Its been a busy past few weeks. A week or so ago my older sister visited because she's off to Tanzania for two months. (Wish her luck!) Right now I'm visiting my alma mater in Rochester, so I haven't had a lot of down time until now.
Before my trip up north, I stayed at my good friends apartment in D.C. I thought I would make her a housewarming gift because she hasn't been living there long... And who doesn't like handmade, useful gifts? Haha.
As you guys probably know, spray painted dollar store dinosaurs are all the rage these days. I'm constantly surfing craftgawker and truebluemeandyou tumblr so I decided to smoosh Spray-painted + Plastic dinosuars + Magnetic paint + Storage rack all together into one final project. Seriously, every element was taken from a different tutorial, this was not at all original haha.
I know chalkboard paint is a lot more popular than magnetic paint... But I hate the sound and I don't like getting the dust everywhere. I know, I'm in the small minority. I really do like the look of chalkboards, it's just not my cup of tea for daily use. Plus for this necklace display I thought it would make more sense to use magnetic paint. This way, my friend can just attach things using magnets.
Anyway, on to what I made!
I used an exacto blade to cut the dinosaurs right at their seams. It made it a lot easier.
The dollar store is the best place to get plastic dinosaurs. I bought a Tyrannosaurus Rex previously from Michaels and it was 5.99 or so and I don't think that it was hollow. Then I stopped by the dollar store and found these babies... I can buy more than enough for the price of one! I'm returning the TREX as soon as I get back lol. Also, I was afraid the ones at the dollar store would be too small for what I wanted to do, but the size was decent.
Then I went outside to spray paint.
This was actually the first time I had ever spray painted. It's awesome, haha, I'm going to have to use it for more projects.
They looked like they were stuck in quicksand... I felt kind of sadistic.
I left them out overnight to dry.
Back to my board. This is just a cheap wooden slab I bought at Michaels. It was maybe 2 bucks? I used Martha Stewarts magnetic paint. It's super thick and I used like half the bottle making this. This is where 40% off coupons come in handy.
After everything was dry I brought in the dinosaurs to see how I wanted to place them. Now this project was a time intensive one because the chalkboard paint needed an hour in between coating and then a day to cure.
I painted over the magnetic paint. I love this mint!
I applied liberal amounts of trusty e6000.
I was a little skeptical about the magnetic paints but it seemed to work fine,
I think it's a fun, quirky gift. I'll update with photographs this weekend when I go back to see her to show how she is using it!
Thanks for reading!!