Category archive: diy

July 8, 2017

SLEEP, Pleaded David Shrigley

Untitled, 2012, unique linocut print, about 100 x 70 cm. If he wanted to, he could have had one of these prints hanging in every nursery of every kid born in the English-speaking world in the last five years,...
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August 5, 2016

This Is Fine. Dog Plush On Kickstarter

You're on the internet, so you know KC Green's This is fine. dog. We are all KC Green's This is fine. dog now. And now your kid can be, too. Green has launched a Kickstarter campaign to make a...
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May 18, 2016

Playmobil X Joy Division

On this, the 36th anniversary of Ian Curtis's death, let's all take a few minutes to rewatch the incredible stop motion animated Playmobil version of Joy Division's 1979 performance of "Transmission." Here it is. This video, created through extraordinary...
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January 18, 2016

Do You Want To Build A BB-8 Snowman?

C'mon Dad, let me play If you let me I could make you one It would be fun what do you say? [@fupottek via @camcavers]...
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June 12, 2015

Mad Max Fury Road Ponies By Kelsey Wailes

Speaking of clay, here are some Mad Max Fury Road My Little Ponies. Mad Max Fury Road Ponies [savethewailes via dt reader jp]...
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June 11, 2015

Pourquoi Pas? Make A Barbapapa House

Barbapapa, the iconic and friendly French Jabba The Hutt, lives with all his ancillary characters in some kind of Pierre Cardin-lookin' bubblehouse. Which you can buy, but why would you, when you can make your own Barbapapa house out...
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May 30, 2015

Dollhouse Painted To Look Like London Junction Box Painted To Look Like Dollhouse

"Junction box made up like a trippy doll's house on Whitecross Street, EC1" Let everyone adopt+paint a junction box?— Polly Toynbee (@pollytoynbee) May 30, 2015 This would be a legitimately cool dollhouse, btw. If Barry McGee or some...
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May 10, 2015

Build Any Mobile Lactation Suite And The World Better Beat A Path To Your Door

The idea for Mamava portable breastpumping cabins came from a 2006 New York Times story about how hard it is for non-white-collar moms to find time to pump breast milk at work.Years of design, testing, and bootstrapping startup ups...
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May 7, 2015

Area Bae Gets Area Kid To Paint Hermes Bag For Area Mom

I don't know exactly how the forces operating in my life conspired to keep me unaware of this situation that went down last fall. But they did. And now I must inform you that you only have 2.5 days...
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April 20, 2015

Housing Bubble, Or La Bulle Pirate

It's 1970, you're 23, living in a studio in the suburbs of Geneva with your wife, your applications for larger apartments are thrown in the garbage because of a citywide housing crisis, and your kid's on the way. What...
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April 15, 2015

#EatShitDAE, You Know, For Kids

The Food Non Food department of the Design Academy Eindhoven picked up and moved to Milan for Salone 2015, and their exhibition program about the cycle that keeps living things alive is called Eat Shit. I don't know if...
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March 22, 2015

The Ten Best Ways To Get Headphones To Fit Your Kid

1. Headphones too big and keep falling off? Come see y Dad....— Craig Potter (@CraigLPotter) March 18, 2015 Nos. 2 -10 are doing the same thing, just with a different stuffed animal....
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February 24, 2015

The Little Girl, How Much For A Mug With The Little Girl?

Koppie Koppie is a new online store that wants to teach us all an Important Lesson About Privacy--by slapping photos of random kids they've scraped from flickr onto mugs you, a total stranger, can buy. Their point is about...
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February 17, 2015

Meccano Home. You Know, For Kids

Meccano Home exists. It was conceived by a constellation of designers and engineers in France whose names appear on various websites in varying pairs, so who knows, Meccano Home has a thousand fathers. The brand is licensed from the...
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January 19, 2015

Blurred Wonder Woman Pajamas

Let's face it, now that our entire civilization has been turned into it, one cares about the actual America's Funniest Home Videos anymore. But I very much WOULD like to see a pair of toddler-sized pajamas with a blurred...
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Rescuing Dolls From A Life Of Bratz

