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Re: DO IT YOURSELF - TOYS - PART ONE

Posted By: Gizmogirl

Re: DO IT YOURSELF - TOYS - PART ONE - 03/23/11 09:46 AM

jump I finally stopped my lazyness and did it! jump

As I receive many PM's and e-mails asking for how to's on my toys, I decided to open a DIY thread with instructions for toy making.

Those who love to make toys for their babies themselves, have fun! laugh

Those who have new ideas, please feel free to add your step by step instructions with pictures here. laugh

And those who prefer to buy their toys, we have wonderful vendors! clap



Fleece Flower



You will need:

Thick electrical cable (whichever length you want the stem of the flower
Double the length of the stem times 3 fleece strips about 4" wide.
20cm x 5cm bunch of fleece strips
One link to hang the flower
2 x medium sized zip ties
1 x large sized zip ties

Instructions:

1. Cut the electrical cable to the desired length.



2. Cut 3 x fleece strips double the length of the electrical cable.



3. Cut a bunch of 20cm x 5cm fleece strips.



4. Attach your link to the one end of the electrical cable. Then cover both ends of the electrical cable with a square sized piece of fleece, and secure with a zip tie.



5. Tie the 3 (double length) fleece strips together, and start to braid around the electrical cable until you reach the other end.





6. Tie the bunch of 20cm x 5cm fleece strips together, and at the same time to the stem you just finished braided.


Posted By: Gizmogirl

Re: Re: DO IT YOURSELF - TOYS - PART ONE - 03/23/11 09:46 AM

Toy Around



You will need:

2 meter Thick Electric cable
4" Fleece strips
One hook to attach spiral to cage or glider room.

Instructions:

1. Cut 4" strips of fleece.
2. Twist the strips of fleece all the way around the electric cable until you have covered the entire cable.
3. Take an additional strip of fleece and tie it around the end where the cable stops, in other words, to secure the ends, to prevent any sort of injury.
4. Finally, twist the cable around a bottle shape to achieve the spiral look.
Posted By: Gizmogirl

Re: Re: DO IT YOURSELF - TOYS - PART ONE - 03/23/11 09:47 AM

Forage Around





You will need:

1 Hoola Hoop
Beads
Foraging cups
Bathtub ducks
14" Fleece strips

Instructions:

1. Cut 14" wide strips of fleece to cover the entire hoola hoop.
2. Fold the fleece in half lengthwise, cut 1.5" x 5" fringes, leaving the folded end uncut.
3. Tie double knots with the matching fringes around the hoola hoop.
4. Add foraging cups, ducks, beaded strings and whatever your gliders like to play with.
Posted By: Anonymous

Re: Re: DO IT YOURSELF - TOYS - PART ONE - 03/23/11 09:51 AM

Thanks so much for this Liezl. I bookmarked this thread and can't wait to take advantage of it. hug2
Posted By: Gizmogirl

Re: Re: DO IT YOURSELF - TOYS - PART ONE - 03/23/11 10:16 AM

Ball Pit



You will need:

75cm x 20cm landware net
Zip ties
2 x (28x28cm) landware net
Fleece strips
Balls


Instructions:

1. Cut the 75cm x 20cm landware net.



2. Form a circle and secure the landware net with zip ties.



3. Place the circle on top of the 28 x 28 landware net and secure with zip ties.



4. Cut an entrance in the other 28 x 28 panel of landware net.



5. After securing the circle to the bottom net, cut the access net off.




6. Wind the strips of fleece around the edges on the bottom where you attached the net.



7. Continue all the way around and up the side.



8. Cut another entrance on the circle itself and wind fleece around the edges.



9. This is what it should look like at this stage.

Posted By: Gizmogirl

Re: Re: DO IT YOURSELF - TOYS - PART ONE - 03/23/11 10:16 AM

Ball Pit Continue:

10. Wind fleece strips around the entrance of the other 28 x 28 panel of net.



11. Secure the top panel with the entrance to the circle, cut the edges like the first panel, and wind together with fleece strips.



Insert the balls, and there’s your ball pit clap
Posted By: Gizmogirl

Re: Re: DO IT YOURSELF - TOYS - PART ONE - 03/23/11 10:54 AM

Play Tunnel

A Big Play Tunnel:


Or a smaller one for the cage:



You can make the Play Tunnel any size you want. thumb

You will need:

landware net
Zip ties
Fleece strips

Instructions:

1. Cut the landware net in a rectangle the size you want it.

2. Bring the two ends together and secure the landware net with zip ties.



3. Wind the strips of fleece around the edges where you attached the net. Continue all the way around and up the side.



8. Cut one or a few entrances in the panel of landware net, and wind fleece around the edges.
Posted By: Gizmogirl

Re: Re: DO IT YOURSELF - TOYS - PART ONE - 03/23/11 11:10 AM

Foraging Fun



You will need:

62cm x 10cm landware net
5 x Zip ties
2 x (120cm x 5cm) fleece
Foraging cups, bells etc

Again, you can make this any size you like. thumb


Instructions:

1. Cut the 62cm x 10cm landware net.



2. Form a circle and secure the landware net with zip ties.



3. Wind the fleece strips around the edges of the landware net and continue all the way around. When you get to the starting point, include the starter fleece and continue through the center of the circle.



4. Tie the ends together with a secure knot.





5. Add you accessories! clap
Posted By: Gizmogirl

Re: Re: DO IT YOURSELF - TOYS - PART ONE - 03/23/11 12:20 PM

Pom Poms



You will need:

Fleece
Cardboard
Plastic chain

You can make these any size you like. thumb


Instructions:

1. Cut lengthy strips of fleece and tie together.

2. Cut two circles out of cardboard with a hole in the center.

3. Wind the fleece strips around the cardboard edges until there is almost no space left.





4. Cut around the edges until you reach the center.



Posted By: Gizmogirl

Re: Re: DO IT YOURSELF - TOYS - PART ONE - 03/23/11 12:23 PM

5. Pull the cardboard slightly to the sides to expose the center. Tie n knot around the center piece with a strip of fleece.



