Archive for the ‘Tutorials’ Category
07 Jun

Creativity Camp – Paper Toys Week

We had our first day of Creativity Camp yesterday! It was a blast! We learned that your brain is your best toy. It can imagine and design anything, you just have to train it correctly. We also learned how paper can be turned into awesome toys, including paper craft and origami. Here is a simple tutorial of one of the projects we did yesterday, Origami Baseball Hat: (next time I make a tutorial video I will make sure to wake up a little bit first) Tomorrow is the first day of Camp out in Gilbert and I am excited. I will post some pictures of all the Camps at the end of the week, so parents and readers can check out all the fun that we get to have at Playful Factory's Creativity Camp. Make your own origami baseball hat and post the picture as a comment to this post! I would love to see it.
02 Jun

DIY Cardboard Tube Spaceship

I just found this awesome DIY toy tutorial on how to make your own toilet roll spaceship... This cardboard toy is modeled after this spaceship from Battlestar Galactica: And now for the tutorial: I'm totally going to make one. I will show you when I am done. Post yours if you make one too.
24 Nov

Paper Thanksgiving

Celebrate Thanksgiving...

with papercraft toys, designed by Christopher Bonnette on! Download the templates to make your own papercraft Thanksgiving here.
23 Oct

Halloween Flying Ghosts

Flying Ghosts

Make this flying ghost family a part of your Halloween celebration by making your own. It is simple and cheap. Just print off the template below, color your ghosts, string them up, and tape them to a ceiling fan. We have had our ghosts up for almost a week and they are a lot of fun. I will say to put them close enough to the fan blades so that they do not swing around and hit you in the head... Ouch! DIFFICUTLY: 10% TIME: 00:22:05 MONEY: $$$$$ MATERIALS: It is hard to snap a photo of flying ghosts! Download the template and instructions:
I found that these little guys can also be fun as table top decoration... Enjoy!
11 Sep

Playful Factory: Monster Puppet DIY Toy Tutorial

Plush Monster to Puppet Monster

This little project is to show you how to make a puppet out of a little plush toy. One of my favorite methods of making a puppet is to take an existing toy and convert it into a puppet. This is simply done by following the general step-by-step instructions below. DIFFICULTY: 23% TIME: 02h 03m 21s MONEY: $$$$$ 1. Find monster toy that you like, but do not like it too much because we are going to mess it up before we put it back together 2. Rip/cut at the seam in a hidden spot. Usually the bottom or back work best. Try to position the opening so your hand can fit in and be placed at a good angle. 3. Un-stuff the fiberfill. (Do not throw away yet. You may want to use to re-stuff some areas later.) 4. Turn the toy inside out. 5. This step is unique to each toy, depending on how it was manufactured. In this example, we opened up the arms by ripping the seam where the arms were attached and re-stiching them back on around the border of the arm. This will leave an opening for a little finger to go in and wiggle to animate the monsters arm. We also added a green tongue to our monster's mouth by following this same method. 6. Play with the new monster puppet!

Do-It-Yourself Bonus:

Kent Rogowski gives us another quick way to customize a plush toy by simply turning it inside out. Instantly we can make a regular plush toy into a cool monster-looking toy. shows you how here. Let us know how your project goes.
04 Sep

Playful Factory: Cardboard Fort DIY Toy Tutorial

Ikea Accordion Wall

(kind of feels like I am blogging for Ikea Hacker) This toy wall can be used for many things; forts, art projects, mini room dividers, etc... It can also be made into a kid-sized drafting table. DIFFICULTY: 15% TIME: 01h 17m 37s MONEY: $$$$$ MATERIALS:
  • Triangle shipping tubes. They have these for free at Ikea in front of the store at the loading area. You can make your own from a flat sheet of cardboard. Any shipping supply store would also have triangle shipping tubes.
  • Strong tape. I prefer masking tape, because it takes paint really well.
  • Chalkboard or whiteboard paint. (You will also need brushes if you do not get the spray can paints)
  • INSTRUCTIONS: 1. Prepare triangle tubes. Line them all up to see how many tubes you wanted to use. This will determine the length of your wall. (We used twelve) 2. Take each triangle tube and tape it shut for stability. 3. Attach each of the triangle tubes to each other, ensuring that you are creating one side with peaks and valleys and other with a flat surface. It may help to tape both sides of each connection point to secure the connection. 4. Paint the flat side using whiteboard or chalkboard paint. We also used "magnet" primer under the chalkboard paint so that we will be able to hang stuff up with magnets) 5. Get creative on the peaks and valleys side and paint it how ever you would like. We decided to just do a quick whitewash to cover up the Ikea print... This way we can color and that side and repaint over it for very cheap. 6. Enjoy your new cardboard toy!


    This is a little bonus instruction on making your wall into a table. 1. Take a serrated knife or small saw and cut a straight line in each peak. (Might help to mark each peak first and then cut) 2. Cut two strips of cardboard the height that you would like your table to be (we cut ours to be 12" high) 3. Run the strips through the cuts and secure in place. Now you have a kid-sized drawing table. Try it, send pictures and let us know how it goes! (Thanks Eewee and Icy-Blue for making this fort with me and thanks to their parents for letting me post this. We had fun!)