Nature Craft Dinosaur

To make this cool, nature craft dinosaur, you first have to go on a hunt outside for materials. (This is just as much fun as the making!)

Find a large pinecone to use for the body.

And a bunch of Jacaranda pods.  Jacarandas are commonly found in many cities, and their weird, woody pods are great for crafting!

Find a couple of acorns and acorn caps to use as eyes.

And a stick for the tail.  The legs can be made using acorns, small gumnuts, or small sticks – whatever you can find.

Use a low-melt glue gun to attach the pieces together.  (Don’t touch the hot glue!)  Glue two acorns into their caps and stick them onto a Jacaranda pod head.

Attach the head to the pinecone body, then break some of the Jacaranda pods in half and attach them along the body.  Glue on the stick as a tail and attach four legs.

Take it outside and listen to it ROAR!!!  Maybe it needs you to make it a friend?!

(This dinosaur sneaks onto page 2 of my book Nature Crafts with Common Plants)