If I’m being honest, I have to admit I spent altogether waaaay too long putting together this gift guide. I just couldn’t help getting completely caught up in the myriad of amazing toys and gifts available for kids these days. And best of all, many of them are handmade! Click through for my favorite finds.
1. Got a budding photographer in your midst? They’ll love this wooden camera (that comes in a variety of colors) by Indie Owl – $30
After seeing baby gym after baby gym with plastic this and fuzzy that, this wooden minimalistic version is a welcome change! If you’ve got a baby on the way, or just want to make this as a gift for a loved one, try your hand at this surprisingly simple project!
Because I'm a parent, I'm always searching the web for ways to decorate in a family-friendly, but still aesthetically pleasing way. And it's tough out there! This idea is one that I can get on board with and is a great way to please the designer in us all!
As a kid, I would make houses and forts out of cardboard boxes, sheets, and the odd chair or two. This DIY playhouse takes a similar approach, albeit much more aesthetically pleasing. You won’t have to look at dirty boxes and your kid’s imagination can still run wild: win-win!
This minimalist playhouse is made from 1x1s and is super simple to build — check out the basic instructions over on Scandinavian Deko. Once you have the frame built, you can leave the wood raw or let its pint-sized resident choose the paint color!
Whether used as a learning tool for kids or simply as a decorative coffee table or bookshelf object, these DIY wooden gradient blocks are easy to make — and gorgeous!
For kids, these blocks are a great way to introduce and learn about colors, color tone and gradation, and hue matching. For the home, well, they just look pretty! Merrilee Liddiard from Mer Mag shares all the details for creating these gradient blocks over on Handmade Charlotte.
I realize that this how-to strays a bit from our normal fare, but goshdarnit, it’s too cool not to share! Maybe it’s the overgrown kid inside me or my love of science (have I told y’all I was in the science club in high school?? Geek to the max.), but the idea of making bouncy balls–from scratch–out of regular ol’ household items totally intrigues me. If you’re equally intrigued, or just want to impress your five-year-old, check out what you’ll need below! Continue Reading
I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but it’s a regular ol’ animal invasion on the DIY front! Yes, 2011 is the year plastic animals finally got their due. From dinosaur planters to, um, jungle-themed ‘derriere’ magnets, we’ve rounded up a few of our favorite plastic animal projects. Enjoy!
Gilded party animal candle holders from The Sweetest Occasion are festive and fun! Kelly suggests snagging your materials for cheap from Target’s dollar bin.
Kids of all ages (and even kids at heart – I’m lookin’ at you!) will get a kick out of this colorful DIY memory game!
Summer may be winding down, but the party (and popsicles) can go year-round with this cute twist on the classic memory matching game. Amy Moss, the talented designer and blogger behind the popular blog Eat Drink Chic, kindly created this tutorial and FREE download for our amusment. Thanks, Amy!
For this craft project, you will need:
Smooth white letter-sized cardstock (x2)
Popsicle sticks (x12)
Craft / Xacto knife
Once you’ve gathered your supplies, head on over to Eat Drink Chic for the full tutorial, game instructions, and free popsicle printables!
Here at Curbly, we love a good magnet, especially if we can make a bunch and make ’em ourselves. What could possibly be better than that? Super colorful magnets made from recycled materials that allow for spontaneous creativity and fun in the kitchen! Sold? Read on!
Brooke Fish, the blogger and crafty designer behind Pure and Noble, came up with this clever solution to use up old popsicle sticks and those ubiquitous, local business refrigerator magnets that arrive in every mailer or are attached to every phone book in the world. Continue Reading