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Showing posts with label DIY Toys. Show all posts
Showing posts with label DIY Toys. Show all posts

Recycle: Turn packaging into ...


A woven basket ....  (many more after the jump!)

Upcycle: D-ream-I-Y play kitchen ...






I think the pictures say it all really.  I am in awe.  Get the instructions at Paint on the Ceiling.




DIY: Whittle your own veggies...






When last did you whittle a whistle by the light of a gas lamp?  Or carve a carrot by the wood stove? Duo Fiberworks is literally rekindling (!) these lost arts ... with some serious updating!  Pretend "cut-able wood veggies" are trendy toddler toys right now.  So, grab the nearest twig, your carving knife and some velcro and get crafty.


DIY: Hold on to your hobby horse!





Apparently this little pony is also known as a stick horse ... but in my world, it's a hobby horse.  And, thanks to Hetty of Light Blue Grey, you can MAKE one yourself using a old sock.  How freakin' cool is that?





DIY: Cheap, cheap birdie fun ...



This beautiful quilted bird house and matching birdie rattles was a labor of love ... but worth it right?  It's a toy any infant will happily chew on and shake.  Later on, it'll be great for container play and peek-a-birdie! Full tutorial via Instructables


Talk about cheap, cheap, cheap and cheerful!  These would be great in a kid's room or craft room ... and SUCH a fun way to use up scrap fabric.  I would put the magnet *inside* the bird to child-proof it.  Then imagine the possibilities: counting, sorting, color-matching ... you could make them different sizes too!  Thanks to Two Girls Being Crafty

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DIY: Sunshiney Mod Pillow


It's the second week of January and Chicago continues to be ... er ... sunny.  Mild and sunny.  And devoid of snow. It's too weird.  It feels very wrong.  But it also feels like we're getting away with something after the Snowpocalypse of 2011.  To commemorate the strangeness:  an appropriately mod (we're talking about Chicago here people), easy pillow project from Smile and Wave. 

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Recycle: Toys from Trash






Arvind Gupta thinks “The best thing a child can do with a toy is break it!”

I don’t even know where to start with this one. His web site boasts an astonishing range of educational experiments like how to fashion a potato battery and a bottle barometer. But in addition to the nerdy, educational stuff, the site features quick and easy one-offs that aren't the least bit science-y, like how to fold six types of newspaper hat.