crafting with childhood toys

tutorial: DIY simple sling shot bookends

The rainy season is back in full force to my little tropical country. Because of the near daily onslaught of rain, my top concerns these days include how to react to flooding and wishing that I can do nothing but read all day.

I can’t exactly do the latter so I settled on making nifty bookends. Using sling shots!

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This DIY, by the way, is a part of my Crafting with Childhood Toys series.


tutorial: DIY floral plastic animal toy jewelry

Farm animal toys are sold by the pack. So after I turned the poultry into rocking thingamabobs, I still had several left.

Ta-da! Floral Horse and Aztec Goat!

My post introductions have gone downhill ever since, well… Okay, they’ve never been up the hill so let’s just stick to the DIY. This one, as you can see, is another from the Crafting with Childhood Toys series. And oh-so-easy to do!


tutorial: DIY rocking plastic animals

Today’s DIY is a continuation of this series:

It is also inspired by THESE West Elm products.  I call these Rocking Poultry.

The childhood toys used in making these rocking cuties are plastic farm animals. There are perhaps a gazillion DIYs involving plastic animals; here I am, adding another.

Other materials that you will need to make these DIY rocking plastic animals are embroidery hoop (6-inch diameter for small plastic animals), paper clips, spray paint (I used gold), cutter or craft knife, sand paper, hot glue, and industrial glue (E6000).


tutorial: night sky jackstone mobile

The past couple of weeks were pretty good weeks for making things. But not much for anything else. Such is life.

For this week’s tutorial, I give you another way to craft with childhood toys. If you were to give me a few moments of honesty here, I will admit that I am surprised that I have been able to stick to this series for this long. I know I’ve only made three things so far but considering my track record as far as lists and plans are concerned, three is great… nay, ASTOUNDING. My name is Meream. I am lazy and I have short attention span. 

So. What were we talking about?

Right. Last weekend, over breakfast, I asked my boyfriend about how I can go about making a cardboard moon look a lot like, you know, the moon. He suggested using wall putty and acrylic paints in various colors. I replied with a “Hmmm…” And because the boyfriend knows what my “Hmmm…” means, he offered to help.

And today, we learn how to make a moon+stars mobile using cardboard and jackstone pieces:

Night Sky Jackstone Mobile Materials/Tools: