Dinosaur Music Video for Kids

I just finished shooting this music video for my sister Lori’s new Dinosaur song. Feel free to watch it with your kids! It was really fun to make! And I’m also finishing up a Dinosaur Paper City set to go with it. Should be done in a day or two! You can see my wild setup in the photo below. I had to rig up a big roll of paper on a pole so …

Embroidered Vintage Fabric Doll

When the twins were younger, I made these vintage fabric dolls. They still sleep with them almost four years later. Yesterday I decided little E and I better make one for her to sleep with too. It was very cute working together. She chose some vintage necktie fabric I had lying around, and then we got to sewing. It’s a very simple pillow shape, …

Owls Coloring Sheet

The trees are turning beautiful colors here in Portland, and I was inspired to make an owl coloring sheet for fall. It might be a fun one for all you embroidery fans out there too. Hope you all enjoy it! Click here or on the image below to print.

Miniature Kitchen Set

Our youngest daughter LOVES anything that involves cooking, and she’s also enchanted by tiny objects. So I decided to paint the top of an old mint tin to resemble a stove, then I created some cooking objects that could be stowed away inside for a miniature kitchen set. So far, it’s been a huge amount of fun for her. And the twins are swooping …

Bee and Flowers Coloring Sheet

I hope you’ve all been having a great summer! We’ve been spending a lot of time outside playing and enjoying simple pleasures. Here’s a summery coloring sheet for you to print out if you’re in the mood! Click here or on the image below to print.

Building Fun with Nuts and Bolts

I was cleaning up my shop corner in the garage today and decided to select a few nuts, bolts, and other odds and ends for the kids to play around with. They’re always fascinated with screws and tools. Then I gave them some wrenches and screwdrivers and let them build. It reminded me of the erector sets I had as a kid. It kept us busy for quite …

Oscillating Bird Science Toy For Kids

I recently made a new oscillating bird design for a magazine, so I thought I’d share it here too. After finding this toy idea on the brilliant Science Toy Maker site a couple of years ago, I made this woodpecker. It’s based off of an old folk toy, and is a great way to teach kids about the science of potential energy. It’s easy to …

DIY Baby Doll Diaper (with fabric poo)

Our daughter just turned 2 yesterday, and she loves taking care of her dolls. And like many other kids her age, she’s also pretty fascinated with poo. So when I was at the sewing machine a few days ago, I couldn’t resist making some doll diapers with detachable velcro poo. Yesterday morning I gave her the present. She was very delighted …

Creatures From the Dark – Paper Craft for BIG Magazine

BIG Kids Magazine asked me to create a paper craft for their new “Into the Dark” issue. While I was working on it, my 6 year old son came over and wanted to join in. We had a great time collaborating! The template is below if you’d like to try it out. We also put a small light behind it, then turned off the room lights for full effect. …

Paper City Circus!

A couple of weeks ago I finished some circus paintings for a pediatric dentist’s office here in Portland. After they were done, I thought the designs would translate well to a circus themed Paper City. So here it is – Paper City Circus! My kids liked the idea too. Especially our almost two year old who loves roaring like a lion. Nice! All …

DIY Fabric Football

Warmer weather is coming, and last week I made cutoff shorts from some holey jeans. A couple of springs ago, I made this ball, and I always wanted to try narrowing the panels to make a football shape. So yesterday I gave it a go and it worked! In addition to some regular stuffing, I also used some fabric strips cut from an old tee-shirt to give it some …

New Circus Coloring Sheets!

I just finished some paintings for a Pediatric Dentist’s office here in Portland. I’m starting to create a Paper City Circus with the designs, but in the mean time, I quickly made some coloring sheets too. So here you go – three circus coloring sheets! Also, you can now print all of the Made by Joel coloring sheets from one convenient …

Music Video For My Sister Lori Henriques and Coloring Sheet Kids Craft

I just finished a new music video for my sister’s upcoming kids album. The song is “When I Look Into The Night Sky.” It was a really fun video to make! I painted some paper and made abstract space objects, tied them to some thread, and basically did a puppet show. Our almost two year old seems to approve of the video. She keeps saying, …

Top 5 Crafts to Make for Your Baby

A lot of people have been saying that they’re excited for their baby to get older so they can start making crafts with them. But the crafting excitement starts now! Here is a round-up of 5 baby crafts that I’ve posted. So take a look and start making something for any babies you know! Great for presents too! Modern Paper Mobile for Babies …

Copterman! Paper Helicopter Toy

I have great memories of making these paper helicopters when I was a kid. They fly so well! The kids love dropping and watching them spin to the ground. My son also really likes toys that have people on them – so introducing Copterman! The amazing rescuer that can bend his elbows backwards! We’ve been having a hilarious time coming up with …

DIY Animated Walkthrough Paris Card for Valentine’s Day Craft

Here is a little animated card based on my Paper City Paris design. Just pull the tab and watch the people walk down the street. It might even be fun for a Valentine’s Day card! I actually got the idea for this card a few months ago, but I never had the time to figure it all out. Then recently, my editor sent me a wonderful Pop-Up Cards book by …

Weaving Tutorial for Beginners and Kids with Cardboard and Yarn

I’ve wanted to try weaving for a long time, but was never sure how to get started. Then I learned about weaving with yarn on a little piece of cardboard, and also found out more great tips from all of you on the Made by Joel Facebook Page. Thanks! Our twins just turned six this month, and they’ve been weaving all week – even bringing …

Hanging Paper Snowflakes Kids Craft

This week, the kids and I had a fun time making paper snowflakes to hang in the living room. They were so excited to create more winter decorations for the house! They loved cutting them out, but hanging them was even more exciting. The kids were cutting thread, handing me tape, and following me around with the step stool. When finished, it really made …

Paper City Nativity Scene

Ever since childhood, I’ve always enjoyed seeing the different Nativity sets displayed around the holidays. This year, I finally tried making my own Paper City style Nativity Scene to share with everyone. I had a great time playing around with different designs, and I think it will be fun to color in, too! So far the kids are really enjoying it, …

Paper Slotted Animal Toys

We’ve been enjoying a lot of indoor paper crafts lately, and a few days ago we made some little slotted animals based on a wooden set that I made awhile back. Cutting the animal shapes out and putting them together was just the right amount of challenge for the kids. They were quite focussed, and really enjoyed seeing them stand up when they finished. …