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Dinosaur Bookends!

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

 
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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 solid...like 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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Rawr!

The perfect holder of books for any whimsical space!

Check out my blog Doodlecraft for more awesome.

And please vote! :)

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

poofrabbit2 months ago

What a simple yet brilliant idea! Very well done!

fluffy526012 months ago
Cute for little kids bookshelfs!
mdamaso2 months ago

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

SoHa SMART3 months ago

this is spectacular!

doodlecraft (author)  SoHa SMART3 months ago
Why thank you! :)
ladykalous3 months ago

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

Mark Montano3 months ago

The cutest!

doodlecraft (author)  Mark Montano3 months ago

Thank you Mark! :)

vishalapr3 months ago

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

doodlecraft (author)  vishalapr3 months ago

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

bergerab3 months ago

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

doodlecraft (author)  bergerab3 months ago

Thanks! :)

ThijssjihT3 months ago

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

doodlecraft (author)  ThijssjihT3 months ago

Thank you! :)

johnstat0003 months ago

Looks like a great baby gift!

doodlecraft (author)  johnstat0003 months ago

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

Passion Make3 months ago

So creative :) Looks Awesome!

doodlecraft (author)  Passion Make3 months ago

Thank you! :)

craftclarity3 months ago

Super cute!

doodlecraft (author)  craftclarity3 months ago

Thanks! :)

action pig3 months ago

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

doodlecraft (author)  action pig3 months ago

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

Jayefuu3 months ago

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

doodlecraft (author)  Jayefuu3 months ago

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

achávez173 months ago

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

doodlecraft (author)  achávez173 months ago

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...) :)

pie201020113 months ago
This is cool I like the colors you used
doodlecraft (author)  pie201020113 months ago

Thank you! :)

Kiteman3 months ago

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

doodlecraft (author)  Kiteman3 months ago

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

Haha, I hear you!

nodcah3 months ago
These look awesome! Great way to reuse old toys!

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

doodlecraft (author)  Penolopy Bulnick3 months ago

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

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

EmiClarice3 months ago
I just love the neon color pop of the spray paint! Was it a very long process?
doodlecraft (author)  EmiClarice3 months ago

No, aside from the painting before using...it was so fast! I used hot glue and that dries quick...but even with a stronger glue, there's not much labor time involved...and it's a fun way to reuse outgrown toys. :)

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