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Handmade Kids: A Parent’s Guide to Creative Summer Fun

Jun 1, 2010

by Christine Domanic handmade and vintage goods

Welcome, parents!

Are you ready for long summer days with the kids out of school looking for something to do? We’ve got you covered. (Think of Etsy as your sunblock for boredom — both for the kids… and for yourself!)

Check out this roundup of inspired ideas for the whole family to read, make, watch, and find


Handmade Shopping Central

For fun toys and games, crafty kits, and the coolest summer garb and gear, look no further.

Toys & Games

Two organic wooden CARS  

By littlesaplingtoys, $20.

Needle Felted Monkey Ball WOOLY Toy  

By asherjasper, $25.

Bowling Kitty Wooden Toy Set  

By kittybblove, $45.

Polaroid Camera Plushy  

By onelatenight, $45.


By evgie, $45.

Forest Friends – Finger Puppet Set  

By stayawake, $35.

Pogo Team Mascot – stuffed animal  

By pogoshop, $38.

Mini camille doll in her little house  

By lovelysweetwilliam, $16.

whale pillow in blue  

By katedurkin, $22.

Wee Wood Moustache TEETHING TOY  

By littlealouette, $12.

Herb the Garden Bunny Faux Fur Plushie  

By Zygopsyche, $35.

Wee Size Open Box Hauler  

By MyFathersHandsLLC, $55.

Handmade Art Wallet For Kids  

By explodingmary, $20.

House Blocks  

By justhatched, $20.

Dinosaur shadow puppet  

By owlyshadowpuppets, $12.

Handheld – Binky Buddy  

By hasenpfeffer, $38.25.


Craft Kits for Kids

17-Peg CraftSanity Potholder Loom  

By CraftSanity, $25.

Wooden P-40 Warhawk Plane  

By LittleBuilderToyCo, $29.99.

Coloring Wallet  

By bitsnpiecesetc, $14.

DIY Any 12 Blocks  

By nurserylove, $24.

Nimbus cloud lion kit  

By umbrellaprints, $30.

Kitty Egg Crayons- 6 Colors- Upcycled  

By kittybblove, $18.

Crayon Artist Case  

By OurLittleMesses, $23.

Design Your Own Starter Home  

By themercshop, $18.

8 Modelling Beeswax Blocks  

By twinkleofmyeye, SOLD.


By creakit, $13.50.

Sidewalk Paint – Set of 10  

By SidewalkSensations, $27.50.

Felt Soap Kit – purple/pink roving  

By kitandcaboodledesign, $16.

Do It Yourself SOCKTOPUS KIT  

By blackbirdfashion, $19.50.

Jack in the Box Pop Up DIY PDF  

By AmyPerrotti, $3.

Critter Crayon 15pk  

By crittercrayons, $35.

Owl and a Tree Log – craft kit  

By MeMeCraftwork, $42.

Ultimate Play-dough Set  

By BusyBeingMe, $20.

Clothespin Doll Kit  

By dayanra, $8.

Princess Crayon Set  

By Blackbirddesignhouse, $4.85.

PDF instructions for MOLLY MUSHROOM  

By NZsecretgarden, $6.

T-shirt decorating kit  

By toshirt, $24.

BeanBag Creature KIT (BOY)  

By TwiddleKits, $5.99.

DIY- Cute Wool Felt Owl Kit  

By kendraha, $14.

basic wet and needle felting kit  

By wildhare, 18.


Clothing & Accessories

Little man Tie applique t-shirt  

By bitsofstella, $14.

Once Upon A Time Dress  

By esandeskids, $425.

Baby Boys Custom Fighter Pilot Suit

By macherefinery, $40.

Lotus Flower Summer Dress  

By jessiegirlclothing, $42.


By mette, $50.

Lola ruffles in Silver 

By ivoryandmoss, $30.

Nani Iro Antique Label Reversible Jacket 

By ThePeaGreenBoat, $60.

Dark Brown Check Unisex Pants  

By madebymuku, $56.

Summer garden felt flower headband  

By louandlee, $18.


By CrochetHooka, $18.

Boy’s Jumper Amy Butler’s Lime Dot  

By mekokids, $28.

Aimless TUTU Photo Prop SALE  

By Nastershum, $50.

Sock Monkey Hat with Ear Flaps 

By sockmonkeykook, $24.

Childs RECYCLED fabric Kimono jacket  

By mucke, $52.

Ruffled Pinafore No. 4 – Hot Rod  

By Maluhia, $45.

Custom Retro Babe Shirt and Bloomers

By Clementinyclothing, $25.


