How to Make a Fun and Colorful Upcycled Dinosaur Succulent Planter

DIY dinosaur succulent planter

A Re-Invented Favorite

Those of you who have been around since the beginning may remember the humble beginnings of the Monday Maker’s Party. It was a great idea that I was so excited about. I love finding new craft and DIY projects from fellow bloggers. As it goes, though, life happens. I think this could easily be one of the busiest and most stressful years I’ve had in some time.

We’re bringing it back though with a cheap dinosaur planter that anyone can make and we would love to have you join us. To enter, use the link tool to add your latest craft, DIY, or other handmade projects. Entries will be accepted from 0600 Monday, December 4th through 0600 Tuesday, December 5th.

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DIY dino planter

What We’ve Been Up To

Everything has been about dinosaurs in our house lately. Nerdlet #2 has decided that he wants to be a paleontologist. I’d wager that his obsession with Ark: Survival Evolved has something to do with it.

As a mom who majored in cultural anthropology the first time around in college, though, I can’t help but be excited that he is following in my footsteps a little. I have been a dinosaur lover since I was about his age too so it’s always fun to have a fellow dino-holic around the house. Although as usual he knows his stuff better than I do and quizzes me on everything at least a few times a week. I’d say I’m at about 75% right when it comes to dinos, though.

DIY dino planter

One of my favorite projects from this summer has to be my painted dinosaur succulent planters. I have these guys all over the place. ( You can get fake succulents that are on a stem and fit into most dinosaurs if you are horrible enough with plants to even destroy a succulent like me )

For the holiday season, I am making a new batch of dinosaurs. A few will have bows on them. I am planning at least one brontosaurus with a candy cane striped neck. I am still making plans to work out tiny Christmas lights on one.

DIY dino planter

This project really couldn’t be simpler and it is so easy to tailor it to your design style. You could even do them gold for a more polished look.

I used acrylic paint on them as that was what I had on hand. It may take a few coats to get a good strong color over the usual dull green of plastic dinosaurs. I think most of mine were 3 coats.

Any plastic dinosaur will work. However, I have found that the larger ones with foam inside are both easier to cut open with precision and hold plants slightly better.

I have tried this both with live and fake plants. This is really just a matter of preference. For me, the fake ones I have found look just as good and the care on them is much more my speed.

If using live plants I would suggest giving your painted dinosaur a quick spray of a clear coat to protect it from damage.

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