INSIDE: Turn a vintage Fisher Price stacking ring toy into a fun mobile for a child’s room.
My mother saves almost everything! Once I started having children, all sorts of stuff has made its way from her garage to my home, including old toys. I mean, we are going back 30-something years for some of these classics! What’s the proper term for that — retro, vintage, antique?!
Now my kids thing these oldie but goodies are beyond cool! But here’s the thing about 30+ year plastic toys, they get dry and break. And that’s what happened with a “vintage” Fisher Price stacking ring toy.
The rings were splitting and the cone got a chunk broken off during some wild sword fighting! It was time to retire the toy. But I just couldn’t toss it out, given its history. So instead, I turned it into this…
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diy toy Mobile from stacking rings
This is a very quick DIY toy mobile project that could easily be created with any old, broken or outgrown toys that you don’t want to part with — for whatever the sentimental reason.
– Stacking ring toy (here’s a classic stacking ring toy in case you don’t have a vintage one)
– Clear fishing wire
– Craft scissors
– Tacky craft glue (this is my all-time favorite glue — it has so many uses)
– Drill with thin drill bit
I sort of lucked out in that each ring had a small hole in them. Using the fishing wire, I made 2-3 knots at an end and literally shoved it into the hole. I had to use the tip of a letter opener to help push the wire in as well as slightly enlarge the hole. Do this for all your rings.
I know enough about power tools to be slightly dangerous! If you’re like me, you got this next step.
Using the drill, I made 10 holes all over the base of the ring tower. The goal is to have the drill go through the base.
Now one would think filing fishing wire through a hole would be a novice level skill. Yeah, not here! Before totally succumbing to frustration and chucking this project in the garbage (along with all those memories), I grabbed a sewing needle, threaded it and filed it through the holes that way.
Once through the hole, make 2-3 knots at end of the wire adjusting the length for each ring based on what looks good to you.
Since the stacking ring was going to be hung upside down, I put glue on the inside of the ball topper to keep it secure.
With your drill, make another hole where the cone screws in. Thread your fishing wire through this hole, making a loop for hanging.
And the view from underneath…
And here it is, in all its vintage/retro/antique glory. It hangs in my kids playroom – by far the happiest and most disastrous room in our home!
Other Re-Purposing Ideas You May Like:
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- Make a NO SEW table runner from antique napkins
- Re-purpose a brass candlestick into a garden plant stand
- Use a rusted candelabra to make a garden planter