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Mum transforms son’s dinosaur toys with gold paint & they make great budget Christmas decorations


IF you’re sick of stepping on toys or felt like some fresh decorations for your tree this year – one mum has shared her budget-friendly hack to create unique ornaments. 

The mum revealed her dinosaur-mad son had hundreds of toys, so rather than leaving them to gather dust in a drawer she decided to re-purpose them. 

If you're after some unique Christmas decorations, look no further

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If you’re after some unique Christmas decorations, look no further Credit: Facebook/Extreme Couponing and Bargains UK group

She grabbed a selection of figurines, including a raptor, T-Rex, stegosaurus and a brontosaurus, and painted them gold. 

The mum sat down with a cup of tea at the kitchen table to give them a makeover, even adding glitter and finally string. 

The end result is quirky Christmas ornaments which cost next to nothing – and her son loves them too. 

She shared her idea to Facebook group Extreme Couponing and Bargains UK, where it’s racked up more than 4,000 likes. 

One mum painted her son's dinosaurs golden then added glitter

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One mum painted her son’s dinosaurs golden then added glitter Credit: Facebook/Extreme Couponing and Bargains UK group

The mum wrote: “Our son is dinosaur mad. 

“He’s got hundreds so we thought we’d paint some of the cheaper ones after seeing it on Facebook. He loves them. 

“In total cost about £15 but we’ve done so many we can’t fit them all on this tree. 

The whole project only cost a few quid, and has lots of supplies left over for another project

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The whole project only cost a few quid, and has lots of supplies left over for another projectCredit: Facebook/Extreme Couponing and Bargains UK group
The mum explained her son was 'dinosaur-mad' so had lots of toys

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The mum explained her son was ‘dinosaur-mad’ so had lots of toys Credit: Facebook/Extreme Couponing and Bargains UK group

“We’ve still got half a pot of paint and glitter for another project.

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“Roll on 30th Nov when the Christmas tree goes up and we can transfer them onto it.” 

Commenting on the project, one person said: “This is so cute.”

The mum painted a T-Rex, raptor, stegosaurus and brontosaurus

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The mum painted a T-Rex, raptor, stegosaurus and brontosaurus Credit: Facebook/Extreme Couponing and Bargains UK group
The mum shared her idea on Facebook where it racked up thousands of likes

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The mum shared her idea on Facebook where it racked up thousands of likesCredit: Facebook/Extreme Couponing and Bargains UK group

Another wrote: “I know someone who would love this!!!!”

A third commented: “Omg I need to do this.”

This mum posted: “Seriously need to do this!”

Thousands of mums commented on the post, desperate to copy the idea themselves

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Thousands of mums commented on the post, desperate to copy the idea themselves

Someone else thought: “Awww that’s a brill idea.”

While this person added: “Aww wow! These are fab!!! Thanks lovely.”

And someone else reckoned: “I think I should do this.”

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