Make and Give // DIY Dino Valentine


You may or may not remember that Mr. Lovely and I like to give DIY gifts for Valentine’s Day. Nothing fancy, but the point is that we make things for each other, usually out of stuff that we have around the house. You also may or may not remember that he has smashed me to a pulp for the last two years (see evidence here and here). Well, this year I’m tired of getting out-Valentined, so I’m bringing the big guns: humor and irony. Friends, I give you the Dino Valentine.

It might not be the most romantic thing you’ve ever seen, but it’s almost guaranteed to make your Valentine laugh, and that’s what I’m all about. So if you want to make one, let’s do it! You’ll need:

  • plastic dinosaur, preferably with hands (check the dollar aisle at Target)
  • tiny hearts (craft store)
  • craft paint
  • paint brush
  • gold spray paint
  • glue gun

Start by spray painting your dinosaur gold, and your hearts a Valentine-y color of your choice (using the craft paint).


Let all pieces dry thoroughly, and heat up your glue gun. Starting with one heart, hot glue it to one of your dinosaur’s hands.


Continue gluing hearts, forming a small pile, until you’re satisfied.



The crowning glory is the heart that the dinosaur just couldn’t resist eating. Hot glue one right into his mouth.


That’s it! Seriously guys, this is jurassic-style love. Now we just have to see if I can distract Mr. Lovely so much today that he forgets to read the blog. So keep it a secret! Happy making! xoxo


  1. This is hilarious!! Jeff definitely needs one of these for Valentine’s Day.

  2. Chloe Moon on said:

    I just love that it’s a dinosaur! So cute! =P

  3. Natalia on said:

    This is awesome! I love itttt!

  4. Anna on said:

    Love it!! I have a soft spot for plastic animals. :) Might try this with a bunny, if I can find one. The dollar store often has animals and the like.

  5. Shoko on said:

    he’s so ferocious he’s cute :) love this!

  6. ashley on said:

    very cute! can you tell me what kind of gold spray paint you used? mine always end up looking kinda bronzy. thanks!

  7. Danae on said:

    These are rad! My husband and I both have a minor dino obsession- I might need to make him one of these! Thanks!

  8. Kelly on said:

    This is brilliant! Can’t wait to make for the boys in my life- brothers & boyfriend!

  9. Bethany on said:

    I just made this for my boyfriend who loves dinosuars for valentines day. However, for the hearts I used the conversation hearts, they were very cheap, and I made them spell out, “Rawr,” which means I love you in Dinosaur language. Lol. This project turned out great and I know he will love it! Thank you!

    • chelsea on said:

      So brilliant! I’d love to see a photo!

  10. Amie on said:

    oh my gosh! he is just the cutest little critter ever! Such a quirky, easy diy gift!
    xoxo Amie @ Spoonful of Vintage

  11. Erica on said:

    He he! This is too cute… he’s even eating his heart out! 😉

  12. debbie on said:

    got the dinos all painted, hoping to keep it a secret until Valentine’s Day. one of my daughters has been buggin’ me about why do i have so many dinos. Love this idea, love your creativity!!!

    • chelsea on said:

      Aw! Hope they love them!

      • debbie on said:

        Ok, I made 6, one for hubby and then 5 for my kids who live local. They were a total hit. And they were really surprised. I do not normally do Valentine stuff, but your idea was so quirky and whimsical, how could I not want to do it. Thanks again for sharing your amazing talent.

  13. OMG! Funniest DIY for Valentine’s Day ever!! thanks 4 sharing :)

    Big kisses from Barcelona

  14. Courtney on said:

    I love this! I letting the paint dry now. I can’t wait to see my boyfriend’s face. The perfect idea for the guy who has everything! Thank you!!!