Homemade Toys: From Your Recycle Bin!

We like toys and we like anything DIY! These are a fun collection of homemade toys that you can make for your kids. All have been kid-tested and approved.  

Plus, they are a ton of fun to make and there is something so special about homemade toys and gifts. Not to mention many of these toys are made from recycled items around your house. Recycling is always a plus!

DIY Toys - great for the kids to make their friends for Christmas.

How To Make Your Own Toys

Toys don’t have to be super expensive. They can really be made from anything and many items around your house can be upcycled into super awesome homemade toys for your kids. They will love them.

So surprise them or let them help make them, either way it is a lot of fun.

How To Make Homemade Toys

Pool Noodle Lightsaber

Pool Noodle Lightsabers! The ones pictured we were gifted at a party. They are by far our sons’ favorite toys! They love the “Star Wars” element and I love the fact that they don’t hurt each other (or the furniture) as they swing and “use the force” on each other.

How To Craft A Sponge Ball

You can Make Baby toys!! Cut up sponges into strips and tie them together to make a soft ball. These also make great bath toys or fun for water play outside.

Straw Flute

Need a quick toy? This is an easy one to make with supplies found at a fast food restaurant – making it a perfect activity for a road-trip. Here are instructions for how to make a toy whistle.

DIY Instruments

Do you have noisy kids? My children love to make a music. A metal trash can makes a great drum, cut various lengths of PVC pipe and string them up to become a set of chimes, and a variety of lengths of 2x4s can become a fence xylophone.

diy lightsaber pool noodles

DIY Wooden Blocks

Make your own DIY Wood Blocks, cut up a tree and use the blocks and branches for building in these wooden toys to make.

Hanging Waterfall

Use recycled containers from your bin to make a homemade toy for your preschoolers. Love this waterfall created from yogurt cups.

DIY Jewelry

Recycled crafts are fun, especially when they become “bling”. You can decorate lids to become medals and necklaces.

Homemade toys made from recycled items

More Homemade Toys

Stilts For Kids

Wish you were taller? I do! If you still have some beach toys left after making the summer, make a pair of stilts using string and sand castles!

DIY Drums

Explore how sound is made with a DIY drum for kids created from recycled containers.   We covered our tubs with balloons or plastic wrap, got some drum sticks and noise makers (rice, beans, etc.).

Shaking Toy

A great DIY Baby Toy to make for your tot is a collection of discovery bottles. Here is a super simple tutorial on how your kids can explore through rolling and banging bottles.

Things To Make With Playdough

…and you can’t have a discussion about homemade toys without making a batch of homemade playdough.     Here is a great collection of ideas on how to play with playdough.

More Homemade Toy Ideas

20 Awesome DIY toys made from recycled items or new items

Want to make jelly toys? Now you can! It’s easy!

We have a huge list of DIY toys! There are over 80+ ideas.

You’ll definitely want to make these awesome kids toys.

How cool are these pvc projects?

Looking for some upcycling ideas for kids? We have them!

Kinetic sand is not only fun to make, but fun to play with!

Move over fidget spinner! We have other awesome fidget toys your kids will love. Plus, these DIY fidget toys are easy to make.

Have you made your own toys? We’d love to hear about them in the comments.


  1. These are all FANTASTIC ideas. I’m not on pinterest so I haven’t seen them before. We are certainly going to get crafty here today! Thanks!

  2. These all look like so much fun!

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