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Recycled toy Christmas decorations

Recycled toy Christmas decorations

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I think I’ve mentioned before about the beautiful wooden storage shelves my husband built for my son. They normally house his collection of small plastic toys but over the weekend my son took them all down so he could display his toy cars. I thought it would be fun to incorporate some of them into our Christmas decorations so, with my son’s permission, I recycled them. Let me tell you how.

First of all we went through his toys and took out any duplicates. I knew he wouldn’t want them back by the time I had finished  so made sure I only took spares. Then I went off to Hobbycraft to buy supplies.

To make Recycled toy Christmas decorations you will need:
An assortment of plastic toys
PlastiKote Fast Dry Project Enamel in Silver Glitter
Silver Glitter
PVA glue
Florists galvanised wire

paint display in Hobbycraft

How to make Recycled toy Christmas decorations:

Fortunately the weather was beautiful over the weekend so I was able to spray paint the figures outside. I placed each figure on a sheet of cardboard, held down with strong double-sided tape, this meant they stayed upright when spray-painted.

recycled happy meal toys

They received two coats of paint and I left them outside to dry properly. The spray paint was a little patchy so next time I do this I will use a primer first.

painted happy meal toy

I wanted to use these as place settings over Christmas. We’re having lots of guests and I wanted people to know where to sit. To make the place setting holder I drilled a small hole in the top of each toy using a pin vice and twisted a short piece of florists wire around a pencil using pliers. I made sure to twist the ends of the wire together before pushing them into the top of the toy. If any were loose I added a small dot of PVA glue to keep them in place.

using a pin vice

I wanted to give them a little extra sparkle – you can never have enough sparkle at Christmas, right? So I dipped each figures toes in a solution of PVA glue and water.

glue bath

Then I sprinkled silver glitter over them.

glittery toes

Then I hung them until they were dry.

recycled toy christmas decoration

I’m going to use vintage letter cards for our place settings but silly photos or names written by your child would also be super cute for guests. I can’t wait to see what our guests think on Christmas Day. What do you think?

recycled toy christmas decoration


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    Kate Williams
    December 16, 2014 at 7:57 pm

    I love these and I have to say that I also totally love plastikote! One of my favourite ways to make things look pretty 🙂

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    December 16, 2014 at 9:57 pm

    Oh my gosh this looks incredible!! So creative and different. Lovely blog by the way 🙂

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    December 16, 2014 at 10:15 pm

    This is such a great way to reuse old or duplicate toys! They look great as place settings!
    Love Lucinda xx

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    Gude @HodgePodgeCraft
    December 18, 2014 at 9:27 pm

    Love these – great idea! I have scheduled on Facebook too 🙂

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    Rosalind Blight
    December 18, 2014 at 10:23 pm

    This is such a cool idea

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    Ximena de la Serna
    December 19, 2014 at 10:45 pm

    Wow!! What an artist!! And I think your Hobbycraft is the same I go to! 😀 I did the shop too and I’m checking all the other girl’s posts. So beautiful!! 🙂

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    Lilinha Espindula
    December 20, 2014 at 11:46 am

    Such a fantastic idea. Perfect to use up toys that are no longer played with. Hope you have a lovely Christmas! 🙂 x

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    Mummy Whiskers
    December 20, 2014 at 3:29 pm

    What a wonderful idea for recycling old toys! I’m glad the weather behaved for you too so that you didn’t have to spray them indoors! Merry Christmas 🙂

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    Karen Bell
    December 22, 2014 at 3:11 pm

    They look great, what a lovely idea, I bet they will love them on christmas day.
    Thanks for linking #LetKidsBeKids

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    Emma T
    November 13, 2015 at 10:23 am

    This is a great way to upcycle and make Christmas a bit different. It’s also fab if you have a nice colour scheme for decorations, but kids want to hang everything on a tree, so they could have their own decorations using their cast off toys.

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