Dino magnets

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My fridge is covered in dinos and I like it a lot. Dino magnets sets are on the ol’ to do list for some very special neighbors, friends, and co-workers this year! I first saw the dino magnets on pinterst, from an adorable etsy store, The original animal magnet. The magnet store has great prices and tons of options (including golden rhinos!), but if you’re a gung ho crafter (like me!) here’s my dino magnet making method…

All you need is:

  • a pack of plastic dinos. I got mine at K-mart. Here is a perfect set of 12 dinos for $3.56!
  • a utility knife
  • paint and paint brush
  • hot glue gun
  • round magnets (Next time, I’m buying these from Amazon.)
Here are the little dinos before they got chopped in half. Andy tied a few different cutting methods (Dremmel & mini saw), and found that a simple utility knife was the most efficient for getting the smoothest cut.

homemade christmas gift

My dinos were solid all the way through… which made them perfect for gluing on magnets.
homemade christmas giftThe dinos took a few coats of paint. I painted each dino with 4 coats of paint. I also painted the magnets to match the dino.

homemade christmas gift

The last step is to hot glue the magnets to the dinos. Easy peasy chicken squeesy. Oh, and then hang ’em up on the ol’ fridge and admire your dino-tastic work!

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homemade christmas gift

Would anyone you know like dino magnets? How about a dino planter? I think I’ve got a thing for dinos! I mean look at the sparkly T-rex with his little arms… he wants to hug me every time I open the fridge!

Psst… I’m hoping


  1. these are so sweet!!

  2. Dino butt magnets? You just made my day. I will be buying dinos very, very soon- just the photos alone make me happy, can’t fathom how ace a whole palaeolithic FRIDGE is going to be!!

  3. The little dino tails are charming my face off right now! Love!

  4. These are fabulous. Is it awful that I want to go looking for dinosaurs right now? These would make a great stocking stuffer. I featured this on my Handmade Gift Ideas! http://www.throughtheeyesofthemrs.com/2013/11/30-handmade-gift-ideas.html

  5. Hi! Stopping by from the Home Matters Linky Party! What a fun idea! Thanks so much for sharing!

  6. Cydnee/Tampa Cake Girl says:

    I love these dino magnets! So fun! Thank you very much for joining in the celebration of #purebloglove, we enjoy having you each week. I hope to see you on Thursday at 8PM, EST through Sunday night. ~Cydnee

  7. Am dropping by from the Mother 2 Mother link party. This is such a cute idea!! My grandsons would love them. I’ll have to make them a bunch — or make the magnets with them! Thanks for sharing.

  8. I love these!! Thank you for sharing with us at Mommy Monday!!!

  9. this is a great idea!

  10. Such a cute idea! Thanks so much for linking up to #ShareTheWealthSunday!


  11. These are really cute and my grandsons would get a kick out of them. Thank you for sharing at Share It One More Time. Cathy

  12. awesome idea! I’ve bought the cat butt ones before!

  13. What a great idea. Thanks for sharing it with us.

  14. Love this! Thanks for sharing at the #HomeMattersParty – We hope to see you again soon! The door is OPEN!
    Life With Lorelai


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