Roundup: 7 Awesome DIY Plastic Animal Projects!

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I don't know if you've noticed, but it's a regular ol' animal invasion on the DIY front!  Yes, 2011 is the year plastic animals finally got their due.  From dinosaur planters to, um, jungle-themed 'derriere' magnets, we've rounded up a few of our favorite plastic animal projects.  Enjoy!  


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Gilded party animal candle holders from The Sweetest Occasion are festive and fun! Kelly suggests snagging your materials for cheap from Target's dollar bin.

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No "butts" about it, these animal magnets from Steph Mantis are pure silliness... and totally awesome.

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I love the dual-purpose action of this dino gift topper-turned-necklace idea from Papernstitch!

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Photojojo turns plastic animals into fearsome (or friendly) magnetic photo holders!  Check out Ohdeeoh's DIY tips for making your own.

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After you've made those "butt magnets" save the heads and turn 'em into wall hooks!

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These dinosaur planters from Plaid Pigeon might be my favorite plastic animal idea of them all--look how perfect they are for succulents!

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And finally, check out how Mad In Crafts turned her dollar store animals into bookends!

So Curbliers, can you think of any other clever uses for plastic animal toys?  I've got plans to add some DIY glitter deer to my Christmas decor this year!

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Laura on Aug 28, 2012:

Ooooh I love the triceratops planter!

Very cool indeed. Thinking I may have to visit some secondhand stores tomorrow and to see what i can find. Thanks!

laura xo


Samantha on Apr 02, 2012:

Neat. Normally I just recreate The Lion King on my dresser. Love seeing how simple stuff can be used in unique ways.

CapreeK on Dec 14, 2011:

Haha, Sara! The more hiney magnets the merrier, I say. ;)

Sara on Dec 14, 2011:

Love!!  My boys have too many plastic animals lying around....now we'll have too many hiney magnets LOL

elhadadepapel on Dec 08, 2011:

Ja ja ja!   That is really cool!

J. Hill on Dec 02, 2011:

Thank you so much for featuring my bookends!  This is an adorable round up of ideas!

Cyd on Nov 16, 2011:

Thanks so much for including our party animal candles! xo

Anonymous on Nov 14, 2011:

I wasn't sure what to expect from a Plastic Animal subject line. But these are surprisingly clever, and things I might actually do!


CapreeK on Nov 09, 2011:

Yes! Love those! Thanks for the link. :)

CapreeK on Nov 09, 2011:

I thought this might be a fun little roundup--so glad you liked it!  And no, for the record, you can never have too many plastic horses. ;)

ThatCleverClementine on Nov 09, 2011:

I always enjoy your postings ... but today? This may be my favorite!! (Of course, I have been accused of having waaaaay too many plastic horses ... but really? Can a girl EVER have too many horses?)

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