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!

photos via Crafting a Green World


Carrie-Anne Brown

thanks for sharing :)

Magdalena J.
Past Member 3 years ago

Thank you!

Sarah Hill
Sarah Hill3 years ago

Thanks for the ideas!

Maggie Kearns
Maggie Kearns3 years ago


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Lynn C.
Lynn C3 years ago

Anything is better than that plastic crap.

Karen Gee3 years ago

Thank you for sharing

Tara W.
Tara W3 years ago

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!

Christine W.
Christine W3 years ago

Great ideas! Thanks for sharing :-)

j A3 years ago

good ideas