Category archive: diy

July 7, 2014

Baby Feud Zazzle: Now It Comes In Your Size

Speaking of grownups wearing infantile t-shirts... Poet, writer and Nerve.com alum Johannah K-S has just launched Baby Feud Zazzle, a tumblr collection of Onesie designs custom printed on adult-sized shirts. It only started this morning, and it's already making...
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June 20, 2014

Ikea Bag Raincoat Hack

Ikeahackers has been through a lot of crap recently, thanks to Ikea's overzealous, underthinking lawyers, who threatened the pioneering customer community site with trademark violation lawsuits unless they changed their name to WHATEVERWEDONTCAREASLONGASITSNOTIKEAhackers or something. Someone in the company...
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May 12, 2014

May We Interest You In Some SHANZHAI BIENNIAL ORIGINALSTM Shoes?

When you're a capitalist tool, everything looks like product. I have never been able to figure out the DIS Magazine/Red Bull relationship, but I get the sense that they're trying to take a critical stand on art and culture...
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May 7, 2014

A Golden Treasury Of Punk Is Dad

It felt weird to not hear very much from the Milano Salone design fair this year. I may need to adjust my media diet. But while digging around for pictures, I stumbled across a horrifying window display from Diesel...
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March 28, 2014

After Effects Animators' Kids Have The NICEST YouTube Videos

DreamWorks animator Daniel Hashimoto started adding CG effects to little videos of his son James playing. He posts them to YouTube as Action Movie Kid. They are pretty awesome, and are getting a lot of media attention starting yesterday...
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March 27, 2014

Q Is For Queens On Kickstarter

I'm slow sometimes, and maybe If I'd written about it last week, there would have been more suspense involved in Amol Sarva's Kickstarter project to create Q is for Queens, an illustrated alphabetic roadtrip through New York's third borough....
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March 21, 2014

Baby Trashes Bar: Las Palmas Trailer, By Johannes Nyholm

This is obviously completely perfect. This is why the world needs more paternity leave. Swedish filmmaker Johannes Nyholm was on his family leave, taking care of his 1yo daughter, when he decided to shoot a one-day short film. That...
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March 5, 2014

Spotted, Splatter-Painted At The Armory Show

Let me guess, her favorite book is Olivia. Are these product? Or homemade? Or both, i.e., etsy? In other Armory Show news, it's amazing that Uppababy is turning up at the VIP preview. Back in the day it was...
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February 14, 2014

Chestburster Onesie By Mike Dougherty

From writer/director/drawer Mike Dougherty: At my first baby shower. Designing a onesie. pic.twitter.com/emSVnleKsg— Mike Dougherty (@Mike_Dougherty) February 9, 2014 Kind of think this should've been a maternity t-shirt, though....
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February 1, 2014

Aging Punk Hoons Little Tike

After a virtual garageful of head-scratching, WTF projects, a couple of Oxfordshire hoons have finally hit upon the crazy, one-off car mod that's destined for viral greatness: they've built a full-size, street-legal version of the Little Tikes Cozy Coupe...
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January 31, 2014

Kid-Size Art Installations By Benin's Own Beshac Gaba

La Mode en Miniature (2008) installation view, Stevenson I just found images of these kid-related works I saw from the Frieze Art Fair in London last fall, by the Beninese artist Beshac Gaba. Gaba often makes installations that take...
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January 28, 2014

This USB-Lookin' Wet Diaper Detector Will Be A Thing

It looks like a normal, everyday USB stick, but when it gets near a wet diaper, it lights up! Because it's a wet diaper detector. Made out of a USB casing. That's how Eric Schuh designed his Kickstarter, and...
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January 27, 2014

Rocking Hoth Roundup

These rocking tauntauns have bubbled up from the random picdump sites last week, and are now appearing on more mainstream blogs. There is no information available yet about who made them or where. All we know is the build...
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January 19, 2014

Les Jeux d'Enfants Cookbooks By Michel Oliver

I lost this link, and then I just found it. Which is awesome, because this 1966 book, La Patissierie est un jeu d'enfants/Mkaing French Desserts & Pastries is Child's Play, written and illustrated by Michel Oliver, who was then...
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January 4, 2014

Cardboard Box Office: Remake, Recycle, Retweet

The family that makes cardboard re-creations of shots from movies together stays together. If only Lilly and Leon Mackie and their son Orson were in the US, their weekly cheeseball LULZcraft blog would have landed them a guest spot...
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December 27, 2013

War-Ravaged England Builds Giant Dollhouse For Queen

Sometimes England is so weird. Like the time the whole place was devastated and dejected and injured and dead in the wake of World War I, and Princess Marie-Louise thought building a huge dollhouse for Queen Mary filled with...
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November 19, 2013

Rockytoy Story

M V Gopalan founded a great wooden toy manufacturer in Madras, southern India, in 1942. It was first called Modern Agencies, but it came to be called Rockytoy because they were making rocking horses that everyone wanted. The scale of...
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October 3, 2013

