Monday, February 6, 2012

Upcycle Happy Meal Toys into Christmas Tree Ornaments: Tutorial

I have always wanted a "Wizard of Oz" Christmas tree.  (It seems fitting, since I have Wizard of Oz bank checks, a Wizard of Oz wrist watch, a Dorothy key chain, a ruby slipper pillow, the Wizard of Oz Barbie collection, the Wizard of Oz trivia get the idea.)

A few years ago, McDonald's came out with Madame Alexander Wizard of Oz Happy Meal toys.  I went C.R.A.Z.Y. driving around to all of the McDonald's within a 15 mile radius to make sure that I obtained the entire collection.  I even had the people get the box of toys and search through to make sure they had the specific toy I needed for the collection.  SCORE!  I was able to collect all of them.   Fortunately, at the time, I could just buy the toy for about $1.00 each.  I didn't have to eat a dozen Happy Meals.  I was so thrilled to have them all.

And then this happened:

NOTHING!  Yes, you guessed it.  They sat in a bag on my shelf for almost four years.  I couldn't bring myself to take them out of the packages.  Then one day the idea popped into my mind to make them into Christmas tree ornaments.  I remember seeing a gorgeous Wizard of Oz tree about twenty years ago while I was modeling in Bloomingdale's.  Oh, how I coveted that tree with those precious ornaments.  I have thought about that tree so many times over the years.

When the theme for this weeks' "So You Think You're Crafty" competition came around, "Children's Literature," I knew immediately that I wanted to do something about my favorite story/movie.  Ta dah!  That's how it all came together.  Now I have the ornaments for my very own Wizard of Oz tree.  Best part?  It was sooo easy!


Happy Meal Toys, candle, matches, pliers, paper clip, tea cup hooks, ribbon

First, heat the end of a paper clip by holding it in the candle's flame

Second, use the heated paper clip to carefully melt a hole into the top of the toy

Third, repeat the process, but this time heat a tea cup hook

Finally, insert the hook into the paper clip hole and turn until secure.

That's all there is to it!

Here is an example of where I placed all of the hooks in case you also happen to have these particular toys laying around your house, doing nothing.


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