DON’T THROW OUT YOUR KIDS’ OLD TOYS—JUST UPGRADE ’EM

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KIDS GROW OUT of even the most beloved toys. Before you know it, yesterday’s prized possessions are gathering dust in a forgotten corner of the garage. (See Toy Story, 1–4.) But with just a little creativity, they can live forever—in one form or another.
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Skateboard Bookcase
Repurpose skateboard decks as sturdy, stylish shelves for your treasures, gadgets, and books.

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CHRISTIE HEMM KLOK
02
Slinky Pot
Add cool texture to a houseplant by using a retired Slinky for the pot.

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CHRISTIE HEMM KLOK
03
Lego Checkers
No need to buy a checkerboard when you can build one out of the wayward bricks lodged between your sofa cushions.

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CHRISTIE HEMM KLOK
04
T. Rex Tripod
Kids will mutilate their toys, but you can transform the sawed-off hindquarters of a plastic T. rex into a perfect phone stand.

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JUSTIN FANTL

05
Noodle Nunchakus
Nunchakus hurt—but not if you craft them from pieces of pool noodle. Hi-yah!

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CHRISTIE HEMM KLOK
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Remote-­Controlled Spy Machine
Stick a GoPro on a remote-controlled car and it becomes the ultimate surveillance bot. Parents, beware.

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CHRISTIE HEMM KLOK
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Lego Cable Clips
Those little Lego figures? Their tiny hands are just the right size for holding iPhone chargers and other cables firmly in place.

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CHRISTIE HEMM KLOK
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