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This year's project is a puppet theater. It will be fabric that hangs in the doorway with a window. I hope to buy a couple of nice puppets to go with it. I saw a doorway puppet theater in Magic Cabin (I think) but I know I can make one! It has a couple of wooden dowels sewn in for stability.
Yes you can!!

I used to do a simple one for the kids I took care of with a tension shower curtain rod.They loved it.What a great present a nice one that you make will be!
post #142 of 358
: great ideas!
post #143 of 358
Subbing! What an awesome thread!
post #144 of 358
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Yes you can!!

I used to do a simple one for the kids I took care of with a tension shower curtain rod.They loved it.What a great present a nice one that you make will be!
That's a good idea to use a tension shower rod! As soon as I finish the Halloween costume, I'll get started.
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subbing! I;m so excited to be making toys instead of buying plastic!!!
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What a really fabulous thread...I have ideas for years to come, now!! Only problem is the dang thing's kept me awake for hours now with my brain in high gear!

A couple more things:

Just earlier today I read in the Sears Baby Book where they made a cube for infants with different black-and-white patterns on each face, so that you could turn the cube and let them look. I was thinking I could make one from foam and painted fabric...appliqued felt would work too and be classier.

I've read about adding bells to the center of felted wool balls...that sounds fun, though I'm sure you'd have to pick the right bell for it to still sound nice muffled--or maybe you could stick it in a ping-pong ball or something as a core to the ball!

I've been meaning to make a little cloth hanging with black-and-white patterns to drape over the seat back for my daughter to look at in the car.

And this one I'm excited about, even though it won't be relevant to my two-month-old for a looong time yet: personalized coloring books! A little tinkering with family photos, a tracing table or some such, and a copier, and ta da! Of course, if you were artistically inclined, you could draw the images freehand. You could "bind" the pages in a ring-binder or have it done up at a copy shop. Especially for us who don't live so conventionally, it'd be really nice to be able to have something like this that can really reflect the lifestyle that our children experience.

Yeah, so that's pretty much what I spent the time between 12:30 and 4:15 am thinking about.

And I forgot the one homemade toy we already have! I saw this quilted grabbing ball in The Joyful Child catalog: Patchwork Folk Ball, and I got my MIL to make one up--she did it SOOO cute. There are free instructions online, I swear, I just can't seem to find them now.
post #148 of 358
I've been wanting to make one of the tree houses that was shown earlier in the thread, but I haven't been able to find a good tree part for it. Does anyone have any other ideas for how to do something similar? I was looking through the magic cabin catalogue that came today and my son kept looking at the fairy and gnome houses, of course.
post #149 of 358
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I've been wanting to make one of the tree houses that was shown earlier in the thread, but I haven't been able to find a good tree part for it. Does anyone have any other ideas for how to do something similar? I was looking through the magic cabin catalogue that came today and my son kept looking at the fairy and gnome houses, of course.
Same thing my ds did today LOL..then when we were outside raking leaves I was looking around at some branches thinking how I wish I could make him one...
post #150 of 358
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I've been wanting to make one of the tree houses that was shown earlier in the thread, but I haven't been able to find a good tree part for it. Does anyone have any other ideas for how to do something similar? I was looking through the magic cabin catalogue that came today and my son kept looking at the fairy and gnome houses, of course.
Oh, sure. I almost copied one of those in magic cabin that have are two platforms with logs for supports. You know which ones? You wouldn't have to have a big tree part, just some branches to hold up the platforms.

http://www.magiccabin.com/magiccabin...c=1004&pgc=758

That is what we were going to do if we couldn't find a good tree.