Nursery Décor

Crib Bedding Ensemble Set 4 Pieces  

By RoosterLegs, $325.

Lifes a Hoot Owl Baby Mobile 

By PinkPerch, $88.

pink nursery baby scale  

By LucyandEllen, $72.

Indoor play tent – personalised  

By moozlehome, $255.

Personalized Wire Hanger

By lilafrances, $15.

Tortoise and Hare Rocking Horse  

By RussRuralRockers, $4000.

Crib Bedding  

By sproutingjubejube, $275.

The Animals – 4 photo blocks  

By SusannahTucker, $65.

hipster baby quilt.  

By craftyblossom, $120.


By bibitty, $38.

Heirloom Growth Chart  

By MissNatalie, $56.

R is for Rabbit Nursery Art  

By FiddleheadsForFiona, $12.

Rocking italian scooter deluxe  

By TheatronItalianArt, $2000.

Adhesive Fabric Wall Stickers/Decals  

By lovemaestore, $105.

Alphabet Poster, Light Blue  

By SparklePower, $15.

Child’s Name on Blocks photograph  

By jenniferdennispotter, $28.


Birthday Parties

party banner  

By pilosale, $24.

Clown Bear coverall Hat 

By NYrika, $30.

4 Childrens Personalized Custom Capes

By babypop, $64.

Birthday Fondant Cupcake Topper

By TwoSugarBabies, SOLD.

Birthday Blow Out Kids T-shirt  

By planetpudge, $26.

Blue and Yellow Dot Party Hats

By lovetheday, $8.

Chiquita Chick Pinata ready to whack  

By MamaPajamas, $60.

Pirate Birthday Party Invitation  

By kyankedesigns, $38.75.

Ice Cream Social Tank  

By DreamSpunKids, $24.50.

Recycled Crayons Cupcake Shaped 

By RedElmDesigns, $8.

Celebration Candle Kid  

By thesmallobject, $30.

Baby Boy Pinwheel Cupcake Toppers  

By gigglesapu, $5.

Pin the tail on the Donkey

By HomemadeHappinessNL, $5.


By TutuGirlz, $96.

Happy Birthday wood Candle Holders  

By sweetgraffiti, $19.50.

Letterpress Birthday Invitations 

By TumbleweedPress, $20.


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  • sweetrocket99

    sweetrocket99 said 6 years ago

    Hi, I'd like to suggest Bastille Day (July 14) and Mexican Independance Day (September 16)

  • penguinandfish

    penguinandfish said 6 years ago

    Cah-ute stuff!

  • PoppySprouts

    PoppySprouts said 6 years ago

    Fantastic finds! I can't wait to have summer fun with my boys:) Lots and Lots of crafty goodness coming soon!

  • TaylorsType

    TaylorsType said 6 years ago

    inspiring! love the rosa dress and ruffled pinafore, impossibly cute

  • bylynnkrestel

    bylynnkrestel said 6 years ago

    there are great summer car activities showcased here...road trip!! love the mini camille doll in the house and recycled crayons!!

  • EvenAndy

    EvenAndy said 6 years ago

    Great summer fun things for the kids. I have a wee little one and a lot of the items were very age appropriate for him. Thanks:)

  • Imaginationkids

    Imaginationkids said 6 years ago

    So much great stuff!!! I'm not sure if I look forward to summer more now or when I was a kid. I know my little ones are excited about the fun days that lay ahead! Thank you for including our Wooden Sun Stacker!

  • emberatia

    emberatia said 6 years ago

    oh i love this! and i absolutely love the showcase of kids related stuff on here ! wonderful and hard to find products

  • maggiemaevintage

    maggiemaevintage said 6 years ago

    looks like the little ones will be having lots of fun this summer!

  • cocokato

    cocokato said 6 years ago

    sooo sweet picks!

  • bananabottoms

    bananabottoms said 6 years ago

    Lots of great ideas!

  • MsPremiseConclusion

    MsPremiseConclusion said 6 years ago

    I had no idea that there were so many amazing and creative do-it-yourself kits for children! Brilliant stuff. (Although I really want that Warhawk Plane now!)

  • kissadesign

    kissadesign said 6 years ago

    There is some major cuteness here! I know some little ones who would love a play tent or two!

  • ohbabydotcom

    ohbabydotcom said 6 years ago

    so many cute and clever items! : )

  • jenniferdennispotter

    jenniferdennispotter said 6 years ago

    What a great feature! Those craft kits are wonderful and I really want to design my own starter home!! Thanks so much for featuring my name block photos!

