Many children love dinosaurs, but few can enjoy them in their own backyard.
Kellimarie House managed to bring her son’s dream to life by creating her own Dinoland, and she saved thousands of people by doing it herself.
The 35-year-old woman from Weston-super-Mare, who is an assistant practitioner for the NHS, says her son Bryson has always been completely obsessed with prehistoric creatures.
She started by making a miniature Dinoland for her little boy when he was a toddler.
‘At the time [when Bryson was two], we made a little square for it out of assembled 2×3 lumber, ”Kellimarie told the money-saving community LatestDeals.co.uk.
“We painted it and filled it with compost and an upside-down flowerpot painted black. We sanded it down to give it a volcano effect, and I got herbs for 50p each in Asda. I added glass stones which were recycled from my wedding bowls, and we also salvaged wood from the beach and woods.
“He’s been doing it now that he’s five years old, but I quickly got an idea.”
Luckily, Kellimarie got rid of his garden patio because it had rotted underneath, giving him a 12 × 12 foot space to play.
“So I decided I was going to make him a bigger Dinoland to play in,” she explains.
Part of Kellimarie’s inspiration came from browsing Facebook groups.
“I saw that people had started to hang shower curtains in their gardens for a decorative effect, and I thought they must be selling dinosaur curtains,” she says. “Fortunately, I was able to find some amazing dinosaur shower curtains for just £ 12 each.”
The rest of the supplies were also inexpensive in origin.
“I collected a load of stones from Facebook Marketplace for free to use as drainage, and also managed to get sand from Marketplace for just £ 20. The rockery and border stones also came from Facebook, to collect for free, ”says Kellimarie.
“The four dinosaurs in the garden were only £ 16 from Olive and Sage. They were the subject of a “buy two, get one free” agreement. Unfortunately some are now out of stock so I couldn’t buy them all or else I would! They are excellent value for money.
“I bought my two Phoenix palms from B&Q. It was also a fantastic deal, as in most places they are priced over £ 30 each. I got mine in an offer of two for £ 14.
“I created the planters myself by recycling my old terrace. This saved more money as I only had to buy the screws. ‘
Kellimarie says the most expensive part was the grass.
“I bought the Orlando variety from Grass Direct and it cost £ 160,” she says. “However, I wasn’t too concerned about this price after speaking with the lady I collected the stones from on Facebook. She said she had received a quote of £ 4000 for the application of her artificial turf! ‘
Creating floor space was Kellimarie’s most important task.
“First I cemented the border stones, then I filled the area with stone and leveled it with sand before laying the grass,” she says.
Now Kellimarie has an exciting outdoor space for his son, with over 15 dinosaurs of varying sizes roaming the area and an even bigger backdrop, thanks to his shower curtains.
The area also includes a collection of rockery, which some of the dinosaurs climb, and an egg chair with blanket and cushions for lounging in the sun.
We met Bryson feels like he’s having his own Jurassic adventure every day.
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