Dinosaur Push Pins

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About: My crafty background began at my seamstress mom's side then spilled into the garage and my dad's tools and scrapwood. These days when I'm not cursing my 1960s sewing machine or spilling wood stain on my whi...

Intro: Dinosaur Push Pins

Have you guys seen those super duper adorable teensy tiny animal butt magnets? Like, they just make you want to pick up a ukelele and sing about overpriced cute things, right? (http://www.urbanoutfitters.com/urban/catalog/productdetail.jsp?id=23465826a&color=000&cm_mmc=SEM-_-Google-_-PLA-_-21882504424All_products&device=c&network=g&matchtype=)

In an effort to motivate myself to clean up my desk area, I thought that perhaps if I made some dinosaur push pins it would force me to put up a bulletin board, which might convince me to put up shelves, which might make me finally have a workable work space.

So obviously that didn’t happen, but here’s what I did accomplish.


You can read a more colorful description of this Instructable at my blog:  http://stitchybitch.wordpress.com/2013/07/08/dinosaur-push-pins/

Step 1: Materials & Tools Needed

Tools:
Handsaw
Pliers (not necessary but makes the sawing easier)

Materials:
Plastic dinosaur figurines (or whatever animal you like)
Flat-headed push pins
E-6000 adhesive
Spray paint

Step 2: Construction

or rather....destruction?

Just using the rumps of these little plastic figurines seemed a shameful waste of dino goodness, so I decided to use both ends.  I used pliers to hold one end of the figurine while I sawed it in half.

I used E-6000 to glue the cut ends to the flat-head push pins and let them set overnight.

Using what spray paint I had left over from previous projects, I gave the dinos two light coats of paint with various shades.  The two metallics definitely gave the best results.

Step 3: Finals


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    leapslc

    5 years ago on Introduction

    Shoot. I just disposed of a few hundred of those plastic dinos. These are great! Maybe I will have to buy more dinosaurs - which I promised myself I would never do!

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    specialkk99

    5 years ago

    pliers would be a better name than a wrench for the tool. I will be definitely be making these for the girlfriend!

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    StoryAddict

    5 years ago on Introduction

    These will make an awesome gift for a friend of mine! Btw, yet another UrbanOutfitters overpriced item http://www.urbanoutfitters.com/urban/catalog/productdetail.jsp?id=27701689&parentid=GIFT_AWESOME that I'm pretty sure one could make for less than $2 instead of buying for $12.