After seeing a few different ideas for turning the Disney’s 50th Anniversary Happy Meal toys from McDonald’s into craft projects, I decided to give one a try with my kids. We made Christmas ornaments! My girls are 10, 8 and 5, and this was the perfect craft for us to do together. I’m excited to share our process, so you can give it a try, too!
How We Turned our Happy Meal Toys into Christmas Ornaments
We started with screw eyes, clear gorilla glue and glitter (found at Joann’s), ornament hooks (found at Lowe’s), and cotton swabs and a drill, which we had at home. I also lined the table with wax paper to avoid a sticky, glittery mess.
The first step was to drill a hole in the top of the character. The plastic is really soft, so this was much easier to do than I anticipated. Then the girls screwed in the screw eyes. I did this first because it gave us something to hold onto as we applied the glue and glitter.
We used the cotton swabs to apply the glue. This worked really well because we could get the glue exactly where we wanted it and it didn’t spread too much like it might with a paint brush.
We then sprinkled the glitter over a bowl. We were not conservative about how much glitter we dumped onto it. The more glitter, the better!
I used the cotton swabs and wipes to touch up any excess that dripped while we were applying the glitter.
My 8 year old had the idea to dip their feet in the white glitter to make it look like they were walking in snow, which we all thought was really great idea! I used the packaging from the screw eyes as a little bowl for the glitter.
We also added “snow” to the top of The Mad Hatter’s hat.
We all love how these turned out! It was a simple project, but lots of fun to make. I’ll be cleaning glitter from the kitchen for weeks to come, I’m sure, but it’s worth it to have these adorable new ornaments to hang on the tree.
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