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Scully153
« on: November 13, 2004 03:41:56 PM »

I have a bunch (probably 30-40) plastic toys from Happy Meals and such.. Way too big to be used for jewelry, with no common theme whatsoever (other then being, well, plastic).

I'm looking for ideas on what to do with them - preferably something I can use as a decoration in the house, since I plan to decorate my living room in a "kid's play-room" theme, and preferably something I can do without cutting the plastic (because I don't have a saw here, and a sharp knife won't do..)

Any help would be appreciated!
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« Reply #1 on: November 15, 2004 09:12:47 AM »

I feel your pain.
I took about 100 of those lil buggers and lined my parents basement in them. they had a ledge around their celing, but i think this might look cool on a chair rail as well.
My mom suggested turning them into christmas ornaments? Might be fun.
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« Reply #2 on: November 15, 2004 10:43:28 AM »

My mom suggested turning them into christmas ornaments? Might be fun.

And then there's the pain of being Jewish  Grin
Christmas trees solve so many recycling problems!

I can see that those toys are a problem - you can't even take them apart without breaking something because of those screwy screws, they're not soft so they make lousy cat toys, and they're too big to fit into any existing projects.. even charities won't take them because of their low entertainment value!
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« Reply #3 on: November 15, 2004 11:05:43 AM »

There are people who collect Happy Meal toys, and have rooms full of them.  You could find someone like that, and sell them/give them to them.

Maybe you could construct some sort of desk/table with them.  Like getting a table with a large hole inthe middle that you can put them in, and them placing some plexiglass over it, to protect them and create a flat surface.

Use them as drawer pulls on cabinets and dressers.

Or put them in shadow boxes to hang on the wall.
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« Reply #4 on: November 15, 2004 11:07:29 AM »

You could make a mobile or 7.  similar to the christmas ornament idea, only hang them from deconstructed wire hangers in groups.  Then hang the whole setup from the ceiling.
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« Reply #5 on: November 15, 2004 11:47:28 AM »

Could you make a sort of beaded curtain with them to go in a doorway or a window frame? I would use yarn since you are doing a kid play theme and get some chunky plastic beads to string between each toy. Then tie each toy on somehow. I would have to sit down and make it to figure out the best way to do it, but you get the idea! Wink
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« Reply #6 on: November 15, 2004 01:23:49 PM »

Oooooohhh.. beaded curtain...!!!  Shocked

Thanks for all the ideas - love them all - drawer pulls could be used on the baskets I planned to put in the bookcases (a-la Ikea), and a beaded curtain will solve oh-so-many privacy problems! (they'll all be so busy looking at the lovely toys, they won't even notice little ol' me behind it..)

I knew I could count on you guys to rescue me  Cheesy
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« Reply #7 on: November 15, 2004 08:44:04 PM »

if you have pairs of two that are from the same movie or whatever McDonalds has at the time (like Barbie) you can poke holes in the plastic and make them into earrings. With the ones that don't match up to any other ones you can poke holes in them and wear them as necklaces.
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« Reply #8 on: November 30, 2004 08:12:15 PM »

how about... re-arrangeable diorama.  you know,, dioramas like you had to make in grade school for book reports
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« Reply #9 on: November 30, 2004 10:03:45 PM »

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