6. Remove the cardboard pieces.

Posted By: Vona

Re: Re: DO IT YOURSELF - TOYS - PART ONE - 03/23/11 12:31 PM

thumb thanx those are awesome!!!
Posted By: Anonymous

Re: Re: DO IT YOURSELF - TOYS - PART ONE - 03/23/11 12:38 PM

Most excellant, thanks for sharing. Is the electrical cord okay for chewers?
Posted By: Anonymous

Re: Re: DO IT YOURSELF - TOYS - PART ONE - 03/23/11 01:01 PM

Thanks for sharing. Heres a picture of the ball pit I made thanks to your instructions. Not bad for a newbee. Working on the tunnel next

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Posted By: sunjana1

Re: Re: DO IT YOURSELF - TOYS - PART ONE - 03/23/11 01:07 PM

You've inspired me to make a tunnel for my tent! smile
Posted By: Anonymous

Re: Re: DO IT YOURSELF - TOYS - PART ONE - 03/23/11 03:43 PM

Clover is a brand of crochet/knitting tools, they make a GIANT pom-pom maker that I think is easier to use than the cardboard pieces, but I haven't tried it with fleece yet. Will have to report back on that!
Posted By: Dallie

Re: Re: DO IT YOURSELF - TOYS - PART ONE - 03/24/11 02:13 AM

dance Thank you Gizmogirl for the instructions! dance
So nice of you to share with all of us!
Posted By: sphynxie

Re: Re: DO IT YOURSELF - TOYS - PART ONE - 03/24/11 02:21 AM

Thanks!
Posted By: Gizmogirl

Re: Re: DO IT YOURSELF - TOYS - PART ONE - 03/24/11 07:47 AM

Originally Posted By: berryanimalluvrs
Most excellant, thanks for sharing. Is the electrical cord okay for chewers?


I don't have chewers. dunno I would think it will take them some time to chew through it, and they will have to get through the fleece first. If you don't feel safe about it, rather not risk it. I haven't had any troubles, and the spiral toy is one of their favorites. smile
Posted By: Anonymous

Re: Re: DO IT YOURSELF - TOYS - PART ONE - 03/24/11 04:42 PM

These are great! Thanks for posting! I want to try the ball pit! :-)
Posted By: Gizmogirl

Re: Re: DO IT YOURSELF - TOYS - PART ONE - 04/01/11 08:40 PM

You are all welcome. thumb
Posted By: GirlInQuestion

Re: Re: DO IT YOURSELF - TOYS - PART ONE - 04/02/11 02:03 AM

Thanks for posting this! I'm not craft at all so this helps! haha.
Posted By: kjgoulet

Re: Re: DO IT YOURSELF - TOYS - PART ONE - 04/11/11 02:48 AM

Thanks for posting this and sending me the link for it in the pm smile I'll be trying out most of these toys. There's so many to choose from I'm not sure where I'll start lol! I'm excited!
Posted By: Anonymous

Re: Re: DO IT YOURSELF - TOYS - PART ONE - 04/11/11 03:01 AM

Oh wow!! Thanks for sharing all these ideas Lizel!! I can't want to try that flower one! All of these are really great - I'm bookmarking this thread...
Posted By: Gizmogirl

Re: Re: DO IT YOURSELF - TOYS - PART ONE - 04/12/11 05:01 PM

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Posted By: Anonymous

Re: Re: DO IT YOURSELF - TOYS - PART ONE - 04/12/11 06:14 PM

Looks like my girls and I will be busy this weekend!
Thanks for the pics with instructions.....I always need visuals with things like this!. smile
Posted By: lilangels

Re: Re: DO IT YOURSELF - TOYS - PART ONE - 04/12/11 08:46 PM

I am having trouble braiding around the electrical cord without the cord showing through in spots. Is there a secret to this?
Posted By: Anonymous

Re: Re: DO IT YOURSELF - TOYS - PART ONE - 04/18/11 07:31 AM

Where do you get the small 'chain' that you have in 'Foraging Fun'?
Posted By: Bozeman

Re: Re: DO IT YOURSELF - TOYS - PART ONE - 04/18/11 07:54 AM

Originally Posted By: Megs
Where do you get the small 'chain' that you have in 'Foraging Fun'?


This was soooo long ago. We got it from a USA based supplier but unfortunately we do not have contact with her anymore. We are not sure where she got it from.
Posted By: Anonymous

Re: Re: DO IT YOURSELF - TOYS - PART ONE - 04/18/11 08:05 AM

Ahh oh well. I'll look at the craft store and also the party shop tomorrow.
Posted By: Gizmogirl

Re: Re: DO IT YOURSELF - TOYS - PART ONE - 04/18/11 11:28 AM

Let me know if you find some Megs, I would also like to know where I can get it. smile
Posted By: Jem

Re: Re: DO IT YOURSELF - TOYS - PART ONE - 04/18/11 03:09 PM

I'm so in love with this thread. Bookmarked!

Where can I get landware net? I've looked around but had no luck.
Posted By: SugarCrazy

Re: Re: DO IT YOURSELF - TOYS - PART ONE - 04/18/11 04:01 PM

I got the landware net in the garden section at Lowes. And there was a link here on GC that sold the small chain but I don't remember what or when.

