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21 DIY Baby Toys from Organic and Recycled Materials

21 DIY Baby Toys from Organic and Recycled Materials

What is it about babies that makes us want to shower them with gifts? I can’t resist cute baby things, but my inner green crafter tsks at those consumerist impulses. When I can I try to make things for my little guy instead of buying, and I bet that I’m not the only crafter that does that! Need some ideas for DIY baby toys to keep your kiddo entertained without hurting the planet? Try some of these tutorials!

DIY Baby Toys from Organic & Recycled Materials


1. Toy Log Softie that Rattles

2. Bunny Crinkle Toy + printable template

3. Soft Rattle Blocks for Baby

4. Stuffies Made from Old Baby Clothing

5. Upcycled Baby Rattle

6. Upcycled Sweater Pals

7. Soothing Gremlin Softie

8. Felt Toy Truck

9. Quick Felt Board Playset

DIY Baby Toy: Crinkle Tag Toy

10. Make a Crinkle Tag Toy

11. Cereal Box Lift-the-Flap Toy

12. Sensory Toy from an Old Wipes Container

13. Baby Sock Bunnies and Chicks

14. Sweater Scrap Balls and Blocks

15. Printed Scrap Ribbon Tag Toys

16. Mini Fabric Scrap Plush Alphabet

17. Turn a Thrift Store Board Book into a Personalized Baby Board Book

18. DIY Activity Board (choose scrap wood!)

19. T-Shirt Softies

20. Water Bottle Bowling Set

21. Juice Box Stacking Blocks

There’s one last baby toy that I couldn’t justify numbering on this list, but I also couldn’t bear to leave out: the cardboard box. My son loves climbing in and out of a cardboard box, throwing it, and pushing it around the room. It’s basically the best DIY baby toy ever.

Have you made any fun upcycled baby toys? I’d love to hear about them in the comments!

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4:26AM PDT on Oct 29, 2014

Thank you!

3:38AM PDT on May 11, 2014

Thanks for the ideas!

12:48PM PDT on May 5, 2014


5:47AM PDT on May 5, 2014


9:16PM PDT on Apr 29, 2014

Anything is better than that plastic crap.

7:55AM PDT on Apr 29, 2014

Thank you for sharing

7:42AM PDT on Apr 29, 2014

Makes me sad that so many kids toys these days are plastic and pre-fab. Where is the creativity and imagination? Right here, thanks, gonna have fun clicking through all the links for inspiration!

3:06AM PDT on Apr 29, 2014

Great ideas! Thanks for sharing :-)

9:21PM PDT on Apr 28, 2014

good ideas

6:29PM PDT on Apr 28, 2014

I made my granddaughter a play mat/quilt using different black and white printed fabrics with snap tabs along the edges for rattles and other toys. It was trimmed in red.

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