Now that my son is growing up and his interests are changing, I set time aside each month to go through the toys that he no longer plays with. During this process, I always try to get creative with ways that the toys can be reused or upcycled into something that he will enjoy now. When I came across a bin of well loved plastic dinosaurs in the top of his closet, I knew that I had to find a fun way to reuse these prehistoric cuties. We had a couple of succulent plants leftover from a garden that we had created, and I thought it would be fun to transform the dinosaurs into planters for the succulents. This craft was super simple and much easier than I had anticipated. In a few short steps we were finished, and my son's bedroom was adorned with new quirky planters. He has already received a ton of compliments on them from friends asking where we bought them. Read on for the simple directions, and make one or two for your child's bedroom.
Step 1: Gather the Supplies
- medium to large sized plastic dinosaurs
- leftover spray paint
- craft knife
- organic potting soil
- organic succulent plants
Step 2: Get Cutting
Using the craft knife, cut a hole in the back of the dinosaur. Make sure that it is large enough for the plant to fit, luckily these plastic dinosaurs are hollow.
Step 3: Get Painting
I decided to spray paint the dinosaurs because my son is getting older and I thought the sleek look of gray dinosaurs would look better in his bedroom than the colorful counterparts. Simply spray the entire dinosaur with paint and let dry. You can also skip this step entirely and enjoy the look of the dinosaur toy as-is.
Step 4: Get Planting
Use organic potting soil to plant the succulent in the back of the dinosaur – adding more potting soil after you plant the succulent.
Step 5: Spritz with Water
Use a spray bottle to spritz the succulent and the soil – don’t over water, it is a succulent after all.
Step 6: Display and Enjoy
These dinosaur succulent planters will look fantastic in your child’s bedroom, playroom or even a family room.