Mum saves over £4k on epic Dinoland garden for son using Facebook bargains

There's not many kids who don't like dinosaurs, and one mum has managed to make her son’s fantasy come to life by creating his very own Dinoland.

Kellimarie House, 35 from Weston-super-Mare said she made a small Dinoland for her son Bryson, five, when he was two as he's always been "obsessed" with dinosaurs.

She told "Back then we made a little square for him with 2 by 3 wood joined together.

"We painted it and filled it with compost and an upside down plant pot painted black. We sanded it off 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 collected wood from the beach and woods.

"He has since grown out of it now that he’s 5, but I soon came up with an idea. My decking area had rotted underneath, giving me a 12 by 12 foot area to play with, so I decided that I was going to make him a bigger Dinoland to play in."

Some of Kellimarie’s inspiration came from browsing Facebook groups.

The assistant practitioner for the NHS added: "I saw that people had begun hanging shower curtains up in their gardens for decorative effect, and I thought they must sell dinosaur ones. Fortunately I was able to find some amazing dinosaur shower curtains for just £12 each."

The rest of the supplies were also cheaply sourced, as she added: "I collected a load of stones for free off Facebook Marketplace to use as drainage, and I managed to get sand from Marketplace as well for just £20. The rockery and edging stones were from Facebook too, free to collect.

"The four garden dinosaurs were just £16 from Olive and Sage. They came under a ‘buy two get one free’ deal. Unfortunately some are now out of stock, so I couldn’t purchase them all or I would have! They are great value for money.

"I bought my two Phoenix palms from B&Q. These were also a fantastic deal, as in most places they are sold for over £30 each. I got mine in a 2 for £14 offer.

"I created the planters myself by recycling my old decking. This saved more money as I only had to buy the screws.

"The most expensive part was the grass. I got the Orlando variety from Grass Direct and it cost £160. However, I wasn’t too concerned about that price after I spoke with the lady I collected the stones from off Facebook. She said she had been quoted £4000 for her artificial grass to be applied!"

Creating the floor space was Kellimarie’s biggest task. She said she first cemented in the edging stones, then filled in the area with stone and levelled it off with sand before laying down the grass.

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Now Kellimarie has a thrilling outdoor space for her son, with over 15 dinosaurs of various sizes roaming the area and a backdrop of even thanks to her shower curtains.

The area also features a collection of rockery, which some of the dinosaurs are climbing, and an egg chair complete with blanket and cushions for relaxing in the sunshine.

A selection of herbs growing also is growing in a planter to the side, and various plants and bright flowers complete the overall look.

All in all, the total cost for renovations was a bargain £222 – not bad at all!

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