DIY Upcycled Dino Toy Necklaces

Since it's Earth Week, I thought it was the perfect time for Jenelle from TrashN2Tees to drop by and inspire us to rethink before we recycle (or even trash) something. Here's a fun activity to use up those toys that are always underfoot. Wouldn't this be a fun family activity?

I want to thank Marisa for the invitation to come by Omiyage for some Earth Week fun! I'm Jenelle, a recycling & repurposing revolutionary changing the way we consume and create. I love coming up with creative and fun ways to upcycle or repurpose items we might otherwise throw away- in fact I'm developing a mobile app for that. Did you know that 70% of the items in our landfills today can be reused or recycled? It's sad but true.

Today's tutorial is Anthropology and chore chart inspired. You see, as a mom of 2 rascals, my boys know that if your toys aren't picked up they stand the chance to be upcycled by me. And that's exactly what happened!

Materials Needed: 

  • small plastic animal toys
  • misc sewing trim, sequins, ribbons
  • jewelry findings (optional: I disassembled broken jewelry I had here and used jump rings, beads, and end caps)
  • E600 Glue or hot glue gun
  • craft paint 
  • eyelet screws (available at your local craft store)
  • necklace chain 

Does this make my tail look big?

I used the lace trim, folded in half, and used a basting stitch to cinch it together. Glue into place around dinosaur belly!

Here you can see how dolled up she gets, and finished off with an eyelet screw in the back. The necklace was made up of a large jump ring with silver (diamond) sequins, crowns consisted of small beads glued together or bead caps upside down. I didn't have any on hand but you could also use flower beads upside down with a seed bead glued on top to make party hats.

I love 3 things about this project,
1.) No more stepping on sharp pointy dinosaur booty
2.) Scrap busted fabric, broken jewelry, toys, and a gold bread tie
3.) My boys joined in and had too much fun helping!

Now I do like to spice up my wardrobe with some funky finds, and these might be a little 'too much' for you thats okay! I left a few naked dinosaurs alone. Maybe one day I'll spray paint them and cover in glitter but until then I triple dog dare you to wear a naked dinosaur too!

When I'm not rescuing abandoned toys, I'm found behind the sewing machine. I would love for you to find out more about my 100% recycled clothing designs at Trashn2Tees  and learn more about my commitment to change the way we consume and create on the blog & through the Create Change Movement.