There’s no doubt about it – having a baby means you accumulate a lot of STUFF! From outgrown clothing and too-small baby blankets to baby furniture and all those baby food jars collecting dust at the back of the cupboard, most of us get to a point where we’re struggling to find room for it all whilst at the same time wondering why we’re hanging onto it in the first place.
But it’s so hard to let go of our precious baby’s things – their sweet little onesies and well-loved baby blankets have so many wonderful memories attached! And those jars could be handy for so many things …
Sure, you could give everything away to friends and family, or donate it to the local op-shop. You might even be able to sell some of it online and make a little bit of pocket money. But what about getting crafty and trying your hand at some upcycling ideas to get further use out of these items that have been such a big part of your baby’s life so far?
It turns out, lots of parents have had the same idea – but where to begin? We’ve found a bunch of great ways to reuse and upcycle your old baby gear, so step right this way!
How to upcycle old baby blankets
Baby blanket quilts
Turn that collection of old baby blankets into a snuggly quilt for your little one – it will be a gorgeous keepsake in years to come! Here’s an easy tutorial from Scratch and Stitch to get you started.
Baby blanket toys
Those lovely soft baby blanket fabrics make the perfect cuddly toys. Why not turn them into bunnies or teddies for your little one? Try this easy tutorial for making cute toy bunnies from Parenting in Moments.
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Here’s one for all the muslin wraps you’ve accumulated over time – turn them into a cute pair of summer pyjamas! We love this idea from Mingo and Grace.
Baby blanket storage caddy
Those pretty patterned fabrics can be turned into an even prettier storage caddy with this easy tutorial from My Poppet. Make one for each bed and one for the couch, and we bet you make a dent in your baby blanket stash!
How to upcycle old baby clothes
Baby clothing quilt
Your collection of too-small baby clothes is another great source of fabrics to make a quilt out of. Check out these stunning quilt ideas from The Yellow Birdhouse.
Baby clothing memory game
Memory games are brilliant for growing little minds, so why not make your own with some of the adorable fabrics from your leftover baby clothes? Here’s a simple tutorial from Apple Green Cottage.
Baby clothing bibs
If there’s one thing that a mum knows for sure, it’s that you can never have too many bibs! And you’ll need them right throughout the toddler years. So as your little one grows out of their clothing, why not turn them into pretty bibs to add to your collection? Here’s an easy tutorial using onesies from Scratch and Stitch.
Baby clothing memory bears
We love this adorable idea for turning a baby clothes into a memory bear keepsake – the perfect way to hang on to your favourite cuddly baby outfit! Check out this great tutorial from How Joyful.
How to upcycle baby food jars
Why not turn some of those baby food jars into keepsake jars? Handy for storing all sorts of little knick-knacks like buttons, hairbands, beads and more. We love these clever LEGO and emoji themed ideas from Our Messy Table and All Things with Purpose!
Magnetic spice rack
Baby food jars are the perfect size for storing herbs and spices in, and with a little creativity, you can make your own look really pretty. Here’s a fantastic tutorial to make your own magnetic spice jars that you can stick on the fridge from One Lucky Pickle.
Photo snow globes
This cute photo snow globes idea is a great craft activity for kids and they make lovely gifts for grandparents and friends. Get started with this fun tutorial from Design Mom.
Party favour jars
Think outside the box for your next party and make your own party favour jars! The world is your oyster when it comes to filling and decorating these, but we particularly love this unicorn slime idea from The Best Ideas for Kids, and this bubble wand idea from The Chickabug Blog is also super sweet. This would also make a great party craft – let the kids decorate their own party favour jars to take home!
How to upcycle your cot
Kids’ craft table
Turn your cot into a useful craft table for the kids complete with blackboard desk with this clever tutorial from A Little Learning for Two.
Katie from The Red Kitchen shared this brilliant idea for turning the head and foot boards from an old cot into a blackboard easel for kids. Some people are so clever!
From cot to day bed
Your bub’s old cot can become a comfy and functional day bed or couch for your front porch once you’re done with it. Just take off the drop side and cut the legs down to the desired height, and voila! Here’s how Christina from 2 Little Hooligans did it.
If you’re anything like me, you will have collected at least a million children’s books by the time your baby becomes a toddler. We love this idea for turning the sides of your old cot into an eye-catching book rack from DIY Home Sweet Home.
Kids playhouse / book nook
Create a sweet little playhouse or reading nook for your kids once they’re done with the cot – just flip the cot and take off the drop side and you’re ready to decorate your new play space! Here’s a gorgeous example from Flickr.
How to upcycle your change table
Your old change table can become a handy kids dresser for toys or clothing with just a few simple paint modifications, like this cute idea from Remodelaholic. Perfect for kids who can’t get enough of their toy cars!
If your change table has an attached door like this one, it will make the perfect play kitchen when you’re ready to upcycle! We love what Bonne Nouvelle has done with this one.
We love this idea for turning your change table into a handy storage bench with just a few simple modifications, just like this Hometalk member has done over on their website.
Outdoor mud kitchen / potting bench
Mud kitchens are all the rage for kids who love to get a bit grubby, and it’s the perfect way to upcycle your old change table! Just pop a sink in the top and set the kids free making mud pies … or just use it as a very handy outdoor potting bench. This clever example from Upcycle That has even added an attachment to the outdoor tap so you can have running water. Genius!