Children Of Duchamp, By Nobutaka Aozaki

It's been a hundred years since Marcel Duchamp introduced the Readymade to an unprepared art world, which is still dealing with it. Since he just graduated from Hunter College's MFA program, I'm going to guess that Nobutaka Aozaki's awesome...
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September 27, 2013

Mormon Prune Crate Play Furniture Was A Communist Plot

We're making progress on the vintage Mormon Sunday School Nursery play furniture plans I posted a little while ago. I recently found an earlier edition of the teachers' manual, called Sunday Morning in the Nursery, that dated from 1949,...
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September 20, 2013

What The Frick Kids Rode: Taxidermy Rocking Bunny

It was #AskACurator Day on Twitter this week, where 26,000 people asked a thousand curators from 581 museums around the world what their favoritest, weirdest thing in their collection was. And for the folks at The Frick Pittsburgh, it...
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September 18, 2013

In The Beginning Was These DIY Mormon Play Furniture & Blocks

I stupidly didn't buy this book last month in Utah, even when I held it in my hand--and snapped a couple of cheap shots of it with my camera. But I'm trying to make up for my blogging sins,...
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September 13, 2013

Make Your Own Fun [ADVANCED LEVEL]

Creative Playthings Melt Art set was literally a box of crayons and a hot plate. No, seriously: That's like Brick-on-a-String level of make-your-own-fun-somehow. Vintage Melt Art by Creative Playthings NIB, 1st bid $12.99+ 5.75 s/h, auction ends Sept 16...
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September 4, 2013

Outside The Lines: Artists Mega-Coloring Book By Souris Hong-Porretta

LA art/style/culture blogger Souris Hong-Porretta has spent the last couple of years pulling together an epic-sized artist coloring book, and now it's done. Outside The Lines has coloring pages from over 100 artists--119, actually, I just counted--and it looks...
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August 27, 2013

MAK Daddy Types

So I knew that MAK in Vienna was doing a DIY exhibition, the first ever, as far as I could tell, based on Victor Papanek & James Hennessey's groundbreaking DIY bibles, Nomadic Furniture, but I admit, I'd lost track...
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July 19, 2013

Mountain-Dwelling Japanese Have One Word For Kids Sled. And Box.

I don't know why, I guess it's because I didn't watch enough [any] Grizzly Adams when I was a boy, but I just assumed that in the olden times in the mountains of Japan, when the snow fell thick...
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June 29, 2013

DIY Totem Box Furniture From Cardboard Collective

When we last saw the DIY goodness of Cardboard Collective, chief cardboard comrade Amber was just selling a couple of copies of the vintage Japanese cardboard kids furniture mooks that inspired her global movement. Now she's added plans of...
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June 23, 2013

Christian's Heroes Coloring Book

(1/2) best sidewalk furniture ever! a coloring book party on 8th Av (unfortunately had to decline invite to sit in) pic.twitter.com/Yo6FZQLbc3— James Wagner (@wagnerblog) June 24, 2013 (2/2) the book party was for "Christian's Heroes Coloring Book" - March sidewalk...
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June 17, 2013

No Kickstarter Was Required: Glorious North Korean Cardboard Tank

Children of the great failed American devil, cower in fear at the awesome creative power of the glorious future leaders of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea. These children are all six months old, and this tank was fabricated...
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June 13, 2013

Made By Dad, By Scott Bedford, A Book Of Kid-Related Projects, Some Involving A Blowtorch

Non-minimalist illustrator and maker Scott Bedford has been blogging up all kinds of interesting kid-related projects at WhatIMade.com. And now he's got a book. Made By Dad is a bunch of toys, furniture, gifts, and whatevers you can make...
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June 12, 2013

Browning Crib By Aaron Coston

When devoted gun guy Aaron Coston found out his wife was expecting their first child, he knew what he had to do: design and build the kid a crib inspired by the craftsmanship and innovation of firearms legend John...
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June 4, 2013

Famous OTO Cardboard Food Truck Is Crowdsourcing Right Now

There are few things more annoying than an ice cream truck, especially when they just roll up like clockwork at your playground, and the half of the kids whose parents don't care what kind of crap they eat or...
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May 16, 2013

It's For You: Creative Playthings Cardboard Phonebooth

I have this 1967 Creative Playthings catalogue lying around somewhere, but I swear, I never noticed these cardboard play structures until John from Wary Meyers pointed out these photos on a recent eBay auction. First, yes, a flatpack Creative...
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May 9, 2013

Japanese Kids Always Have The Best Cardboard Play Kitchens

It hit me a few weeks ago when DT reader and Cargo Collective guru Amber sent along the cover of Ishikura Hiroyuki's DIY cardboard furniture book, Papa, Mama, tsukutte!: damn, that is a fine and simple cardboard play kitchen!...
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April 17, 2013