Edited: I searched... Critter Hill sells plastic chain. Sorry I don't know if they ship to Africa tho.
Posted By: Markysmommy713

Re: Re: DO IT YOURSELF - TOYS - PART ONE - 04/18/11 05:43 PM

I know they sell the chains on ebay if you search plastic chain they have diff sizes and such for decent prices diff colors or rainbow of colors:)
Posted By: Gizmogirl

Re: Re: DO IT YOURSELF - TOYS - PART ONE - 04/18/11 06:00 PM

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Posted By: sunjana1

Re: Re: DO IT YOURSELF - TOYS - PART ONE - 04/18/11 06:55 PM

Originally Posted By: Jem
I'm so in love with this thread. Bookmarked!

Where can I get landware net? I've looked around but had no luck.


I got landware at Home Depot - it was in the back corner by the lumber.
Posted By: Anonymous

Re: Re: DO IT YOURSELF - TOYS - PART ONE - 04/18/11 06:57 PM

Originally Posted By: Gizmogirl
Let me know if you find some Megs, I would also like to know where I can get it. smile


Will do.

Tell ya what.. If I find any here locally and you want some, I'll send you some. Just reimburse me the shipping.


Posted By: CritterHill

Re: Re: DO IT YOURSELF - TOYS - PART ONE - 04/18/11 07:01 PM

Originally Posted By: SugarCrazy
I got the landware net in the garden section at Lowes. And there was a link here on GC that sold the small chain but I don't remember what or when.

Edited: I searched... Critter Hill sells plastic chain. Sorry I don't know if they ship to Africa tho.


We ship pretty much everywhere! grin

Here's the link to the toys parts/chain if anyone needs it: http://www.thesugargliderstore.com/ToyParts.html
Posted By: Anonymous

Re: Re: DO IT YOURSELF - TOYS - PART ONE - 04/19/11 04:25 AM

Sorry Liezl, couldn't find anything here. Spent a lot of money on craft stuff, but no chains. Guess Critter Hill will have to expect an order from me here in the near future. grin
Posted By: Gizmogirl

Re: Re: DO IT YOURSELF - TOYS - PART ONE - 04/19/11 06:37 AM

Thank you. thumb I think I'll put my order in.
Posted By: tournesoul

Re: Re: DO IT YOURSELF - TOYS - PART ONE - 04/19/11 04:31 PM

WOW!!! jumpThanks Liezl~
Im so excited!!! This stuff looks SO great!! AND do-able smile Hooray!!
Question~ what size is the chain? I know I read somewhere that the chain should be a certain size so they dont get their feet/hands/toes/fingers? caught up! That idea terrifies me frown
I saw some chain at Lowes the other day but I didnt know if it was safe???
Also, does anyone know if metal chain is ok?

thanks

PS They do NOT carry plastic chain at Michaels or AC MOore. fyi.
Posted By: Markysmommy713

Re: Re: DO IT YOURSELF - TOYS - PART ONE - 04/19/11 05:14 PM

Here are some links to toys I made recently with some beads plastic toys and balls:)

http://s427.photobucket.com/albums/pp358...-1695193210.jpg

http://s427.photobucket.com/albums/pp358...04-19130346.jpg

http://s427.photobucket.com/albums/pp358...04-19130205.jpg

http://s427.photobucket.com/albums/pp358...04-13175615.jpg



http://s427.photobucket.com/albums/pp358...04-19130103.jpg

http://s427.photobucket.com/albums/pp358...04-19130140.jpg
Posted By: Dancing

Re: Re: DO IT YOURSELF - TOYS - PART ONE - 04/19/11 05:41 PM

Plastic chain suppliers that sell by the foot lengths. There are many others that sell in bulk.

WindyCityParrot (1/2" links and up)

Nalani Toys (3/4" length and up)
Posted By: Gizmogirl

Re: Re: DO IT YOURSELF - TOYS - PART ONE - 04/22/11 09:23 AM

Originally Posted By: tournesoul
WOW!!! jumpThanks Liezl~
Im so excited!!! This stuff looks SO great!! AND do-able smile Hooray!!
Question~ what size is the chain? I know I read somewhere that the chain should be a certain size so they dont get their feet/hands/toes/fingers? caught up! That idea terrifies me frown
I saw some chain at Lowes the other day but I didnt know if it was safe???
Also, does anyone know if metal chain is ok?

thanks

PS They do NOT carry plastic chain at Michaels or AC MOore. fyi.



Well then Lyndsey, if it's do-able, I want to see your end results in the Home made toys let's do it thread! thumb Get to it girl!!

Teresa and others posted some great links for the chain.

I don't use metal chain at all.
Posted By: Gizmogirl

Re: Re: DO IT YOURSELF - TOYS - PART ONE - 04/22/11 09:32 AM



Crystal, I love your toys! Please show is your instructions on how to make them as well. grin If you do not wish to share the how to's, please post your cute toys in our other great thread Home made toys thumb
Posted By: Ashleigh22

Re: Re: DO IT YOURSELF - TOYS - PART ONE - 04/28/11 12:31 AM

Where can I buy Balls?
Posted By: Anonymous

Re: Re: DO IT YOURSELF - TOYS - PART ONE - 04/28/11 12:50 AM

birdsnestonline.com

I've gotten toy making supplies here....good prices, pretty fast shipping too
Posted By: Ashleigh22

Re: Re: DO IT YOURSELF - TOYS - PART ONE - 04/28/11 12:58 AM

anywhere locally?
Posted By: Ashleigh22

Re: Re: DO IT YOURSELF - TOYS - PART ONE - 04/28/11 01:10 AM

KMART...I am going ball shopping tomorrow! DO they actually play with them?
Posted By: Anonymous

Re: Re: DO IT YOURSELF - TOYS - PART ONE - 04/28/11 01:31 AM

What kind of balls are you talking about? The wiffle balls? Walmart has them in the sporting good section, usually just the white ones tho. I've not yet found the colored ones locally.

