20 minute crafter: dino toy into planter.

so...i wanted to make something for moses to give to his teachers...as i was thinking i remembered seeing animals similar to these made into planters for succulent plants...i think these are the perfect combo of boyish, quirky and fun.  plus, moses' favorite lessons at school this year were the dinos. :) 
 all you need are (as big as you can find) HARD plastic, hollow animals. 
spray primer
spray paint in a color of your choice
 first cut out a circle on the top of your animals...look for the biggest part to hold a plant.
i used my heavy duty kitchen shears. add a drainage hole or two on the bottom as well.
 prime and let dry.
 once primer is dry...spray paint in color of your choice.
 add fresh soil and plant your succulent (i found these at lowe's for under $3)
 you can cram a little...but be gentle.  add some stones to hold the dirt in.
 cute or what?
 the perfect teacher gift from a little boy...right?
 this one is my favorite...i just might keep him.
i found my dinos at target, michael's and goodwill. 
succulents don't mind being a bit squished. 

moses seems excited to give them...i hope his teachers love them!


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21 comments:

Wendy @ Ramblings from the Sunshine State said...

So cute! I wonder if I could find a tiger, my daughters teacher loves tigers.

Abbie said...

i also love the pink turtle. when i was in 1st grade my dad built a cow planter. he cut out the shape and built it, then my mom painted it purple. years later when i would visit mrs. pennycuff, she still had that cow!

Heather @ Life Made Lovely said...

i think these are GENIUS!!
fresh, modern, fun, and so flipping cute. i LOVE them. i'm adding this to our summer craft list for sure.
xoxo

Smilie girl said...

Love it! And keep the turtle.

Amanda said...

Love it! Even cuter painted pink and succulents would be perfect for my daughter to have her own little plant in her room.

Kerry said...

What a clever idea!

fuzzysmom said...

oh so very cute!

MCH PHOTOGRAPHY said...

So cute, wish I had seen this sooner. My daughter is all about dinos. I'd have to keep the turtle one too. So cool!

Jeanette said...

Love the dino's. My niece who has Autism LOVES dinos and is all the time reading books and tell you anything you want to know about them. Will have to make her dino planter. And will be making myself a turtle planter. Thank you!

virginia said...

cute!!

virginia said...

cute!

Mikimu said...

Alright, here we go. I have lamented over exactly which words I would use to convey to you the joy I have experienced recently. For the past week, I have been in "wonderland" getting to know you and your creations. I don't think you will ever know just how much I appreciated all of the photos, cupcakes in jars, birds, sewing, love, houses, itty bitty things, recipes, Jesus, family, painting, creativity, polkadots, oh and your SHEETS-IN-PILLOWCASE storage idea....brilliant! You my dear manage to find beauty in the smallest of things and for that I commend and thank you. I feel like I have been enjoying a wonderful movie for the past week, really! Your designs are absolutely lovely and I so love the way you express yourself via your writing and your photographs. I don't think I've ever experienced a blog like yours and I have browsed through quite a few. "How to get your Etsy on" was especially informative. I love creating things and used to design/make jewelry once upon a time, but had to quit after only two years due to the need to actually earn real money to pay my real bills. I didn't know about Etsy back then, but if I ever decide to start back up, this post will surely be referred to frequently. I hope I can be as encouraging and entertaining to someone and provide even a tenth of the joy and warmth you have given me via your blog. Much love to you and your family.....
Erica
p.s. I am sorry this was sooo long, but I just had to emote :0)

Mikimu said...

I almost forgot....I ♥ this dino planter!

Krystle... said...

I laughed out loud when I saw these but now totally wanna make one! Too cute!

Ashley said...

You have the BEST ideas, gosh!

April b said...

Adorable. My boys are grown but they loved dinosaurs (one loved any kind of plastic/rubber animal) - they would have been thrilled to give these to a teacher.

Elma said...

Love the pink turtle!!!!

Holly said...

I love these. Whered you find the turtle? He is my favorite as well!

Elise said...

Oh my stars...I would so get Mom points for this if my boys and I made these. Thanks for sharing!!!
Hope you have a fabulous weekend!!
Elise

Meg said...

Oh my gosh I so love these..and I love that you made them pink! Hope all is well and things are moving in the direction that you guys hope..Hugs

Paiko Hawaii said...

Love this tutorial, thanks! I could see these adapted to other old toys, such as blocks or cars. Endless possibilities!
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