Clothespins make perfect chomping jaws for this fun dinosaur craft. While dinosaurs are often more appealing to boys, I’m sure there are plenty of girls out there that will love this too! So, pull out that bag of wooden clothespins and spend an afternoon making these fun Jurassic characters. Then sit back and watch them come to life with your kids’ fingers!
I’ve created a printable dinosaur pattern for you, it’s linked in the supply list below. There are four different dinosaurs in this craft that kids will recognize. You can use this opportunity to teach them more about dinosaurs.
- Triceratops (meaning: three horned face)
- Velociraptor (meaning: swift robber)
- Brachiosaurus (meaning: arm lizard)
- Tyrannosaurus Rex (meaning: tyrant lizard king)
When you’re done, if you find that they really liked this dinosaur craft, head over to Fun Family Crafts where there’s a large selection of dinosaur and fossil ideas. Plenty of crafts and activities for your budding archeologist!
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As always, a full printable supply list and instructions are at the end of this post.
For this project you will need the following supplies:
- 4 wooden clothespins
- Paint: black and white
- Felt: green, brown, gold and gray
- Dinosaur pattern
- Tools: paintbrush, toothpick, black marker, hot glue gun
Lay clothespins on their sides and paint the closed half black.
Use a toothpick to add white teeth to the black clothespins.
Cut dinosaurs from felt using the patterns provided.
Carefully glue the felt dinosaur head to the side of the clothespin.
Add eyes by dipping the handle end of a paintbrush in black paint. Add a small white dot with a toothpick. Eyebrows can be added with a black marker.
More clothespin crafts
I’ve made several other things using clothespins. Here are some of my favorites.