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Upcycled Toy Planters

July 04, 2022

Contributed by: Denise of Thrifty by Design and Salvation Army Thrift Store Creative Expert.

Give your succulents even more character with this fun, simple and cheap DIY that makes planter magic out of treasures from your local Salvation Army Thrift Store. I even levelled up this project by using up old craft paint and taking cuttings from my stash of succulents.


– hollow plastic toys

– craft paint

– Mod Podge or white glue

– brush

– scissors, X-Acto knife

– awl, screwdriver, or drill

– soil

– succulent cuttings

Step 1: Thrift your items

Drop by your local Salvation Army Thrift Store to thrift some fun plastic toys. These can be zoo creatures or dinosaurs. You will want these to be hollow so you can make a hole for the planter.

Step 2: Create the holes for your plant

I used my awl to create holes in the top of the plastic animals. I added 4 holes in the shape of a square. You can always use a screwdriver or drill to make the holes. Start with a small square. You can always make the hole bigger later if need be.

Step 3: Cut the opening for your plant

Now use either your scissors or an X-Acto knife to cut between the holes and make the opening for your succulent.

Step 4: Time to paint!

Once you have added the hole for your planter, you are now ready to paint. Add 2-3 coats of acrylic paint to each animal. Allowing the paint to dry between coats as this should create a solid finish.

Step 5: Seal with glue

Seal the paint with a coat of Mod Podge or white glue. Allow to dry.

Step 6: Add your soil and succulents

Finally, you are ready to add the soil and succulent cuttings. Feel free to add onto this step by adding moss or other embellishments.