How to Make a Dinosaur Head Out of a Box

Updated February 21, 2017

If your child likes dinosaurs or has a dinosaur-themed room, use a cardboard box to recreate the head of a dinosaur for him to play with. Transform an empty cardboard shoebox or any rectangular box to use as room decoration for your child. Allow your child to help make and decorate the head in any way he likes. Place the finished dinosaur head on a shelf or bureau to display it.

Cut any protruding flaps from a rectangular box with a utility knife, so that you have a bottom, three sides and an open top. Flip the box upside down so the open side is at the bottom.

Mark one of the short ends as the front and the other short end as the back, with a pencil.

Poke the two corners at the front end of the box inward about 1/2 inch to create indented nostrils. These corners are at the top of the box when it is sitting upside-down. If the corner seam separates or rips, tape it back together with masking tape on the outside of the box.

Cut the corners at the back end of the box to remove them. These corners are at the top of the box when it is upside-down. To do this, cut diagonal lines on the sides and top of the box that are adjacent to the corner, to remove enough cardboard to round the back of the dinosaur's head.

Tape over the holes where the corners were removed, to cover them and round the back of the dinosaur's head.

Paint the entire box with acrylic craft paint with a paintbrush, or allow your child to do so. Allow it to dry to manufacturer's specifications and add a second coat, allowing it to fully dry as well.

Add a scaly texture by brushing light strokes, with a colour slightly lighter or darker than the overall paint colour, in tiny half-circles across the entire head. The opening of the half-circles should be oriented toward the front of the head.

Paint the indents of the nostrils with dark or black paint.

Paint white circles on either side of the box to create eyes. Add black pupils and irises in bright colours such as yellow, orange or purple with the paint.

Paint a mouth on the front and sides of the box so that it wraps from the front end around the two adjacent sides with black paint. To make the dinosaur slightly scary, paint pointy teeth that poke out from the black lines of the mouth. Paint teeth spaced evenly across the mouth line.

Allow the paint to dry fully before moving the dinosaur head.

Things You'll Need

  • Rectangular cardboard box
  • Utility knife
  • Masking tape
  • Green acrylic craft paint
  • White acrylic craft paint
  • Black acrylic craft paint
  • Assorted other colours of acrylic craft paint
  • Paintbrush
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Ashley Kurz, a full-time professional writer since 2009, publishes on various informational websites. An expert in the craft field specializing in craft-related topics, Kurz has taught arts and crafts for group therapy sessions.