We’re all about DIY, not DNA, so we can’t grow our own dinosaurs like they do in the movie Jurassic World (opening in theaters tomorrow!), but we can DIY a dinosaur or two. Today’s tutorial shows you how to make a not-so ferocious Tyrannosaurus Rex, and tomorrow I’ll wrap up Kid’s Craft Week with a tutorial to make a colorful Stegosaurus. Making these dinosaurs will require some help from an adult, so plan on a fun afternoon crafting with the kiddos.
To make a Tyrannosaurus Rex, you’ll need:
- STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam:
- Body: One 5″ egg
- Arms: Six, 1-1/2″ balls
- Legs/Feet: Two, 4″ eggs and three, 3″ eggs
- Tail: One 3″ ball; four 2″ balls; and four 1-1/2″ balls
- Neck/Head: One 3″ ball; one 2″ ball; and one 4″ egg
- Foam-safe spray paints or acrylic craft paint: Dark blue, light blue, bright pink (or other colors of your choice)
- Indelible marker in blue
- Wiggle eyes, two 3/4″
- Thick, white craft glue
- Low-temp glue gun*
- Tools needed: Scissors; spoon; serrated knife* or plastic knife; toothpicks; optional (if using spray paint): painter’s tape
*Note: Adults should handle the low-temp glue gun and serrated knife. If children are gluing and cutting, have them use a thick, white craft glue and plastic knife. Carefully supervise children as they cut with a plastic knife.
To make a Tyrannosaurus Rex:
1. Start with the legs:
- With narrow ends facing down, position the 4″ eggs on either side of the 5” egg as if the T-Rex was walking – don’t glue on yet.
- Using the serrated knife and spoon, carve out the 4” eggs so they fit snugly against the body.
- Squeeze glue onto the ends of two toothpicks, and insert the toothpicks into the cut side of the 4” eggs.
- Pick and glue the 4” eggs, narrow ends pointing down, to each leg.
- Cut the 3” egg in half lengthwise for the feet, and pick and glue to the legs.
2. Tail: Pick and glue together the balls for the tail, starting with a 3″ ball and ending with the 1-1/2″ balls. Pick and glue the tail to the body, and position it to help the body stand.
3. Upper body & neck: Pick and glue the 3″ ball onto the body, followed by the 2″ ball.
4. Head: Carve a wedge in the narrow end of the 4″ egg, forming the mouth; pick and glue to the 2″ ball. Cut a 1-1/2″ ball in half, and glue to each side of the head for eye sockets.
- Pick and glue two, 1-1/2” balls to either side of the 3” ball for the arms.
- Cut a wedge from two, 1-1/2” balls, creating hands.
- Pick and glue one hand to the end of each arm.
- If you’re spray painting, carefully read the label on the can to be sure it’s safe for foam. If your spray paint contains solvents, it will melt the foam. Mask the inside of mouth with painter’s tape and carefully paint front of body light blue, shading to white in the center; turn over and paint back side deep blue. Remove tape; carefully paint inside of mouth pink. Draw on nostrils and toe nails with blue felt tip pen.
- For acrylic paint, brush on paint with a stiff paintbrush.
7. Glue wiggle eyes to the half balls.
Do you have plans to see Jurassic World? Did you see the original Jurassic Park? I remember watching it, glued to my seat.
See you tomorrow when I wrap up Kid’s Craft Week with a tutorial to make a Stegosaurus.