zoo cage (for stuffed animals near you…)

Posted: 06/09/2009 in creative, favorites, parenting, pictures

my mother in law got me a subscription to family fun magazine. i really like it!

yesterday i was sitting outside in the sun trying to get a bit sun-kissed in some areas for this wedding saturday and found some great ideas!!!

the first one is this adorable book shelf stuffed with stuffed animals. i fell in love with this immediately! stuffed animals are my LEAST favorite toy. they take up so much space! this is fabulous and i can’t wait to do it!



here’s how:

along the shelve’ edges, mark spots to attach the elastic bars, spacing them 4-5 inches apart. with a drill make pilot holes to match your screws.

measure the height of the zoo enclosure, then cut strips of 3/4 in wide elastic that are 1 1/2 in longer than the enclosure.

fold under one end of an elastic strip and cut a 1/4 in slit through both layers with a craft xacto knife. slip a finish washer onto a 1 in wood screw (We used # 8’s) insert the screw through the slit, and attach it to the top shelf with a screwdriver.

fold and make a slit in the bottom of the elastic and secure it as you did the top, then insert a final screw to secure the middle. repeat until all strips are attached.

this is how to make a “cage”.

i think lizzie faith will even LOVE stuffing her animals in their cage!

  1. Jessika says:

    My Grandma painted my signs when I was little that said “Please, do not feed the animals. They are already stuffed!” I still have it! What a cute idea for the “zoo”, we have entirely too many stuffed animals, but they are always so cute!

  2. Laurie Ulrich says:

    I have plenty of animals to fill your shelves with if you need. I’m like you, I hate these furry little creatures. Our boys have always loved to play with them. We would get rid of a few and it seemed a few would arrive as gifts. Cute idea.

  3. jenifriend says:

    this is a very creative idea!! i love it!!!

  4. jenifriend says:

    p.s. i want to see your shots after you’ve done this!!

  5. MC says:

    I love that magazine! They have such fun ideas in it! 🙂

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