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