  • ikabags

    ikabags said 6 years ago

    Wonderful love love love it.

  • rarebeasts

    rarebeasts said 6 years ago

    I want my own fail whale toy. Great toys, well done all.

  • BululuStudio

    BululuStudio said 6 years ago

    Excellent ideas.

  • recycledwares

    recycledwares said 6 years ago

    what a fun collection of children's items. i don't have children, but i enjoyed every minute. i even added a few things to my favs for the future.

  • BingoBox

    BingoBox said 6 years ago

    Perfect collection !

  • paramountvintage

    paramountvintage said 6 years ago

    everything is so amazing!!! i love the kitty egg crayons!

  • newtknees

    newtknees said 6 years ago

    What a great collection! I think I need to shop now....

  • KristyLynnJewelry

    KristyLynnJewelry said 6 years ago

    great products, love the owls and birdhouses.

  • eveneve

    eveneve said 6 years ago

    fun :)

  • Flyingace

    Flyingace said 6 years ago

    What an awesome list! I love browsing etsy for my little boy!

  • MuddyFeet

    MuddyFeet said 6 years ago

    Wow! So many beautiful kid's products!

  • jcisco112

    jcisco112 said 6 years ago

    Love what you have found! CUTE!!

  • blueskyclouds

    blueskyclouds said 6 years ago

    What a visual treat! I think I will be revisiting this feature a few times over.

  • SewnNatural

    SewnNatural said 6 years ago

    What a fabulous Storque article, great suggestions for toys, kits and summer gear!

  • breadandroses

    breadandroses said 6 years ago

    Super set! Here's to a wonder-filled Summer of outdoor fun, learning & growing!

  • AmyPerrotti

    AmyPerrotti said 6 years ago

    Yay! Thank you for making this FUN and creative kid's post and for including my Jack in the Box PDF craft! :D

  • countrypatches

    countrypatches said 6 years ago

    Cute and fun things!

  • littlealouette

    littlealouette said 6 years ago

    FUN FUN FUN= thanks so much for listing us in this awesome post xo

  • LuRuUniques

    LuRuUniques said 6 years ago

    Wonderful ideas to keep those grandkids busy this summer.

  • HibouCards

    HibouCards said 6 years ago

    Great picks.... I usually don't promote myself on these articles but I really think my toys would fit right in there too! How about my owl playset: or play pirate with Mr. Pendleton the Pirate Parrot: Check out many more handmade toys from Hibou thanks :)

  • artwithallie

    artwithallie said 6 years ago

    Unfortunately for us here in Australia it's winter - urgh! But the good news is it's perfect for staying inside and being arty/crafty. There's plenty of inspiration here for me...the biggest kid here!!

  • IcingOnTheCupcake

    IcingOnTheCupcake said 6 years ago

    Great crafts for kids... cute!

  • dragonflymystdesigns

    dragonflymystdesigns said 6 years ago

    What cute and fun finds!!!

  • MarKhed

    MarKhed said 6 years ago

    so many amazing finds! All these items make me smile and wish I had a child to buy for! xo Marie

  • worksofwhimsy

    worksofwhimsy said 6 years ago

    cute stuff.

  • candacejean

    candacejean said 6 years ago

    How wonderful! I can't wait to do some fun things with my son this summer.

  • GoodGriefGlass

    GoodGriefGlass said 6 years ago


  • linneaswedishdesign

    linneaswedishdesign said 6 years ago

    Beautiful kids stuff!

  • WieberArt

    WieberArt said 6 years ago

    Where was Etsy when we were raising our kids ?!? There's no lack of inspiration here ♥

  • LAUNCHpads

    LAUNCHpads said 6 years ago

    Some of my coloring wallets:

  • girltuesdayjewelry

    girltuesdayjewelry said 6 years ago

    So-o adorable! The potholder loom brings back memories of the summer when I was a 6 year old potholder factory. I especially love the upcycled kitty crayons and clothespin doll kit.

  • SewObsession

    SewObsession said 6 years ago

    love the Once Upon A Time Dress from very cute, and playdough from i used to love making playdough my kids would try and mix it into as many different colors a the could imagine.. love all these photos.... thank for sharing....bring back my childhood....

  • FloweryDeer

    FloweryDeer said 6 years ago

    So cute~~~~


    ZZsROCKnRECYCLABLES said 6 years ago


  • MagicMarkingsArt

    MagicMarkingsArt said 6 years ago

    Just started my youth summer art camp classes today - for the lucky pre-schoolers who are out of school before the rest of the kids! Great ideas here that I might have to incorporate into my summer art projects!

