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10 Hilarious Ways to Upcycle Plastic Dinosaurs

10 Hilarious Ways to Upcycle Plastic Dinosaurs

As a 90s child, if I tell you that dinosaur movies didn’t have an effect on me, I’d be totally lying. I don’t think there’s a need for me to mention neither the title nor the director’s name to know which movie (or saga) I’m gonna be making most of my references from. Wether you were a paleontologist on a mission, a super-girl running on heels all over the jungle (yes, I went there. If you live on a tropical place, like I do, and have tried such a manuever ever in your life, you should know how difficult it can be to run on heels. Claire Danes, I salute you!) or maybe even a Native American teaching velociraptors some respect, the probability of you having at least one dino hiding somewhere in your toy crate is considerably high. Of course, you could have been like me and have an entire battalion of those to pair up with your dolls.

Whichever case applies to you, here I share a few ideas so you can pretend to be a grown-up and use you dinosaurs toys to decorate your home instead of playing.

1. A serving dish, so snack-time can always find its way.
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    So easy all you need is some glue and a pair of scissors! Maybe a bit of spray paint if you’re feeling extra artsy. Tutorial here.

    1. Cut off the dino’s head and glue it to the top of the plate as shown above.
    2. Glue the body to the bottom part of the plate and give it a few hours to settle nicely and dry completely.
    3. You may paint the dino and the plate separately first with spray, or do it when dry with acryclics of you prefer a more 1st-grader feeling to the project. I personally would have like to leave the dinosaur with the original color but the all-white (or any other solid color) gives it a more mature look. I think it’d look great on a coffee table or at a party centerpiece. Can you say birthday party?
    4. Oreo cookies optional; homemade cookies would also look great on such platter.

    2. A plant holder, perfect for succulents or cacti!
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      For step-by-step pics, see the tutorial here. In a nutshell:

      1. Cut the backbone (am I the only one being reminded of this by saying that? BRB, gotta take a few minutes to cry) of the dino with a boxcutter, and please be careful not to leave your unsupervised child with that thing. #safetyfirst
      2. Use some groovy colors to paint the dinosaur, I recommend some heavy acrylic or tempera so they cover up nicely. Let the kids paint a few nice layers, but remember to let each layer dry in between each other.
      3. Add some soil and the plant. Make sure to keep an eye on the plant every once in a while; take it from someone who can’t even keep a cactus alive. T_T

      3. Keep your refrigerator cool with these magnets.

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        Piece of cake! But just in case, tutorial here.

        1. Paint the dinos real nicely.
        2. Use a bit of glue and stick the magnets to their backs.
        3. Figure out where else you can stick these bad boys around the house, because they simply look too cute.

        4. Make every one at work jealous with paperweights.

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          Tutorial, if needed can be found here.

          1. Paint the dinos with some elegant glossy paint. Gold is nice, but some bronze or cooper would do nicely too.
          2. Add some solid paint here and there to make them more interesting with some accent details.

          *For added weight you can cut them in half and fill them with stones or sand. Glue them back again and let dry. Dab some paint over the scars to cover up.

          5. A birthday cake is not a birthday cake without some candles.

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            You’ll need: dinos (duh), plastic candle holders, a small drill, spray paint and glue. Get the tutorial here but go here if you’re in need of a new Menorah holder. I mean, let’s be real! Dinosaurs are for everyone. Al-Lo-Davar!

            1. Drill a small hole on the toy’s spine and glue the candle holder.
            2. Paint and let dry.
            3. Have your children’s cake topper be the best in the neighborhood.

            6. Dinosaur mason jar lids, because why not?

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              Now, if you love, and I mean really LOVE, DIY stuff you probably go crazy over projects that have anything to do with mason jars (what’s not to like about them? Easy and useful, bam!). If that’s your case, here you have an idea to level up the cuteness of your storage jars. If you don’t love them however, come on! Deny they look smashing; I dare you!

              Tutorial here. Or check out my summary:

              1. Paint the lids and the dinos.
              2. Glue the dinos to the top of the lids.
              3. Drink a tall glass of water and relax. You earned it!

              7. Reward yourself with new toothbrush holder, because even fierce T-rexes know the importance to maintain a good dental hygene.

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                Tutorial here.

                1. Cut a hole on the dino’s back (so many holes, so little time!) and on the belly, this one make sure is small enough to hold the brush without touching the counter’s surface.

                8. And since we’re here, why not getting a matching bathroom mirror? Because we all can agree: getting ready doesn’t mean it has to be boring, right? Right? *high five*

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                  But this one can easily be in a bedroom, living room, etc. No tutorial for this one (sorry), but it can be bought on Etsy. However, if you still want to DIY:

                  1. Protect the mirror with some newspaper and tape. Cover it completely, unless you’re not bothered by some stains here and there.
                  2. Glue the dinosaurs to the frame with some hot glue.
                  3. Spray paint until satisfied.

                  9. Keep your books nicely stacked with these ends.

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                    Extra points if the books are dinosaur or Stone Age related. Tutorial available here.

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                    1. Cut dino in half.
                    2. Stick two (four) pieces of wood together and form an L (two Ls).
                    3. Glue one half to one L and the other to the remaining L and let dry.
                    4. Use the natural wood color to make it rustic or paint both the dino and the wood to make it modern.

                    10. Never leave your keys misplaced ever again. Make this awesome keyholder, which could also double as a hook for jackets depending on how big your dinos are.

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                      Tutorial here.

