DIY Father’s Day Gifts!

Hey everyone. Here are some new Father’s Day gifts I created for FamilyFun Magazine. Photos and printable templates over at their site. Links below! Full Article: Father’s Day Gifts Kids Can Make Rockin’ Card Template Do (or Don’t!) Disturb Door Hanger Template Little-Helper Gift Vouchers Template Family Tree Template Leather …

Gingerbread Music Video and Printable Paper Toy

Hey everyone. Here’s an animated music video I made for Bari Koral’s Gingerbread Man song. Since I already had the artwork, I decided to make a printable toy to go with it. Enjoy the video with your kids, print out the template, and let them do some crafting and playing! Happy Holidays! Template: Click on the image below, then print.

LIGHTSPEED // A Star Wars Inspired Funk/Rap // Music & Video

In my excitement about the new Star Wars film, I got the bug to re-record this Star Wars inspired funk rap I wrote 20 years ago in my band days. Here is a quick music video I created with the help of some drawings from my 8 year old son. Also, you can download the mp3 and/or video for free below if you’d like! Along with my son’s drawings, …

Animated Music Videos!

Hey everyone! Wow, it’s been awhile since I’ve posted. Over the past few months I’ve been working on a lot of exciting projects and commissions, and I’m very happy to finally start sharing some of them with you! Most recently, I’ve been working with Bari Koral, artist and musician from New York. She’s got a live TV …

Winter House Paper City Scene

Here is the new winter theme Paper City set! I love the imaginary escape of dollhouses, so I tried to create some of that feeling. The kids have been busy coloring and cutting. Now they’re making a few of their own additions! So find some hot cocoa and start crafting! I hope you enjoy it! PDF Templates below. Happy Sledding! If you enjoy an activity …

Embroidery Project for Kids

Last week my 7 year old daughter asked me if she could do some embroidery. She made this pillow a couple of years ago, but hadn’t done much since. Sounded like fun to me! She does a lot of drawing, so I got out a disappearing fabric pen and let her create a design on some fabric. Then I set her up with some embroidery floss and a needle, and took …

Printable Placemat For Giving Thanks

Celebrating Thanksgiving with family and friend gives the perfect opportunity to reflect on the things that we love and appreciate. This Thanksgiving, I decided to create an “I’m Thankful For…” coloring sheet that doubles as a placemat for the kids table. My kids felt really good about putting their appreciations down on paper and I was happy …

Paper Puppet Music Video

I just finished the music video for my sister’s (Lori Henriques) new album. The jazz style music reminded me of the Sesame Street videos I used to watch as a kid. I pictured having geometrical shapes dancing around to the song, but rather than animating them, I created simple paper puppets. The only materials needed were paper, scissors, and tape. …

DIY Halloween Puppet Theater

Finger puppets have always been a favorite craft with my family. The kids love using their creativity to design new puppets, but they also get to continue using their imaginations as they act out stories with each character. We can spend hours around the table crafting, acting and entertaining each other for some fun family time! For this set of puppets, …

Harry Potter’s Getaway Treehouse

Over the summer the kids have enjoyed making dozens of fairy houses with flowers and objects around the yard. But yesterday my son and I decided to make a mini treehouse. I used a design in my friend Derek’s book. (He’s a master of DIY mini houses and forts. I’ll post info for the book below.) We cut the walls out with my scroll saw, …

Paper City Paris Kits are in the Shop!

Hey everyone. I’m super excited to announce my first ever toy to hit the shops! Collaborating with The Saturday Market Project is wonderful, and the Paper City Paris Kits are fantastic. The templates are printed in the USA on sturdy paper which takes color very well, and also folds great. I designed a Champ de Mars scene inside the carrying case …

Paper City Camping Scene!

Hope you’re all having a great summer! Here is the other project I just finished for Pottery Barn Kids. A little camping scene in the woods. I hope it gives you a small taste of the great outdoors! (Template is below!) Template: Click on the image below, then print!

Vegetable Garden Coloring Sheet!

I’m creating three projects for Pottery Barn Kids this month! The first one is this garden coloring sheet. You can download it below, or read the whole post here if you’d like.) Hope you’re having a great summer! Click here or on the image below to print.

Help vote for the next Paper City!

Hi everyone. I would love to hear your opinion on choices for the next Paper City! A vote has started on the Facebook Page, but you can vote here in the comments as well! So far the top cities are: London – 45 votes Barcelona – 40 Rome – 26 Amsterdam – 14 San Francisco – 14 New York – 11 Sydney – 10 Tokyo – …

Flapping Paper Bird Toy

I used to make birds like this when I was a kid, flying them all around the house and yard. Usually we just run around and they flap through the air like a wild kite. But if you’re in the mood, you can try to flap the wings and glide them around too. I also made a quick video you can show to your kids to get them excited about the craft! Happy …

Made by Joel Shop

Exciting news! I’ve been working on a Made by Joel Shop where you can easily get the materials you need to make craft and toy projects at home. I always try to use simple things around the house. However, if you happen to need something, it’ll be a convenient, time-saving one-stop shop. To help make this happen, I’ve teamed up with …

Easter Egg Felt Boards!

I’ve been thinking about making some sort of Easter felt board, then yesterday I had the idea to make egg shaped boards for the kids to decorate. Our 2.5 year old really enjoyed helping me, and was so excited to play when they were done! After she finishes creating a design, we put them up on the mantel with the other Easter decor. I always love …

Aladdin Paper City Craft Project!

I recently got the fun job of designing a Paper City toy set for the Opéra national du Rhin in Strasbourg. They used it in the programs for their Aladdin production so kids could take it home and cut it out. This set is based on the original (pre-Disney) story in the Tales from the Arabian Nights, so there’s a genie of the lamp and a genie of …