Dinosaur Bookends With Hot Glue!

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Introduction: Dinosaur Bookends With Hot Glue!

About: Hi! My name is Natalie! I have an awesome husband that lets me be a Play-at-home mom of 3! We homeschool and do projects daily! Check out my blog Doodlecraft for more awesomeness!

Dinosaur Bookends!

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

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Step 1: Supplies

You'll need:

scrap wood

plastic dinosaur toys

hobby knife

hot glue/gun

spray paint

Step 2: Glue Bookends and Bisect Dino

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!

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!

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!

Rawr!

The perfect holder of books for any whimsical space!

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51 Discussions

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MazzyK
MazzyK

Question 12 months ago on Introduction

Do you sell these. I'd be happy to buy

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TonkaHands
TonkaHands

2 years ago

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

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SindhuS6
SindhuS6

3 years ago

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

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Icesphere
Icesphere

3 years ago

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

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SindhuS6
SindhuS6

Reply 3 years ago

lol. That made me laugh harder than it should.

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doodlecraft
doodlecraft

Reply 3 years ago

You win the internet! :)

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meddler
meddler

5 years ago on Introduction

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

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American Ruin

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

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fluffy52601
fluffy52601

5 years ago

Cute for little kids bookshelfs!

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MikeyWalnuts
MikeyWalnuts

5 years ago on Introduction

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

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ladykalous
ladykalous

5 years ago on Introduction

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