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80 Creative DIY Toys

From DIY Mini Tree Houses to Adorable Timber Toys

— June 7, 2013 — Life-Stages
While parents often try to provide their children with everything they want and desire, buying certain luxury items such as toys can be expensive, but these inventive DIY toys will help provide kids with adorable playthings without having to spend a fortune.

Toy retailers are constantly coming out with new and improved models in order to attract children and subsequently their parents to buy them. The cost of maintaining that constant need for toys would be simply unreasonable, which is why these DIY options are a great alternative to purchasing them at the store. From DIY paper spacecrafts to amazingly detailed miniature tree houses, these creative DIY toys will have any child satisfied with all the interactive features and adorable designs.
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DIY Graffiti Pickups
DIY Graffiti Pickups
Create Original Street Art on the 'Tag Your Own Chinatown' Cube Truck
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Creative Kiddie Craft Kits
Creative Kiddie Craft Kits
Target Launches 'Kid Made Modern' Products by Todd Oldham
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Melting Holiday Sculptures
Melting Holiday Sculptures
The DIY Decoration Kit Makes for Quirky Christmas Snowman Decor
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77
DIY Children's Toys
DIY Children's Toys
The Paper-Craft Models by Papero are Beautifully Complex
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DIY Kiddie Lacing
DIY Kiddie Lacing
Mini-Eco's Printable Sewing Cards for Tailors-in-Training
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75
DIY LED Paper Spacecrafts
DIY LED Paper Spacecrafts
ThinkGeek's Paper USS Enterprise Can Be Built with LEDs and Music
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Custom Ties by Kids
Custom Ties by Kids
The ArtTie
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Custom Blow-Up Toys
Custom Blow-Up Toys
BLIMPUS Allows You to Create a One-of-a-Kind Vinyl Character
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72
Kid-Created Plushies
Kid-Created Plushies
Child's Own Studio Turns Drawings into Stuffed Toys
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Doodle-Friendly Home Decor
Doodle-Friendly Home Decor
This Collection Includes a Canvas Table, Draw-On Pillows and Aprons
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70
DIY Teen Mobiles
DIY Teen Mobiles
The 'Fall' Game by the Canadian Design Team Tests Balance Skills
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69
DIY Solar-Powered Robots
DIY Solar-Powered Robots
RobotiKits for Kids Include Happy Hopping Frog Bot
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68
Eco Modeling Clay
Eco Modeling Clay
Natural Dye for Homemade Playdough is a Safe DIY Project
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Cute Customizable Robots
Cute Customizable Robots
The DIY Paintable Android Figurine is the Perfect Geeky Craft
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66
Waste Wood-Transformed Toys
Waste Wood-Transformed Toys
Alicucio Creates Noble Toys and Furnishings the Old-Fashioned Way
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DIY Gaming Smartphone Mods
DIY Gaming Smartphone Mods
Turn a Game Boy into an Android Controller with These DIY Instructions
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DIY Toy Block Spice Racks
DIY Toy Block Spice Racks
This LEGO Seasoning Container Can Be Your Next Project for the Kitchen
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DIY Eco War Toys
DIY Eco War Toys
Battle It Out With These John Lacko Kami Bush Paper Warriors
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Luxurious Blocked Apparel
Luxurious Blocked Apparel
Emiko Oyo Specializes in Fashioning Bracelets and Earpieces out of LEGO
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DIY Breakable Banks
DIY Breakable Banks
The Intricate LEGO Safe is Made for Monopoly Money
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DIY Stuffed Toys
DIY Stuffed Toys
Shawnimals Plusform
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DIY Doodled Racetracks
DIY Doodled Racetracks
The Doodle Track Encourages Kids To Draw Their Own Fun
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Adorable Egg Carton Planters
Adorable Egg Carton Planters
These Mini Egg Landscapes are the Perfect Easter Decorations
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Toy Brick Gatling Guns
Toy Brick Gatling Guns
The LEGO Machine Gun Packs a Serious Punch
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DIY Toy Vending Machines
DIY Toy Vending Machines
The Roto-a-Matic Will Mold & Make a Toy In Less Than a Minute
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DIY Dino Crafts
DIY Dino Crafts
This Craft is Remote Controlled, Making for an Awesome Jurassic Play Time
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Comical Cartoon Loot Bags
Comical Cartoon Loot Bags
The Angry Bird Goodie Bag Will Cause Buzz and Chatter at Your Next Party
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Iconic Building Block Treats
Iconic Building Block Treats
These DIY LEGO Cake Pops Help You Create Your Own Characters
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Recession Era Toys
Recession Era Toys
Discovery Paper Recycling Studio Is An Eco-Friendly, Fun DIY
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DIY Matryoshka Dolls
DIY Matryoshka Dolls
These Painted Treasures Make for the Ultimate Customizable Gift
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Cuddly Collage Toys
Cuddly Collage Toys
The Papercut Monsters Are Creative Beasts Worthy of a Snuggle
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Doodling Dolls
Doodling Dolls
Manuella Doodle Dolls are Paper-Covered Figures for Crafty Kids
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Disastrous Papercrafts
Disastrous Papercrafts
Spitefuls DIY Disaster Dioramas Add New Tragedies (UPDATE)
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Upcycled Aluminum Automobiles (UPDATE)
Upcycled Aluminum Automobiles (UPDATE)
These Awesome CanCars Models Are Beery Cool
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Exotic Wooden Stamps
Exotic Wooden Stamps
Charancreations Renders Beautiful Carved Textiles for DIY Crafts
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Year-Long Papercraft Projects
Year-Long Papercraft Projects
Making A Toy-a-Day (Or Blogging About It)
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DIY Undead Toys