Ashleigh....do you have any specialty bird stores in your area? That sells just birds, cages, toys, etc? There was one near me years ago and they had toy making parts as well, but I think they closed down. You could hit the yellow pages and see....
Posted By: ciara_lynn

Re: Re: DO IT YOURSELF - TOYS - PART ONE - 05/04/11 06:52 PM

I've picked up all the balls for my toys in the pet area actually, there are bags upon bags of them in the cat area. Some have bells in them and some are wiffle ball type and they are smaller too.

My suggies love the ones with the bell in them, I think cause they can make the cat think his toys are moving by themselves when he hears the jingle...
Posted By: tournesoul

Re: Re: DO IT YOURSELF - TOYS - PART ONE - 05/04/11 08:28 PM

Originally Posted By: Gizmogirl
Originally Posted By: tournesoul
WOW!!! jumpThanks Liezl~
Im so excited!!! This stuff looks SO great!! AND do-able smile Hooray!!
Question~ what size is the chain? I know I read somewhere that the chain should be a certain size so they dont get their feet/hands/toes/fingers? caught up! That idea terrifies me frown
I saw some chain at Lowes the other day but I didnt know if it was safe???
Also, does anyone know if metal chain is ok?

thanks

PS They do NOT carry plastic chain at Michaels or AC MOore. fyi.



Well then Lyndsey, if it's do-able, I want to see your end results in the Home made toys let's do it thread! thumb Get to it girl!!

Teresa and others posted some great links for the chain.

I don't use metal chain at all.


I apologize for not getting back here sooner!!! I just tried to write out a simple explanation which did not stay so simple so I deleted the whole thing and have gone back to just saying sorry! smile

I will definitely post some pics when I manage to get the toys actually made smile ... and have the cord for my camera OR a new camera... thumb

As for the chain, thanks for the links! I also wanted to know the size that was ok or safe or the ones that are not. I did get some at Lowes that has huge links, size?, so nothing will get caught in it. I definitely need some smaller though and will be ordering some for sure! I just am terrible at waiting! Learning though... these boys are good teachers! I wouldnt wait this much on anyone. LOL!!
Posted By: Gizmogirl

Re: Re: DO IT YOURSELF - TOYS - PART ONE - 05/05/11 07:42 AM

Ha ha, these cute little rascals will definitely teach you patience. thumb The 1/2" chain works great. thumb I use both the half inch and the bigger links, not sure of the size on them either. Have fun Lyndsay! dance
Posted By: tournesoul

Re: Re: DO IT YOURSELF - TOYS - PART ONE - 05/05/11 01:47 PM

Originally Posted By: Gizmogirl
Forage Around





You will need:

1 Hoola Hoop
Beads
Foraging cups
Bathtub ducks
14" Fleece strips

Instructions:

1. Cut 14" wide strips of fleece to cover the entire hoola hoop.
2. Fold the fleece in half lengthwise, cut 1.5" x 5" fringes, leaving the folded end uncut.
3. Tie double knots with the matching fringes around the hoola hoop.
4. Add foraging cups, ducks, beaded strings and whatever your gliders like to play with.


dunno hmmm... I am confused on how to do this??? I got my hula hoop, got fleece, beads, craft lace stuff, some bathtub buddies... I still need to get the little shotglasses - I found some before in a town 1/2 hour away but let my daughter use them for a presentation at school as I thought they were the wrong thing (6th graders doing shots!!
~Of coconut juice. LOL)

I am confused on the fleece cuts... 14" x what fleece strips? 14x14? and then wrap it around and leave the ends which will then be about 5" and cut them 1 1/2 inches wide to wrap around? I think as I was thinking this through I got it but with my luck these days I will be wrong so I would just love to know I got it b4 I actually start cutting. thumb

and with the flower ~ if I fold the end and attach a carabiner (sp?) and then fold some fleece over each end... how do I use the carabiner?

thanks

Posted By: Gizmogirl

Re: Re: DO IT YOURSELF - TOYS - PART ONE - 05/05/11 05:02 PM

Lindsay, let me cut some fleece and take a pic for you. Give me a few minutes. thumb
Posted By: Gizmogirl

Re: Re: DO IT YOURSELF - TOYS - PART ONE - 05/05/11 06:30 PM

Sent you a PM. thumb
Posted By: CritterHill

Re: Re: DO IT YOURSELF - TOYS - PART ONE - 05/05/11 09:09 PM

Originally Posted By: tournesoul
I also wanted to know the size that was ok or safe or the ones that are not. I did get some at Lowes that has huge links, size?, so nothing will get caught in it. I definitely need some smaller though and will be ordering some for sure! I just am terrible at waiting! Learning though... these boys are good teachers! I wouldnt wait this much on anyone. LOL!!


I think most people generally use 1/2" (2mm), 3/4" (3mm) or 1" (4mm).

I did read years ago, of a glider being injured with larger chain where toes were caught between 2 chain links.
Posted By: tournesoul

Re: Re: DO IT YOURSELF - TOYS - PART ONE - 05/06/11 03:38 AM

Originally Posted By: CritterHill
Originally Posted By: tournesoul
I also wanted to know the size that was ok or safe or the ones that are not. I did get some at Lowes that has huge links, size?, so nothing will get caught in it. I definitely need some smaller though and will be ordering some for sure! I just am terrible at waiting! Learning though... these boys are good teachers! I wouldnt wait this much on anyone. LOL!!


I think most people generally use 1/2" (2mm), 3/4" (3mm) or 1" (4mm).

I did read years ago, of a glider being injured with larger chain where toes were caught between 2 chain links.


