Published on April 30th, 2013 | by Julie Finn


How-to: Upcycled Toy Charm Necklaces–They’re Toys You Can Wear!

toy charm necklace tutorial (4 of 4)

Got a few too many little toys?

I do! I don’t know how my kids ended up with SO many little toy dinosaurs and horses and action figures and army people (okay, I DO know…the answer is Goodwill), but I do know that they have more, and I mean powerfully, shamefully more, than they need.

The kids aren’t yet ready to give up a single critter from their 5,000 plastic critter collection, but I do hate the sight of toys that never get played with (did The Velveteen Rabbit scar YOU, too?), so for a while now we’ve had a project going in which we transform some of their little toys into charms.

These toy charms can be worn on a necklace or bracelet, one at a time or in a whole herd. They make fine jewelry on their own, but the secret trick to these little charms is the latch that allows you to release them from their jewelry status. In the blink of an eye, you’ve gone from having a necklace full of toy dinosaurs to a handful of toy dinosaurs, ready to make standing in line at the grocery store SO much more bearable.

Here’s how to make your own:

Next >> How to Make the Toy Charms

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I'm a writer, crafter, Zombie Preparedness Planner, and homeschooling momma of two kids who will hopefully someday transition into using their genius for good, not the evil machinations and mess-making in which they currently indulge. I'm interested in recycling and nature crafts, food security, STEM education, and the DIY lifestyle, however it's manifested--making myself some underwear out of T-shirts? Done it. Teaching myself guitar? Doing it right now. Visit my blog Craft Knife for a peek at our very weird handmade homeschool life; my etsy shop Pumpkin+Bear for a truly odd number of rainbow-themed beeswax pretties; and my for links to articles about poverty, educational politics, and this famous cat who lives in my neighborhood.

One Response to How-to: Upcycled Toy Charm Necklaces–They’re Toys You Can Wear!

  1. Claudia says:

    I love these! I have lots of old game pieces that I’d like to turn into jewelry or other decorations. I love their whimsy and color. For Xmas, I turned Monopoly houses into a long garland:

    As you’ve done, I’m hoping to add rings to the metal Monopoly charms so I can use them in bracelets and necklaces.

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