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Make It : Dinosaur Bones!

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Stegosaurus, Triceratops, Velociraptor, Tyrannosaurus Rex!

If you have ever wanted to make a dinosaur bone and weren't able to come to Maker Faire this past weekend, here's a quick how-to:

Materials:

  • newspaper
  • masking tape
  • tea (optional, to dye the water for a more aged-looking bone)
  • plaster cloth (we used Rigid Wrap) cut into strips

Instructions:

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1.  Set up work station and roll up sleeves (apron optional).

1 1. Set up work station and roll up sleeves (apron optional).

2.  Crumple newspaper and form bone shape with masking tape.

2 2. Crumple newspaper and form bone shape with masking tape.

3.  Dip plaster cloth strips in water and lay over newspaper form.  (Tip: Many hands make merry work.)

3 3. Dip plaster cloth strips in water and lay over newspaper form. (Tip: Many hands make merry work.)

4.  Smooth strips to spread plaster.

4 4. Smooth strips to spread plaster.

5.  Let bones dry (may take more than 24 hours).

5 5. Let bones dry (may take more than 24 hours).

6.  Repeat steps 1-5 as needed.

6 6. Repeat steps 1-5 as needed.

7.  Display your creations.

7 7. Display your creations.

You could definitely make smaller bones like the ones in the fireplace, but I think bigger is better, no?

For the rest of our projects from the Cabinet of Curiosities story, be sure to read our October issue!

Comments (2)

  • Fun! I don't know where I'd put them in my house, but they'd make a cool porch display.

  • So cool! My little 6-year old paleontologist will LOVE this project! I think piles of these out in the yard will be perfect for Halloween. Maybe even some dinosaur eggs made the same way!

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