DINOSAUR Birthday Party Ideas - DIY Dino Dig - GIANT Fossil Sand Pit - lava cover - LOTS OF DECORATIONS

This is PART 3 in the Dinosaur Party Ideas series of posts. Sorry for breaking it up but I had so many photos it was hard to do just one post.

PART 1 - DINOSAUR Party Ideas - DIY dino theme decor & invitations - Paper Mache Recipe
PART 2 - DINOSAUR Party Ideas - GIANT Dino Eggs - FAVOR "box" & Dino Recycled Crayons
PART 4 - posting soon


Indoor GIANT fossil sand pit!! What a huge hit with the kids. My son's birthday is in January and we had some crappy weather leading up to his birthday. I thought this would be a fun idea to keep the kids busy. Also, I knew kids would go crazy with sand so I made a cover (see below) to stop the sand pit at any time. 

I just used boxes to make the bottom and sides. Covered the entire thing in craft or packing paper. I purchased at Michael's using coupons.



I made three mold sets and distressed with white and cream craft paint. Once dry I attached to the paper with hot glue. I didn't want the kids running off with them. They are breakable, especially the feet.

Filled with sand and ready to play!!
Sandbox sand was purchased at Home Depot along with the paint brushes.

Made cute personalized stickers for the brushes.
Printed on address labels and cut to fit the brush.

Pre-party fossil pit digging :)

Kids absolutely went crazy for it.
HUGE TIP!!!! 
To make sure this activity didn't continue the entire party or/and kids were making a big mess, we made a cover. 
LIFESAVER!!!!

Dinosaur theme so we made a lava cover for the sand pit. It's just a large box broken down and edges rounded.
Both boys helped paint. Love my little helpers. 

I closed it up to start playing games. The kids could've stay here the entire time. They love it that much. 


MORE DECORATION IDEAS

I made these cool vines by twisting packing or craft paper. It didn't require any glue or anything. I added leaves cut from Crepe Paper Streamers.

This is the best picture of the side of the table. I used two different color table covers. One I cut the edges and the other I wrapped around the base of the table. BTW, the table is also made from boxes. 

Worked out perfect! One problem was the kids like to use the table to stand up and it can't hold their weight. I would suggest adding some weight to the base boxes. 

 I don't know if they still make the ones I used but I found these cool Dinosaur Theme Plates and Napkins.

I needed some filler decor so the boys helped paint these rocks from a cardboard box.


Since I had vines hanging everywhere we decided to add lots of balloons and long ribbon.

Purchased Jumbo Inflatable Dinosaurs that were for the kids but just like the GIANT DINO EGGS they were also decorations for the party.

I had Foam Dinosaur Masks for the kids too!

Outside I used more blow up dinosaurs, balloons, vines and ordered a personalized banner.


Don't mind all the dead plans and grass. Party was January so everything looked like that.

Dinosaur foot prints with craft paint leading up to the door. I used the same stencils as the invitations and silverware holders.



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DINOSAUR Party Ideas - GIANT Dino Eggs - FAVOR "box" & Dino Recycled Crayons

3D Dinosaur Party Decorations / Party Favors
Dinosaur egg decoration or party favor????? BOTH!!!!!

I told you I love paper mache! These eggs were such a fantastic idea and super inexpensive to make. They did, however, take lot and lots and lots of time and planning. 


SUPPLIES:
Newspaper
Glue or flour (depending on recipe)
Balloons
Needle
Paper clips (for hanging to dry)

After I made the paper mache mix I blew up a balloon to a good size. (Really just depending on how much you want to cover) I made one giant and then I wanted them to all be the same size.

I cover the balloon with strips of 1" wide newspaper in different directions and over lapping. 

To dry I hung by the balloon end in my garage with a paper clip and hung from a shelf. It would only fit 4 eggs at a time. Yes, I planned forever for this party. 

After drying I check if there were any weak spots that might need an extra strip or two of paper and re-hung to dry. Once completely dry I spray painted them silver and used a speckled spray paint (gray, black and white) to lightly give a textured look. Then back to dry.

I left the balloon blow up while I completed more eggs but as the days went by the balloon would shrink putting stress on the paper mache. I would recommend popping the balloon and placing them somewhere safe since they will dent or crush easy.

I ended up making 26!!! 
I also made one special darker green egg that was for the birthday boy. (Left front)

I filled with goodies and covered the hole with a piece of dry newspaper with glue on the edges (you can tell on the left side.) A little more spray paint and finished!

I did this so the kids could poke through the paper for a starting point to open the egg. This really came in handy since I made the eggs so sturdy. Some of the kids tried to ripe them open and they just crushed the egg. :)

Can you see the smaller eggs? I filled them with some beans and we played a Hot Potato type of game. I made a few just in case a kid squeezed it really hard. They're sturdy but not that sturdy.

At the party all the parents and kids were obsessed with the giant eggs all over the house. After we erupted the 3ft volcano (will post soon) in the front yard I brought them all outside. The kids went crazy and the parents couldn't believe it!!!! Everyone was so impressed the decorations doubled as favor "boxes." 


Now, what did I fill them with????

I filled the egg with everything except the CD. It was a little too wide and I thought they were too cute not to hand out separately. 

Dinosaur Money
Dinosaur Gliders
Homemade Dino Crayons

I purchased it on sale throughout the year leading up to the party but now buying everything online is so much easier.


You can't tell from the photo but the lime green paper paper shreds said HAPPY 5th BIRTHDAY JAKE on the front and back. Awe! It's all about the details. :)

Made these CD's with dino themed music and custom label. They were really impressive 10 years ago. Now, probably not.

Everyone loved these dinosaur crayons. I saved all the broken crayons for about two years. FINALLY being a pack rat paid off. Lol. 

Separated them by similar color and melted in small batches using an old pot. Use something old because it basically ruins the pot. Start on low heat and try not to heat too fast.

Once melted I poured into a Dinosaurs Candy Mold. I immediately put it in the freezer after filling so the heat wouldn't distort the mold. Only took a few minutes to cool.

Love how they turned out!


I made enough so each package of crayons had five different dinosaur colors.


Hope you enjoy all the fun party ideas!!

Check back soon for my post on more dinosaur decorations, cake, 3ft volcano I erupted in the front yard plus so much more!




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