Thank you!! and ugh to the larger chain... I guess I could use it on stuff that wont go in the cage though ~ where I would always be right there just in case. Man, I thought I at least had that down ok frown

I appreciate the input!!
Posted By: Gizmogirl

Re: Re: DO IT YOURSELF - TOYS - PART ONE - 05/06/11 08:47 AM

Originally Posted By: CritterHill
Originally Posted By: tournesoul
I also wanted to know the size that was ok or safe or the ones that are not. I did get some at Lowes that has huge links, size?, so nothing will get caught in it. I definitely need some smaller though and will be ordering some for sure! I just am terrible at waiting! Learning though... these boys are good teachers! I wouldnt wait this much on anyone. LOL!!


I think most people generally use 1/2" (2mm), 3/4" (3mm) or 1" (4mm).

I did read years ago, of a glider being injured with larger chain where toes were caught between 2 chain links.


Thanks for the heads up. thumb
Posted By: tournesoul

Re: Re: DO IT YOURSELF - TOYS - PART ONE - 05/08/11 05:12 AM

guess what I plan to do tomorrow as a good mommy??? finally...

I found some multi colored shot glasses at a store called five below or five above... something like that!! SO excited!! hula hoop and twisty thing going to get done tomorrow. I know they have real names but I am having severe computer problems and no sleep last night so I am giving it my best right now. LOL!!

HAPPY MOTHERS DAY ALL YOU WONDERFUL SUGGIE MOMMYS!!!!


grin heart party heart angel heart hug2 heart grin
Posted By: Gizmogirl

Re: Re: DO IT YOURSELF - TOYS - PART ONE - 05/08/11 08:39 AM

Happy mothers day to you too!! hug2

Can't wait to SEEEEE!!!!!! dance dance
Posted By: Gizmogirl

Re: Re: DO IT YOURSELF - TOYS - PART ONE - 05/20/11 05:33 PM

Bump for newbies smile
Posted By: Stacey

Re: Re: DO IT YOURSELF - TOYS - PART ONE - 05/21/11 09:33 PM

What is the best way to wash the toys like the ball pit that are made of the landware net and fleece? Thanks!
Posted By: Gizmogirl

Re: Re: DO IT YOURSELF - TOYS - PART ONE - 05/21/11 09:59 PM

I normally wash the ball pit in the bath, scrub it down, rince it well with the handheld shower nozzle. Then I squeeze out the excess water absorbed in the fleece and sun dry. thumb
Posted By: McNugget

Re: Re: DO IT YOURSELF - TOYS - PART ONE - 05/22/11 11:15 AM

These are all so cOol. My boys are going to love them!
Posted By: Gizmogirl

Re: Re: DO IT YOURSELF - TOYS - PART ONE - 05/28/11 05:48 PM

Shrek's Swamp



You can use any theme or color to make this toy just the way you like it. smile

You will need:

1 x Plastic theme plate ( I used a leaf)


1 x character ( I used Shrek)


6 x 10 inch plastic chain, any color, and
4 x 5 inch plastic chain


2 x Foraging cups
Posted By: Gizmogirl

Re: Re: DO IT YOURSELF - TOYS - PART ONE - 05/28/11 05:48 PM

7 x Plastic links


8 x Animal links


Instructions:

1. Drill 4 holes in the plastic plate, equally apart and opposite from each other. Drill two more additional holes on the plate, one on the far left and one on the far right for the chain with the foraging cups.

2. Attach the 6 x plastic links to the plate, leaving one additional link to attach the 4 chain strings at the top.

3. Attach the 4 x 10 inch chain strings to the links already connected to the plate, and link them together at the top with the remaining link.



4. Attach the remaining two 10 inch chain strings to the links on the plate at the far left and far right. Note that the chain in step 3 should go upwards and the chain in step 4 should go the opposite direction. (downwards)

5. Now you can attach the 4 x 5 inch chain downwards to the 4 equal links on the plate.

6. Attach your character (Shrek) to top link.

7. Drill holes in your foraging cups and attach them to the 10 inch plastic chain on the far left and far right, bottom of the plate.

8. Attach 2 x amimal links to each 5 inch chain.

Have Fun!!
Posted By: Anonymous

Re: Re: DO IT YOURSELF - TOYS - PART ONE - 05/28/11 06:25 PM

Love it!
Posted By: Gizmogirl

Re: Re: DO IT YOURSELF - TOYS - PART ONE - 05/28/11 06:26 PM

smile
Posted By: myliljadagirl

Re: Re: DO IT YOURSELF - TOYS - PART ONE - 05/28/11 06:37 PM

LOVES this one! OMG, so awesome! You always come up with some awesome toys! jump
Posted By: Gizmogirl

Re: Re: DO IT YOURSELF - TOYS - PART ONE - 05/28/11 06:45 PM

Thank you Cole, I had to make a new toy for my Frog theme cage and Shrek and the swamp fits right into that category. smile
Posted By: myliljadagirl

Re: Re: DO IT YOURSELF - TOYS - PART ONE - 05/28/11 06:48 PM

where did ya get the SHREK!!! lol I heart him

Could totaly go farther and do an entire shrek/swamp cage! lol (well...a perdy swamp...lol)
Posted By: Gizmogirl

Re: Re: DO IT YOURSELF - TOYS - PART ONE - 05/28/11 06:53 PM

He was sitting all alone looking for someone to buy him in a bunch of Shreks at the cashier, so I took him home. roflmao

Maybe I'll go get the others too. tounge

Yes, go for it, make a Shrek/swamp cage, a perdy set. wink
Posted By: Vicky

Re: Re: DO IT YOURSELF - TOYS - PART ONE - 05/28/11 07:22 PM

Seems so easy to make! Where do you buy the plastic chains? Although I will be doubt my techniques at making toys... shakehead LOL
Posted By: Anonymous

Re: Re: DO IT YOURSELF - TOYS - PART ONE - 05/28/11 07:33 PM

http://www.nalanitoys.com/Plasticchain.htm
Posted By: Gizmogirl

Re: Re: DO IT YOURSELF - TOYS - PART ONE - 05/28/11 08:05 PM

I got it from Here thumb
Posted By: ValkyrieMome

Re: Re: DO IT YOURSELF - TOYS - PART ONE - 05/28/11 09:06 PM

Meg - that plastic chain is REALLY expensive! $1.50 a foot! No way!