The Tasmanian artist behind Tree Change Dolls rescues dolls from the streets and helps them turn their young lives around. With a gentle make-under and some more fun, age-appropriate clothes, the only scars of their Bratz past are on...
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Elaborate Batstroller Probably Fills Emotional Voids

Of all the superhero origin stories, none capture the idea of a stable, idyllic, well-adjusted childhood quite like Batman. Which is probably why one fandad spent untold hours making this Dark Knight stroller, using only a car seat, a...
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December 23, 2014

I'm Thinking Of Making The Senate CIA Torture Report Into A Boardbook

Gotta tell you, the CIA onesie, coupled with multiple stories like this about Melville House making a trade version make me want to adapt the Senate Intelligence Committee Report on Torture as a boardbook. Maybe over the Christmas break. Maybe...
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December 18, 2014

Eames For Vintage Kids

Some magic Eames moments from my recent immersion in the archives of esoteric survey: Here is Baby Valastro perched on the family's red CTM coffee table. The Valastros used their wedding money in 1954 to buy a houseful of Eames...
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December 12, 2014

Labours Of Love And Plywood Floors At Wilton House

Sometimes one cannot improve on the copy one is presented with, and so one just runs with it:Few boys get to play with their model train set surrounded by exquisite hand-painted Chinese wallpaper, but that was the backdrop for...
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December 9, 2014

Meet The Kinder Modern Patinator

It feels like more of a Style section piece, or maybe a Home section feature about product lines and Stuff, but even though there are no prices or renovation costs, the NY Times has put this nice story about...
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December 8, 2014

Amazing Viking Longboat Cradle By Jim Heimbach

When Sonoma County woodworker Jim Heimbach found out his son and daughter-in-law were expecting their first kid, and he himself had no commissions at the moment, he decided to make them a cradle. And he was inspired by his...
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October 21, 2014

The Least Surprised I've Ever Been: Marcel The Shell Has New Video, Book

A new Marcel the Shell video has appeared, just in time to promote the release of Jenny Slate and Dean Fleischer-Camp's new Marcel book, The Most Surprised I've Ever Been. This kind of marketing synergy works, though it would...
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October 20, 2014

Adorable Dutch Urchins Wearing Garbage, By Ed Van Der Elsken

Halloween costume production has kicked into high gear around the DTHQ; ideas were locked down weeks ago, followed by concept, design and shopping, and this weekend, sewing/construction. [Legolas and a poofy ballerina witch, btw.] But the point is, this...
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We Are Amused: Princess Victoria Baby Tooth Brooch

Wow, as if the royals weren't weird enough. Here is a brooch made in 1847 from the baby tooth of Princess Victoria, the 7-yo daughter of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert. The princess's dad pulled the tooth during a...
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October 14, 2014

Toddler's Laser-cut Cardboard Fighter Plane Costume, NBD

Oh hai, blogger here! Long weekend! I hope it's not too late for us all to feel woefully inadequate about our kids' Halloween costumes. Because over at Sparkfun, guestblogger dad Aidan Chopra has written about making a motorized WWII-era...
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August 5, 2014

Mickey Mouse Clubhouse Bombed

A mural of Mickey Mouse peeks out from a gutted building in Beit Hanoun yesterday - an area entirely flattened #Gaza— Bel Trew - بل ترو (@Beltrew) August 5, 2014 If the intellectual property lawyers for the Walt...
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July 31, 2014

Journalist Dressup In Gaza

@ekmathia: Young boy in #Gaza pretending to be a journalist with his home made flak jacket, had to lend him my helmet. don't know if it's the cuteness or the futility of this kid's flak jacket, but it's...
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July 7, 2014

Baby Feud Zazzle: Now It Comes In Your Size

Speaking of grownups wearing infantile t-shirts... Poet, writer and 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


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.— 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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