Monday, April 23, 2012

Plastic Animal Crafts

Crafting with dollar/thrift store plastic animals is one of the many new crafting trends. You can buy a lot of these finished crafts online. But if you've got some spare time, why not just make your own? Google "plastic animal crafts" and you'll find a whole slew of tutorials. I decided to try a few on my own. I used small plastic figures but there are other crafts out there for using the larger ones. If you're going to do something such as bookends, you will probably want a larger, more sturdy toy.

Here is what I made:

magnetic necklace holder
ring holder
magnetic photo holder or fridge magnet
place card holder

Gather your supplies...I got a little crazy with mine! You probably won't want to do all of these projects in one day. It really did take a long time because of all the painting/waiting for paint to dry/cleaning up the glitter, etc ;)

Pick out acrylic paints in whatever color you choose. I did a couple of neons, gold, white and black. I also grabbed some glitter. I am not so great with glitter, it pretty much got onto every animal!

Here is a list of everything I used...

exacto knife
dremel multi max
E6000 glue
acrylic craft paint
miniature wood plaques/hearts
newspaper to protect the craft surface
Mod Podge Hard Coat

To make the place card holders use your exacto knife to carefully slice a line through your toy. For the zebra, I chose the mouth; for the lion, I cut in the middle of his back. Cut as deep as you want the cards to sit.

Use your Dremel tool  (or Exacto knife, but I promise that will take longer and your hand may get sore!) and slice the chosen animals in half. Be careful because the friction of the Dremel will cause the plastic to heat up quickly! Either clamp one end of the toy to your table or have someone carefully hold the toy down while you cut.

Once they are cut arrange them on your plaques and decide how you want to decorate them.

Start by painting the animals with a base of white for primer. Once dry, paint each animal with your choice of colors -- or if you're adventurous, try some glitter! That picture above is my poor hippo drowning in glitter!

You may want to use a couple of coats depending on how well the white covers the original color. Once all paint is dry, coat with some Mod Podge Hard Coat for a glossy shine. Also, paint your wooden plaques/hearts being used to mount the animals.

Once everything has dried, use your E6000 or hot glue gun to attach the animals to their base. Glue the magnets onto the back or use a picture frame hanger if you want to be able to mount it onto a wall.
Go crazy with colors -- my favorites are the polka dots!

There are so many fun colors and combos you can come up with! What do you think? Will you chop up your plastic animals and make something fun?! :)



    ok well obviously i need to make all of the things.

    GREAT tutorial! so cute. :)

    1. thanks! You can make a whole gaggle of polka dotted moose if you wanted! Do IT!

  2. I love them all, I know we have little plastic animals laying around. My favorite is the jewelry holders!!!

    1. Thank you! If you make some, you can come back and post a link to share! I'd love to see how they turn out!

  3. This is such a creative tutorial! I love the polka dots :)

    1. Thank you! :) The polka dots were definitely my favorite to make!

  4. Great idea! I want to make one to hang my necklaces and maybe my rings too! Thanks for sharing!!

    1. If you can find some plastic unicorn toys, that'd be pretty awesome, too!

  5. I love every one of these ideas! I must make them all!

  6. We did crop up our plastic animals and we loved the result! Have a look

  7. Thx for these ideas! I've used a half animal on a pictureframe (without the glass) and attached it to my boys closet door. It's his coatrack for his bathing wrap. But I'm gonna try some of yours too!

  8. These are wonderful! I especially love the ones used as necklace holders!

  9. What a fantastic idea!

    We love that you're reusing old toys to create new and useful items. We'll definitely try this one out!

    We love the idea of using reds, greys and mustard yellows as a colour scheme! Can't wait to try it out!

  10. We just love good ideas!Creativity and re-using is what this world needs now!
    Thank you for those wonderful ideas that give old things new useful life.
    We at 2nd Take are a green business and we fully support this idea.

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  12. this looks like a really cool craft project. i found some plastic animals at my house too(being a mom of 5yr old and 18 month old) so i cut them like u showed. here's my problem all of them are hollow from the inside. how do i stick them to the wood now?

    1. If the animal isn't too large, you could fill the inside with the glue and just the edges of the hollow opening. It should be enough to hold it to the wood :)

  13. These are awesome. So cute. I always like the Plastic Card Holders instead of other. Thanks for sharing.

  14. This is great post....thanks for sharing.!!!!! Plastic cards

  15. great post and nice collections..

  16. This is such a great resource that you are providing and you give it away for free.
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  17. This is so cute. Can I buy one? Awesome animal crafts DIY tutorial.


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