You can find it so much cheaper! Go to The Sugar Glider Store that Liezl linked - cheaper!

If anyone needs toy parts links - I have tons!
Posted By: Vicky

Re: Re: DO IT YOURSELF - TOYS - PART ONE - 05/29/11 03:33 AM

Thank you all! laugh
Posted By: Holly1221

Re: Re: DO IT YOURSELF - TOYS - PART ONE - 05/29/11 04:57 AM

I made these out of beads and poker chips



Waiting for a better creative mood to strike
Posted By: LiveInTheMoment

Re: Re: DO IT YOURSELF - TOYS - PART ONE - 05/29/11 05:02 AM

Hey that's pretty neat! I wouldn't think to use poke chips for anything other than poker!
Posted By: LiveInTheMoment

Re: Re: DO IT YOURSELF - TOYS - PART ONE - 05/29/11 05:05 AM

I used:

-Fleece
-C-Links
-Large Tube Beads
-Lanyard Hooks
-Rainbow Peace Signs
-Frisbee

I can give instructions as long as this is made for personal suggie use and not sold without permission from me first.



Attached picture trampoline.jpg
Posted By: Gizmogirl

Re: Re: DO IT YOURSELF - TOYS - PART ONE - 05/29/11 06:19 AM

Holly and Erica, as this thread is all about do it DIY with instructions, it would be awesome if you guys can provide step by step instructions. thumb

I don't mind vendors making and selling my toys, but as you stated you do. Just put a friendly reminder with the instructions. thumb

I would love to make both your toys for my babies. smile
Posted By: LiveInTheMoment

Re: Re: DO IT YOURSELF - TOYS - PART ONE - 05/29/11 06:45 AM

I wasn't able to find my cable to my camera (to upload the instruction pictures). I can either try to explain the steps without pictures or wait until I get the cable. It might be super complicated without the pictures involved. The picture I posted was taken with my camera lol. SOO I will get the instructions posted ASAP!
Posted By: Anonymous

Re: Re: DO IT YOURSELF - TOYS - PART ONE - 05/29/11 06:46 AM

Originally Posted By: ValkyrieMome
Meg - that plastic chain is REALLY expensive! $1.50 a foot! No way!

You can find it so much cheaper! Go to The Sugar Glider Store that Liezl linked - cheaper!

If anyone needs toy parts links - I have tons!


That's for the large chain, not the chain used by Liezl.

From the link that Liezl uses for her chain, it's $1.04 per 2 feet, or 52c per foot.
On the site I linked, it's 45c per foot, or 90c per two feet, so the link I posted is actually cheaper. thumb
Posted By: Gizmogirl

Re: Re: DO IT YOURSELF - TOYS - PART ONE - 05/29/11 06:50 AM

Originally Posted By: ProudParent
I wasn't able to find my cable to my camera (to upload the instruction pictures). I can either try to explain the steps without pictures or wait until I get the cable. It might be super complicated without the pictures involved. The picture I posted was taken with my camera lol. SOO I will get the instructions posted ASAP!


thumb great stuff.
Posted By: LiveInTheMoment

Re: Re: DO IT YOURSELF - TOYS - PART ONE - 05/29/11 07:31 AM

I meant to say that the picture posted was taken with my camera on my phone. I will get instructions up tomorrow hopefully.
Posted By: Gizmogirl

Re: Re: DO IT YOURSELF - TOYS - PART ONE - 05/29/11 08:25 AM

No worries, I figured that's what you meant to say. smile
Posted By: LiveInTheMoment

Re: Re: DO IT YOURSELF - TOYS - PART ONE - 05/30/11 12:56 AM

THIS ITEM IS NOT TO BE SOLD WITHOUT ASKING ME FIRST!!


OK, I can't find my darn cable! I had made the instructions for a girlfriend, but we just moved so I'm still trying to find everything. SOO I am going to attempt the instructions without the pictures. I found some stuff on Suz no sew accessories that may help my instructions a bit!

1. Get a frisbee, or if you have an old wodent wheel the front/back panels work as well! Drill 5 holes spaced out evenly into the frisbee. If you have the front part of a wodent wheel with the holes for them to enter use that! It makes the trampoline into a little lounger too if you don't make the fabric too taut then it allows the suggies to 'sink' into the holes of the wodent wheel panel. (hope that made sense tounge )

2. Set the frisbee on top of your fabric and cut approximately 3 inches wider all the way around. Cut out two cirlces

3. Pin the two circles around the frisbee. Try to keep the frisbee centered while doing so. Sew all the way around the frisbee sewing as closely to it as you can. Make sure that whatever fabric you want on top is placed on top of the underside of the frisbee (underside of frisbee shown below). This step can be skipped if you do not sew, it is just easier to cut the fabric and keep the frisbee in place.



4. Cut the excess fabric into strips all the way around, be sure to NOT cut into the seams (picture used from suz no sew trampoline).


5. Knot all the strips like so (picture used from suz no sew trampoline). Do this all the way around.



6. Feel the frisbee for the holes that you previously drilled, cut tiny holes all the way through both pieces of fleece (you may need something to push the fabric up through the hole). Do this for each hole.

