This summer we’ve gone character crazy! Our Bags to School collection is jam-packed with brilliant kit for kids, and we’re championing our characterful prints with a fun crafty competition. We’ve pitted Derek the Dino and Peggy the Pony against each other, and we want to see you bring them to life with your makes! Here’s some crafty Derek the Dino inspiration that’s sure to make you roaaar!
Derek the Dino Piñata
What better way to celebrate a birthday party for a little dinosaur lover than sending little ones scrambling for goodies from a piñata? Fill Derek the Dino’s belly with treats and let the kids give him a good bash with a stick to break the seal on his tummy and free the fun!
You will need
Cardboard box measuring about 90cm x 60cm
Child friendly bright green paint and paintbrush
Two packets bright green crepe paper
Two packets dark green crepe paper
One packet yellow crepe paper
Two A4 sheets of green card
One A4 sheet of black card
One A4 sheet of white card
Large piece of dowel or stick (for hitting the piñata)
To make the piñata
Open up the box. Use the image below as a guideline to draw a Derek the Dino shape onto one of the sides (below left), then use this as as a template to cut another from the other side (below right).
From the remaining cardboard cut a 14cm wide strip that is long enough to fit around the circumference of the dinosaur – stick several pieces together to do this if needed. The corrugations should run across the width. Draw a line 3cm from either side of the strip and cut tabs about 3cm all the way along (below left), then fold in (below right).
Put double-sided tape around the edge of one of the dinosaur pieces and stick the card around the edge, with the tabs facing in (below left). Masking tape the two ends of the strip together once they’re stuck all the way around the edge of the dinosaur piece (below right).
Make two holes on top of Derek’s head and thread some string to allow you to hang the piñata (below left). Attach the other body piece on top with double sided tape (below middle). Add masking tape to the outside to make it more secure (below right).
Paint Derek the Dino green all over and leave him to dry. Then draw a tummy shape onto both sides with pencil (below).
Mark a rectangle on the bottom of Derek measuring about 10cm x 6cm. Cut out, leaving one of the short sides attached, to create a door (below).
Without unfolding the crepe paper, cut into 6cm wide stripes, then cut 1cm fringing across the strip, stopping 2cm from the top. Cut strips from bright green, dark green and yellow crepe paper (below).
Put a strip of double sided tape along the bottom edge of Derek the Dino (finishing at his tummy) and add a strip of bright green fringing (below, top left). Repeat with the dark fringing, just above the first piece, and continue to fill up the front and sides of the dinosaur (below, bottom left and right). Be careful not to paper over the door!
Cover Derek’s tummy with strips of yellow crepe paper fringing in the same way (below left), then trim the fringing around his mouth so that its shape is easily visible (below right).
Use the image below left as a guideline to draw and cut two arms and two legs from green card. Attach onto each side of the dinosaur using double-sided tape (below right).
Cut strips of zig zag teeth from white card (below, top left), then use double-sided tape to attach them along the edge of the mouth with the teeth facing out (below, top right). Cut the black card to fit into the mouth, then tape inside. Bend the teeth inwards (below, bottom left). Finally, cut two 4cm circles from the remaining card, and two 2cm black circles. Tape the black circles onto the white then attach to Derek the Dino using double sided tape (below, bottom right).
Now that’s needed is to stuff Derek the Dino with treats and tape the door closed using a little tape. Don’t seal it too firmly, remember he needs to break open with a few well-aimed whacks!