Upcycled Toy Hanging Jewelry Organizers

I don’t know about you, but when my daughter was a toddler, one of her favorite toys were the Fisher Price Little People sets. Even though she grew out of them years ago, I have actually kept many of them for my nephews to play with now.

toy jewelry hangers DIY

But, recently I raided our Noah’s Ark Little People stash to make some cute hanging jewelry organizers.

I know, that doesn’t sound like it makes sense, but stay with me.

I actually raided my daughter’s Japanese erasers and Squinkies collections for this craft idea too.

Upcycled Toy Hanging Organizers Craft

Starting to get the picture? = )

Now that my girl is going full force into tweenhood, and growing up way too fast, her jewelry and accessory collection is growing and getting a little out hand. It was in desperate need of some organization.

Here are the supplies I used to create these colorful jewelry organizers:

  • Wood plaque shapes (found at your local craft store, like Michaels)
  • Liquid Fusion glue (you will need a strong glue to make sure all the toys stay put)
  • Spray Paints (color of choice, I used Krylon Gloss in a variety of bright colors like Mambo Pink and Sea Glass)
  • Ribbons (I coordinated with my paint colors)
  • Glue gun (for attaching ribbon)
  • 3M Command hanging strips and hooks (to hang from walls or door)
  • Toys to upcycle (I used Little People animals, Japanese puzzle erasers and Squinkies)

To make these super cute and easy hanging jewelry organizers, first plan out your toy animals on the wood plaques. Think about how they will hang on a wall, and space accordingly.

An extra step for the Japanese erasers, make sure to disassemble each puzzle eraser and reassemble with glue so that they stay intact.

Make sure the glue has dried and that the toys are solidly attached onto the wood before moving on to the painting stage.

Upcycled Japanese Eraser Toy Hanging Jewelry Erasers

The last step is spray painting each wood board with a solid color paint.

Along with the Japanese eraser organizer, I also tried a Squinkies one for a multiple necklace or bracelet organizers.

Squinkies upcycle jewelry organizer craft

I love how they turned out, but my favorite by far were the Little People animal organizers. The Japanese eraser one worked well for hanging a variety of necklaces. The Squinkies are a much “squishier” material than the erasers or Little People. So they stayed squishy and not as sturdy, even though they still work.

The brightly colored Little People animals were just so fun to make, that after creating one, I actually could help myself from making more!

Also, I found that using a primer first, and adding a gloss finish at the end to the Krylon paints that didn’t already have a gloss finish was the magic formula.

little people toy upcycled jewelry organizers

Ok, seriously, how cute are these?!

To finish each off, I attached ribbon hangers on the back with my glue gun.

Hanging Upcycled Toy Tween Jewelry Organizers

And I used the 3M Command strips and hooks to secure them to the wall. That way I wasn’t poking a mass of nail holes in the wall, and if we want to rearrange any in the future, the strips won’t ruin the paint or the wall.

Japanese Eraser upcycled jewelry organizer

The Japanese eraser jewelry organizer worked well on her door on a 3M Command hook.

Upcycled Hanging Toy organizers

And we hung a colorful grouping on her bedroom wall. These could hold necklaces, scarves and even a plush toy.

Upcycled Tween Room Decor Easy Craft Idea

We saved one that we didn’t hang on the wall for a handy hair band organizer on her shelf.

upcycled little people toy hair organizer


toy jewelry hangers craft idea

I can’t decide if the pink panda or the purple zebra is my all time favorite.

Zebra Little People Upcycled Hanging Hook

Tell me, this isn’t a cute and juicy tween room decor craft idea!

upcycled hanging toy organizers fun tween room decor

These organizers were the perfect pop of colors as we update her bedroom from “little girl” to “young lady”.

Cool, right? Makes you want to raid your own kid’s toys, am I right?

I actually want some of these for myself. = )

Happy Crafting!


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Pauline Molinari

I'm the crafty maven, and I'm on a mission to spread craftiness. With a fine arts degree, over 15 years experience in children's publishing, and a savvy, stylish, sassy tween daughter, I come armed with perspective and passion to inspire tween girls and their mothers to be crafty together. 

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