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Don't Throw Away Your Grown-Up Kid's Toys Before You See These 19 DIYs

MAY 11, 2015  —  By Emily Geraghty  
Emily Geraghty

Emily Geraghty

Emily Geraghty is a DIY writer and video specialist for ViralNova. Previous to ViralNova, she worked in digital content and video production for MTV, Allure, Glamour and LogoTV, as well as reality television development. In her free time she runs the fashion blog That Cheap, a blog about thrift store shopping and inexpensive beauty trends.

It's hard to figure out just what to do with old kids' toys when your child grows out of them. They take up a lot of space, but it hurts a little bit to throw out or donate something your child once adored. Before you banish those baubles to the island of misfit toys...or, more realistically, Goodwill, check out the 19 DIY ways to upcycle them below. One of these projects is bound to inspire you, even if you don't have kids! Happy crafting!

1. Glue old toys to a picture frame, then spray it with spray paint. You'll have an instant, eye-catching piece of home decor.

2. Display your child's most loved toys in cute shadow boxes.

3. A plastic toy cut in half and painted makes a funny bookend.

See how to make these here.

4. Or use two plastic toys and glue them to plywood. Then paint them whatever color you like.

5. A coat of white paint makes a kids' piggy bank look like clean home decor.

No spray paint required. Read the tutorial here.

6. Glue plastic toys to push pins for funny corkboard thumbtacks.

7. Old toys + a clean jar = a customized snow globe.

Read the instructions here.

8. Make a LEGO clock that's as modern or goofy as you want.

All you need is a clock mechanism. Read the tutorial here.

9. Glue kids' toys to the top of jar lids and give them a fresh coat of paint.

10. Once your child has grown out of their dollhouse, use it as a chic shelf.

A fresh coat of paint can do wonders.

11. Painted blocks make cute candle holders.

Read the tutorial here.

12. Plastic toys make fun candle holders, too.

13. You could also put plastic toys in mason jar terrariums for an extra dash of fun.

14. A doll bed makes for a perfect cat nap spot.

15. These skateboard shelves would look cool in any part of the house.

16. If you have extra LEGOs, make a bold belt.

See how it's done here.

17. With a few beads, a chain, and gold spray paint, plastic animals become gorgeous jewelry.

18. This unique bowl is made from melted army men.

Read how to make it here.

19. These concrete nesting tables were made using a mold built from LEGOs.

The video tutorial is pretty impressive.

I love the way those plastic animal necklaces look. They seem so professional and unique, I'm going to whip up a few ASAP. If I had a spare dollhouse lying around, I'd definitely hang it up and use it as a shelf! Which of these DIY projects inspired you?

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