Saturday, September 9, 2017

Quick and Easy Fidget Toy DIY

Fidget toys are very popular right now. They come in a huge variety of styles and colors geared to all ages. The purpose is to give the user something to play with to help them to focus their thoughts and calm their mind.

I have saved a pile of caps from the squeezable baby/toddler fruit/vegetable puree pouches with the intention of using them for craft projects. They come in several styles and various bright colors. When I saw some people making fidget toys with plastic bottle caps, these caps immediately came to mind.

I intend to experiment more with these caps to perhaps come up with a fidget spinner toy design, but here's what I have so far: a quick and easy project that my toddler loves and older kids can help make themselves.

- plastic caps from puree pouches (or other plastic caps that have holes, or drill some holes in some plastic caps)
- binder rings or key rings
- exacto knife

1. Wash and dry the plastic caps.

2. CAREFULLY use the exacto knife to trim away the bits of plastic that are sticking up along the edge.


3. Link the caps together with binder/key rings. I tried a few simple patterns but I plan to try adding more rings.

4. Play around with color combinations and different styles of caps.

DONE! Go play. I'll post more fidget toys as I come up with them. I'd love to hear your suggestions and see your creations.

Monday, September 4, 2017

DIY Large Cardboard Number/Letter for Parties and Photo Shoots

For birthdays, anniversaries, and even graduations, having large cardboard numbers on hand for decoration or as props for a photo shoot is a lot of fun.

This same technique can also be used for letters if you wish to make a name or initials for an event or photo shoot.

These are fairly easy to make, low cost, and can be whatever size and colors you want.

- cardboard
- contact paper, wrapping paper or similar for covering the cardboard
- duct tape or similar (optional)
- glue gun, glue sticks
- white glue (optional)
- exacto knife, scissors

1. Draw the letter or number onto cardboard. I used some circular items to trace around and a long ruler. You can print off the number/letter from your computer, cut it out, and trace around it too.

2. Cut out the number/letter.

3. Trace the number/letter onto another piece of cardboard and cut it out.

4. Cut a bunch of cardboard into strips. These will determine the thickness of the finished number/letter. Mine were 2" wide.

5. Use the glue gun to attach pieces of the strips at right angle to one of the number/letter cut outs. Start by gluing in the middle. These pieces give the number/letter strength.

Keep building up the middle.

6. Next, glue more strips around the outside edge of the number/letter. These will be the sides of the number/letter.

7. Glue the second letter/number cut out piece on top. I used white glue on the inside supports and a glue gun around the outside edges. 

Trim any uneven areas.

8. Tape over any areas that the glue isn't holding well or are still uneven.

9. Cover the front and back with contact paper or similar, wrapping the edges of the paper around the sides. For curves, make relief cuts every inch or so to keep the edge smooth.

10. Cover the sides of the number/letter. I used duct tape but you can use more contact paper or similar or another kind of tape or even ribbon.


Enjoy your party or photo shoot!