There's no escape from stuffed toys when you've got kids. They usually start out as a few and, all too often, they accumulate to the point that your house feels like a jungle of stuffed animals. It's not a problem if the kids grow up someday, create a movie of toys coming alive, and their active imagination becomes a box office hit.
That happens much later, of course, and for now we are left with...clutter. But, wait, before you start tossing them out, you need to see these inspirational ideas of what people have done with their stuffed toys.
1. Wall decoration DIY projects that make the home a little more cheerful are always welcome. Make an easy, inexpensive but absolutely chic decoration for your child’s bedroom using unwanted stuffed animals. It’s like taxidermy, but for kids! DIY Network shows you how.
You can go for ones without plaques...
Or ones with.
2. Child’s bag Moms would never leave the house without a bag! And, if your child is starting to feel like she, too, needs one to carry her stuff and complete her outfit, why not make her one? You can use one of her stuffed toys for a DIY personalized yet totally adorable purse. Find out how from Our Family World.
3. Pillow Use the stuffing from the stuffed toys to make something the rest of the household can appreciate – a throw pillow. If you need a few tips, a tutorial from Instructables can show you how.
4. Stuffed animal chair The photo on top of this article makes it seem like a chair out of stuffed animals requires a lot of work. It does not, and it requires even fewer materials. If you already have a wire mesh chair and loads of stuffed toys, all you need now is to pop down the hardware store and buy a bag of zip ties.
Basically all you have to do is tie the animals to the chair. No sewing required! Step-by-step instruction can be found over at Apartment Therapy.
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5. Donate them If the stuffed toys are still in good condition, consider donating them. Caritas Manila through their Segunda Mana program accepts all kinds of in-kind donations be it used or brand new. The Philippine Toy Library, an NGO that sets up play areas in depressed communities, is also always open to donations in the form of toys, books, tables and chairs, and art materials.