! :)

craftclarity (author)2014-06-11

Super cute!

doodlecraft (author)craftclarity2014-06-20

Thanks! :)

action pig (author)2014-06-10

At first glance I thought they were 3D printed! Recycling is so much better and the result is awesome. Voted :)

doodlecraft (author)action pig2014-06-10

Oh thank you! Yes, I am all about reusing! Thanks again! :)

Jayefuu (author)2014-06-09

Fantastic! I think between this and a couple by Mikeasaurus we have a "Dinosaur Reuse" collection coming along.

doodlecraft (author)Jayefuu2014-06-10

Oh yes, I have a bunch of other ideas too! My poor kids are going to have all their toys reused...haha! :)

achávez17 (author)2014-06-09

i sanded the edges of the cut dino toy to make it look a bit neater. great 'ible

doodlecraft (author)achávez172014-06-09

Did you make one? I'd love to see a picture! Thanks! :)

I love these! I might have to make some for my little cousins!

Thank you--I am sure they will love them! (Of course my 5 year old wondered why he could no longer play with the dinosaurs...) :)

CrystalB01 (author)2014-06-09

This is cool I like the colors you used

doodlecraft (author)CrystalB012014-06-09

Thank you! :)

Kiteman (author)2014-06-09

You know, I wouldn't paint them. I'd sand and varnish the wood, but leave the 'saurs in their "natural" colours.

doodlecraft (author)Kiteman2014-06-09

I was tempted to leave them in their natural habitat...but my spray paint addiction won out! :)

Kiteman (author)doodlecraft2014-06-09

Haha, I hear you!

nodcah (author)2014-06-09

These look awesome! Great way to reuse old toys!

Penolopy Bulnick (author)2014-06-09

These look awesome! I love how the t-rex's food is steping forward like that!

Yes, T-Rex is my favorite! :) Thanks!

And he's pink which is, of course, an extra awesome bonus :D

EmiClarice (author)2014-06-09

I just love the neon color pop of the spray paint! Was it a very long process?

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