Are you tired of having to organize, store, or just throw out your child’s old toys? Do you wish there were a way to cut down on clutter while still gaining unique and interesting decor items in the house? Try making some decorations out of those toys. It’s a win-win situation that allows you to repurpose action figures into viable interior design. This will give your home a fresh new look and save on storage space.

“I can't walk in a toy store in a foreign country without seeing a kid with a minion backpack.” - Pierre Coffin

Plastic Dino Planter

Here's a plant-o-sorus
Here's a clever little planter idea. Source: HGTV

Here’s an easy one that can serve as a truly one of a kind vase. Simply cut a hole in the top of a hollow plastic dinosaur, fill it with dirt, and plant a plant inside. Now you have a DIY planter for any room in the house. There’s no wrong way to upcycle plastic toys, but here are some of the dinosaurs that seem to work the best due to their large, hollow bodies:

  • Stegosaurus
  • Triceratops
  • Argentinosaurus
  • Titanosaurus
  • Most ceratopsian
  • Amargasaurus
  • Brontosaurus
  • Tyrannosaurus

Shower Curtain and Hula Hoop

Here’s a fun project for the kids. Simply affix a shower curtain to a hula hoop to create a tent that your children can play in. It’ll create a fun activity and add some color to your backyard. Otherwise you can use older or worn sheets for the same purpose. There are tons of creative things to do with old toys.

Add a Splash of Color to Your Yard

When it comes to your ability to recycle old toys, the possibilities are endless. There are numerous ways to make your yard more interesting simply by painting old toys different colors and decorating the garden with them. For example, repurposing toy trucks can serve as exterior planters, or a repurposed dollhouse can be the centerpiece of the garden.


ANother clever little DIY project for homeowners
Dino keychains can be fun for the whole family. Source: Acasarella

Another easy DIY with old toys, making a keychain out of an older plastic toy is a cinche. All you really need is a power drill and some elbow grease. Just drill a hole large enough to accommodate a key ring, and you’re good to go. If you want to get fancy you can include some hooks and fish eyes for optimal usage. This one is completely customizable.

LEGO Everything

An entire piece of furniture made from LEGO!
All LEGO interior furniture. Source: Home Tree Atlas

LEGO bricks are a great choice because they can be molded into pretty much anything you want around the house, and chances are you have some in the basement or attic. When it comes to creative things to do with old toys, LEGO rules supreme. Here are just some of the many different things you can do with LEGO bricks:

  • Table
  • Lamp
  • Key holders
  • Lightswitch
  • Signs
  • Wall art
  • Countertops
  • Toothbrush holder
  • Picture frame
  • Clock
  • Anything you can build

Dresser Doll House

Here's a quaint little project for anyone wanting a unique furniture piece
Here is an elegant example of DIY craftsmanship. Source: Good Home Design

Here’s a very interesting piece of decor that might prove a challenge to some of the newer DIY homeowners. This upcycled dollhouse consists of a dresser retrofitted with a dollhouse inside, making it a very adult take on a little girl’s toy. This can make for an excellent talking piece, especially if you’ve spent a lot of time on it. Alternatively, this fancy decor can be your own private (and tiny) home away from home in the bedroom. What to do with an old dollhouse? Anything you want.

The Radio Flyer Garden Wagon

A portable garden all due to antique toys left around
A new take on a childhood classic. Source: Hometalk

This exterior piece is the ultimate trip down nostalgia lane. It’s also an incredibly easy way to recycle old toys. Just plant a few flowers in the wagon and call it a day. Add some railing or paint if you wish, but the principle behind the project remains the same.

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