'Il Buon Mobile Per Bambini': Enzo Mari Kids Shelf

It's not that Enzo Mari has never designed kids' furniture. It's just that he hasn't designed nearly enough of it. Of course, there's the Play Wall, the beautiful corrugated cardboard folding screen from 1967. And there is the Seggiolina...
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April 16, 2013

Bamboo Stroller Hack

Here is a stroller turned into a vegetable cart, as photographed by Beatbeatrice at the Anilao Market in the Philippines. [instragram via @beabeatrice]...
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April 5, 2013

Kids Cardboard Lifestyle: The Cardboard Collective

Seriously, kids go through so much stuff, so quickly, it really all should be made of cardboard. And then it's like, seriously, just make that yourself. Which is a severe underselling of the awesomeness of Tokyo expat Amber's kids...
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April 3, 2013

Tokyo Street Art Coloring Pages By A Small Lab

Gaijin-turned-Edo-ko anthropologist Chris Berthelsen has spent years documenting the stickers, stencils, tags and graffiti of various neighborhoods around Shinjuku and Shibuya for his Tokyo Street Art Research Project. Until now the best way to see the fruits of his...
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March 29, 2013

Topaz Mountain Sleds By Dave Tatsuno & Bill Fujita

Dave Masaharu Tatsuno ran the dry goods store at Topaz Mountain, where Japanese Americans from the Bay Area were imprisoned during WWII. And he took a bunch of 8mm home movies, using color film which he'd pick up on...
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March 27, 2013

Calvin & Hobbes Nursery Murals

Finnish redditor Pellari recently got his/her sister to paint the mural for this sweet Calvin & Hobbes nursery, which comes complete with an awesome tree house/slide/toddler bed. Which, well done, and I can totally understand the appeal of the...
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March 13, 2013

WHOA, ADO Ride-On Cars

Maybe you spotted them in the background of Agata's photos from the ADO Speelgoed exhibition in Apeldoorn, Holland. Or maybe you clicked through to see the rest of her pictures on her blog at Rafa Kids, including the one...
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March 4, 2013

It's My Kind In A Box: Babyhok, The Dutch Baby Hutch

So that BBC story that DT reader Helena pointed us to the other day about Scandinavians kids being totally awesome and pink-cheeked and healthy all the time because their parents are parking them outside to sleep all winter elicited all...
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February 26, 2013

There's An ADO Speelgoed By Ko Verzuu Exhibition In Apeldoorn Until March 17.

Wow. You remember that amazing digital archive of ADO Speelgoed at the CODA Museum in the Netherlands? Well, there's an exhibition, too, and it runs through March 17. CODA (Cultur Onder Dak Apeldoorn) is in, obviously, Apeldoorn, in central Holland,...
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February 12, 2013

Do You Know Me? Wooden Mystery Bendy Snake

DT reader Michelle's brother recently scored this interesting-looking toy snake, and we've been stumped trying to figure out anything about it. Does anyone recognize it, either as a product, or perhaps a project/design? Or is it really just one...
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January 28, 2013

Ko Verzuu Made This Dollhouse

In 1927 Ko Verzuu made this dollhouse for the daughter of the director general of ADO, Dr. Willem Bronkhorst. It's pretty simple. I bet you could crank one out, too. Also, isn't 'poppenhuis' a fine word? Poppen-anything, really. Nice...
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January 17, 2013

Breast Beanie Is Best

There are many paths to the top of Mount Fuji. So I am totally fine to have learned about the Boob Beanie from DT's Amsterdam correspondent Jan, who saw an article in the Telegraaf about the the Australian Boob...
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January 16, 2013

Star Wars Bedroom Accessories

There is no Star Wars nerd big enough around here to warrant such monoculture, but the Force doesn't have to be that strong with you or your kid to appreciate the bedroom nerdmomblogger Mary Elle made for her Star...
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January 6, 2013

Resistance Is Futile: Circuit Playground Plush Toys Electronic Components

Maybe 2013 will be a good year after all. The super-friendly DIY electronics outfit adafruit has launched plushie plush toy1 versions of the little electronic component characters on Circuit Playground, their fun&easy electronics teaching app. Forget plush microbes and...
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December 25, 2012

Like-A-Pipe-Bike By Bruno Gavira

If you're looking for one more quick Christmas present project you can slam together in the garage while the cider's mulling, Spanish designer Bruno Gavira's got just the thing. It's a walking bike made entirely out of PVC pipe....
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December 24, 2012

Bun B's Rap Coloring & Activity Book

"Game is sad. He wants a new tattoo. Draw him one that covers up his butterfly." If ever a tumblr was destined for a book deal, it's Bun B's Rap Coloring Book. And of course, it happened the week...
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December 5, 2012

Parenting By Drone Meet Moore's Law

Oh, the sweet drone permasurveillance future cannot come soon enough. At least for Paul Wallich, who wrote in IEEE Spectrum about his first [!] attempt to build an Arduino-powered, video-chatcam and GPS-equipped, quadcopter drone to follow his son down...
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