There are action figures, dolls, and tiny cartoon-character figurines jammed in every corner of my bedroom. I collect toys and will probably continue buying new ones until I’m ancient and have a long, gray Dumbledore beard. The toys I hold dearest are the ones I’ve had since elementary school, when I was a wee toy hoarder. They are artifacts of the past–not just in a general, pop-culture nostalgia sense, but of my past. These are the things I loved and obsessively played with as a little kid. They’re a part of who I was and who I am today, and I’d have a hard time parting with them.

That being said, I don’t actually play with my toys anymore. But after seeing a really moving documentary called Toy Story 3, I realized my toys might want me to engage with them. So in an effort to make sure my little figurines don’t feel neglected, I started turning them into necklaces. Now I can carry them with me all day and keep them close to my heart. If you feel a similar sort of affection for your old toys and trinkets—specifically ones made of polyvinyl material, which is pliable—then this tutorial on how to make toy necklaces (that double as holiday ornaments!) is perfect for you.

What you’ll need:

  • Screw eyes (aka threaded eye hooks).
  • A long-reach lighter.
  • Pliers.
  • Plastic toys.
  • A necklace chain or festive-looking piece of ribbon or string (what I like to call a “stringy ribbon thingy”).

Let’s get to it!