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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  • A good way to recycle old toys too


  • This is a fantastic idea! When my kids get their toys wet I usually have to chuck them incase of mould but this is a great way to reuse them


  • I am definitely making some of these to hide around the garden! So cute – I love this idea


  • I have to do this! thanks… looks lovely


  • These look great! Thanks for sharing!


  • I’m not sure I’d find cutting the holes easy.


  • great fun idea


  • this is a pretty funky idea


  • WHAT a great idea these will make the garden look beautiful


  • Trying to get a hole in the animals would be fun though… Not! Ha Ha!!!


  • I have the old toys ready to go. Now to make them


  • I know my kids will love these. Will have to get some toys sorted and have a go at making

    • That looks amazing and the kids would definitely have fun making these


  • so cute. My bub will like this as he love these toys. I will try this for him.


  • Fun way to use up old toys. Thank you.


  • They look great, very effective indeed.


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