Dino Planters

I have what one would call a “black thumb”. You know those articles about plants that anyone can keep alive? Yeah, I’ve killed them all.* So it should come as no surprise that I’ve been wanting to get myself an air plant. They’re supposed to be good for indoor air, and they’re impossible to kill.**

The only problem? I’m super cheap. I’ve seen the adorable planters and hanging planters in stores, but I can’t bring myself to spend double digits on them. Plus, I always get the nagging thought “you could totally make that yourself!”

When I finally spotted a couple cute dinosaurs at the Dollar Tree, I knew it was time to make myself a Dino Planter!

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Materials needed:

  • Cute rubber dino. It needs to stand on its own, so no squishy ones. Other figures work too, it doesn’t have to be a dinosaur!
  • Box Cutter (there may be a more elegant/efficient way to do this, but this is what I used.)
  • Spray paint. (any color! make sure it says it’ll adhere to plastic)
  • Pebbles/weights (Optional. to make sure your dino is stable and that your plants won’t drop all the way down)
  • Air Plants. They actually sell these on Amazon and even Target, but if you’re like me and live in South Florida you may be able to find some in the wild. (Might I recomment Matheson Hammock park? It may or may not be where I got mine…)

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Step 1: Cut an air plant sized hole into the top of your dino. Be careful to cut AWAY from yourself and watch where you have your fingers. You don’t want blood on your dino! You want to have your air plants in hand before doing this, to make sure they’re going to fit nicely. (Leave space for the air plants to “breathe”.)

Some tips: If you’re doing this project with kids….please don’t let them do the cutting! Depending on your dino it could be pretty tough. My technique for making the hole started with some gentle stabbing motions, followed by slicing. (Its must easier to slice through the plastic once you have the cutter in there.)

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Step 2: Spray paint your dino. (You know the drill….make sure you’re in a well ventilated area and protect anything in the vicinity that you don’t want painted. Like your grill, for example.) Wait the recommended drying time before handling again.

Step 3: Throw in some of those pebbles/weights into the dino hole. Doesn’t have to be filled all the way, just enough to keep the dino from toppling over.

Step 4: Nestle your air plant into its new home.

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And voila! Your dino planter is done!

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*The zizi plant is an excellent suggestion for my fellow black thumbs. I’ve had two that have survived “droughts”, and they even do well in low light situations!

**As I have since learned, air plants need maintenance too….they need to be soaked and then dried every week or so. That sounds manageable, I think…

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Crafting with Kraft

When inspiration strikes, you just have to run with it. Even if it means people will look at you funny as you explain to them why you are saving that box of Star Wars macaroni and cheese. (Hint: it wasn’t for eating.)

It wasn’t until I was going through my 3rd box (of a 4-pack) of Star Wars Kraft mac & cheese, as I watched an X-wing traveling along the bottom of a pot of boiling water, that I got the idea….I was going to make macaroni art! A macaroni frame! Yes, it was totally going to work.

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Spoiler: one box was enough to make 4 frames.

I somehow convinced Nabila (of Nabzillla.com) to join me in these shenanigans and she was kind of enough to take all the photos used in this post.

The process was simple in theory: take a simple flat frame, glue on the macaroni, paint.

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In practice: you really shouldn’t be spray painting on a windy day. Especially not in a parking lot full of leaves.

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Teamwork! And kind-of matching shoes…

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My original idea was simply to make a frame, but considering that both of us have recently developed a pin-collecting habit we thought this would make a perfect pin display! Just cut out a sheet of cork, glue to the back of the frame, and we’re done!

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I must say, I’m embarrassingly pleased with the end product!

A special shoutout and THANKS to Nabila, of course, and also the awesome pin designers that made our pins!

The Stag Beetle is by Kristina Micotti, Unicorn Piñata by Luella, and the Pink Burger by WinkPins.  (Tell them Sabrina Clementine sent you!)  😉 

The Handbook for the Recently Deceased is by Two Ghouls Press, and the Gameboy Cat is by Kawaii Kollective.