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5 New Uses for Old Toys

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03.18.13

Photo: crazycouture | Etsy

It can be difficult to throw out your children’s toys. Not only did they play a vital role in countless imaginary adventures, some of them were probably expensive! Eventually, though, your kids move on to other forms of entertainment. Board games lose their playing pieces, puzzles go unsolved and action figures are retired.

Instead of tossing old board games and unused toys, upcycle them! Here are five ways to give toys a new life by turning them into useful items around your home:

Magnets. Attach an adhesive magnet to the backside of old toys, plastic animals or spare game parts. Boom! Your fridge just became a lot more fun.

Photo: OutOfTheBottle | Etsy

Lamps. Take all those banged up toys and create a DIY toy lamp! All you need is a hot glue gun, a lamp and some unused toys! Kick up the design element by spray painting the entire lamp one color.

Planters. Get creative with your springtime potting! Rubber toy animals make great spring planters because they’re easy to manipulate. All you need to do is make a small hole in the top and use sharp scissors to create a wide opening for your planter.  

Photo: fbstudiovt | Etsy

Coasters. Keep those beautiful wood surfaces safe by crafting coasters with flat game pieces! We like these colorful domino coasters from LilCodyDesign’s Etsy shop.

Photo: LilCodyDesign | Etsy

Key Chains. Use Lego pieces to create your own unique key holder to place by your front door, or create a colorful key chain. To do this, just intertwine a key ring with a small plastic toy so that it’s easy to keep track of. You’ll never lose your keys again!

Photo: Felix Grauer

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