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Upcycling & DIY | Kid's Dinosaur Head Wall Mount

Updated: Dec 11, 2019

I wanted a wall mounted dinosaur head for my boy's bedroom, but with renovation costs ever increasing, I was watching every penny and just could not justify the price tag of £60-£100. So I decided to take matters into my own hands and this is a perfect way to save some money. This quick upcycle shows it really doesn't need to be complicated to make an impact, I've gone for a realistic look, but spray the whole thing white and it would look amazing too!


THE START OF THE UPCYCLE

I bought this perfectly acceptable dinosaur wall mount at a bargain price of £15 from George at Asda, but decided it needed a bit of a makeover, green was just not our colour. You can get similar from ebay and online stores so worth looking around.


PAINT JOB

To keep this to a low budget, I used left over black emulsion paint I had in the garage. I got into every nook and crevice, then added some primer on the teeth as they were particularly shiny plastic.


BLOOD & GORE

The tongue got a coat of Farrow & Ball Cinder Rose (sample pot I already had), and the eyes were painted with my kids orange poster paints. I then added a coat of white emulsion on the teeth and red poster paint as blood on the teeth (optional but my little boy insisted that it must be gruesome!)


ALL IN THE DETAIL

I added some dark green by just lightly scraping the brush over, again I used a leftover pot of Benjamin Moore Holiday Wreath green paint I had, but be careful not to overload the brush with paint. It was a lot easier than I thought it would be, due to the texture of the dinosaur. Lastly I added a black line for the evil eye and...



ALL DONE!

Quick, easy and cheap! Perfect to add a personal touch to a child’s bedroom and really not complicated.



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