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 …

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. …

Portland Monthly Magazine

My favorite home-town magazine, Portland Monthly, was very kind to do a review of Made to Play in their November issue. You can read a pdf of the article below if you’d like. Thanks Portland Monthly!     Click on the image below to read the article in PDF.  

Article in Martha Stewart Living Magazine

I’m excited and grateful to post that Martha Stewart Living Magazine did a small piece on Made to Play in their October issue. I just got my copy yesterday, and they’re starting to hit the newsstands already. I also did a guest post on the Martha Stewart website, if you’d like to check it out! Thanks to everyone at Martha Stewart!

Naif Magazine | Spain

Thank you Naif Magazine for the Made by Joel feature! I just received the spring/summer issue in the mail, and the entire magazine beautiful –  filled with amazing ideas, and designs for kids. You can read the Made by Joel article below, if you’d like. Gracias revista Naif por vuestro artículo sobre Made by Joel! Acaba de llegarme al …

Box Pull Toys in Nido Magazine

Nido Magazine featured my box pull toys in their March issue. I just received my copy in the mail yesterday. I love the lead photo they got of the toys! So great. Even though I can’t read German, I love looking through this stylish magazine. Lots of great design. Thanks Nido!

Italian Vanity Fair

It was a surprise to me when a very kind reader from Italy told me that Italian Vanity Fair did a small feature on Made by Joel in their September issue.  And she even mailed me a copy!  I’m on the “Style Tecno” page as an alternative entertainment to video games and television.  For those of you that don’t read Italian, it …

New Craft for LMNOP Magazine – Box Pull Toys

My first craft column appeared in the new issue of LMNOP magazine today.  Pull toys have been making a come-back in our house, so I decided to make some box pull toys that slide across the floor.  They turned out to be really fun and very easy to make.  There are full instructions in the LMNOP issue, and their layout and photos look awesome too. …

Paper Dollhouses

La Petite Magazine released their new online issue today that features some paper dollhouses I made.  I had a lot of fun designing different houses and little pieces of furniture.  Then I put them all in a mint tin so they can be played with on the go.  If you want to try it out, you can look at my template below to get ideas on how to cut and fold …

Junior Magazine

I’m excited that Junior Magazine from the UK included me in their August issue!  It arrived in the mail today.  I wasn’t sure what photos they were going to use and it turned out looking great.  Also, I had a thrill to notice that just a few pages away is a great article on Paul Smith and his new kids clothing line.  I’m a huge …

LMNOP Magazine

LMNOP Magazine recently invited me to be their regular craft contributor, and of course I accepted.  I love the magazine.  Their new issue was just released yesterday, in which they mentioned that I’ll be working with them.  My new column will commence in their next issue.  Should be fun!  If you haven’t read LMNOP, you can download …