Make these cute and easy DIY Dinosaur Cupcake Toppers for your next dinosaur themed birthday party. They can be colored to match your party, and every kid will love playing with them after the party. Raid your kids’ toy bin for inexpensive toy dinosaurs and you are most of the way done – that’s how easy these Dinosaur Toppers are!
Both of my boys have grown up loving dinosaurs and my youngest son is especially in love with them now! I designed a whole Dinosaur Birthday Party using my Cricut to create the DIY party decorations, and I’m always thinking of ideas that would work with the dinosaur theme. I made these super easy painted dinosaurs for a party favor and for decorations, and I thought they would make awesome cupcake toppers!
I created these easy dinosaur birthday cupcake toppers for National Craft Week! My blogger friends and I are sharing some incredible DIY crafts this week – plus a giveaway every day! Today’s CRAFTWEEK post is sponsored by DecoArt. Make sure to stop by my Instagram and scroll to the bottom of the post to see the rest of the painting crafts from other participating blogs!
One of the things that I love about this simple craft is that you can paint the dinosaurs whatever color you’d like! They can be customized to fit the colors of your party, and are perfect for both boys and girls! I mean, can you imagine a rainbow dinosaur party?! Adorable!
Supplies You Need to Make Dinosaur Toppers
I thought of a couple of ways to make these dinosaur party toppers – and I decided to keep it REALLY EASY. These toppers only require a few simple supplies:
- Small Dinosaur Toys
- Paint – Non Toxic is important if you’re giving them to the kids to play with after the party
- Hot Glue Gun (I love mine with the small tip for crafting)
- Toothpicks or Lollipop Sticks
How to Make DIY Dinosaur Party Toppers
Start by painting your dinosaurs. They will take 2-3 coats of paint, depending on the type of dinosaurs you have, so make sure you let them dry completely in between coats. This is the longest part of the project!
Once the dinosaurs are dry, next you need to attach it to a toothpick or lollipop stick so it will stand in the cupcake ABOVE the icing. You technically could paint a dinosaur and set it on a cupcake, but even with non toxic paint, I don’t think that’s a great idea. If you attach a stick it can sit just above the icing without touching.
As I mentioned above, there are a couple of ways to accomplish this. With a small drill bit, you could drill a small hole in the underside of the dinosaur, and then glue a stick inside. I decided to see if I could make this project even easier. I used only hot glue and a toothpick!
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First, apply a small amount of hot glue to the underside of the dinosaur.
Let cool slightly and insert the end of a toothpick or lollipop stick into the glue.
Using your fingers or a plate to keep the stick level, hold it in place until the glue has cooled and is hard (hot glue cools down very quickly.) At this point, it’s not very stable, but it is easily fixed.
Around the base of the stick, you’ll then add more hot glue to slightly build up the attachment point. Again, hold in place until the glue has cooled. I used a plate to balance the edge of the toothpick so I could work on several dinosaur toppers at once.
Let the glue cool completely.
Insert into the cupcake, allowing a little room above the icing so the dinosaur isn’t touching.
I was unsure about how visible the hot glue would be, as well as how stable the topper would be. I was pleasantly surprised! The hot glue virtually disappeared once the dinosaur topper was in the cupcake, and they were very stable. I tried to remove the toothpicks just to see how well they were attached, and I ended up having to use scissors to get them off!
I can’t wait to try making more easy cupcake toppers out of small toys. I love how simple and easy these dinosaur toppers are! I also think they would work well for cake toppers or decorations – I might try using a heavier stick, though.
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