- Animal Soup…bowl
- Gorilla with a Hook
- AT-AT Rocker
- Smashed Potatoes
- Happy Halloween!
- Halloween Mashup
- Give me a hand!
- American Ghoul
- Doggie Boo!
- Franken Mindstein
- Halloween Mayhem
- The Phantom of the Opera-tion
- Ghoul Talk
- Flip Flop Toys
- Toy Soldiers
- Plush Lounge
- Succulosauras Rex
- Retro Cakes
- Sushi Track
- Lemme Out! Flooring
- Bear Branches
- 1001 Dalmations?
- Hold the Onions and Pass the SKETchup
- Jenga Doggie
- Jenga Cat
- Celebrating 40 Puzzling Years
- Storm Scooper
- Run for the Cube
- Foodie Dice
- Puzzle Rug
- Kitchen Wars
- Doctor Who Story
- Bumper Cronuts
- Apple’s Toy Acquisitions – Announced
Side view of animal toy bowl-tiger.
When it comes to kid knickknacks, there will most likely come a day when they end up in some under-the-bed shoebox or bin, cast aside like Rudolph’s “misfit toys”. No biggie…many of us have done the same thing with our stuff as youngsters. Good news is, by keeping my ear to the creative crafting tracks, I’ve devised a fun and functional way to upcycle these tiny trinkets. With the help of our friends from HomeRight, I armed myself with their Heat Pro Plus heat gun to turn about 60 or so discarded plastic animal figures into a fabulously whimsical and decorative bowl.
Upcycle unused toys.
Upcycled Plastic Toy Bowl…here’s what you’ll need:
Toy bowl supplies.
• 60+ plastic figures (animals, dinosaurs, insects, army men, etc.)
• metal bowl – to shape your bowl
• heat gun – I used HomeRight Heat Pro Plus
• heat tolerant bowl or plate – to set your heat gun on during project
• gloves and eye protectors
Here’s what you do…Step #1: Place plastic pieces into bowl. Start at the bottom, then mindfully start piecing the toys together like a puzzle. The closer they are placed, the better they will hold once melded together.
Begin by mindfully placing and puzzling together your plastic toy pieces.
Step #2: Slowly begin heating up the toys on low. Start with the low setting on your heat gun and begin gently warming the figures. I actually tested the heat gun on some plastic trees that were mixed in with the animals that became the base of my bowl (which was so fun, by the way!). It’s a good idea to start with some pieces you least like to get a feel for how fast they’ll melt.
Gently heat the toys on low.
Step #3: Carefully and mindfully melt the pieces together on high. Be careful! Melt the pieces just enough for them to adhere to each other and keep rotating the bowl as you go. If you melt them too much, you’ll lose their detail and charm. If you find that you want to add more animals…go nuts! Just repeat steps 1 -3. Safety note: The Heat Pro Plus can get as hot as 1000°F on high, so be sure to wear your gloves and eye protection. Additionally, make sure to read the safety instructions of your heat gun before use.
Carefully and mindfully melt toys together with your heat gun on high.
Step #4: After melding pieces together, place in the freezer. Once you’re happy with the shape of your bowl, you need to cool and set it. Place a hot pad in your freezer, then set your bowl on top of it and leave it for about 15-20 minutes. Note: Before putting your bowl in the freezer, you can press the pieces together to make sure they have bonded. Do this with your gloves on, as the plastic will be hot and possibly a bit sticky.
After melding all the pieces together, place bowl in freezer to cool and set.
Step #5: Remove from freezer and turn bowl upside-down to remove. Be very gentle when removing your new plastic toy bowl so not to break it. Check to see if it is well-bonded and enjoy! Note: I had a few pieces come loose, so I simply returned the plastic bowl back into the metal one, turned on my heat gun and melted them back together. Voilà
Finished toy bowl!
Great for a kid’s room…
…but, because of its fragility, it might be better as a great way to add a little humor to your bookcase!
Finished bowl side view.
Tipped side view of toy bowl.
Fun and functional toy animal bowl.
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Don’t know what to do with all of the hangers from your dry cleaning?
David Mach used his hangers to create this massive coat hanger gorilla sculpture. Wow! www.incrediblethings.com
Here’s something to transport you to a galaxy far, far away…the AT-AT Rocker.
Check out EPBOT’s website for the template to make a wooden AT-AT Rocker, www.epbot.com. The completed rocker measures approximately 33″ x 37″.
Here’s something fun boys and girls…Mr. Potato Head meets Marvel! A line of collectable, mixable and mashable potato heroes from Hasbro.
Your spuds have never been more super.
Need a few toy and game mashup costume ideas for Halloween? Take a look at some of these creative outfits.
Wanna see Barbie in her creepiest Halloween costume ever? Click on the link…but don’t say I didn’t warn you!
Here’s a creepy accessory for your Halloween costume…or, for everyday.
Wonder where the rest of the doll parts are…hmmm.
Here are some dolls with a ghoulish history – American Ghoul. Bet mommy won’t be buying you any clothes so you can dress up like your favorite ghoul.
Not sure how you’re going to dress up your pets for Halloween? How about a little Doggie Boo?
And don’t forget to play the original game Doggie Doo, created by Lund and Company.
So you think you know everything? Here’s a spooky Toy Mashup game – Franken Mindstein; based on Peggy Brown’s original game for Marbles, Mindstein.