Upcycle Old Toys Into Adorable, Useful Accessories

Create adorable key chains and planters from kids' toys.

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When we recently cleaned out our boys' stash of toys, we came across a plethora of mini animals at the bottom of a toy bin. Instead of tossing all of them into the donation pile, we thought it would be fun to upcycle some of the figurines into something useful: a key chain and a mini planter. 

Toy Key Chain and Planter Keychain

Toy Key Chain and Planter Keychain

Up cycle toys into little key chains.

Photo by: Debbie Wolfe

Debbie Wolfe

Supplies

Toy Key Chain and Planter Supplies

Toy Key Chain and Planter Supplies

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Debbie Wolfe

  • toy animal figurines
  • paint and brushes
  • eye hooks
  • drill and bits
  • threaded ring (for key chain)

*As far as the planter goes, our planter’s purpose is to hold air plants. If you put a plant that requires soil in it, it will need a drain hole at the bottom. 

Paint

Toy Key Chain and Planter Paint

Toy Key Chain and Planter Paint

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Debbie Wolfe

Paint all the mini figurines. Use modeling paint or spray paint for the best results. 

Hook

Toy Key Chain and Planter Hook

Toy Key Chain and Planter Hook

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Debbie Wolfe

Once the paint has dried, add the eye hooks to the smaller figurines. Depending on the animal, it might be better to place the eye hook on the head versus the back. If needed, drill a small pilot hole to make screwing in the eye hook easier. 

Ring

Toy Key Chain and Planter Loop

Toy Key Chain and Planter Loop

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Debbie Wolfe

Slip the threaded ring through the eye hook, then add a key.

Mini Planter

Toy Key Chain and Planter Drill

Toy Key Chain and Planter Drill

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Debbie Wolfe

Drill a hole large enough to fit your air plant (or plant). The toys are hollow, so drill slowly until you pass through the first layer then stop. You can also enlarge the hole by using a utility knife. Add a plant and place them on your desk. 

Enjoy

Toy Key Chain and Planter Cover1

Toy Key Chain and Planter Cover1

Upcycle old toys into adorable planters.

Photo by: Debbie Wolfe

Debbie Wolfe

These little toy figurines are a fun way to turn old toys into something useful and decorative. Your kids will love seeing their toys sticking around.  

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