Friday, December 15, 2017

Turn plastic animals into chic pieces for your home. Today’s roundup includes wine stoppers, a unique set of pushpins, and so much more!

Upcycle Your Plastic Animals To Chic Functional Decors

Wondering what to do with the toys your kids have outgrown? Or are you simply looking for a nifty and fun way to add some personality and style to your home? I’ve got just the list of DIY crafts for your next afternoon project!

But first, watch this!

1. Bookend

Bookend | Plastic Animals For Your Next DIY Crafts

To make your bookend, begin by slicing the plastic animal in half. Using a hot glue gun, stick one of the ends to a wooden board. Do the same with the other half. Then, finish the project off by spraying on some paint.

2. Place Card Holder

Place Card Holder | Plastic Animals For Your Next DIY Crafts

The secret to making the two halves of the plastic animal stay together is simple. All you have to do is tuck a small magnet in the space inside. By the way, don’t forget to add a drop of glue on the magnet before tucking the magnet in. This will help hold the two sides and maintain its form.

3. Serving Plate

Serving Plate | Plastic Animals For Your Next DIY Crafts

When prepping for a serving plate DIY craft, I recommend using a plastic animal with long limbs, as it lets you play around with different plate heights. Slice off the giraffe’s neck  just above the shoulder. Using an adhesive, attach the body parts to the plate one at a time.

TIP: It is best to start with the body part first, wait for it to be completely cured and dried before you attach the neck to the plate.

4. Planter

Planter | Plastic Animals For Your Next DIY Crafts

Plastic animals are a neat way to house your succulents. Simply take out the top, spray paint it in a color of your choosing, fill in the space with a bit of soil, and place your preferred plants inside.

5. Hooks

Hooks | Plastic Animals For Your Next DIY Crafts
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Choose an animal that has either a trunk or a long tail, such as elephants or felines. This will help you hang keys, coats, or even aprons with ease.

6. Memo Holder

Memo Holder | Plastic Animals For Your Next DIY Crafts
image via Sugar & Cloth

You might want to grab a drill for this project. It makes poking a hole so much easier. By the way, don’t forget to put a drop of glue on the dowel before you stick it in the hole. This will help keep it in place.

7. Chic Accents

Chic Accents | Plastic Animals For Your Next DIY Crafts
image via Heodeza

These chic accents make great paperweights and an amazing decor you can display in almost every room. Also, can I just say, I love how the colors of black and gold look so stylish together.

8. Wine Stoppers

Wine Stoppers | Plastic Animals For Your Next DIY Crafts
image via Brit+Co

These wine stoppers will be a hit during your next wine night. Just don’t forget to let the glue dry for at least 24 hours before using the cork on a wine bottle. You definitely wouldn’t want to accidentally break your upgraded wine stopper.

9. Unique Pushpins

Unique Pushpins | Plastic Animals For Your Next DIY Crafts
image via Brit+Co

These pushpins are a statement all on their own. I guarantee you won’t have anyone who’ll have the same set. Simply glue the backs of the thumbtacks to the plastic animal, let it dry overnight, and you’re all set.

10. Glittered Animal Canvas

Glittered Animal Canvasses | Plastic Animals For Your Next DIY Crafts
image via Papery & Cakery

Bring a little color and funk into a room with these glittered animal canvasses.

Tip: Remember to place a sheet of paper on your workspace as you place glitter on the animal. That way, you’ll get to reuse the extra glitter. You’ll give yourself an easier clean up as well.

11. Candle Holder

Candle Holder | Plastic Animals For Your Next DIY Crafts
image via The Sweetest Occasion

Remember to keep the size of your desserts in mind. After all, if you’re using the candle holder for a cupcake, you’d want to choose a smaller plastic animal to work with.

12. Animal Jars

Animal Jars | Plastic Animals For Your Next DIY Crafts
image via Land Of Nams

Give your mason jars a touch of elegance with these gold painted animals. Make for a seamless finish by spraying both the plastic animal and the lid of the jar.

13. Necklaces

Necklaces | Plastic Animals For Your Next DIY Crafts
image via I Love To Create

This project may be the trickiest out of everything in this roundup, but it’s a small price to pay for a unique accessory. By the way, don’t forget to pick your spirit animal when it comes to designing the necklace!

14. Elephant Toothbrush Holder

This ingenious toothbrush holder is such a creative idea! I recommend using a bigger plastic animal for this project so it can hold all the toothbrushes of your family.

15. Bowl

Bowl | Plastic Animals For Your Next DIY Crafts
image via Edith & Evelyn

The heavier your bowl is, the more support it should have on the bottom. If you’ll be using this project as a vase, 3-4 plastic animals should be enough for the base.

16. Ring Dishes

Ring Dishes | Plastic Animals For Your Next DIY Crafts
image via Pink Heels Pink Truck

You won’t even have to worry about cutting the plastic animals in half for this DIY craft. Simply glue each painted mini toy on a dish and you’re all set!

17. Dinosaur Handle Cups

Dinosaur Handle Cups | Plastic Animals For Your Next DIY Crafts
image via White Lights On Wednesday

This project is perfect if you’ve got more than 1 kid. Remember to paint the cups and handles in your kids’ favorite color. That way, they won’t have to fight over who gets the cool cup.

18. Drawer Pulls

Drawer Pulls | Plastic Animals For Your Next DIY Crafts
image via Apartment Therapy

The key tip for these toy drawer pulls is to use plastic animals that are of moderate size. Smaller ones would make it hard to pull out the drawer, while bigger ones might require both hands to open the drawer.

19. Frame

Frame | Plastic Animals For Your Next DIY Crafts
image via Etsy

DIY an old frame to make it quirkier. Begin by painting your frame and plastic animals. When dry, arrange the animals on the frame. Once you’re happy with the placement, glue the pieces down with a hot glue gun. I recommend placing different animals side by side for a more eclectic and interesting design.

20. Keychain 

Keychain | Plastic Animals For Your Next DIY Crafts
image via A Casarella

Always looking for your keys at the bottom of your bag? Remedy this by attaching a plastic animal to the keychain. That way, it’ll make feeling for your house keys much easier.

21. Rainforest In A Jar

Rainforest In A Jar | Plastic Animals For Your Next DIY Crafts
image via The Crafting Chicks

Fill your kid’s mind with wonder when you give them these rainforests enclosed in jars. You can even make a different habitat for each plastic animal you find.

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