Welcome back to our 12 Days of Strange Ornament Extravaganza, you glorious human, you!
This tutorial gives you a great way to re-use old Happy Meal toys that little people once demanded but now totally ignore – and if you don’t have little ones in your life, you can still play along! At Goodwill, they have bins filled with small toys: Toy soldiers, doll arms, dinosaurs, race cars, and of course, lots and lots of Happy Meal toys. You can find some real treasures, like this Einstein bobble head:
In just a couple of hours, you can transform that into this:
It’s true! And it’s easy! Read on for details!
- Happy Meal toy
- Gesso (I used a combination of spray and regular)
- Drill or Dremel
- Ornament hook or glass ornament top
First, a brief, non-biased word about plastic. It’s a stubborn jerk. Okay, for real: Historically, plastic has not been my favorite substance to alter, because I didn’t learn the secret until this year. It takes multiple coats of gesso to make plastic your friend. I start with a generous coat of spray gesso, which creates a good base. If you look at the picture, however, you might be able to tell that the original paint colors are still peeking through. That’s the stubborn part.
After two additional coats of Liquitex Gesso, the plastic and the original paint have been conquered and subdued. YAR.
Once that gesso is dry, you’re basically ready to paint. If you haven’t read Sarah’s tutorial on painting, I recommend it, by the way. It’s a quick read, and it will make your paint job look all kinds of cool.
Once your paint is dry, drill two holes in the top. Grab the top from a glass ornament you’re not using, and presto!
Since it will be nestled in the greenery of a tree, I think it’s a good idea to spray it with a coat of protective spray in whatever finish you like (I used a glossy spray). Once it’s dry, you’ve got a cute little ornament that you can keep or give!
If you make a toy into an ornament, please post a pic so we can all admire you!