Have you ever wondered whether stuffed animal recycling was possible? When my children were young, they had so many stuffed animals that they could barely be contained in toy boxes anymore. I kept trying to get them to let a few of them go to the thrift store but they would get all emotional and have a nervous breakdown. Seriously…do you even know where you GOT that stuffed cat that you are clinging to with tears in your eyes? NO! Hand it over, kid! Stuffed animal recycling is something I had never really considered before but now that they are older, I think I can convince them to part with a few! I thought I would share a few ideas about how to bring new life to your children’s not so loved any more plush toys.
Stuffed Animal Recycling Tips
Create a cushion from your child’s old plush toys: Check out the directions on Indistructables to learn how to use your child’s old stuffed animals to create a beautiful new pillow.
Donate them to a pet shelter: Many dog and cat shelters would love your unneeded stuffed animals. They are always looking for toys to keep the animals happy.
Give them to Stuffed Animals for Emergencies: I came across a wonderful way to ‘reuse’ those stuffed animals your kids outgrow. They will get them into the hands of kids who really need them. I don’t have any affiliation with the website, I just have WAY too many stuffed animals that I need to find new homes for. I would hate for them to end up in a landfill when there are children who could be comforted by them!
Donate to local emergency services organizations: If you have too many stuffed animals in your own home, you can consider donating them to your local fire department, police station, or battered women’s shelter. There are a ton of underprivileged kids in pretty scary situations that would be comforted a great deal by a fuzzy companion at just the right moment. Sometimes children have to be removed from their home and just having a few stuffed toys in the trunk of the police cruiser can come in handy. Stuffed animal recycling could help bring a smile to an otherwise sad face.
Create your very own stuffed animal chair: Yes, you can create a chair made out of nothing but stuffed animals. Crazy, huh? Check out Marth Stewart for directions.
Turn them into a rug: Minus the stuffing, you can turn your stuffed animal into a fuzzy rug. That way, maybe your kids won’t freak over the idea of stuffed animal recycling! They will still have a lovely rug to remind them of their special plushies. Check out this stuffed animal rug and see if you could make one!
How do you keep the collection of stuffed toys under control in your child’s room? Do you hang them from nets on the ceiling? Sort through them and donate them to Good Will without asking your child’s permission? Kids get a TON of stuffed animals throughout their childhood and you will eventually need to figure out a way to get rid of them all!