7. Take the c-links and insert them into the holes in the fabric & frisbee. Take a large tube bead and put it on either end of the c-link. Do this for each drilled hole.



8. Make the c-link tube bead chain as long as you want until it eventually meets in the middle.




10. Attach 1 c-link tube bead to the underside of the frisbee. You should have room to attach it to the first c-links you put in. Attach a lanyard clip to each of these c-links and then attach the rainbow peace signs.



Final product:

THIS ITEM IS NOT TO BE SOLD WITHOUT ASKING ME FIRST!!


I apologize for the crummy pictures, they're used from suz's website, a picture of a frisbee found online, and the one final product picture I zoomed in on portions LOL! Additional questions send me a PM!







Posted By: Dancing

Re: Re: DO IT YOURSELF - TOYS - PART ONE - 05/30/11 01:54 AM

Erika, Trampoline type toys have been made by MANY different people over the years. There is even a no sew version on Suz's website. I've even made some very similar but I used chain instead of c links.

I'm sorry but I doubt you'll get to hold any "exclusive" right to that one.
Posted By: LiveInTheMoment

Re: Re: DO IT YOURSELF - TOYS - PART ONE - 05/30/11 02:07 AM

Originally Posted By: Dancing
Erika, Trampoline type toys have been made by MANY different people over the years. There is even a no sew version on Suz's website. I've even made some very similar but I used chain instead of c links.

I'm sorry but I doubt you'll get to hold any "exclusive" right to that one.


I know that, I would just prefer that the peace signs not be put on if people want to sell it they can. It just took A LONG time for me to find those peace signs. I put it on every one that I make. I'm not trying to hold any claims to the idea itself, just to putting those peace signs on it and then selling it. Does that make sense? I know it sounds weird lol, but I searched for peace signs that would fit onto lanyard clips for a few months. SOO, in other words, I do not care if people make this and sell it, just don't put the peace signs on there.. it's my little trade mark.. stupid I know.
Posted By: WintersSong

Re: Re: DO IT YOURSELF - TOYS - PART ONE - 05/30/11 02:09 AM

Originally Posted By: ProudParent
Originally Posted By: Dancing
Erika, Trampoline type toys have been made by MANY different people over the years. There is even a no sew version on Suz's website. I've even made some very similar but I used chain instead of c links.

I'm sorry but I doubt you'll get to hold any "exclusive" right to that one.


I know that, I would just prefer that the peace signs not be put on if people want to sell it they can. It just took A LONG time for me to find those peace signs. I put it on every one that I make. I'm not trying to hold any claims to the idea itself, just to putting those peace signs on it and then selling it. Does that make sense? I know it sounds weird lol, but I searched for peace signs that would fit onto lanyard clips for a few months. SOO, in other words, I do not care if people make this and sell it, just don't put the peace signs on there.. it's my little trade mark.. stupid I know.


JMO, but peace signs have been used before, so I personally don't think it's original enough for people to need to get your permission to put peace signs on their trampolines and sell 'em..
Posted By: LiveInTheMoment

Re: Re: DO IT YOURSELF - TOYS - PART ONE - 05/30/11 02:12 AM

Originally Posted By: WintersSong
Originally Posted By: ProudParent
Originally Posted By: Dancing
Erika, Trampoline type toys have been made by MANY different people over the years. There is even a no sew version on Suz's website. I've even made some very similar but I used chain instead of c links.

I'm sorry but I doubt you'll get to hold any "exclusive" right to that one.


I know that, I would just prefer that the peace signs not be put on if people want to sell it they can. It just took A LONG time for me to find those peace signs. I put it on every one that I make. I'm not trying to hold any claims to the idea itself, just to putting those peace signs on it and then selling it. Does that make sense? I know it sounds weird lol, but I searched for peace signs that would fit onto lanyard clips for a few months. SOO, in other words, I do not care if people make this and sell it, just don't put the peace signs on there.. it's my little trade mark.. stupid I know.


JMO, but peace signs have been used before, so I personally don't think it's original enough for people to need to get your permission to put peace signs on their trampolines and sell 'em..


Never saw it before, didn't know. Just took a super long time to find those peace signs, and I have a bit of an obsession with them tounge.
Posted By: LiveInTheMoment

Re: Re: DO IT YOURSELF - TOYS - PART ONE - 05/30/11 02:16 AM

To be honest, I have never seen a peace sign in any toy I have ever seen. I would love to buy some smile!! All the cage sets I made are in a peace sign fleece tounge.
Posted By: Dancing

Re: Re: DO IT YOURSELF - TOYS - PART ONE - 05/30/11 02:17 AM

I just find it odd that you can use Suz's photo (even though credit is given) for your idea and then try to claim no one else can make and sell them, peace signs or not.

Most things that are "exclusive" are very unique, not just a take on someone else's idea. Such as the Sissy Pouch or so many of Karin's fabulous Floppy pouches (and so many other awesome things).

I'm not trying to be rude or hurt your feelings, honestly. I just see so often when someone gets upset over an idea that really isn't original.

Oh, and Connie (suggiemom_1980) has quite and obcession with peace signs too!
Posted By: ssuver

Re: Re: DO IT YOURSELF - TOYS - PART ONE - 05/30/11 02:33 AM

All of these ideas are great! and very helpful. Thank you ladies and/or gentlemen for taking the time to share them and there instructions with us.
Posted By: LiveInTheMoment

Re: Re: DO IT YOURSELF - TOYS - PART ONE - 05/30/11 02:36 AM

OMG I LOVE PEACE SIGNS LOL laugh.. she's got good tastse wink heh.

You're not being rude, I understand, and I made sure I gave credit to Sue. I would have posted my own pictures but I can't find my cable.. I'd lose my head too if it weren't attached.

