DIY Tutorial: Clever Dinosaur Serving Dish!

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DIY homemade white dinosaur serving tray

So… I have a major crush on this super fun & oh-so-clever project by Gretchen of Three Little Monkeys Studio! Her playful DIY Dinosaur Serving Dish is simple to make – you just need to a little patience to allow for curing time. It’s affordable too! You can upcycle old toys and melamine plates from the toddler days, or pick up items from your local Dollar Store or Target’s $1 spot.

This concept can easily be applied to other playful critters too… think bunnies for Easter, owls or black cats for Halloween, or reindeer for Christmas. Read on for step-by-step details on how to bring this playful idea to life yourself!



by Gretchen

Takes 2-3 days with curing time


– hard plastic dinosaur (it needs to be sturdy and balanced)
– small melamine plate
– sand paper
– adhesive*
– spray paint
– hand held saw
– parchment paper

All of the materials needed to make your own dinosaur serving dish


1. Use the handsaw to cut off your dinosaur’s head just above the shoulders. Make a level cut. Use sandpaper to smooth the edges (it will be rough).

Step 1 of making a DIY dinosaur serving platter

2. Lightly sand the surface of the plate on the bottom and top where you will be adhering the dinosaur. No need to sand the entire surface.

3. Apply your adhesive to the body of the dinosaur and plate. My adhesive* recommends applying to both items you want to glue together, and allow them to set for 5-10 minutes BEFORE adhering.

4. When ready, attach the plate to the body. Touch ups can be done around the glue site with a damp paper towel. Allow to cure for 24 hours.

5. Once the body and plate have dried and cured, prep the dinosaur’s head and attach to the plate. You will need to eyeball it from the side and front before attaching to make sure it is centered in the right spot. Perform any touch ups and allow to cure for 24 hours.

6. Once completely dried, spray paint from all angles and underneath. I like to spray one coat at a time every 20 minutes or so to avoid drips and get the best coverage.

7. Once your dinosaur is dry, enjoy**!

* I used Loctite Stik’N Seal.

** Please note that food should NOT come into contact with paint. Line the plate with parchment paper and cut to fit.

The finished look of the DIY dinosaur serving tray

You can find more of Gretchen’s adorable DIYs on her blog, as well as custom printables at Three Little Monkeys Studio.


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30 responses to “DIY Tutorial: Clever Dinosaur Serving Dish!”

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  2. Marsha Carsner says:

    I’d love to know where you found your dinosaur

  3. Marsha Carsner says:

    I'd love to know where you found the dinosaur.

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  5. great idea:) i love it!

  6. Patricia Alejandra Morales Ramirez says:

    cute it is!!!!

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  8. Yes!! Rt@Dalidoll85: @Nerdyplatypus hehehe, I think you need this to go with your s&p shakers :)

  9. Stephanie says:

    Cute! If your plate was already white, you could spray paint the dino halves before gluing and not worry about putting food on a painted plate.

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  12. Susan Marney says:

    why not leave the dinosaur brown or whatever color it is to add to the delight of the whole idea?

  13. Quiet random, but I like the idea, I guess it’s perfect for kids parties and this kind of stuff.

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  17. allisonkpark says:

    I tried my hand at it, and am quite pleased with the results: Thanks for the amazing idea!

  18. Allison Park says:

    I tried my hand at it, and am quite pleased with the results: Thanks for the amazing idea!

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  20. Lisha Groß says:

    Spray paint the dinosaur first not last…

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  24. Holli Hagan-Rice says:

    These are so cool! I love how they look spray painted.

  25. Erna Susanto says:

    Cool idea! love it

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  29. Bonnie Dee says:

    ..and I would use a water based acrylic paint + water based sealer and a food safe, non painted plate. That spray paint is going to offgass for a long time. not something you would want in your kitchen etc, but most of all, you wouldnt want food near or on it, even with the parchment paper.