Dinosaur Planter For Dad :: A Handmade Father's Day Gift - The Magic Onions

Dinosaur Planter For Dad :: A Handmade Father’s Day Gift

With Father’s Day fast approaching, Teddy and I made our Good Man a cute Father’s Day Gift. It’s important to me that my children grow up knowing that the things they make with their own hands are the most precious things of all.We thought of many things our dad would love but it was when we suggested a dinosaur planter for Dad’s desk that Teddy became really excited… so, this is what we made.

Chances are you have hundreds of old dinosaurs lying around. To be totally honest (photo’s don’t lie), Teddy was rather reluctant to offer up one of his dinosaurs for our craft. It took a great deal of coaxing and sweet talking to get him to agree… but, at last, he chose a large dinosaur that was somewhat soft and rubbery.

And then we performed a little surgery on him with a sharp box cutter.

Making a nice round hole in his hollow body.

Now for the fun part… we used silver spray-paint to spray him silver!

Even I started to like him now that he became a gorgeous shiny silver!

Once the silver spray-paint had fully dried, we filled his body with moist soil.

Teddy planted a nice big succulent plant in the soil of his dino. We chose a succulent as we know how busy A Good Man gets and we have a fair suspicion that his dino plant will receive sparse waterings… no worries, succulents thrive with a little neglect :-)

He watered his dino plant to clean it off.

And was VERY proud of the gift he has made for his dad. In fact, he is going to give it to Dad but ask him if his dino planter can live in Teddy’s room.

Have you been crafting sweet gifts for Father’s Day? Link to them in the comment section so that we all can see.

Here is what we are giving away for our Weekly Facebook Contest… a lovely feather for a special dad… click on over to my Facebook Page to enter to win.

And, be sure to check out our Fairy Garden Page. If you have made your own Fairy Garden, please enter it into the 2012 Fairy Garden Contest so that we can all share in the fun you are having. Also, check out all the super amazing gardens already entered.

Here are the awesome contest PRIZES!

And, if you’d like a little inspiration on how we put our Fairy Garden together, here a link to our recent post ‘How To Make A Fairy Garden‘.

For more Fairy Garden fun, check out our Fairy Garden Page at the top of the blog.
Blessings and magic,

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Donni Webber is the mom behind the popular natural living Waldorf website and blog, The Magic Onions - where the magic of nature and the wonder of childhood collide to make each moment a precious gift. She is a photographer, writer, crafter, wife and mother of two inspiring young children. Her work has been featured in many popular publications, including HGTV, Better Homes and Gardens, Disney and Apartment Therapy.

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  1. Thats so cute… Great job!! I’m sure his dad is going to love it!

  2. I love this! It will be on The Crafty Crow tomorrow :)

  3. Oh, Donni! This is so wonderful. A++ for creativity and fun for your boy! love, Beth

  4. What a creative couple of kids you have. That is so cute!

  5. what a wonderful idea – we have lots of dinosaurs and lots of succulents hmmmm : )

  6. what a wonderful idea – we have lots of dinosaurs and lots of succulents hmmmm : )

  7. I absolutely love this idea, but can you change “if you have a boy” to “if you have a child”? My daughter (and plenty of other girls) is dinosaur-obsessed but if she could read this she would think it was a gift only boys can give to their dads. It’s hard enough convincing her that it’s okay for her to choose the Finding Nemo bedsheets instead of the princess ones!


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