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post #281 of 358
Oh, and I just realized I hadn't posted this link, I'm making an Eddie the Earth worm for my one year old- its very cute and easy to make.
http://www.bitofwhimsydolls.com/Web_/Home.html
post #282 of 358
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I was just wondering where our beloved thread had gone.. Good to see it back. yes, sticky us, please!
Well, we've been outside so much there is no time for toymaking. Oh, but I did make this for a swap;
Rainbow necklace and wood sword

So I guess the newest homemade "toys" for us would really be outside playspaces. We are growing a sunflower house and bean tee pee!
What kind of paint did you use for the necklaces? I'm always afraid to buy paint from the store because I can't be sure what's in it.
post #283 of 358
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What kind of paint did you use for the necklaces? I'm always afraid to buy paint from the store because I can't be sure what's in it.
She uses beads from Spiel and Holz. They are made in Germany with a kid friendly paint. I think it might be vegetable based.

HTH
post #284 of 358
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She uses beads from Spiel and Holz. They are made in Germany with a kid friendly paint. I think it might be vegetable based.

HTH
Oh okay, thanks!
post #285 of 358
here is my flickr site. i just got the photos taken of the gifties i made for the holidays. what an acomplishment. a wholly homemade holiday. http://flickr.com/photos/mayamade/
post #286 of 358
It's a little late, but I found this article on the Mothering site about gifts you can make yourself. Not all toys, but some great ideas: http://www.mothering.com/community_t...iday-gift.html
post #287 of 358

diy toy blog

I am new to Mothering, just got my first magazine a few weeks ago, I love it!
Anyways, I just came across this thread and thought I would share a blog I started recently.
I would love to use some of your ideas, email me if you wouldn't mind me posting your picture or a link to your picture in my blog.
http://diygiftsforkids.blogspot.com/
email is in blog
post #288 of 358
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I am new to Mothering, just got my first magazine a few weeks ago, I love it!
Anyways, I just came across this thread and thought I would share a blog I started recently.
I would love to use some of your ideas, email me if you wouldn't mind me posting your picture or a link to your picture in my blog.
http://diygiftsforkids.blogspot.com/
email is in blog
Thus is great! Thank you.
post #289 of 358
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What kind of paint did you use for the necklaces? I'm always afraid to buy paint from the store because I can't be sure what's in it.
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She uses beads from Spiel and Holz. They are made in Germany with a kid friendly paint. I think it might be vegetable based.

HTH
Thanks Kara for getting that, I've been away awhile.

Urchin grey, if you were to use unfinished wood beads, you could use what I use on other wood toys I "paint"; food coloring! Then I top it off with all natural beeswax.

Oh and Jolata; cute blog and welcome to MDC!
post #290 of 358
Here are a few that I've made before for my kids and for craft swaps here on MDC:

First is a playmat fishing game. I used cotton yardage and then remants for the fish. A dowel, twine, and a round magnet became the fishing pole and large paper clips attached to the fish made them easy to catch. I made one side an ocean scene (with an octopus, crab, and fish) and the other side is a pond scene with three fish.

http://c1.ac-images.myspacecdn.com/i...0182032ad8.jpg


http://c1.ac-images.myspacecdn.com/i...66aa24dd7c.jpg

http://c2.ac-images.myspacecdn.com/i...c6cc4b066d.jpg

http://c2.ac-images.myspacecdn.com/i...31dd2d3fd5.jpg


Second is a flower garden. Last year my DD1 was obsessed with planting and we came up with this concept. I intend to add in seeds and seedling plants as well. Right now it consists of a soil patch (made of felt) and flowers made of felt. I sewed velcro to the base of the flowers and put pipe cleaners inside the flowers to give them greater stability.

http://c2.ac-images.myspacecdn.com/i...7746c40a51.jpg
post #291 of 358
Cute! I keep meaning to make a fishing game for DD. Once we popped into a toy store at the mall and she played with one of those motorized fishing games for like half an hour! She was concentrating so hard. I think she'd love a more "natural" version of it-- time to break out the sewing needle and magnets!
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post #293 of 358
Saamy, I have read that food coloring will continue to rub off from the wood onto your hands even after it has "dried". I, of course cannot find the webpage w/ that info, but the lady was doing comparisons of different methods of painting wood. She wiped a food coloring stained item w/ a paper towel a week after she had painted it and coloring was all over the towel. Maybe that only happens w/ certain brands of food coloring?
post #294 of 358
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I read the same thing the other day!
post #295 of 358
It's worked well for us, but perhaps thats b/c I finish it w/ beeswax polish..
post #296 of 358
I've never had any problems with the things I have gotten either...I guess it must be the finishing
post #297 of 358
HI all!
I remember way back in a playfood swap here, someone asked about how to make a child's chef hat. I just stumbled upon this download for a pattern, so I thought I'd add it to our collection here.

http://www.youcanmakethis.com/info/f...e-Chef-Hat.htm

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post #298 of 358
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I've never had any problems with the things I have gotten either...I guess it must be the finishing
Let me correct myself, not long after...

I got some super cute elements toys from a mama here and my kids and carpet are COVERED in color

I ended up soaking them to pull the color off....
post #299 of 358
oh no, that's terrible!
post #300 of 358
For anyone who is beginning needlefelting, here are simple instructions to make some gnomes in a basket.
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