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Bubbles is already getting to where she has an opinion about how things look and are designed. She tells me frequently what she considers “to be fashion” whether it’s with her clothes (or my clothes) or the decor of her room.
A couple of weeks ago she told me she wanted to have her bathroom be “more fashion”. As it’s mostly been used as a guest bathroom she was right in that it wasn’t really designed with kid appeal. After some discussion she decided she’d like to see more purple.
I still need to find time to shop for all the supplies I’ll need for a full bathroom redo, but for now I thought I could provide her with a few fun touches. In the last few years I noticed animal topped mason jars becoming popular and I decided to make some DIY Dinosaur Topped Jars to use as storage while adding some fun kids bathroom decor.
DIY Dinosaur Topped Jars
Glass jars with smooth lids
Small plastic dinosaurs
Adhesive (like super glue)
- If you can find jars with lids that are one piece, those work the best. If you have a mason jar-style lid first run a thin line of glue around the inside edge and glue the lid to the rim so that it doesn’t come apart. Let set (about 15 minutes).
- Dab a little glue on the bottom of the dinosaurs’ feet and press one onto the top of each lid. Hold for a second until they’re in the position you want, then let the adhesive fully set (I waited 30 minutes to be sure).
- In a well-ventilated area (outdoors is preferred) lay your dinosaur-topped lids out on some newspaper. Spray each one with a light, even coat of spray paint. You will probably need 2-3 coats, depending on the spray paint and the color of the plastic dinosaurs you use. I waited about 15-20 minutes between each coat.
- Let the lids dry completely. I found that the lids dried really fast, but the dinosaurs remained a tacky for awhile longer, so test them carefully after an hour or so.
- Fill your jars with various accessories like bandages, hair ties, etc.
While I was shopping at Walmart I also found some bigger plastic dinosaurs for just a dollar each. Originally I was just going to spray paint them, too, and place them around as more kids bathroom decor. But when I set one of the dinosaurs on the tank of the toilet I realized it would be a cute way to hold the spare roll of TP.
Bubbles bathroom gets stocked with Quilted Northern Ultra Soft & Strong Bath Tissue. It has a unique Cleanstretch construction that limits tissue ripping and separation and for kids just learning how to tear it off the roll having a tissue that’s not going to shred in their hands is a nice bonus.
I love the shimmer that came through from the big dinosaur after it was painted. And I thought the jars turned out really cute, too (hubby even complimented my spray painting skills). I used purple because that’s what Bubbles had asked for you, but you could use any color you wanted that matched your kids bathroom decor.
OH MY GOODNESS!!! I absolutely LOVE this idea! I can’t wait until we move into a bigger house (with a second bathroom!!!) so I can do this for my dino loving daughter! The Brontosaurus toilet paper holder is genius! #client
Thanks, Sarah! My daughter is really loving them, too. And hubs is loving less hair ties all over the place!
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Such a fun and adorable idea! The variation options are awesome too!
What a GREAT idea! You’ve really inspired me! I bet my kids would use jars with cute dinos (or other toys) on the lid a lot more then the boring jars I currently have in the bathroom or in their bedrooms. Thanks for the tutorial and idea.
You did a great job! This would be a wonderful way to repurpose the toys we purchased at yard sales, or whatnot, that are a bit scuffed from previous love. We have a big toilet roll holder that has a pole for storing extra rolls…..not nearly as cute as your idea.
What a creative and inexpensive way to bring some fun and color into a bathroom! And the dinosaur holding the toilet paper is too cute!
Oh my gosh those are adorable jar toppers!! I love this idea for a bathroom decor and for storing things as well.
Thank you Vera! I think I’m going to make a few for the bedrooms next.
This is such a cute idea, and so easy!
Thanks, Celeste! Easy projects are my favorite.
this is a lovely idea for upcycling your jars, really creative.
Thank you, Fiona! This is one of my favorite DIY projects I’ve done, I think. We use them every day.
Oh my gosh! I LOVE this idea, wow you’re so creative! Pinning now. My son would think this is awesome, he’s totally into dinos right now Thanks for sharing.
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I don’t have any ideas, but I love yours!!! This is so cute, and very inviting for a child to actually use it!!! It has me thinking of other things you could glue to a top like a flower, etc. Nice and now I want to try it!
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