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DIY Photo Stands: How to Train Your Photojojo Dinos

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You just got your Photojojo package (yay!). And what’s this? A stowaway-a-saurus!

Learn how to train your newly found dino friends to sit, stay, and speak–er– hold a photo!

Gather up those stowaways and put them to good use by turning them into photo holders.

In a few easy steps, you can turn your dino collection in to a dino photo collection! (ooooh ahhhhhh)

*Don’t worry, no dinosaurs were hurt in the making of this tutorial.

Turn Your Dinos into Roaring Photo Stands

Why it’s cool:

ingred-smThese dino-rific photo stands are cute AND functional.

Make them in less than an hour, for less than $10.

Where else can you find a photo stand as awesome as that?

Ingredients:

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  • Plastic Dinos
  • Your favorite photos
  • Tiny, but strong magnets
  • Super Glue
  • Hand Saw or wire cutter
  • Utility Knife or Xacto Knife
  • Cutting Surface

STEP 1: Slice:

paint-smFind the middle of the dinosaur and prepare to cut.

A hand saw works well. Move the saw back and forth to cut all the way through that dino.

If you don’t have a hand saw, you can use a utility knife in the same way. It just may take more effort.

A wire cutter will make a nice, clean cut through the dino. Place the wire cutters around the center of the dino. Use all of your muscle and squeeeeeeeze until you cut all the way through.

TIP: Try to make straight vertical cuts through the dino. But if your cut is angled at all, angle it slightly from the top of the tail towards the front feet of the dino. This will ensure your photo stands up straight, and doesn’t take a nosedive towards the tabletop.

If your dino stands on two legs, make your cut as vertical as possible.

Step 2: Clean Edges:

paint-sm The hand saw cuts through the dino nicely, but may leave some messy edges.

Use a utility knife or an Xacto to clean any rough edges.

Make sure your cut surface is relatively flat.

Remember to be careful with sharp blades near your fingers. A thick pair of work gloves can protect your pretty digits.

Step 3: Place Magnets:

paint-sm Nothing would be worse than gluing these on the wrong way.

Check the attraction of your magnets and how you will glue them to your dino parts.

Place the glue-side up on your table.

Step 4: Glue the Top:

paint-sm Use a small drop of superglue on the magnet.

Stick the top half of your dino on to the magnet.

Press down to ensure good contact.

Now let it sit for a bit while you work on other dinos.

Step 5: Glue Bottom:

paint-sm Repeat Step 4 for the bottom half of the dinosaur.

Before gluing, double check that you will be putting the magnet on correctly, where they will stick together once finished.

Place your glue dot, stick on your dino, and let it sit.

Now repeat steps 1-5 for your other dinosaurs.

Step 6: Let ‘em Dry:

paint-smAfter you’ve cut and glued all your dino pieces, let them hang out for a while and dry.

You can tell them stories about when humans roamed the earth, or just find your favorite pictures that will accompany your new friends.

Most super glues will be cured after 20 minutes. Just double check that the magnets stay in place and the glue has dried before moving on to the next steps.

Step 7: Opposites Attract:

paint-sm Once your glue has dried, make sure those dinos stick together.

They’ll look a little elongated from the side.

If you want to get really crafty, you could paint the magnets to match their dino.

Step 8: Place your photo:

paint-sm Slide your photo in, and ta-da!

Your toy dino has now become a useful (and awesome) photo holder.

Take it further

  • No need to cut! Glue tiny magnets to the side of an intact dino. Use the ones that come with our Magnetic Photo Rope to suspend your dinos mid-air.
  • Stick those magnets anywhere! They’d look really great on a fridge.
  • Dinos can’t have all the fun. Make Animags from lions, tigers, and bears (oh my!). Heads up, we no longer carry Animags in our store, but that doesn’t mean you can’t make your own!

Thanks to BarkBox for the awesome idea!

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