DIY Undead Toys
The Zombie Customizable Action Figure Kit Encourages Scary Creativity
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Adorable DIY Music Makers
Adorable DIY Music Makers
Create a Pitch Perfect Pair of Drums in Just a Few Simple Steps
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DIY Branded Toys
DIY Branded Toys
Custom-Made Munnys for Corporate Holiday Celebrations
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DIY Animated Jar Lids
DIY Animated Jar Lids
The ‘House to Home’ Site Shows How to Make Playful Containers
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DIY Reptilian Race Cars
DIY Reptilian Race Cars
These Turtle Shell Racers by Michale Curry Bring Mario Cart to Reality
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DIY Superhero Toys
DIY Superhero Toys
This Toy Kit from ThinkGeek Allows You to Build Your Own Action Figure
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DIY Toy Speakers
DIY Toy Speakers
The Handmade Kidrobot Munny Doll Speaker Plays Your Music Adorably
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Helicopter Celing Fans
Helicopter Celing Fans
This Clever Ceiling Fan Design Depicts a Daring Helicopter Rescue
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DIY Kids Vehicles
DIY Kids Vehicles
Moov Toys
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35
Geeky Tree Adornments
Geeky Tree Adornments
These DIY LEGO Holiday Ornaments are Cheerful and Customizable
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DIY LEGO Lamps
DIY LEGO Lamps
Hideous Lampshade Made of Melted Melange of Toy Bricks
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DIY Baking for Kids
DIY Baking for Kids
Gourmet Cupcake & Ice Cream Sandwich Maker
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DIY Lego Furniture
DIY Lego Furniture
The LunaBlocks Kit
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DIY Soda Bottle Creatures
DIY Soda Bottle Creatures
The ‘Spoonful’ Polar Bear Project is a Great Way to Re-Purpo
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Papercraft Robots
Papercraft Robots
Shin Tanaka Collaborates with Giant Robot Magazine for These Toy Bots
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DIY Dark Side Corks
DIY Dark Side Corks
These DIY Darth Vader Champagne Corks Add Some Dark Side to Your Wine Bottles
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Kids DIY Toy Kit
Kids DIY Toy Kit
Make-My-Own-Monster by FAO Schwarz
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DIY Mini Tree Houses
DIY Mini Tree Houses
This Creative DIY Project Demonstrates How to Make a Toy Tree House
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DIY Four-Wheel Drives
DIY Four-Wheel Drives
The Toyota CJ3B 'Dog' is the Car You Assemble Yourself
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Furniture From Recycled Toys
Furniture From Recycled Toys
Greg Lynn's Eco Welding
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Customized Robotic Cork Toys
Customized Robotic Cork Toys
Turn Your Old Wine Corks into Robotic Buddies with The Corkers Set
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DIY Repurposed Toy Planters
DIY Repurposed Toy Planters
The 'Thrillz of Hillz' Dinosaur Pots are Eye-Catching and Quirky
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DIY Paper Heroes
DIY Paper Heroes
Cubee Craft
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DIY Child Craft Studios
DIY Child Craft Studios
This DIY Project Organizes Arts and Crafts Time for Under $50
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Puzzling Keyboard Games
Puzzling Keyboard Games
The Keyboard Sudoku/Rubik's Cube is a Geeky DIY Delight
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Knit Nintendo Toys
Knit Nintendo Toys
Michelle Rheaume Sells Classic Toy Patterns for Geeky DIY Projects
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Budget-Friendly DIY Toys
Budget-Friendly DIY Toys
Free Papercraft Projects to Print and Assemble
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DIY Squid Crochets
DIY Squid Crochets
The Lady Lilliput Knitwear is Whimsical
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DIY Eco Monster Toys
DIY Eco Monster Toys
Danger Crafts Knitting Patterns Unlock Unlimited Possibilities for Creation
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DIY Puppets
DIY Puppets
Customize Your Own Muppets
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DIY Foam-Shooting Machine Guns
DIY Foam-Shooting Machine Guns
Nerf Dart Blaster Can Fire 500 Rounds Per Minute
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Playful Paper Animal Kits
Playful Paper Animal Kits
Unleash the Kid Inside with the Brave Paper Face Paper Toy Kits
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DIY Building Block Furniture
DIY Building Block Furniture
The LEGO Histogram Table Celebrates the Studio's 15th Anniversary
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DIY Mammoth Plushies
DIY Mammoth Plushies
This Love Elephant Sewing Pattern PDF Teaches You to Make Toys
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DIY Travel Toys
DIY Travel Toys
Wee Mouse Tin House is Cute and Compact
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Adorable Timber Toys
Adorable Timber Toys
These Hand-Crafted Wooden Toys by Usuals are Made From a Hazel Tree
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Recycled Toy Canines
Recycled Toy Canines
Robert Bradford Transforms Children's Toys into Life-Sized Dogs
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DIY Bottle Catamarans
DIY Bottle Catamarans
Recycle Plastic Bottles in Fun Floating Science Project
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Toys from Recycled Clothing
Toys from Recycled Clothing
Retro Sweater Stuffed Animals
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DIY Loot Balls
DIY Loot Balls
The DIY Surprise Balls Conceal a Magnitude of Trinkets
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DIY Cardboard Kids Chairs
DIY Cardboard Kids Chairs
Finish Your Self Junior
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Toy Brick Picture Cameras
Toy Brick Picture Cameras
The Legotron Camera is a Snapshot of DIY Success
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Re-Imagined Flatpacked Furniture
Re-Imagined Flatpacked Furniture
The IKEA's Frosta Stool Hack Turns It into a Wooden Bicycle
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Electronic Cardboard Creatures
Electronic Cardboard Creatures
The AREA + Eco DIY Collection is Endearing and Economical
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