Indie Craft: Make a Dinosaur Planter

Easy steps for transforming a dollar-store dino into a cute planter.
Now You Have a Prehistoric Planter

Now You Have a Prehistoric Planter

Now You Have a Prehistoric Planter

Although dinosaurs have not roamed the earth in millions of years, the creatures can be found at your local dollar store, garage sale or thrift shop. Bring them back into your garden by creating a prehistoric planter. It's a fun activity for kids, as long as they have adult supervision.

Prehistoric Planter How-To

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Kid-Friendly Garden Project

What child wouldn't go nuts for a dinosaur planter? Follow HGTV's easy instructions to make one, but remember, this craft must be adult supervised.

Gather Your Supplies

What you will need: plastic dinosaurs (squeeze your dino to make sure it is hollow) / X-Acto knife / Sharpie / potting soil / small plant (succulents work well).

Prep Your Dinosaur for Cutting

Mark the area that will become an opening with a Sharpie. It needs to be large enough to accommodate your plant. If children are helping with this craft, they should leave the cutting stage to an adult.

Create an Opening for Your Plant

Carefully cut out an opening following your marked guidelines. Make sure to cut away from yourself and your fingers.

Your Dinosaur Is Plant Ready

Succulents, with their often compact size, work well in these small planters.

Now You Have a Prehistoric Planter!

Spoon potting soil into the opening, leaving room for your plant. Once your dino is planted, top off with more soil or small pebbles.

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