Once considered cheap, forgettable filler at the bottom of the party favor sack, plastic animals are taking center stage in so many craft projects lately that we've decided to declare them the new birds. So go ahead, put a plastic animal on it. Here are 10 projects we love to help get you started.

(Images: 1. Steph Mantis 2. Katie Steuernagle 3. Jenny Batt/Hank + Hunt 4. Christina Elaine CEO 5. Mad in Crafts 6. Dan Duchars/House To Home 7. PhotoJojo 8. Kelly Guenther 9. The Thrillz of the Hillz 10. Family Chic)