Introduction: Dinosaur Corn Cob Holder

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Corn is great. I think it might be my favourite vegetable, next to onions. So, when Jayefuu showed me these corn cob holders designed by Lana Filippone, I knew I had to have them. But, since they are not yet available to purchase I decided to make my own. You can buy them now!

Aside from being partial to dinosaurs, I thought it would be fun to include herbivores, too. Having a history of playing with my food, these clever corn cob contraptions are a fine addition to my kitchen arsenal.

It's not clear if the original design allowed the dinosaur to be reconnected when not holding corn. I thought it was an obvious trick, and designed it into my cob holders.

Ready to make your own dinosaur corn cob holders?

Step 1: Tools + Materials

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Making your own is easy, here's what I used:

  • sharp hobby knife
  • rotary tool with cutting wheel
  • drill and bits
  • clamps
  • hot glue
  • plastic corn cob holders (mine were $1 for 6)
  • hollow plastic dinosaurs/animals ($1 each)
  • casting resin (I use EasyCast)
  • disposable cups
  • wood stir sticks
  • plastic caps (any cap will work)
  • masking tape

My local Dollar Store had a bin full of different animals. I recommend picking up a few, as the cavity inside is sometimes a weird shape and might not accept the corn cob holder without heavy modification. Look for animals with wide torsos, allowing plenty of room inside. The cob holder will also need a deep cavity to house the tines, so err on the side of caution and choose larger animals.

Step 2: Cut and Cover

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separate dinosaurs/animals:
Almost all hollow plastic animal toys are manufactured in two halves, joined together in the middle - the front half and the back half. Using a sharp hobby knife, the joining seam can be cut and the toy animal is cleanly in 2 parts. 

drill joining holes:
To allow the cob holders to fit together small openings slightly larger than the diameter of the tines was drilled into the front face of each cob holder.  I pressed the sharp tines into the plastic face to make a small mark, then drilled through the entire handle at the mark point. Make sure your drilled openings are larger than the diameter of the tines. For mine I used a 2mm (1/16") bit.

plastic cob holder profile:
The cavity inside each half will be slightly different, and the profile of the corn cob holders may need to be trimmed to fit inside. After dry-fitting the cob holders inside each half, use a marker on the inside portion of the cob holder to indicate which animal half it belongs to. I added another mark to show which end faces upwards, too.

capping ends:
Since my design allowed the halves to be joined back together when not in use, the exposed tines needed to be covered as they protruded through the plastic handle. If left uncovered, the tines would be buried and stuck when the holders are cast in resin. To solve this, I cut the caps from some glitter glue I found at the Dollar Store. The caps were cut to the right height, then placed over the protruding tines when the two corn cob holders were joined together. Hot glue was used to join the caps to the backside of the cob holders, and more glue was used to fill in any openings in the plastic where the tines were exposed; making each cob holder airtight inside.

Step 3: Casting

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To secure the cob holders in each side I used casting resin. Casting resin is a liquid that can be poured and sets hard and clear. This isn't an ideal application for clear resin, but worked well as a permanent adhesive and produced good results.

Before mixing the resin. Set up newspaper around the area you plan on casting on. Resin is messy stuff and once it hardens it's almost impossible to remove. You will also need an assortment of clamps or other devices to hold each dinosaur/animal upright while the resin sets. Position each toy half with the cavity upwards, and secure in a clamp. When your workspace is ready, you can start mixing the resin.

mixing resin:
EasyCast resin is a 2-part mix of resin and hardener. Following the directions on the box, each part of the resin was warmed, then equal parts were measured into separate disposable cups. The portions were combined and mixed together for about a minute, then transferred into a new cup and mixed some more.

This resin takes about a day to set completely, but will start setting in about 20 minutes. Carefully pour resin into upright toy cavity and fill about 2/3 full. Carefully place the cob holder inside, capped end first. Sink so the front face of the cob holder is level with the halved dinosaur/animal edge. If the cob holder is not a snug fit, you may need to use masking tap to suspend the cob holder in place while the resin hardens.

Allow resin to set for at least 24 hours. Make sure the cob holders and plastic toys remain upright, level, and undisturbed for the duration of the hardening. 

Step 4: Consume

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After the resin has set, use your hobby knife to clean up edges and any spilled resin drops. Clean the tines well with warm soapy water before use.

All that's left is to cook up some corn and stick in your favourite corn cob holder. Om nom nom
Bon Appétit!

Have you made your own corn cob holder inspired by this Instructable? I want to see it!

Share a picture of your version of these corn cob holders in the comments below and I'll award you a 3-month Pro Membership to!


azizkres (author)2016-09-14

This is so funny :D I like the dinosaur one :D

leahblackwolf (author)2016-06-21

this is so cool!

Eh Lie Us! (author)2016-06-21

One of my favorite instructables.

susancnw59 (author)2016-06-21

Will have to make these. Even at 30 years of age, my son still loves dinosaurs and we try to give him a triceratops every Christmas. These will be perfect for him as a wedding present ;) Weird one, but that's how we roll.

mikeasaurus (author)susancnw592016-06-21

Nothing wrong with a grown man loving dinosaurs!

