DIY Dinosaur Photo Holders

Thanks to U.S. Toy  for providing the supplies for this craft!

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Dinosaurs are pretty popular around here, so I thought it would be fun to turn some into DIY Dinosaur Photo Holders using items you may already have around the house. Wouldn’t these be perfect for Father’s Day or a gift?

These magnetic photo holders are really easy to make! All you need are a few supplies to get started.

Supplies for DIY Dinosaur Photo Holders

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  •  plastic dinosaurs (I used these from U.S. Toy)
  • spray paint
  • a PVC pipe cutter (or a saw, xacto knife, etc.)
  • adhesive
  • magnets
  • damp paper towel
  • photos of cute kids


DIY Dinosaur Photo Holders by  #DIY

Cut your dinosaurs in half with a PVC pipe cutter (available at hardware/home improvement stores) or cut using a saw, xacto knife, etc. (follow the seam). And if you are using a pipe cutter, be careful. Those puppies are sharp! Ask me how I know. A PVC pipe cutter makes this task super easy!

DIY Dinosaur Photo Holders by  #DIY

Read the directions of your adhesive, since they all vary regarding application, cure time, etc. Apply your adhesive to the dinosaur AND the magnet, and give them a good squeeze together. You can use a damp paper towel to wipe off any excess glue.

DIY Dinosaur Photo Holders by  #DIY

Repeat so that each dinosaur piece has a magnet and let them dry overnight. Lookin’ good.

DIY Dinosaur Photo Holders by  #DIY

Once your dinos are dry, you can now spray paint to your heart’s content. I used a mix of bright and cheery colors—Rust-Oleum’s Key Lime, Marigold and Seaside.

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Aren’t they cute? Oh. You thought I meant the dinosaurs. Yes, yes. Those are cute too.

DIY Dinosaur Photo Holders by  #DIY


DIY Dinosaur Photo Holders by  #DIY

These DIY Dinosaur Photo Holders would be perfect for Father’s Day, a gift for Dad’s desk or just because!

Hope you enjoy them!

Vendor List

Dinosaurs | U.S. Toy
Spray paint | Rust-Oleum
Magnets | Hobby Lobby
Adhesive | Loctite
PVC Pipe Cutter | Husky, from Home Depot


  1. says

    How clever! This will be a fun craft time for the grands. We’ll have a photo shoot, make the holders and give em to dad for father’s day. :)

    • Gretchen says

      My girls too! They’s just so fun, aren’t they? If you make one, tag me. Would love to see it!

  2. says

    How cute! I have a friend whose son is super into dinosaurs…I’ll definitely have to share this with her :) As for me, I’m gonna go find something to cut in half and glue magnets to…hehe

  3. Devin says

    This is such a great idea. My best friend’s son 5th birthday is coming up and I am making these. He loves all things dinosaurs and he always has pictures on his nightstand. I think he’s going to love them.

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