Saturday, March 26, 2011

Craft(y) Project: Toy Accessories

So you have some stuff lying around that you don't want to get rid of, but you also don't know what to do with it. Trinkets, baubles, souvenirs, broken jewelry... In this case, arcade prize-type toys.

The first question you should always ask yourself is, "Can I wear this on my head?", followed immediately by, "Can I make it into a necklace or earrings?". 

The hairband above has a bright blue zipper and three little plastic jumping frogs on it.

A broken toy, or wearable storage space?

Screw eyes - those little things with a ring on one side and a tiny screw on the other - are always useful to have around. Don't rule out making holes with nails or drills, glue or tying little bows to things to make them cuter.

For those who aren't into neon-coloured kitsch, vintage dollhouse accessories can also be very wearable. I made this necklace out of a lovely, vintage metal cuckoo clock.

It's surprisingly easy to make something out of nothing, so if you find yourself bored and cooped up in the house one day with only your glue gun and cat to keep you company, clean out some nooks and crannies to find bits and pieces and get constructive!