One of the things that happens when your kids start leaving home is that they usually leave behind a HUGE PILE of their belongings. Things they didn’t want to take with them but weren’t willing to take to the local thrift store.
Because, you know, THEY are busy.
Those of you with older children, YOU know what I mean.
Not all of the items left behind are useless like holey socks, or video games for systems NO ONE plays any more (they probably left the whole gaming system in that HUGE PILE). In fact, you might find a great use for one or two of the items – pieces from board games come to mind as well as action figures, stuffed or plastic animals.
So before you go running off to the donation station and after you take some time to master a couple of levels of Picman, you might sort though the pile to see what might be useful as a crafting item.
Let’s start with plastic animals.
Plastic Animal Necklaces from iLoveToCreate Blog
Toy Planters from Little Bit Funky
Frog in a Sweater Brooch – From The Creative Goddess (that’s me!)
Plastic Animal Bookends from Artisan Des Arts
Plastic Animal Hooks from Pyssellolaget
Plastic Animal Photo Holders from Stars for Streetlights
Plastic Elephant Book Ends from Love Grows Wild
Goldfish Necklace from The Creative Goddess (this blog!)
Animal Place Card Holder from Parties for Pennies
Neon Animal Push Pins from A Bubbly Life
Party Animal Candles from The Sweetest Occasion
Plastic Animal Crafts from Little Gray Fox
Trophy Heads from Llevo El Invierno
Turkey Placecard Holders from The Sweetest Occasion
Honestly, I’ve already blown through the animals we had here but now that I’m seeing these projects I might hit the thrift store to see if I can find more.