create mama: Neon Dinos

We have plastic dinosaurs, we have high gloss white paint, we have neon…what does that spell?  It’s a RAWR-tastic re-purpose!

I bought these dinos a while back for $1 a piece at Walmart and knew I wanted to spray paint them with high gloss white (my go-to spray paint).  The hubs is so used to my obsession with spraying everything with high gloss white that he knows what I’m going to say before I say it (and to be quite honest, he’s probably sick of everything being painted high gloss white ;)  I can’t help it, everything looks better in high gloss white! :)  And it looks even more fantastic with neon added to it (I’ve been hoarding my neon love here :)

This is a marvelously easy and magnificently cheap project.

Here’s what you will need to make it happen:

  • Plastic Dinosaurs
  • High Gloss White Spray Paint (I used this one for this project)
  • Acrylic Craft Paint in Neon Colors (I used: My Studio Acrylic Craft Paint: Pink 72711, My Studio Acrylic Craft Paint: Light Orange 72720,  My Studio Acrylic Craft Paint: Seaside 72747)
  • Paint Brush
  • Time for Drying ;)

Here are the basic steps:

  1. Paint dinos with approximately 3 coats of high gloss white spray paint; Allow to dry fully between coats.
  2. Paint neon designs on dinos; Allow to dry.
  3. You are done!

Oh & one more thing – these are pure decoration – i.e. the “home DIY” category label :)

I made them for me not the kiddos ;)



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  1. Very cool!

  2. They are so cute! What a great way to decorate a boy’s room-you are so clever! I am going to share this on twitter and facebook right now.

    Thanks for joining in with my Say G’day Saturday party. I so appreciate your support and bloggy friendship.

    Best wishes,
    Natasha in Oz

  3. I love these so much!! I’m in the process of planning my 2 year old’s ‘big boy room’, there is definiltey going to be some of these in the mix!

    • hehe – great minds I tell ya! That was my initial thought – but then I liked them so much I wanted them for myself – HA! I’ll have to now make some more for my little T’s room :) Thanks for stopping by! Heading over to your blog to check it out now :)

      xx ♥ m

  4. Hey, girl!! Stopping by to let you know I featured your adorable dinos! Getting tired of all the features yet?? ;)

    • hehe, flattery, will get you EVERYWHERE, you know because because cleaning up poo, boogies, colored rice, toys, food…hmmm (should I stop? -HA!) isn’t enough of a reward! ;)
      Thanks for the feature mama – I appreciate all the love :)
      Headed on over to you now to link it up! :)

      xx ♥ m

  5. Rebecca Neighbor says:

    These look so super cute! Love them. So proud of you, M!!!! xoxo

  6. Super cute and creative!!!

  7. These are soooo great! Looks like I need to start looking through the toy stash for some animals to paint :) Just popping in from TT&J :)

    • Hey Ali!

      Thanks for stopping by! You totally have to loot the kiddos animals for some! I was originally gonna repaint some as decoration for my little man’s room…but I had just gotten the neon paint & decided to selfishly make them for me instead – HA! I’ll have to make another set for his room now ;)

      xx ♥ m

  8. so so cute! love neon

    Would love it if you could share this on my link party Serenity Saturday @

  9. oh my god i LOVE these dinos!! i totally agree with the high gloss white and the neon highlights are the perfect finishing touch. i hope you will share over at Get Your Craft On with the Gilded hare:

    have a great weekend!

  10. These are so silly and cute! Is the paint safe for kids to play with even after it’s dry? That might be something to know before purchasing. :(

    • Hello! Thanks for stopping by tonight. Although these are super cute for the kiddos to play with, they will not be playing with them. I selfishly made them for me as decoration (i.e. the “home DIY” label), not for the kiddos so it wasn’t necessary for me to have non-toxic “safe paint” :) Please see my disclosure after the steps, thanks!

      xx ♥ m

      • I definitely did not see the disclosure. Lol! I guess it would do to have to keep them away from the kids then. Maybe a painted label “Safe for adults only!” on the dinos’ feet. Such a pretty set would surly attract the kids. Maybe you know of another set of paints that would work if, say, preschoolers wanted to make this? (I work in one.)

      • Hey Lily :) No worries…I did some investigating for your questions…the craft paint I used is water based & non-toxic (which I think most of these are). And they do sell non-toxic spray paint too, I believe all of Krylon spray paint ( is non-toxic when dry. Hope this helps :)

        xx ♥ m

  11. These dinosaurs don’t look so tough in there new fancy colors.

  12. So cute! Love the colors you used to accent these. Thanks for sharing at the All Star Block Party.


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