First up are the plastic dinosaurs that I picked up at the dollar store. They came two to a pack and I already had the acrylic paint from the DIY letter blocks (another cheap DIY you'll have to check out!). Spray paint would be easier, but since I was trying to save money I didn't want to buy multiple cans in different colors.
The dinosaurs actually weren't that bad looking, but since I like things to match I gave them each a couple coats of paint using a foam brush.
Some colors only required two coats, like this one (this is after the first coat). The orange and the blue for some reason needed more.
Once they were dry, I sprayed some clear acrylic on each of them to seal them and make them nice and shiny.
You won't believe how easy this next one is. I found some dinosaur clip art and printed them off my computer. I then traced each onto some scrapbook paper and cut them out.
Next, I taped each one onto my own chevron print, framed them and voilà!
I made my own chevron print using Canva and printed it out because I was able to totally customize the size of my chevron and the colors. But scrapbook paper would work too!
I found the frames on clearance at Hobby Lobby for $0.99. They were black but I spraypainted them white, and they didn't come with glass but I was able to buy some cheapo frames that were the same size at Goodwill and used the glass from those. The mats are also from Hobby Lobby and were $3 each, though you could just use posterboard.
This last one looks a little difficult, but I promise you it isn't! I am no master at sewing, but they still turned out pretty cute.
I started by tracing a wood dinosaur that I found at Hobby Lobby on some felt. You could also use clipart printed out at home.
Using embroidery thread and an embroidery needle, I fed my needle through the top piece of felt so that the knot would be hidden indside.
I then used what's called a blanket stitch. I actually had to You Tube how to do this, but it's so easy!
You push your needle back up through where you just fed the thread through, but before you pull it all the way through leave a loop. Then feed your needle through this loop.
You'll then feed the needle to the next spot, again leaving a loop to push your needle through.
As you keep doing this, it will start to look like this.
Once you get most the way around, stop and fill it with polyfill or quilt batting and then sew it all the way up.
I made a few in different colors, then hung them up on a piece of twine using mini clothespins.
So there you have it, 3 simple DIY projects that were all very budget friendly! Stay tuned for Friday-- after months and months of talking about it I'm finally going to share the room as well as a final cost breakdown. Have a great day!
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