Monday, November 26, 2012

How to Turn Dollar Store Toys Into Holiday Decorations





My daughter is a collector (i.e. hoarder) of all things tiny. McDonald's toys, Dollar Store toys, anything small and painful when stepped on is what she loves to collect. Problem is, there's no more room to store all of her little treasures. So instead of tossing them, I decided to upcycle her Dollar Store toys into cute holiday decorations. All I had to tell Sophie was that we were going to use glitter and she was on board.

The deer family was perfect. Holiday-ish and they had not been played with for months. Score!


Supplies

Cheap miniature plastic animals
Krylon Metallic Brilliant Gold spray paint
Glitter
Mod Podge or glue
Hot glue gun
String (if making an ornament)



Directions

Spray paint each toy. It may take a few coats to get all the nooks and crannies. Let dry.






Add to a tablescape or wreath. Want to make an ornament instead? Keep reading!






Create a loop out of string and use a glue gun to attach it to the top of the deer. It will be covered in glitter so don't worry about making it pretty.






Coat with mod podge or glue and cover with glitter.






When glue dries, it's ready to hang!






Easy, right? What toys are you going to turn into decorations?



For more holiday craft ideas, check out the Holiday & Seasonal page!



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50 comments:

  1. Great idea! I love making my own Christmas decorations, I made our own stable of Bethlehem so in a few weeks I will make a post about my house in Christmas :)

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    1. Thanks Marina! They would be perfect for a stable.

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  2. What a great idea, and they look terrific! I'm pinning this to my handmade Christmas ornaments board for future inspiration!

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  3. I just love this idea!! I'm guilty of spray painting everything. :X Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Ooh, me too Kortney. Everything looks better with a little spray paint!

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  4. what a fun idea!! they look so cute :)

    huggies***
    rea

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  5. This is so smart! We've got a lot of creepy old vintage decorations that would look so much better with a coat of paint on them!

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    1. Creepy vintage toys...haha! I know exactly what you're talking about. Thanks for stopping by Dianna:)

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  6. This has got me thinking of all the little toys my son has...I'm going to have to start looking through his stuff :)

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  7. Thanks for stopping by this morning and leaving a comment! Your "new" ornaments look terrific! What a great idea!

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    1. Thank you so much! I enjoyed your blog today:)

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  8. These are darling! I love how the mention of glitter was the clincher, that is awesome :)

    xoxo, Tanya
    twelveOeight

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    1. Everything's better with glitter! Haha! Thanks Tanya:)

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  9. Wow, I would have never thought of that! Such a great idea. I'm raiding the kids toy room tomorrow!!!! heehee. Thanks for sharing!

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  10. These turned out so cute! I'll have to look through the kids' toys to see if I can find something to paint. ;-) Thanks for stopping by today and leaving me a sweet comment about the burlap bird ornaments. They were so fun and easy to make. Hope you have a wonderful week!
    Blessings,
    Nici

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    1. I loved your burlap bird ornaments! They were awesome. Hope you have a good week too Nici!

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  11. What a clever idea! I would be honored if you shared this at my Ginger Jamboree Link Party!

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  12. i LOVE this!!! pinning! new follower too :)

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    1. Thanks Janiene! And thanks for following, I'm flattered:)

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  13. These are so cute! I have been looking for some small deer like this to use in snow globes. I will have to check the dollar stores. Do you know where you got these deer?

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    1. Yes ma'am! Got them at Dollar General. Michael's has them too, just saw some last weekend. Hope that helps:)

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    1. Thank you Elise! I enjoyed your blog this morning:)

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  15. Hi,Katie!
    These are awesome! I love just about anything in gold! I'm following!

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  16. Wow! These are amazing. I cannot believe how good the toys look when painted. Would love for you to share on Thursdays Treasures http://fooddonelight.com/thursdays-treasures-week-62/

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  17. I just love how these turned out! I am all about gold & glitter. Visiting from DearCreatives.com

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  18. These are incredible! I saw this on Thursday's Treasures - I want to try them myself now!!

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  19. Wow, what a difference a little gold and glitter can make! Great idea love the little reindeer. Thank you so much for sharing!

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  20. What a great idea! I'd love for you to share this or any of your great ideas at the link party going on now (and every Saturday - Tuesday)at 'Or so she says ...' www.oneshetwoshe.com

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  21. What a creative idea! I just love spray paint!! I would love for you to come link up to my Get Social Sunday link party and show off your awesome ideas and blog! http://alivedinhome.blogspot.com/2012/12/get-social-sunday.html

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  22. very creative & fun - I think my boys will love this (especially if we can find some little deer) :)

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  23. Oh my! Such creativity! Thanks for sharing. I am your newest follower.

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