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Welcome to Faux Fossil Building. I chose the Tyrannosaurus Rex because of my own Childhood Dreams of Owning a fossil of my very own. I will show you how to build a T-REX using recycled paper, recycled cardboard and a home made mold.
 
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Step 2: A good picture

Picture of A good picture
I found a picture of a T-rex on the Internet. I traced the image using Illustrator or you can free hand if you feel comfortable. Just make a Pattern that suites you.

Step 3: Tracing Patterns

I blew the Image up using a graph. I made the T-rex the size that I wanted. Use Signboard or Cardboard when making the graph for your resize. Signboard helps to keep your knife or foam cutter steady while tracing the outlines.

I then used an exacto knife to cut out the T-rex pattern. I Glued the cut out Pattern to the Foam using white Glue only, spray glue will melt the Foam. I found this out the hard way and had to make a new foam T-REX.
Wondering of using this method for a school project. Wondering how much the final product roughly weighs. Thanks
John Sielaff (author)  mckinlay-boy3 years ago
It is really lite. Maybe 5lbs.
John Sielaff (author) 5 years ago
Thank you Porcupine mamma I had alot of fun making this project. I will be posting some more in the future.
I like it! I like it! :0)
This is so creative! I am going to try it with my kids this summer.
bobjoy5 years ago
Very creative and cool John. My grandson will love this.
shanewinn5 years ago
Great project one of the best!
John Sielaff (author)  shanewinn5 years ago
Thanks Shane I am glad that you like my project.
Oblivitus5 years ago
Step 1:Litter. Step 2:Wait 10 million years.
John Sielaff (author)  Oblivitus5 years ago
My T-rex only takes a couple of hours instead of Millions of Years.
Yeah, but my plan takes less work. :)
I am going to give this to my daughters school they will love it!
John Sielaff (author)  dwinn34436395 years ago
It does make a good project for kids the material is recycled and non toxic.
fish finder5 years ago
this gets my blood boiling!
scral5 years ago
Pretty cool! Looks like you could make just about anything you want with this method!
John Sielaff (author)  scral5 years ago
Yes you could make any model that you wanted and make anything out of Paper.
DIYDragon5 years ago
That's pretty cool. I always wanted to make a table or something with some 'faux fossils' in it. I'll remember this, and see if I can make it work. : )
John Sielaff (author)  DIYDragon5 years ago
To make a Table Top I would use Cement instead of the Cardboard method. Cover your original with Silicone Caulk first and after that has dried then pour your plaster over the Caulk Shell. Your Plaster will form a mother mold and then you can pour your cement into the Silicone. Instead of using coffee to color your T-rex use acid in varying strengths. This method will make a better table top. The T-Rex I made from Paper is a better wall hanging because it is light and easy to hang.
mg0930mg5 years ago
This is really cool. I love this. Five stars. Favorited.
John Sielaff (author)  mg0930mg5 years ago
Thank you. This is my first Instructable I love to make things and this web site has really helped me out with alot of my projects.
Oh yes. Sorry, forgot to do this. WELCOME TO INSTRUCTABLES!1!!!!!1!!11!1!11!!1!1!!1!!! /dramatic welcoming. In all seriousness, I hope you show more of your amazing projects on here.
John Sielaff (author)  mg0930mg5 years ago
Thank you for welcoming me. This is the best web site and community that I have ever come across. I will post more projects. I have a Ton of em that I have made throughout the years.
Yay! Subbing.
ChrysN5 years ago
That looks really cool! We get a lot of foam like that at work as packaging material, I've wondered if there is a good use for it.
John Sielaff (author)  ChrysN5 years ago
Foam is great and easy to work with.