How to Make a Dinosaur Serving Tray

Sounds like a silly thing to do, but if your child is obsessed with dinosaurs and you are hosting a dino-birthday party for him/her this might be coolest way to serve food!

Steps

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    Remove dinosaur’s head. You will be placing the plate over the dinosaur’s neck area so determine where on the toy will be the sturdiest and flattest place for removal (most likely around the base of the shoulders). Make sure you have enough neck/shoulder area to hold the plate in place.
    • Saw the head away from the toy. Carefully saw the head off, taking special care to not damage or shred the toy. You will be replacing the head back on the dinosaur so you will want the toy to remain in tact.
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    • Place head aside in a safe place.
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    • Sand down the neck area. Just dust away any plastic but don’t change the shape or surface of the neck.
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    Glue plate to dinosaur’s shoulders. Coat the neck with glue and then place the plate on top of the glued area.
    • Hold plate in place while the glue dries. This type of glue should dry quickly but hold plate for at least 10 minutes until you are confident the plate will stay in place.
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    Add dinosaur head. Coat the bottom of the dinosaur’s head with glue and match the head to the neck area on top of the plate.
    • Hold head in place for up to 10 minutes and then allow to set for approximately 24 hours.
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    Touch up any areas that need to be painted. If you are missing a little paint on the dinosaur (due to decapitation and then re-animation), add a little model paint that matches your toy’s color. Just dab paint over any blemishes, taking care not to get paint on your plate.
    • Allow for ample dry time before use.
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    Place some goodies on the plate and your dinosaur tray is ready!

Things You’ll Need

  • Plastic dinosaur (large--select a dinosaur that stands erect and has a neck area)
  • Plastic plate/tray
  • Super glue
  • Small handsaw
  • Sandpaper
  • Paint (model paint the same color as your dinosaur)

Tips

  • Line plate with parchment paper when ready to serve food (as this platter will not work well in the dishwasher or submerged in water for cleaning).
  • Use a clay model dinosaur if you cannot secure the right toy for use (models are typically found at most toy or craft stores).

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Categories: Dinner Parties