This Facebook Marketplace Find Became a DIY “Zoo” for Stuffed Animals

published Oct 15, 2023
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As any parent will tell you, sticking to your home decor aesthetic while raising young kids is no small feat. One common hurdle? Finding a clever way to keep their toys from taking over your floors.

If this issue has been affecting you, you’re in luck: TikTok content creator Parisa (@the_craftchicky) recently showed off her own solution, in which she repurposed a $40 TV cabinet from Facebook Marketplace into a makeshift “zoo” for her children’s plushies.

“My girls have destroyed plushie organizers,” she captioned her video documenting the process. “Let’s try this again!”

Enlisting her daughters’ help, Parisa gave the cabinet a makeover, repainting it with pink and olive green paint and installing chic peel-and-stick palm-patterned wallpaper. Next, she drilled holes in it and attached thick string “bars,” creating a zoo cage effect. And voilà! An adorable DIY zoo that’s efficient and right at home in a child’s bedroom.

“So cute!” one TikToker commented. “I turned one into a play kitchen for my daughter and it was super cute too!”

Even if a DIY project isn’t in the cards for you right now, there are plenty of other ways to give your kids great toys while keeping your home stylish in the process. One option is investing in pieces that will seamlessly blend in with more adult home decor, such as the popular, minimalist-looking Pikler triangle. If you have slightly older kids, you can also encourage them to declutter and donate or sell used toys that aren’t serving them anymore.