If you frequently visit One Lombard, you may have noticed we have a serious thing for DIY projects, from bar carts to holiday gifts—and especially projects that include the kids! And while we’re all at home, we’re looking for ways to keep our little ones entertained. What’s great about these, is a lot of these items we already have at home! These adorable DIY Dinosaur Eggs are the perfect way to kick off some hands-on at-home fun!
To make these Dino Eggs, you’ll need
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup coffee grounds (the ones shown are used because we can’t waste coffee)
1 cup sand
3/4 cup salt
1/2 cup water (or less, see Step 3)
Four to five small plastic dinosaurs or animals of your choice
One large bowl and tray for mixing and assembling your eggs
First, combine flour, coffee grounds, sand and salt in a bowl. Mix thoroughly using your hands. (Finally, an excuse for the kids to get messy that’s mom-approved!)
Next, add water to your mix and mold with your hands. You’ll know it’s ready when you’re able to squish the mix in your hand and have it stay together. Note: The less water you use, the faster your dinosaur eggs will dry.
When your mix is the right consistency, it’s time to add your dinos! Start by placing your plastic dinosaur on top of the mix in your hand.
Then, put the mix on top of the dinosaur in your hands, and pack the mixture around the sides, layering your mixture and molding it into an egg around the dinosaur. Your little dino should be completely covered.
Did we mention this DIY is also a lesson in patience for the kids? After forming an egg around your dino, it’s time to let the mixture dry. This may take about three days, and we recommend setting the eggs somewhere dry and warm to speed up the drying process. Don’t forget to check the bottom of the egg to make sure that’s dry, too!
Once your egg is completely dry all the way around, it’s time to crack it open and retrieve the dinosaur. Place the egg in a plastic container, or on a non-fragile surface, to avoid a serious mess. You can take a hammer or similar tool and crack open the egg. Even though your kids know what’s inside, they still have plenty of fun discovering what dinosaur they uncover.
Notes: This DIY would be seriously fun for a prehistoric-themed birthday party. Just make the eggs well in advance, give them a good hiding place, and watch as your little guests excavate and smash open their dino eggs!
DIY courtesy of Instructables.