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I have been on a stuffed animal massacre rage right now. I have made puppets and a neck pillow out of them. Today I am going to show you how to make a stuffed animal basket perfect for a new mom filled with diapers. You could easily match the animal to the baby room décor for a special personalized gift. Plus it is super easy!

Gather a stuffed animal, an old basket, some sharpscissors, and your hot glue gun.

Now this is the sad part. Have someone with a strong stomach do this part. Using sharp scissors cut the bear about 2 inches below the chest and then chop his feet leaving about 3-4 inches of leg. Clean up all the blood stuffing.

Throw the torso away or reuse the stuffing in another project.

Heat that hot glue gun up! Now what you want to do is use a lot of glue on the foot and then press it into the basket holding it in place a good minute while the glue dries. Do the other foot the same way.

Next glue the front of the bear using a lot of hot glue and press in place holding at least a minute or two. Wait until the glue is completely cool before gluing the back of the bear in place. After you glue the back in place embellish the bear the way you wish.

I added ribbon handles and a bow around the neck.

I had all the supplies given to me as discards. So it cost me nothing but a couple of glue sticks.

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  1. Thanks for the great tutorial! I have a baby shower for twins this weekend … perfect gift!

  2. Cute! and you know something like this is SO over priced in the store. Can't waat to try this! 🙂

  3. This is such a great idea. We are going to make some puppets and a puppet theatre for one of my kids for Christmas.

    This will probably be in the mix for a new mom. We were given about 30 stuffed animals so this is awesome.

  4. Oh, Beckie…why oh why do you do this to me? You've already rendered me incapable of going to Goodwill without "seeing potential" and driving down my street without an eye to "rescue"…now I can't look at a stuffed animal without seeing "drawn and quartered and glued on a basket"! Man, I wish I had an excuse for making one of these…

  5. Once I got over the sawed in two bear, it was really cute:) Actually, it was really cute from the beginning.

  6. This is adorable, but it hurts me to see a stuffed animal in that condition. 🙂 Seriously, though, it's a great idea.

  7. I have to admit, I get a thrill from people who craft w/stuffies. They're cute, but they generally aren't *good* for much, y'know? I love it when they get a useful makeover.

    Call me heartless!

  8. What a great way to use all the stuffed animals my kids NEVER play with!

    However, I do find the mutilation of sweet, innocent stuffies to be quite a disturbing thing… ;o)

  9. Fun, unique and cheap (who can't find a million baskets, stuffed animals, even ribbon when yard sale-ing!). Great idea!

  10. CAUUUTTTE – yeah, I would have never thought of that…Great baby shower or birthday present…love it. Who doesn't have stuffed animals that they want to massacre? I have issues…I know. B:) Aren't you on vacation?

  11. I'm so doing this for the next baby shower at church. Super cute! I love your stuffed animal massacre…it's inspiring me to think evil thoughts about the stuffed animals that are multiplying while we sleep at night! They're taking over…

  12. Oh man! That is what I could have done with that bear the dog got a hold of. Next time I guess. This is such a fun idea. I'll be linking.

  13. That is too darned cute and what a great idea. I have a trashbag of stuffed animals, wondering what I was going to do with them.


  14. That's one way to FIX all my stuffed animals that seem to multiply every time I set foot in the play room.

    Your verbage totally cracked me up! Keep masacre-ing! I mean, keep that joyful pair of scissors cutting and that glue gun goin!

  15. SO CUTE! Love it! Thanks for sharing! I am loving all the "massacring" you are doing! can you really call it a massacre if it turns out so cute?!? 🙂

  16. Hey momma!
    I made a little baby girl dress out of a onsesie! It turned out sooo cute you gotta check out my facebook because I uploaded the pic. Steph, jac and I have been crafting MACHINES!! 😀 You'd be so proud.

  17. I love this idea and wish i would have had it when I had babies! but the next best thing is for my friends for gifts! thank you for sharing!

  18. This is so cute – and your tutorial was hilarious – er, very informative! Thanks for the great idea. I guess the key is not to do this when kids are around so they don't have to see the blood & guts, huh?! 🙂

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