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If your kids have collected quite a stash of plastic animals over time, they can be quite useful in many ways other than playing zoo. Re-purposed into fashionable necklaces, party animals, push pins or even vases (to name a few) these wild creatures can lead to new ways of play and functional uses too! Check out these clever plastic animal crafts to make for your kids that can be lead to some wild and crazy fun.

DIY Plastic Taxidermy (via Pointless Pretty Things) Brighten up your kids’ room with these faux trophy animal heads. They can be painted in any colors and are hilariously fun.

Mini Animal Bud Vases (via Lovely Indeed) Add fun pops of colors with these crazy animal vases that have flowers coming out of their heads!

Animal Favor Boxes (via Hellobee) Here’s a fun favor DIY that makes the container as special as what’s hidden beneath it.

Plastic Animal Hooks and Plaques (via Little Gray Fox) Lots of fun ideas are presented here from making cute plaques to hanging hooks and more with these brightly decorated animals.

Dinosaur Jar Storage (via Lolly Jane) Dinosaurs never looked so cute in pastel shades and are great handles for jars to store kid’s stuff like play dough.

Plastic Animal Push Pins (via A Bubbly Life) Make an ordinary cork board stand out with these awesome brightly painted neon pin animals.

Plastic Animal Necklaces (via My So Called Crafty Life) With a bit of ribbon, fabric and embellishments, you can make cute necklaces, inspired by similar ones seen in high end retailers.

DIY Party Animals (via Oh Happy Day) Get ready to bring these party animals to your child’s next celebration. They’re sure add some extra smiles and laughs all around!

Animal Ring Toss Game (via And We Play) Make a fun game by making this simple ring toss out of your larger sets of plastic animal. Fun for the whole family!

DIY Animal Mobile (via The Gold Jellybean) Add some cute whimsical charm to any child or baby’s room with this simple neon painted animal mobile.

For more creative kids’ craft ideas, see:

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10 Delightful Clothespin Crafts

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Agnes Hsu is a mom of three and has been inspiring parents and kids to get creative with easy activities and family friendly recipes for over 10 years. She shares her love for creative play and kids food to her 2MM+ followers online. Agnes' commitment to playful learning and kindness has not only raised funds for charity but also earned features in prestigious nationwide publications.