Fun Home Things {guest post} Delightful December

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The great posts just keep on coming! Here is another fun and easy Christmas craft….
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 Hello new friends! I’m so happy to be guest posting here at Naptime Creations, thanks Emily!

I’m Katie Drane, the thrify crafter, Southern cooking enthusiast and human encyclopedia of random tips behind Fun Home Things. I am also a full-time SAHM to my daughter Sophie, and wife to Ryan. I love sharing craft, DIY, and cooking tutorials that anyone can do and afford and I believe that everyone has the ability to be crafty, some just need more pictures than others:) I would love for you to visit me at Fun Home Things. You can also find me on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.

Today I’m sharing a fun little holiday craft using Dollar Store toys. My daughter is a collector (i.e. hoarder) of all things tiny. McDonald’s toys, Dollar Store toys, anything small and painful when stepped on is what she loves to collect. Problem is, there’s no more room to store all of her little treasures. So instead of tossing them, I decided to upcycle them into cute holiday decorations. All I had to tell Sophie was that we were going to use glitter and she was on board.

The deer family was perfect. Holiday-ish and they had not been played with for months. Score!


Cheap miniature plastic animals
Krylon Metallic Brilliant Gold spray paint
Mod Podge or glue
Hot glue gun
String (if making an ornament)


Spray paint each toy. It may take a few coats to get all the nooks and crannies. Let dry.

Add to a tablescape or wreath. Want to make an ornament instead? Keep reading!

Create a loop out of string and use a glue gun to attach it to the top of the deer. It will be covered in glitter so don’t worry about making it pretty.

Coat with mod podge or glue and cover with glitter.

When glue dries, it’s ready to hang!

Easy, right? What toys are you going to turn into decorations?

Wow, I am having visions of glittered dinosaurs and Thomas the trains right now..Thanks Katie for the amazing inspiration!

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Emily is a stay at home mom to two crazy boys {which she adores} , one equally crazy daughter and one amazing husband. She loves to sew, but also dabbles in crafting and recipes. Her faith, friends and family keep her going and motivated. Come along for the ride!

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  1. oh, I just want to go raid by sons’ toy boxes and grab the glitter! thanks for the great idea :)

  2. Now I want to go ‘borrow’ some toys from my little guy’s stash. He won’t ever notice right?!

  3. Great idea and so easy! THanks for the inspiration!

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