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Make Your Own Dinosaur Fossils

by Shelby on 2 August 2011

in Crafty Recipes, Kids Crafts

Dinosaurs are one of those topics that all kids find fascinating. You might not be able to discover dinosaur bones in your own backyard but you can still make dinosaur crafts and explore their history.

Today we have found the perfect dinosaur craft project to make by That Artist Woman. You can create your own fossils that look just like dinosaur fossils. This is a fun dinosaur craft your kids will love!

Creating your own dinosaur fossils is easy. The salt dough clay is very easy to make, mold, bake and paint. Use your creativity to make these fun imprints!


  • Salt dough clay (recipe to follow)
  • Tin can or large glass
  • Parchment paper or foil
  • Cookie sheet
  • Access to an oven
  • Small plastic dinosaurs
  • Plastic ferns or trees
  • Acrylic craft paint
  • Paper towel
  • Mod Podge
  • Paintbrush

Salt Dough Clay Recipe:

  • 4 cups of flour
  • 1 cup of salt
  • 1-2 cups of water (can vary due to air humidity)

Note: This is enough for 8 casts approx. 4 inches in diameter

Instructions: (click here for a full step by step photo tutorial)

  1. Mix up your salt dough clay. You will want to add enough water to make a soft workable dough. This clay will keep indefinitely in your fridge.
  2. Knead dough a bit to get it nice and consistent.
  3. Roll out your dough to a 1 inch thickness.
  4. Cut round circles.
  5. Start imprinting your round circles with foliages (dinosaurs, ferns or trees)
  6. Press into the dough hard enough to leave a nice imprint.
  7. Place on foil or parchment paper and bake at 350 degrees for about 2 hrs. You want them to be hard.
  8. Let them cool.
  9. Make a glaze by watering down some acrylic paint.
  10. After brushing on the glaze wipe it down a bit with a paper towel for a nice antiqued look.
  11. When dry use a thin coat of mod podge to get that shine and to seal them.

That Artist Woman offers many tutorials where she shares her love for creating art and working with kids. You’ll definitely want to check them all out.

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