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10 Ways to Store or Upcycle Stuffed Animals

Our house is overflowing with stuffed animals. No matter how many we cull from the collection, my girls have a lot of favourites that they can’t part from. They are young and I’m reluctant to add more to the collection or take any away so I’ve been looking at ways to store or upcycle stuffed animals when they will grow out of playing with them.

Firstly, some ways to store a large stuffed animal collection. A bean bag is a great way to hide stuffed animals. It’s safer for the kids to use because there is no risk of the foam balls coming out of the bean bag and it makes them accessible if your child wants to play with a different favourite.

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Image and idea sourced from Come Together Kids

An animal zoo is another great way to store a lot of stuffed animals in the one area. The Zoo or ‘cage’ can be made out of wood or pipe.

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Image and idea from Veetje

If your children are older and but they still want to display their stuffed animals, why not preserve them in a jar and put them on display? Glass and kids don’t mix, so these are best to be stored on high shelves or when the kids are old enough to handle glass jars.

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Image and idea from Shadow Manor

Why not turn similar coloured stuffed animals into a work of art like these toy balls?

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Image and idea from Art Observed

How amazing does this chair look? This is definitely a retro way to preserve toys. Each toy has been zip tied to a metal grid chair.

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Image and idea from Jesus Sauvage

If you have A LOT of stuffed animals, you could make this recliner using the same method as above.


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Image and idea by Design Squish

You can turn your stuffed animals into wall art by adding them to a wall mount.

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Image and idea by Maje Zmaje

Preserve favourite stuffed animals by mounting them on a framed art hanging.

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Image and idea from CZ Blog

If you no longer want to keep the stuffed animals in your home, why not preserve their memory by making a print? Geoffrey Ricardo shows you how in this video.

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Image and idea by Geoffrey Ricardo

Or you could take out all the stuffing and sew each soft animal skin into a rug.

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Image and Idea by Agustina Woodgate

Do your kids have a lot of stuffed animals? How do you store or preserve your children’s beloved soft toys?

Rebecca Senyard

Rebecca Senyard

Rebecca Senyard is a plumber by day and stylist by night but these days she changes more nappies than washers. She is a happily married mum to three young daughters who she styles on a regular basis. Rebecca is not only an award winning plumber, she also writes an award winning blog called The Plumbette where she shares her life experiences as a plumber and mother. Rebecca also blogs at Styled by Bec believing a girl can be both practical and stylish. Links to the blogs are and

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