1) “Hey, who put that hole there?”
2) “Boy, my arms ain’t half aching!
They say a good soldier never leaves his post, well, this is now true of a toy soldier as well (mainly because he’s bolted onto the shelf and couldn’t move if he wanted to!). This repurposed plastic toy action figure bookend is a great way of upcycling an old toy figure, it needs to be a decent size, but anything from an old ‘space ranger’ to a WWF wrestler will do the trick (and perhaps even a barbie). However, I liked the idea of using a soldier – it seemed a fun contrast, taking something associated with action and danger, and using it to hold-up some kids books.
How to make your own repurposed plastic toy action figure bookend
This project first appeared on Craft:, as part of their ‘quirky craft’ series. I have now reworked the instructions and made them available for download, I hope you like them. It’s worth pointing out that the techniques are very dependent on the type of toy figure you use, the basic objective is to attach it firmly to a shelf, so feel free to improvise. If you have any questions just leave me a comment below.
1) Collectable instructions – print them out & put them in a folder!
96 downloads so far, thanks everyone!
I must give Steph Mantis a shout out, it was here wonderful “Pack Racks” (coat racks made from plastic toy animal heads) that were the inspiration for this project. Go check out her very cool blog.