Dino Bash Party, Dinosaur frame tutorial

I am back with a simple tutorial on one of the items used for our Dino Bash Party. I am really pleased with how the dinosaur frame turned out, it now sits on the birthday boy’s dresser displaying a sweet memory from the big day! Picture frames are always a great way to personalize a party table when used with a picture of the birthday boy or girl.
This picture did not come with the frame, it is my little sweetheart!
This frame is as sample as it gets and a great project for a beginner crafter. These are the items that you will need:

Square unfinished wood frame (Michael’s Craft store)
(2) 2 oz bottles of acrylic paint in two coordinating shades of green
Dinosaur shape in unfinished wood (Michael’s Craft store)
Vial of Martha Stewart glitter in green ( I used golden beryl)
Small foam paint brush
circular foam brush to make polka dots
craft glue or glue gun
one google eye


Remove staple and plastic hanger from top of frame
Paint entire frame, front, back, sides, inside opening in lighter shade of green, this may require various coats
because the wood frame is unfinished.
While frame is drying you can get started on the dinosaur. Paint the entire dinosaur front, back, and sides in the darker shade of green, NOTE: do not paint the raised dots on the dinosaur, these will be painted in the lighter shade of green once dark green dries.

Now that the frame is dry, get a small plate, a paper plate works great for this and pour the dark shade of green in a small puddle. Using your circular foam brush tap down brush so you cover the entire polka dot shape with paint.
Using random pattern make only a couple of polka dots at a time, making sure to get a good amount of paint on each polka dot to make a perfect circle. Before each polka dot dries, sprinkle glitter generously onto each polka dot, a paper plate underneath works great to gather excess glitter to keep using again to finish project.
Continue until you have as many polka dots as you desire on the frame. Let it dry.
Now go back to your little dinosaur and paint the raised dots in the light shade of green and before they all dry sprinkle with the glitter. Once everything is dry, glue the polka dot on the dinosaurs face (make sure on the side with the raised dots :), then draw a smiley mouth using a sharpie or black paint marker. All that is left to do is glue the dinosaur onto the right bottom corner of the frame and you are all done!
Now you have a beautiful frame that you can display a special picture in or give to someone as a gift! Hope you enjoyed this frame tutorial and that it inspired you to make your own. I will be back soon with another tutorial from out Dino Bash Party.

8 thoughts on “Dino Bash Party, Dinosaur frame tutorial

  1. May 18, 2011 at 9:16 am

    That is so cute! My son loves dinosaurs….This would make a great project for him when he gets a little older. Thanks for stopping by my blog 🙂

  2. May 18, 2011 at 7:06 pm

    Hi! You’re right an older child could totally do this. My boys are still too little! Make sure you check out the giveaway I’m doing on the blog for a Craft kit which contains everything you need to make this frame! Love. D

  3. May 20, 2011 at 5:46 pm

    This is great! I would LOVE to have you share this at my For the Kids Link Party! Stop on by and join the fun!


  4. May 23, 2011 at 7:04 pm

    This is such a cute craft! My son would love to have a switch cover like this! Thanks for sharing! I am your newest follower. I would love it if you came over to Greetings From the Asylum and followed me too!

  5. May 25, 2011 at 12:18 pm

    Thanks for sharing this idea! I am going to have to do this with my little boy when he gets a little bit older!
    I am your newest follower- and I would love to have you follow me back!
    Camille @

  6. May 28, 2011 at 6:44 pm

    @ Rachel, hi so happy you found us! I will definitely check out your blog! Thanks. Dorangela

  7. May 28, 2011 at 6:45 pm

    @ Tanya so glad you liked this project. It is very cute and so simple. My son loves having his picture in this frame in his bedroom. I will go check your blog out! Love D

  8. May 28, 2011 at 6:46 pm

    @ Camille, hi, I am glad that you like it! It would be a great project to do with your child, albeit a messy one! I will definitely check your blog out! Love D