Learn how to easily turn old toys into Christmas ornaments and transform toy box clutter into special keepsakes!
Just a few simple steps and you’re set!
How to Turn Old Toys Into Christmas Ornaments: From Clutter to Keepsake!
I’m a mom and I looooove my keepsakes.
Sweet little mementos of our family and life to hang off our Christmas tree just do it for me and I’m not ashamed to admit it. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
You can even check out my 21 Christmas Keepsake Ideas for Kids post for more proof.
Sadly, my two boys have outgrown their train phase (*sniffle*).
Instead of donating all of their gazillion toy trains, tracks, and accessories, I decided to turn two very special personalized Thomas & Friends toy train engines into DIY Christmas ornaments!
Here, I’ll show you how quick and easy it was!
How Do You Make Ornaments Out of Toys?
To turn old toys into Christmas ornaments, you’ll obviously need some way of hanging the toy on your tree.
That’s what makes it an ornament and not just a toy, right?
Instant Christmas ornament.
You could even glue a metal alligator clip to the back or bottom of the toy.
Below, I’ll walk you through how we used a power drill, eye pin, and ribbon to transform our sons’ old wooden Thomas & Friends toy train engines into the sweetest little DIY keepsake Christmas ornaments!
How to Turn Old Toys Into Christmas Ornaments: Toy Train Edition
Several years ago when my boys were wee ones, they were heavy into trains.
Like completely obsessed the only way tots can be.
Toy trains. Real trains. Cartoon trains. Steamies, diesels, electric. All of ’em.
They COULD. NOT. GET. ENOUGH.
Today, however, they’re 8 and 5 and have moved onto other interests like Pokemon, Minecraft, and the Avengers.
As such, their toy trains and tracks haven’t spent much time out of their toy box in ages.
A few Christmases ago, I (errr, I mean Santa) surprised both boys with their very own personalized toy Thomas trains and books.
The colors, design, and faces were all customized (including glasses for Rowan) and each boy’s name is printed on the bottom, just like a real Thomas the Tank Engine character.
Supplies for Turning Old Toys Into Christmas Ornaments
The customized trains were a big hit on Christmas morning, and even though the boys may have moved on from them, Momma here still isn’t over their cuteness.
And I probably never will be, hence turning these fellas into Christmas ornaments.
Here’s what we used for this festive DIY project:
Step 1: Drill Hole in Toy
He drilled down far enough for the pin to be fully inserted, leaving just the loop portion sticking out.
Step 2: Insert Eye Pin in Toy
Next, it was time to attach the eye pin.
Step 3: Add Ribbon & Hang
And with that, these old toys became sweet Christmas ornaments and were forever saved from the bottom of their toy box abyss!
Our Final DIY Christmas Ornaments from Toy Trains!
Here’s how both toy trains look as festive Christmas ornaments now!
Super cute, right??
It really couldn’t have been simpler, and the longest part was waiting for the glue to dry.
Ya gotta love a quick and easy holiday project!
These special gifts were originally surprise toys that my boys played with and enjoyed for years.
Now as sweet keepsake ornaments, Momma here will get just as much enjoyment from them hanging on our Christmas tree every holiday season.
Thanks so much for stopping by! Merry Christmas!