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Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Pinterest Project #7: The Zoo

I had been looking for a fun way to store and display Adam’s “friends” when I saw this on pinterest:

I used this old, narrow bookshelf behind Adam’s door to make a zoo for all of his animals.

(The wood splintered on the bottom side of the shelves…not really sure how to avoid that.  Anyone know?  Also, I used a 1/2 inch drill bit and 1/2 in dowels, and then used my dustbuster as a makeshift mallet to hammer the dowels in.  I would DEFINITELY make a larger hole next time as these were a really tight fit.  The cage “bars” were 5 inches apart, except for the middle two, which were 4.  This distance seems to work pretty well so far.)

We had a great time gathering the friends from around Adam’s room and reminiscing about each one as he found a “cage” for each of them.img_0634
Now all we need is a little “Zoo” sign (so it doesn’t look like we put his Cabbage Patch Kid in jail.)

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  1. I sooooo need to make one of these, but my girls are about lold enough to start letting some of their critters hibernate in totes! LOVE IT!

  2. Try wide painter's tape on both sides of the wood next time and drill through the tape. Because this is fabricated materials, it has a tendency to splinter on the back side when you drill. Not sure it will totally solve the problem, but sure can't hurt. That's a really cute idea, by the way. Bet he loves it.

  3. Oh my gosh! I love this! I have all of Noah's stuffies in the closet because the dog likes them a little too much (most of their heads are stiff with drool). I wonder if this is enough of a deterrent to keep her out.

    As for the splintering, I've had similar problems and have yet to find a good solution. Tape works sometimes but not always. I've gone as far as scoring the underside with a knife but that only works if you can line things up right which is near impossible.

  4. Adorable and functional! I love it! My kids would spend hours with that...I'm pretty sure for about the past week they have been playing with an old plastic container that has a lid and calling it a "cage"...they would be over the moon with this baby!

  5. I completely need to do this! My children have baskets of animals falling all over their room. And I'm thinking my daughter needs a doll jail too. :)

  6. That is so clever...and cute :)
    I'd go with the tape solution too. My hubby does that all the time :)

  7. Cute--and functional! Your little boy is cute, too. :) I think it's fun that Cabbage Patch Kids have sorta made a comeback...I had one named Claudie Gus when I was Adam's age.

  8. So awesome! How is it that stuffed animals get so out of hand? They just sit there all cute and plush and then BOOM they are everywhere and there's more of them! That has to be according to some law of the universe.

  9. This is the CUTEST idea! I am always lamenting over the volume of stuffed animals my kids have. What a perfect way to store them and play with them.

  10. I love this idea, and I might start craigslist shopping for a cheap book shelf just for this purpose. Do you think you'd change anything if you did this again? I wonder what they use that make the bars flexible. Thanks for sharing!!!

  11. Great work! I've pinned this and will be linking to it in my kid's organization post next week. :)


  12. What a wonderfule idea! I have older kids (8 and 5) and their collections are more varied sizes. I was thinking about using something flexible instead of the dowels (like a bungy cord?) or some type of fabric mesh.

    1. A bungy cord might be great! I've also thought about using PEX plumbing as flexible "bars."

  13. That is so cute!! I love it!
    Thanks for stopping by & "interacting" on my post today! ;)
    Hey, I'd love for you to share this post on my Sharing Time Linky if you're interested- you did a great job with it!
    Have a great day :)

  14. Oh my gosh! I think I must have this. :) LOVE IT!

  15. How did you get the dowels in? Did you drill holes in the top and fill them in later? Really cute idea. I was wondering what to do with my little guys stuffed critters and was thinking 'basket' but then you can't see them all. ~Ann


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