Source: am a grown man who loves dinosaurs :)

JavaJ (author)2015-05-24

you are hilarious!! Childhood inspired - :)

cheapo (author)2015-05-24

Dude, these are hilarious! So funnny that I'm wiping tears away. :¬D


Just as a by the way, your link to Lana Philippone doesn't seem to work.

burnerjack01 (author)2015-05-23

This is so cool! my grandson is a dinosaur aficionado and I'm sure he'll love these.

Thanks for sharing.

kitchentablescraps (author)2015-05-21

This is SO GREAT!

buck2217 made it! (author)2015-04-30

Here's my one Mike . made for the Hot Glue contest but have credited you with the inspiration. Took about 20 mins to make and I used stainless ring nails as the corn cob holders I could find were a bit sad and pathetic!

mikeasaurus (author)buck22172015-04-30

This so so good! Thanks for sharing, enjoy the Pro Membership.

Wolf bro 109 (author)2014-11-29

This is really cute. and cool. this is perfect to do for a Christmas family reunion. thanks mikeasaur!

Shadri (author)2013-07-31

These are amazing!! *runs off to find Mom's slightly-broken corn holders*
I had the idea of using 2-part epoxy for this, but its smelly for a loooong time so that probably wouldn't be good to use on food items. So that made me curious - does the resin have any smell to worry about?

mikeasaurus (author)Shadri2013-07-31

The odor from the resin is about the same as epoxy. I find that the smell from either is gone after a few days.

Shadri (author)mikeasaurus2013-07-31

Oh, really? Ok, good to know. Thanks! :)

propbuilder (author)2013-07-15

Dinosaur corn cobs

CookingWithRice (author)2013-06-22

These are awesome!! can't wait to make them for my son!!

minecraftrules (author)2013-06-22

thats really cool where do you get that from

hanniabej (author)2013-06-21

I wonder if they're dishwasher safe? Also-- AWESOME. That is all. ^_^

Jayefuu (author)2013-06-20

You're on Neatorama today Mike.

dollarcraft (author)2013-05-30

I saw these on Pinterest, and I was like, DUDE, I bet I know who designed these. Clicked over to instructables and sure enough, it was mikeasaurus!

cryder (author)2013-05-24

Thank you for sharing such a nifty idea! After reading this I ran off to make a set for my sister - I apologise about the photo quality, my chickens kept trying to kill these guys XD

mikeasaurus (author)cryder2013-05-24

Nice job! The picture with the chicken and the dinosaur is particularly appropriate.
For sharing, I've awarded you a digital patch and a 3-month Pro Membership.

phunkeyrobot (author)2013-05-22

Very nice. Did you happen to see this?

Oops! I see you credit her. My bad.

Didn't know if she borrowed your idea.

psbrady1 (author)2013-05-14

Wow this is so cute for kids. Grownups too! I love it! Thanks for sharing!! Awesome!!! :)

edith0430 (author)2013-05-13

It's cool!!!!

bajablue (author)2013-05-13

FUN! ;-D

angelabchua (author)2013-05-13

I need to find Dachshund toys like this to make weenie dog corn on the cob holders!

fatchumba667 (author)2013-05-13

More like a tricera-cob! :P Love this idea!

Pattymouth (author)2013-05-12

Oh my gosh. This is awesome! Thanks!

ndeclares war (author)2013-05-12

Just wonderful!

I will no longer be in need to do this:

NZarcher (author)2013-05-12

The grand kids will love this. Great idea Thanks

katbird (author)2013-05-12


lsmith254 (author)2013-05-12

HAHA! Post-consumption photo angle hilarious!

www139 (author)2013-05-10


StoryAddict (author)2013-05-10

Ohmigosh, the expression on the triceratops with nothing but the husk left KILLS me.

Bobey (author)2013-05-09

That is discustingly awesome

Goodhart (author)2013-05-09

I am going to HAVE to make a version of these for my young Aspie student...she just LOVES dinosaurs, and if I get a spare horse the right size, I will make a set for my wife too :-) She'll be tickled pink.

JonnyBGood (author)2013-05-09

Dinosaur extinction theory 109, makes great corncob holders.

omnibot (author)JonnyBGood2013-05-09

C'mon. That's just silly. Everyone knows the dinosaurs all died from passive smoking!

JonnyBGood (author)omnibot2013-05-09

=D And why not early attempts at space travel?

The Rambler (author)2013-05-09

Oh gosh, my two year old consumes corn on the cob like there's no tomorrow. He would love these things.

Also, given the amount of plastic animals out there you could come up with all kinds of awesome names. A Dacshund cound be "Corn dogs", a gorilla "Corn on the Kong", if you could find a snake to work you could have a "King Cornbra", etc.

doodlecraft (author)2013-05-09

Adorable! My kids would LOVE these! I'm off to raid the toy box! :)

le FabShop (author)2013-05-09

Mike, you are a Genius! If you ever leave Instructables, I'm sure that FRED's would give you a job :

Tarun Upadhyaya (author)2013-05-08

Yesterday I had corn and now I am seeing this....:) I want more corn and more than corn this cob holder :D. Very very cool. Thanks for sharing.

depotdevoid (author)2013-05-08

Everyone in my house thinks this is awesome!

M.C. Langer (author)2013-05-08

Awesome and funny! I want!

shazni (author)2013-05-08

Lovely! I want one too :-)

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