Another toy I've decided tomake this year is food for ds's treehouse. I bought a little set of wooden dishes from threesisters.com and I'm going to make Fimo food for his treehouse dolls. I also like that set of chairs/table in Magic Cabin that looks like a mushroom. i might try to make that, too.
See the "dinette set"?
http://www.magiccabin.com/magiccabin...L|PRODUCT|1830
post #151 of 358
That I can probably do! I think I may have slices of branches in the basement, too.
post #152 of 358
You could use dowel rods like this one:

http://uniquewoodentoys.com/cart.php...ategory_id=317
post #153 of 358
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I've been wanting to make one of the tree houses that was shown earlier in the thread, but I haven't been able to find a good tree part for it. Does anyone have any other ideas for how to do something similar? I was looking through the magic cabin catalogue that came today and my son kept looking at the fairy and gnome houses, of course.
i made one using two pieces of wood for making wall plaques that had the bark on it and two pieces of a branch...one on either side....: i hotglued it...i couldn't find the cord to the drill at the moment it was for ds son's bd...http://i234.photobucket.com/albums/e...dgnomehome.jpg we still have to make the ladder...but we never seem to get around to it.
post #154 of 358
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I've been wanting to make one of the tree houses that was shown earlier in the thread, but I haven't been able to find a good tree part for it. Does anyone have any other ideas for how to do something similar? I was looking through the magic cabin catalogue that came today and my son kept looking at the fairy and gnome houses, of course.
i made one using two pieces of wood for making wall plaques that had the bark on it and two pieces of a branch...one on either side....: i hotglued it...i couldn't find the cord to the drill at the moment it was for ds son's bd...http://i234.photobucket.com/albums/e...dgnomehome.jpg we still have to make the ladder...but we never seem to get around to it.
post #155 of 358
That's cute. Hey, we have the same plastic snake in our treehouse!
post #156 of 358
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i made one using two pieces of wood for making wall plaques that had the bark on it and two pieces of a branch...one on either side....: i hotglued it...i couldn't find the cord to the drill at the moment it was for ds son's bd...http://i234.photobucket.com/albums/e...dgnomehome.jpg we still have to make the ladder...but we never seem to get around to it.
That definitely looks both doable and beautiful. I found these really thin pieces of sliced wood with bark in the basement, but if we used them I'd need dowels because my husband isn't great with cutting pieces of branches straight. Maybe he could do just two, though.
post #157 of 358
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That definitely looks both doable and beautiful. I found these really thin pieces of sliced wood with bark in the basement, but if we used them I'd need dowels because my husband isn't great with cutting pieces of branches straight. Maybe he could do just two, though.
i used a mitre box and they weren't exactly straight so i sanded them down as best i could.
post #158 of 358
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i also made pandas filled with wheatberries so we could warm them up in the microwave and have a warm panda for bedtime or whenever they needed a warm snuggly.

i've also made various easy stuffed animals (fish, bear, mouse) that really look homemade, but they're fun.
Do you have a pic. of the panda's and other animals you make? I want to do this, but wasn't sure how.
post #159 of 358
No, actually I don't have a pattern, I find it very difficult to follow patterns in the sense that i can't keep myself from winging it. I have the same trouble with recipes .

For the panda I got some 100% cotton very soft wide wale corduroy in black and white at JoAnn. I think any 100% cotton material would work fine, but I was nervous about putting synthetics in the nuke-ro-wave. It was probably the most complex of the stuffed toys I've made (although the stick horse was a little tricky, too) because of the black and white pattern of pandas. For the fish, bear, and mouse I actually followed the pattern my dd1 drew on a piece of paper. The mouse was a toy from dd1 to dd2 so she designed it and I executed it and then she helped stuff it. It was pretty much how you might expect a 5 yr old to draw a personified mouse. I just traced it (more or less) and then cut out two of them and stitched them together. dd1 was thrilled to see her drawing come to life, though.
post #160 of 358
"beanma=No, actually I don't have a pattern, I find it very difficult to follow patterns in the sense that i can't keep myself from winging it. I have the same trouble with recipes ."

you are my soul twin! i can't follow a patter or recipe or instructions...winging it is waaaay more fun!
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