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 game….you 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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