These Weird Toy Animal DIYs Are Actually Pretty Darn Cute

Diply 18 Sep 2018

The other day I tried a dollar store hack that involved cutting a toy dinosaur in half. A ton of people have told me how much they loved it, and I realized there are a lot of cool toy animal DIYs out there.

Just a simple search on Pinterest showed me hundreds of DIYs that I could try out. I'm sensing a bit of a theme these days! Since I still have some dinosaurs on my desk, I should probably give a couple of these a try. For now, enjoy these toy animal DIYs and try some for yourself!

1. Most of these DIYs involve cutting the toy animal in half.

Hometalk | EngineerMommy

I used an Xact-O knife, but some other DIYers have used a hacksaw instead. To make your decision on which to use really depends on if your dinosaur is hollow or not.

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Once Engineer Mommy cut her dinosaurs in half, she spray-painted them a fun blue color.

Hometalk | EngineerMommy

Then she attached pushpins with some glue to the inside edge where she made the cut. Now she can use them to hang notes on her corkboard!

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2. I've seen a bunch of cute toy animal planters, but never quite like this one from Lovely Indeed.

Lovely Indeed | Lovely Indeed

After cutting off this toy giraffe's head, she drilled a hole which is the perfect size for a single flower. It couldn't be easier!

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After spray-painting them funky colors, she now has some really adorable vases.

Lovely Indeed | Lovely Indeed

I think I like the simplicity of these over a larger air plant or succulent holder, to be honest! This is definitely one I'll be trying.

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3. In many of these DIYs, you cut the head off but use the body.

I Love To Create | I Love To Create

But for this DIY, you're actually going to focus on using the head of the toy! You're going to want to spray-paint it in your favorite color.

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Then I Love To Create used the head of the toy animal to create a pendant for a necklace.

I Love To Create | I Love To Create

I love the combination of the toy with the vintage look of the wood and newspaper!

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4. Want to try a DIY that uses just items from the dollar store?

Dollar Store Crafts | Dollar Store Crafts

I've actually seen these blue cups at the dollar store many times, so I know this is going to only cost you a few bucks!

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Dollar Store Crafts glued the toys to the side of the cups, then painted them black.

Dollar Store Crafts | Dollar Store Crafts

I think that leaving part of the original blue cup is really smart! It means you don't have to worry about putting your mouth on the paint while drinking, but it's also a unique design.

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5. This next DIY seems kind of weird, but for the right person, it's actually kind of perfect.

Instructables | mikeasaurus

This one is a little bit more intricate, but I think it's worth all of the effort!

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If you remove the heel from your shoes, you can add a toy animal to replace it.

Instructables | mikeasaurus

With Halloween coming up, this is actually the perfect DIY to accompany a super cool costume.

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6. Next time you're looking to add some art to your home, think about trying something 3D.

View From The Fridge | View From The Fridge

It's something totally unique compared to a traditional 2D painting. You just need a thrifted frame and a toy animal to get started.

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View From The Fridge painted this thrifted frame with some bold colors and then mounted the toy animal to the back.

View From The Fridge | View From The Fridge

This would be a super cute addition to an animal-obsessed kid's bedroom!

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7. Here's another one that is perfect for the kids, or for people who have a hard time with a corn on the cob.

Hometalk | Stephen Taylor

Cut a toy animal in half and add a few screws to the flat side.

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Stephen then used the animal to create a really cute corn-on-the-cob holder!

Hometalk | Stephen Taylor

This is perfect for when those pesky corn cobs are just too hot to handle.

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8. Are you really a true crafter if you don't have a favorite super glue?

Hometalk | Shawna Bailey

Pick your favorite brand and add some to the edge of your sliced toy animal like Shawna did with this DIY.

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Then mount your toy animals to a piece of stained wood.

Hometalk | Shawna Bailey

After you've done that with a few animals, you'll have an adorable spot to hang clothes, accessories, and other items! You could leave them plain or spray-paint them for a uniformed look.

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