DIY kids toy bookend

 I’ve seen a couple of makeovers in blogland where they have taken a larger type toy and spray painted it to completely change the look and function. It’s been stuck in my head for months. I would love to find a kitschy looking owl and make it over to be fabulous but no luck yet.
BUT – I did come across a toy elephant – actually my daughter and I did at the same time. And oddly enough – we both had the same idea! (maybe she’s a “great mind” in the making)
We both said we could make it over by painting it. Then she quickly piped up what color it should be get painted and that she wanted it for her room. I could deal with that.
So this gray, scratched up, well played with elephant got a day at of PINK paint layers and hours of drying to be transformed!
And now he….er…SHE sits proudly on the shelf in my daughters room. She kind of holds up her little library of books that she is reading right now. I think it turned out fabulous. (psst! the elephant cost a dollar and the paint we already had – bonus!)

It’s such a fun event sitting on the shelf and is always a conversation piece when her friends come over! 
I will be linking up HERE!


  1. I love her!!! 🙂 Love the shade of pink! She fits right in your daughter’s room!

  2. Love the transformation! Now it’s my turn to be stuck in my head the idea of transforming an old toy! 🙂

  3. So cute! I’ve been wanting to do this for awhile. It’s fun to see how yours turned out. When I get ours done I’ll share. Love it!!

  4. Fantastic! Way to see the potential in something so homely.

  5. Thank you so much for this post. I want to let you know that I posted a link to your blog in Creative Busy Bee Craft Inspirations, under the Page 1 post on Aug. 17, 2012. Thanks again.

  6. She looks fantastic! Love the color!

  7. I have a rhino that looks a lot like that elephant. I am thinking of doing it blue. It is after all my son’s! But it has been loved and shows it. Thanks for inspiring me!

  8. Great idea! The color is perfect.

  9. What a great idea. It turned out so cute and I love how you used something old and used. I will be keeping my eye out for something similar.

    I would love it if you would share this at the Smart Solutions linky party. You can link up here:

    Have a great day!

  10. I love this. I’m really liking all of the animals for some reason, owls and elephants included. Even more I love that this is an upcycle project. I think the pink looks awesome!
    If you get a chance I would love for you to come share your project at my Pin Party.

  11. I would love it if you’d link this up on The Pinterest Project!

  12. This is too cute! My son’s room is zoo animals and this would give me a reason to go thrifting for old toys! Come link up if you get the chance!

  13. Ahh that is so cute! And there are so many possibilities for it 😉

    Thanks for linking up to The Pinterest Project!

  14. This is absolutely adorable! Thank you so much for contributing this to the link party at mommy’s sweet confessions! See you at the next one!

  15. This is great you have managed to get the colour really even. We did the same with a whole load of animals which are now all over our flat.

  16. Gorgeous!!!!

  17. Oh crap I love this! I want one!!! Where did you find the elephant?

  18. What color paint did you use?

  19. Hello,
    Really very nice and cute kids toy.
    Nice idea of handcraft and innovative too.
    SHOP AT Disney

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