Made by You!

I’ve been getting a lot of emails from teachers and parents who are trying out some of my crafts.  It’s so great to see what everybody is doing.  I just got an email from Marta, who is a teacher in Spain.  She told me her students just made design trees!  This was probably the most difficult toy I’ve ever made, and these kids are cranking them out.  Very impressive!

Also, here are some very fancy dress-up drawings from over at vlijtig.

And this is cool.  Slotted Building Discs put onto an Urban Outfitters Mobile from Draußen nur Kännchen!

Finally, some very nice finger puppets from passelig dose in Norway.

Update:  If you want to share some photos of your crafts, then upload them to the Made by Joel Facebook Page!


  1. Mother Lode
    March 3, 2010 at 5:07 am

    How about a flicker photo pool for your followers and fans to share pics of the projects they create using your design ideas?

  2. Tina
    March 3, 2010 at 5:40 am

    These are fantastic projects made by your readers Joel! How cool are those design trees made by those gorgeous kiddies!! They look amazing:) ~ Tina

  3. Joel Henriques
    March 3, 2010 at 5:41 am

    Cool idea! I've never used Flickr before. I'm trying to figure out how to set this up. Feel free to email me with any tips if you'd like!

  4. Mother Lode
    March 3, 2010 at 6:32 am

    Here's a great example of a photo pool that I followed all of February for Celebrate the Boy - it was a fun month of projects shared on these two blogs: and this one
    Check out specifically - both her sidebars have flickr pool that tied in with the month's theme and I think would lend itself well to what you're doing on your blog, to inspire people to contribute and share!

  5. Joel Henriques
    March 3, 2010 at 6:35 am

    Cool, thanks for the info!

  6. my sisters and me
    March 3, 2010 at 10:45 am

    oooh I'm feeling inspired to get the crafts out with my kids . . .

  7. Caro
    March 3, 2010 at 11:34 am

    Thank you very much for showing my mobile with your discs. I will upload my pictures to the flickr-pool.

    Greetings from Caro

  8. Madelynnnn
    March 3, 2010 at 12:22 pm

    How fantastic! I would be so inspired to have so many people trying your work. Congrats on a great following! I can't wait to see more.

  9. Golubka
    March 3, 2010 at 1:59 pm

    What an awesome following! The design trees are really nice, my favourite is the second one. Flickr pool is a swell idea!

  10. vintage for kids
    March 3, 2010 at 6:24 pm

    This is very funny and touching to see these works mage by these little fingers. Congratulations to you Joel !

  11. PJ
    March 3, 2010 at 8:09 pm

    Good stuff as always. Especially fun to see "art replies" from blog readers!

  12. Lucille
    March 3, 2010 at 9:10 pm

    How great to see your ideas going global.

  13. Marta
    March 3, 2010 at 9:48 pm

    Joel, gracias por publicar las fotos de los árboles de mis alumnos.
    Felicidades a ti por el blog y a todos por sus creaciones.

  14. KjO
    March 4, 2010 at 2:26 am

    Just discovered your blog. Thanks. I was wondering if I was the only dad that blogged. I was starting to wonder about myself. ha ha.

    Great blog. Very creative. Something I am trying to nurture in myself right now.

    By the way, I am in PDX as well. I have to say I love this time of year when the trees start to come back to life and the blue sky reappears for days instead of moments.

  15. flo
    March 4, 2010 at 2:05 pm

    rwhaaaaaaaaaaaaa !!! so great !!!

  16. jfidz
    March 4, 2010 at 5:38 pm

    Hi Joel, came across your site the other day - not sure whose blog lead me here, but sure glad they did.
    Thought you might be interested in something reasonably similar I did in my class a couple of years ago;
    Cheers, John.

  17. Joel Henriques
    March 4, 2010 at 10:09 pm

    Hey John. Those po-trees are great! I love that idea, and yeah, same type of thing. I'm looking forward to Jack and Tess learning to read, and getting into words and poetry. They'd really like something like this. Thanks.

  18. Joel Henriques
    March 4, 2010 at 10:33 pm

    KjO - great to see another portland dad blogger. cool site! thanks.

  19. strawberry lemonade girl
    March 5, 2010 at 9:40 pm

    This is amazing.....all your stuff is so inspirational. It's fun to see what everyone is coming up with!

    I've been plotting trying several of these out over the weekend with my lil 5 year old Wolfie. I think he and I will be skipping the magical design trees for now....the lil dress up drawings are more my speeeeed!

    : )

  20. jen
    March 12, 2010 at 1:35 pm

    again, thank you for the flow of creative inspiration!
    today we had a great time with your dress-up drawings:

    look forward to your posts!

  21. Joel Henriques
    March 12, 2010 at 4:25 pm

    Jen, those are brilliant dress-up drawings!! Wow, you guys are great fashion designers! I love the blue shoes, and also the fringe on the bottom of the green dress. Awesome!

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