Dinosaurs and pickles combine in this ultra easy centerpiece DIY project

Updated Mar 15 2021
dinosaur jar centerpiece DIY
Photos by the author, original tutorial here

When you go through as many pickles as I do (yummm), you end up with a ton of empty glass jars. These come in super handy for crafting up some DIYed centerpieces, so I decided to convert my handy dandy dry goods pickle jar upcycle into a super easy, dino-tastic centerpiece idea perfect for a natural history museum wedding or dinosaur-themed wedding. Here's the surprisingly easy method for whipping these bad boys up in just a few minutes.

dinosaur jar centerpiece DIY

First remove the pesky labels from the jars with a little Goo Gone, olive oil, nail polish remover, or elbow grease. This is the hardest part.

Find yourself some cheapie plastic toys at a craft store or on Amazon. There are loads of options for these so match it to your style: dragons, dinos, flowers, action figures, etc.

dinosaur jar centerpiece DIY

I then used a little super glue to attach each little dino to the top of a jar lid, let it dry, and then sprayed each with some gold craft spray paint I had on hand. I could see these being rad in rainbow colors. Let them dry, twist on the lids, and fill them with anything your heart desires: moss, baby's breath, and fairy lights (as seen here), or candy, geeky terrarium do-dads… the jar is your oyster.

dinosaur jar centerpiece DIY
dinosaur jar centerpiece DIY
dinosaur jar centerpiece DIY
dinosaur jar centerpiece DIY
dinosaur jar centerpiece DIY

Originally published here.

I know some of you are already collecting various kind of jars for your centerpieces. Dish on your DIY plans!

  1. How did you do the fairy lights in the jar?

    It doesn't look like it is hooked up to anything. I would really like to try this for any sort of party really.

  2. Were your dinosaurs tacky for a while after you sprayed them? It’s been two days and they’re still sticky.

  3. Hi there! By any chance do you remember which brand spray paint you used or which craft store it was purchased? I am making these for a birthday party and would like to avoid the ones that are sticky for days. Thank you!!

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