                      1. Get a mount base.
                      2. Paint them on a nice antique color, if you don’t want them looking like toys. Notice how these on the picture above looked like brass.
                      3. Cut the dinos in half and glue to the surface.

                      I’m an emotional person. I know some childhood toys can be pretty hard to get rid off. Sometimes they represent so many different memories and feelings, you look down at them as you’re closing the box to give them away and feel the nostalgia building up in your throat like a bad cold. Then you start having second thought and doubts.

                      What if I never see anything similar to this? What if my future kids want to experience a playing partner such as Petri? I can’t really tell you what to do nor what not to do with your old toy, so I just hope these ideas serve you to give another chance to one of those cherished objects. Maybe you’re too prehistoric to have dinosaurs laying all over the house, maybe, but that doesn’t mean your kids wouldn’t be able to appreciate some of these ideas for their rooms as well. Happy DIY!

                      Featured photo credit: Sam Howzit, Flickr via flickr.com

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                      How to Overcome Boredom

                      How to Overcome Boredom

                      Have you ever been bored? Restless? Fidgety? In need of some inspiration?

                      I have a theory on boredom. I believe that the rate of boredom has increased alongside the pace of technology.

                      If you think about it, technology has provided us with mobile phones, laptops, Ipads, device after device – all to ultimately fix one problem: boredom.

                      What is Boredom?

                      We have become a global nation that feeds on entertainment. We associate ‘living’ with ‘doing’. People now do not know how to sit still, and we feel guilty when we are not doing anything. Today, inactivity has become the ultimate sin.

                      You might not realize it, but boredom stimulates a form of anxiety and stress. It evokes an emotional state that creates frustration and feeds procrastination.

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                      It’s a desire to be ‘doing something’ or to be ‘entertained’ – it’s a desire for sensory stimulation. What it boils down to is a lack of focus.

                      If you think about those times when you’re bored, it’s usually because you did not know what to do. So, indecision also plays a big part.

                      When we are focused on what’s important to us and what we want to achieve, it’s pretty hard to be bored. So, one answer to boredom is to become focused on what you want.

                      Sometimes It’s Good to Be Bored

                      If boredom is a desire for sensory stimulation – then what’s the opposite of that? To be content with no stimulation – in other words – to enjoy stillness.

                      Sometimes, it’s not boredom itself that causes the frustration but the resistance to doing nothing.

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                      Think about it. What would happen if you were to ‘let go’ of the desire to be entertained? You wouldn’t be bored anymore, and you will feel more relaxed!

                      In my experience, it’s often the most obvious, simplistic solutions that are the most powerful in life. So, when you’re bored, the easiest way to combat this is to enjoy it.

                      It may sound weird but think of ‘boredom’ as a form of ‘relaxation’. It’s a break from the constant stimulation that 21st-century living provides – constant TVs, mobile phones, radios, internet, emails, phone calls, etc.

                      Who knows, maybe ‘boredom’ is actually good for us?

                      Next time you’re ‘feeling bored’ instead of feeding the frustration by frantically looking for something to do, maybe you can sit back, relax, and savor the feeling of having nothing to do.

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                      In this article, I’ll share with you my 3-step strategy on how to overcome boredom.

                      3-Step Strategy to Overcome Boredom

                      1. Get Focused

                      Instead of chasing sensory stimulation at random, focus on what’s really important to you. Focusing on something important helps prevent boredom because it forces you to utilize your time productively.

                      You should ask yourself: what would make good use of your time? What could you be doing that would contribute to your major goals in life?

                      Here are a few ideas:

                      • Spend some time in quiet contemplation considering what’s important to you.
                      • Start that creative project you’ve been talking about for the last few weeks.
                      • Brainstorm: think of some ideas for new innovative products or businesses.

                      2. Kill Procrastination

                      Boredom is useful in some ways because it gives you the energy and time to do things. It is only a problem if you let it. But if you use it to motivate yourself to be productive, then you can more easily overcome boredom.

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                      So, the next time you’re bored, why not put this good energy to use by ticking off those things that you have been meaning to get done but have been too busy to finish? This also presents a great time for you to clear your to-do list.

                      Here are some ideas:

                      • Do some exercise.
                      • Read a book.
                      • Learn something new.
                      • Call a friend.
                      • Get creative (draw, paint, sculpt, create music, write).
                      • Do a spring cleaning.
                      • Wash the car.
                      • Renovate the house.
                      • Re-arrange the furniture.
                      • Write your shopping list.
                      • Water the plants.
                      • Walk the dog.
                      • Sort out your mail & email.
                      • De-clutter (clear out that wardrobe).

                      3. Enjoy Boredom

                      If none of the above solutions work, then you can try a different approach. Don’t give in to boredom and instead choose to enjoy it. This doesn’t mean allowing yourself to waste your time being bored. Instead, think of it as your time to relax and re-energize, which will help you be more productive the next time you work.

                      Contrary to popular belief, we don’t need to be constantly doing things to be productive. In fact, research has shown that people are more productive when they take periods of rest to recharge.[1] Taking breaks once in a while helps boost your performance and can help make you feel more motivated.

                      So, take some time to relax. You never know, you might even like it.

                      Final Thoughts

                      Learning how to overcome boredom may be difficult at the beginning, but it can be easier if you make use of some techniques. You can start with my 3-step strategy on how to overcome boredom and work your way from there. So, ready your mind and make use of these tips, and you will be overcoming boredom in no time.

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