It Figures: Ideas for Making Fabulous Stuff With Figurines

If your kids are anything like mine, they have loads of tiny cars, dolls, party favors, and figurines that they love for a about a week, then these collectibles accumulate in every bin in the house, ultimately collecting nothing but dust.

Whenever I decide I am going to clean-house and get rid of the buggers, a cacophony of mayhem, tears, and promises to play with them until their dying day ensues. It is a vicious cycle, but it just doesn’t feel right to toss things the kids seem to still care about, even if they no longer use them every day. They’re kind of like the purple fur tube top I wore to that Prince concert, or the bikinis I used to proudly wear… Nope. Not going to use them, but I will break you if you throw them away on me.

So, I made it a mission to figure out a way to use all these stinkin’ figurines! Here are some of the best and classiest ideas I carefully curated for you:

Wreaths: These are amazing and can be created for the holidays or for any time of year! I just made an awesome Christmas wreath for above my mantle with old trains my son longer uses. Next on the list is to create a Frozen themed one for my daughter and nothing is going to keep me from going nuts with a can of spray paint and all things Matchbox one of these….

Toy Wreath

Dinosaur Wreath

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Lamps: I have seen these lamps everywhere from Pottery Barn to Walmart, and I’m totally intrigued. How cute would these be for your kids’ bed room or a play room?

What about rocks, shells, and “specimens” collected while adventuring? I can even see making one of these for the hubs with tickets from shows or little mementos from our relationship in it… Love!



The ideas are so creative and totally inspiring! I will try to stop seeing those little trinkets as a nuisance and more as potential decorative items that capture moments and interests in my kids’ lives!



About Becky Jha

Born and raised in rural Connecticut , Becky DeMattia-Jha attended Salve Regina University in Newport, RI, and has her M.Ed. She has been teaching high school English for 15 years and currently resides in Massachusetts with her husband, their two children, and their German Shepherd. She spends her precious summer vacations indulging in passions other than literature: serving as a lactation peer coach, practicing herbal medicine, organic gardening, making natural cleansers and cosmetics, and preparing quick and easy organic recipes for her family. She hopes to share her efficient, chemical-free, eco-conscious, frugal, and simplistic homemaking and homesteading tips with you.

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