How to Make a Cute DIY Toy Photo or Place Card Holder

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2 Hours
Have some plastic toys laying around your house? I have the perfect project for you— a DIY animal photo holder!
These cuties are super affordable and easy to make with only a few supplies. They work great for birthday party decor, table placeholders, or just a touch of fun and quirkiness to your kid's room decor.

Gather your supplies:

  • Plastic animals in bulk
  • Your favorite spray paint (plastic coverage sprays work best)
  • 4″ Alligator clamps (25)
  • Drill and bit the width of the alligator clamp

Start out by spray panting your animals in your preferred colors. I chose a metallic gold, light pink, light mint, and white. Spray the same number of alligator clamps in the coordinating colors. I did 2-3 coats for full coverage.

Set the animals aside to dry for a couple of hours.

Locate your drill and a bit that is the same diameter as your alligator clamp wire.

Firmly hold your animal and drill a hole toward the back in a spot that will be best balanced. I like to drill toward the back.

Stick your alligator clamp through the hole until it hits the base of the animal belly.

That’s it! You have a DIY animal photo holder. I ended up making about eight of them, ha!

Clip your favorite photos, holiday cards, mementos…you name it. They would look so cute in a kiddo’s bedroom or playroom. That’s where most of ours will head most likely.

I like to use mine as photo holders and table place holders when we host dinner at our house.

They’d also be super cute at a whimsical and casual wedding as table number holders or place card holders at a kid's party. So many uses!

They're such a conversation starter and are fun party favors allowing your guests can leave with a small gift.

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Audrey Kuether
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  • Barb Barb on Jul 17, 2022

    Did your alligator clamps come with the long tail? I can't find these. Thanks. BTW, super cute idea!! Even without painting my 2 yr old grandson will love.

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