How to make cardboard dinosaur models

Written by stephanie ellen
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Roaar! Bring Jurassic Park to life with a dramatic dinosaur diorama. Cut your favourite reptiles out of stiff card, colour them with bright colours (who says dinosaurs aren't orange or purple?) and stand them in a lush jungle of paper grass and trees. This rainy day craft uses recycled materials and is sure to keep your prospective paleontologist busy for hours.

Skill level:
Easy

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Things you need

  • Pencil
  • Cardboard
  • Scissors
  • Coloured markers
  • Hot glue

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Draw the outline of your dinosaur on the cardboard with pencil, without arms and legs. The outline should be you looking at the dinosaur from the side.

  2. 2

    Draw the outline of the dinosaur arms on a piece of cardboard, without hands. The outline should be drawn as if you were looking at the arms from the front. Leave a small gap (1/4 inch) between the arms.

  3. 3

    Draw the outline of the back legs on a piece of cardboard, without feet. The outline should be drawn as if you were looking at the legs from the front. Leave a small gap (1/4 inch) between the legs.

  4. 4

    Draw the outline of the hands and feet, as if you were looking at them from the side.

  5. 5

    Colour the dinosaur pieces with coloured markers.

  6. 6

    Cut the dinosaur body out of the card. Cut a small slot (1/8 inch wide by 1/2 inch long) in the shoulders and hips of the body (where you want the arms and legs to go). Cut the dinosaur arms out of the paper, making sure that they are cut out joined at the top by at least a 1/4 inch wide strip. Cut small slots at the end of the arms (1/8 inch wide by 1/2 inch long) for the hands and feet. Cut out the hands and feet.

  7. 7

    Glue the hands and feet onto the legs and arms. Glue the legs and arms into the body slots.

Tips and warnings

  • Make a sketch of how your finished dinosaur will look, so that you can better visualise what your individual pieces should look like.

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