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subbing - this is such great stuff
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Here are some puppets that I just finished:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/re-re/1...7602263286060/

They are very simple but I thought I'd share anyways.

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Here are some puppets that I just finished:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/re-re/1...7602263286060/

They are very simple but I thought I'd share anyways.
Aww, those are SO cute!
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Aww, those are SO cute!
Thanks!

They're for a little boy who is having his birthday party at the farm in the zoo.I'm going to add a horse and a cow and make a little bag for them all to live in.

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These are all such awesome ideas. I am going to make ds (3) the playmat for Christmas. Thanks for the info Flor

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Do you think I could put these paints in the cups of a styrofoam egg carton? I was thinking that I could make the different paints and then stick a couple brushes in and make little paint kits. This would be a great way to recycle the egg cartons and perfect presents for dd's friends.
Sorry I missed this, but I would say, go ahead and try it! You wont be losing much in supplies. Just remember to add LOTS of food coloring, hopefully yours will work better than ours did.

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I just found this cool craft you can make with the kids, or it could be stocking stuffers. They're called treasure rocks; after making them, you smash them with a hammer to find cool gemstones inside.
here's directions.

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i made stick horses for my girls one year, but i padded the sticks so they wouldn't hurt each other bashing around with them. i was pretty pleased with them. used two shades of brown cord cotton material and some feathery multi-colored yarn for the manes and button eyes.

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I just found this cool craft you can make with the kids, or it could be stocking stuffers. They're called treasure rocks; after making them, you smash them with a hammer to find cool gemstones inside.
here's directions.
These sounds very cool!! My boys love Geodes but are often disappointed when nothing is inside!!


Does anyone have any ideas for older BOYS!!! An 8yo boys is not nearly as impressed with dress up clothes as an 8 yo girl! LOL
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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.

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Rather than going through all seven pages looking for ideas, I thought it might be convenient to have one list to look over for those of us considering home made holiday gifts. I tried to remove duplicates. Let me know if I omitted something. I'll update the list occasionally, and add links to patterns if you post them.

The List To Date

Wooden cars
Play clay and rolling pins
Waldorf doll
Memory cards with family photos
Crayon roll-up case
wool balls
photo album (my youngest stole his grandma's because he loved looking at the pictures so much!)
blocks
wooden animals
lacing cards
patchwork ball
bendie dolls
handmade clothing
dollhouse furniture
personalized stationery
craft kits (put them together yourself)
Tree fort for toys
Floor mat with a road painted on it
I Spy bottle
I Spy bag
Puppet theatre (hanging in a doorway would be fairly simple)
Puppets
Animal costumes (they had great ones at a children's museum near us - basically just vests in verious fur fabrics some with hoods, etc made to look like different animals)
Bean bags & game for tossing
Hopscotch rug (could paint on canvas)
Play kitchen
Sock monkey
Felt food
Fleece slippers
Crayon cookies
Patterns for knit toys
Knit "little dudes"
Giant building blocks from reused cereal boxes
Plastic water bottles filled with sea shells, beads, etc.
Board book
Felt board with felt characters
puppets and finger puppets
stuffed animals
dolls
doll beds and quilts for them
bean bags
lace up/buttons/snap dolls - I made a black velour bug with all kinds of bug outfits
Tutus
personalized ornaments
doll tutus
bendy doll sets
appliqued shirts
blanket
personalized frames
needlefelted animals
more clothes
fleece scarf and mitten sets
knitted belts
sewn purses
embellished clothes
A rope swing
a wooden square board with 4 casters underneath
felt boards
capes
aprons or smocks with pockets for crayons, etc.
cool magnets and a cookie sheet
magic wands
homemade play doh
sandbox
lil folk made of spools with acorns for heads, adorned in felt
Beanbags with activity cards
Dancing ribbons (got gold hoops at Hobby Lobby, tied fancy ribbons to it) and a jingle bell bracelet to wear while dancing
Fleece poncho
dinosaur soap (grated bar of soap, mixed with some dry oatmeal and enough water to make it gooey, packed it around small dinos for my friend's ds who loves dinos)
Crocheted animals
Interactive quilts
Lacing boards
Felt jewelry
Wooden animals
Water color paints
Wood with nails and screws to hammer and screw
Roll up chalk boards
Doll cradle from oatmeal container
Slip n slide
Fastener board with string to tie and braid, snaps, hook and eye, buttons, buckles, velcro, frog closure, and whatever else I can salvage off of clothing I use for recons.
Play clothes
Capes
Doll cloth diapers
Sculpey people
Felt animals/dolls
Kite
Fabric food from 1980 McCall's Holiday pattern 7274
Sound matching game with film canisters filled with different materials (salt, rice, beans, buttons, coins, small safety pins, etc)
Box of textured fabrics for matching game
Fishing game
Teepee
Puppets
Frog shaped beanbags wtih lily pads to throw them onto
Ladybug beanbags
stepping stone floor mat
Fabric tic-tac-toe game
Tangram or pentomino puzzles out of wood
Magnets
Paper dolls
Canvas map of town
Bark blocks
Child sized plates to finish
Knit caterpiller
Rainbow dolls made with pipe cleaners and beads
Cloth shopping bags for "store"
Mail carrier set, with blue shirt, envelopes, cardboard boxes, stickers, markers, address labels, mail carrier bag, mail box.
Garages for toy cars out of boxes
"Superhero lair" collapsible play house
Rattle made from lentils or beans in a handled bottle
Play money
Reused bottles for grocery cart
Cake sprinkles bottle with glitter, beads, sequins, superglued tops, for shapers in play kitchen
baby quilts and wall quilts (one for each child)
winter bunting
fur slippers (we lived in the north country then)
other sewn quilted slippers
crocheted sweaters
bunting dolls and waldorf dolls
stilts made from cans
bandabouts
sewing cards
nesting cans
dollhouse dolls and little people
dollhouse furniture and rugs and such
all their halloween costumes
knitted ducks
pop up doll (wooden dowel pushes the doll up from inside a cone)
puppets
play scarves
a playstand
felt board
puzzle ball
knitted balls
felt patchwork balls
memory game from lids from frozen juice cans
playdough
stuffed animals
roving fairies/angels
magic wands
rainbow ribbon streamers
felt shooting stars (filled with beans and a ribbon tail)
button spinners
Sewn Advent calendar
Doll quilt
Puppets on popsicle sticks
Pressed flowers
Bath crayons
Fabric covered foam blocks
Cloth balls
Bath boats made with Scupey clay
Wooden swing
Treasure Rocks
Stick horses
Craft or cooking apron and chef's hat
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WOW!Thanks for taking the time to do that!

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Momaste--thanks so much for doing that. It's very helpful!

Every one of you is totally amazing.. love what you are doing for your kiddos.
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Momaste,
you ROCK!!!! thank you so much for doing this. I forgot all the wonderful ideas.
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Wow, these are great ideas, can't wait to get started!!
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Thanks so much for taking the time to compile a complete list!! What a great idea!
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Wow, that was so nice of you.
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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.
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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!

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: great ideas!

Blissful Mama to DD-(5), DS-(6) and someone new due in November!
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Subbing! What an awesome thread!
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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.
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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.
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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...

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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
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