Garreth has had these big dinosaurs for almost a year now. He loved them the first couple months. He would set them up along with every other one of his smaller dinosaurs in the living room and on the kitchen counters, pretty much everywhere. But, as he grew tired of them, they eventually just became a constant heap of toys on his bedroom floor along with his too-big stuffed animals. I had nowhere to put them, and I was tired of the clutter!
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Growing up with five siblings in our home, we had a LOT of toys. My mom had a few of those hanging toy hammock nets in our rooms for all the stuffed animals. I knew that’s what I needed, and being penny-pinching me, I decided to make a DIY version. Starting on Pinterest, I came across a couple of tutorials that required sewing, and most others showed how to crochet one, but I just wanted something quick and easy. I gave up searching DIY stuffed animal storage hammock tutorials for the moment to check on the boys.
As I was attempting to fold our extra fitted crib sheets they had thrown around everywhere, I noticed they were pretty much the shape needed for the hammock. Awesome! I would never have thought of a crib sheet before! Thank you, boys, for making the mess that led me to discover this! Never thought I’d say that!
Here’s how I used it:
DIY Stuffed Animal Storage Hammock
Now, I used a fitted sheet with elastic only at the ends. You could probably still use one with elastic all the way around, it will just look different.
Update: After almost two years of Garreth tugging at it every day, the hammock tore down as he was slamming his dinosaurs in it. It’s because the sheet is woven. If you use grommets, this shouldn’t happen! An alternative to the sheet is cutting out a piece of fleece or jersey into a triangle and either screwing it straight into the wall like this or cutting slits into the corners to make “ties” to tie around the screws. Fleece and jersey do not tear or fray when cut so this is a really good option!
I made another no-sew stuffed animal holder here.
Drill a screw right under the middle of the elastic end into the corner where you want to hang it(below left). And two more into the corners of the folded sheet on the walls(below right). You could also use grommets and screw-in hooks if you don’t like this method.
It should look like this.
Now, pile it full of stuffed animals and toys!
Garreth thought my placement of the T-Rex was especially hilarious because it was going to eat the scared Stegosaurus!
And of course, just because I put them out of his reach, he gains interest again and has me get them all back down.
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