If I thought it was an 'original' idea then I would be a complete moron lol. And if I didn't want to share the way I made it then I wouldn't have posted it. I don't know.. I guess I really don't care at all if people make them the same way and sell them. I'm just so used to people on here/anywhere taking claim to anything and everything (even if they weren't the original makers), that I started doing it myself (monkey see monkey do I suppose).

I never said my idea was new and original. And I'm sure people have done something similar with making a trampoline a lounger as well (I used a wodent wheel panel so suggies can sink in and lounge on it too tounge ). I guess I just like the peace signs and have never seen any other toys/toy ideas with peace signs.

I don't know if any of that made sense.. I'm on a medication and can't tell my head from my butt lol.
Posted By: Anonymous

Re: Re: DO IT YOURSELF - TOYS - PART ONE - 05/31/11 07:23 PM

these are great! I will be trying these out as soon aswe get paid smile
Posted By: Gizmogirl

Re: Re: DO IT YOURSELF - TOYS - PART ONE - 05/31/11 08:42 PM

thumb
Posted By: Anonymous

Re: Re: DO IT YOURSELF - TOYS - PART ONE - 06/01/11 07:56 PM

Feeling kinda dumb here....

How do you make a pom-pom where the fleece strips Don't Pull Out?

I made a pom-pom and used long strips of fleece to tie so I could braid it. The girls love it!

Problem? The girls also LOVE TO PULL THE FLEECE OUT! shakehead Yeah...the pom-pom isn't so pom-pomy anymore!

Any tips?
Posted By: LiveInTheMoment

Re: Re: DO IT YOURSELF - TOYS - PART ONE - 06/01/11 08:00 PM

I make pom poms with wiffle balls wink.
Posted By: Anonymous

Re: Re: DO IT YOURSELF - TOYS - PART ONE - 06/01/11 08:19 PM

Originally Posted By: ProudParent
I make pom poms with wiffle balls wink.


Like - Lots of knots around each hole??
Posted By: LiveInTheMoment

Re: Re: DO IT YOURSELF - TOYS - PART ONE - 06/01/11 10:26 PM

Originally Posted By: Tricia
Originally Posted By: ProudParent
I make pom poms with wiffle balls wink.


Like - Lots of knots around each hole??




I take strips of fleece poke them through the holes, take a screw driver and push the other end through the nearest hole. Then I just double knot it. It takes a while and it's time consuming, but it holds up well laugh.
Posted By: Holly1221

Re: Re: DO IT YOURSELF - TOYS - PART ONE - 06/02/11 12:36 AM

i would ask, that at this time, please do not recreate my CHIPETTES unless it is for personal use. in the future i plan to sell them as i get more parts and better ideas. i reserve the right to change my mind at any time.

i do not have photos at this time, but it is a simple process.

**how to make a CHIPPETTE such as the clear and black shown**

Items You Will Need:
- 30 clear pony beads
- 30 red pony beads
- 5 black poker chips -hole pre drilled in middle-
- craft lace, any color -i used black-
- key chain ring & lanyard hook
- bell
- scissors & lighter



Step 1: measure craft lace, cut. fold in half & make a loop, hold up to the key chain ring, slip the opposite end thru the loop you have made, making sure your key chain ring is in the middle. clip lanyand hook onto key chain ring

Step 2: count out 10 clear beads, string onto craft lace

Step 3: string 1 poker chip onto craft lace

Step 4: count out 10 red beads, string onto craft lace

repeat steps 2-4 until you have used all beads and all poker chips; alternating pony bead color

Step 5: after you have used all beads & poker chips you will string the bell onto the lace all the way to the last bead. use 1 end of both strings on opposite sides of the hole in the bell. wrap through the hole in the bell several times. pull as tight as you can while doing so. ***make a knot.*** shove the ends of the lace back through several beads. cut lace so that it stays in the beads and can not come out.

Step 6: i use the lighter to light the knots to make it WARM & squeeze the knots between my fingers so the knots can not come undone. BE CAREFUL. [this can take some getting used to doing]

Step 7: hang in cage and enjoy!!


*** i can't remember if i made a knot or not. experiment with the end a little until it works. if you do not wish to shove the ends into the beads but wish to have a little tassle, make the knot and let the ends hang down.***

thumb remember, as always, be creative !! try different things to add on to your Chipette.

Posted By: lilangels

Re: Re: DO IT YOURSELF - TOYS - PART ONE - 06/02/11 01:46 AM

Holly I hate to tell you but your chippettes are in no way an original idea. I have made many of these over the past few years. You can not forbid someone from selling an idea that is not original.
Posted By: LiveInTheMoment

Re: Re: DO IT YOURSELF - TOYS - PART ONE - 06/02/11 02:01 AM

Really? Where are all of these toys lol, there's poker chip toys, peace sign toys, and I seem to be blind as a bat because I never seem to see anyone making these things.
Posted By: steph323

Re: Re: DO IT YOURSELF - TOYS - PART ONE - 06/02/11 02:01 AM

whats a "chippette"? I cant tell clearly from the convo
Posted By: LiveInTheMoment

Re: Re: DO IT YOURSELF - TOYS - PART ONE - 06/02/11 02:04 AM



I believe that was the chippette (sp?)
Posted By: steph323

Re: Re: DO IT YOURSELF - TOYS - PART ONE - 06/02/11 02:49 AM

never heard those called that, they just call them bell toys in my house; guess theres alot of toys with bells on it so it would get confusing.... cool economical idea for a sugar toy, never tried it. do they like em?
Posted By: Gizmogirl

Re: Re: DO IT YOURSELF - TOYS - PART ONE - 06/02/11 05:35 AM

See PART TWO
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