These animal planters are a relatively quick project that make a lovely gift or addition to your own collection of plants. Love the fact that I was able to re-purpose out grown toys.


  • 1-4 New or used Plastic Animals
  • 1 Sharp Stanley Knife
  • 1 Marker Pen
  • 1 Small amount of good quality soil
  • 1 Small amount of pebbles
  • 1-4 Combination of succulents
  • 1 Pair safety gloves
  • 1 Mask for when you are handling the soil


  1. Mark the area you wish to cut out on the top surface of the plastic toy with your pen.
  2. With gloves on carefully cut out that shape with your knife.
  3. Fill the now exposed hollow insides of the plastic toy with soil.
  4. Pick which plant you feel suits each toy best, really cannot go wrong here.
    Decorate with pebbles. ENJOY your miniature animal garden.


So far I have only used plastic animal toys but I am looking to try out other out grown objects to create an element of surprise in our garden.

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  • mom70050
    • 11 Jun 2015
      9:59 am

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  • what a great idea on recycling old toys. thanks for sharing


  • Not sure if my kids are ready to give me their toys to make it.


  • Cute and clever. A great way to get kids involved in gardening. And a great repurposing of toys.


  • Oooo I just gave away a huge sheep and a pig. They would have been great for this project.


  • So cute! I’ll have to make these with my son.


  • That’s clever..I love a no waste mantra, used is great.


  • What an inventive and brilliant way to recycle toys. They look great but how does the water drain?


  • Love this idea. So beautiful and unique.


  • These look great and a good project for school holidays


  • Not sure if cute or creepy. But I like them haha


  • That is a cute project. I love kids projects that involve plants too.


  • These plastic planters are a wonderful idea my daughter still has a couple of them and l asked her if she would like to my planter’s out of them this weekend and she is really excited it’s a Great idea


  • A great way to reuse toys that the kids have grown out of but still don’t want to throw away yet. Thanks for sharing your idea.


  • These are a great feature for around the garden.


  • These look so good I have some horses me and my daughter are going to do this with now thanks for sharing


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