Wednesday, 15 April 2015

Prehistoric Planters

Hello, friends! Have I got a cool craft to share with you today. These whimsical and modern succulent planters are fun to make and they come together in a few simple steps. Once the cuts have been made, I would say they are a kid friendly craft; good for children 8 and up (or maybe 6 and up if you're crafting one on one). Let's get started!

A can of white low-odor spray paint makes painting the dinos a cinch, but you can also use acrylic craft paint if it will save you a trip to the store, or if you are crafting with kids.

To begin, pick up some cheap plastic dollar store dinosaurs. They need to be hollow on the inside for the craft to work. Once you get your little friends home, it's time to cut the hole that the plants will sit in. Mark the approximate area with paint marker and then cut a hole using a sturdy box cutter. As you can see here, I used a dremel (electric rotating cutting wheel) and I can tell you, it was overkill. I probably could have cut the plastic with a kitchen knife if it came down to it. In other words, depending on the toy, the cutting is not that difficult.

 A couple light coats of low-odor latex spray paint is perfect for this craft. You can use the spray paint indoors (in a basement or spare room is still a good idea) and you don't need to bother with primer, since the textured surface of the toys grips the paint nicely.

Look at those ugly mugs! Once the dinos are painted and the paint is nice and dry, you can begin planting. First, fill the dinosaur cavaties with gravel. The gravel should fill an hollow area from the feet to the head to the neck and tail of the dinosaur. Leave only a small area directly below the hole free of gravel. This is where the plants will sit, and the gravel will offer drainage for excess water. 

For my planters I choose to use mini succulents, a mini fern and some nice chartreuse coloured moss. I tucked two plants into each dino planter, shaking excess dirt off the roots to make the base smaller and easier to fit into my planters. Then I pulled little pieces of moss and tucked them all around the plants.

All done!
The plants look bright and fresh against the white dinosaurs and the chubby little succulents create a perfectly spiky back for these too-cute creatures.