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If you’ve ever assembled favor bags for a child’s birthday party or festival, you might be familiar with those little plastic figurines shaped like dinosaurs, tigers and other zoo animals. Many of the smaller ones come in packs of 10 or more for that very purpose — mass dispersal of plastic animal fun. If this all sounds familiar, you may have also thrown away your fair share. Here are some exciting ways to keep that growing army of toy animals at bay — or at least add some childlike whimsy to your design life.

Animal book end project
These golden book ends, while still full of charming whimsy, add a regal touch to bookshelves, mantelpieces, or wherever your books find a home.

Animal box topper
Add some serious character to these simple boxes with minimal effort and supplies. They can be great for gift-giving, or to keep yourself as some adorable organizers.

animal memo holders

Let these little guys hold up your memos, notes or photographs to inject some liveliness into your work space or home.

neon animal garland

Colorful in more ways than one, this dinosaur garland will give you a reason to bust out the neon spray paint.

party animal necklaces

These circus-themed animal necklaces can quirk up your (or your kids’) wardrobe on days where simple just won’t cut it.

animal figure pop art

Combine colorful canvas blocks and glitter-drenched figurines for some minimalist 3D pop art conversation-starters. Once you start, it might be hard to stop!

Check out these other clever uses for dollar store animal figurines:

DIY Animal Ornaments

Painted Animal Book Ends

Are you wild about these wild animal toys? Have any ingenious uses for them of your own? 


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5 Responses

  1. Yolanda says:

    TY finally a use for all those little guys that I am constantly finding in the most interesting hiding spots around my home….maybe I can finally corral some of these guys up for the holidays!

  2. cucumberHoH says:

    Ingenious creativities for the figurines. I only have use for a few of those ideas.

  3. Ann Jeffries says:

    Really enjoyed your creative uses for these little guys. See how I have been using them on decorated boxes at buymethemoon.etsy.com

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