  • pukapuka

    pukapuka said 6 years ago

    Great finds, lots of fun activities there.

  • ElementalHandcrafts

    ElementalHandcrafts said 6 years ago

    beautiful work!!

  • PolarBearCreations

    PolarBearCreations said 6 years ago

    Wonderful items! :0)

  • birchleafdesigns

    birchleafdesigns said 6 years ago

    Awesome! We have some lovelies in our shop for kids as well!

  • TipsyTimeMachine

    TipsyTimeMachine said 6 years ago

    Such fun finds! Arts and crafts were my favourite things to do when I was a kid, and my neice and nephew are just the same.

  • woolies

    woolies said 6 years ago

    Such wonderful finds!

  • AvianInspirations

    AvianInspirations said 6 years ago

    Way way too much fun for just kids!

  • theenchantedcupboard

    theenchantedcupboard said 6 years ago

    What great finds and thank you Etsy for seeing that a lot of parent shop Etsy for their kids and need great post like this!!!!

  • ScenicRoots

    ScenicRoots said 6 years ago

    Absolutely amazing finds :D

  • pandorashack

    pandorashack said 6 years ago

    These are lovely!

  • pipapiep

    pipapiep said 6 years ago


  • pinkphile

    pinkphile said 6 years ago

    awww cute~!! >.<

  • Bloesem

    Bloesem said 6 years ago

    this guide makes life much easier for me! thanks

  • OefyCouture

    OefyCouture said 6 years ago

    Love em!

  • ShellysVintage

    ShellysVintage said 6 years ago

    So much fun to shop around for a new season! Great stuff!

  • Fibrillaria

    Fibrillaria said 6 years ago

    Love those wooden houses, what a great collection!

  • LittleWrenPottery

    LittleWrenPottery said 6 years ago

    I love those kitty crayons sooo cute! Awesome : )

  • moonangelnay

    moonangelnay said 6 years ago

    Gotta love the Polaroid plushy ^_^


    HMONG said 6 years ago

    Oh, many beautiful kid's products! Some of H'mong Ethnic lovely animals available here:

  • mucar

    mucar said 6 years ago


  • LoveMeAmberLee

    LoveMeAmberLee said 6 years ago

    Oh Oh I have no children. . . but I'm glad my friends do because I am very inspired!

  • JemmDee

    JemmDee said 6 years ago

    These are adorable! I have teenagers now, but these bring back memories from when they were younger...

  • pocketcarnival

    pocketcarnival said 6 years ago

    All such gorgeous picks!

  • jewellerywin

    jewellerywin said 6 years ago

    Good Blog

  • merrydaledolls

    merrydaledolls said 6 years ago

    A wonderful selection!

  • indiepixie

    indiepixie said 6 years ago

    This is fab!

  • kaylovesvintage

    kaylovesvintage said 6 years ago

    love and want the soft Polaroid

  • BirdonWireStudio

    BirdonWireStudio said 6 years ago

    What a lovely collection of goodies.

  • wishartglass

    wishartglass said 6 years ago

    Great suggestions! Oh, and that Rocking Scooter... rocks!

  • zime

    zime said 6 years ago

    So much great stuff!!!

  • Rachelaakmama

    Rachelaakmama said 6 years ago

    I love ALL of these!!! Wonderful suggestions!! :)

  • akcArt

    akcArt said 6 years ago

    FUNtastic ideas! The play-dough making is fun and doesn't smell as bad as the real stuff. Plus you can add scents to the dough to make it smell really good! Multiple sensory project all around!

  • HaleyByHand

    HaleyByHand said 6 years ago

    OK, I need that Rocking italian scooter deluxe !

  • SimpleJoysPaperie

    SimpleJoysPaperie said 6 years ago

    SO cute! I still have the potholder loom that my dad made for me when I was a little girl.

  • trulyvera

    trulyvera said 6 years ago

    Very imaginative ideas. Great!

  • thetrendytot

    thetrendytot said 6 years ago

    Yay for etsy kid finds!!

  • manvsgeorge

    manvsgeorge said 6 years ago

    Fantastic finds here! I just love those house blocks from justhatched, and so many other items here! If you are looking for some kid-craft-friendly birthday cards, I have some fun color-by-number cards and connect-the-dots cards with fun animals. :-)

  • dayanra

    dayanra said 6 years ago

    Great finds! Also nice to see Woodmouse again!

  • ElegantRoseBoutique

    ElegantRoseBoutique said 6 years ago

    Wow! What a great selection of kids items! Lots of cool things to explore!

  • monkeyandsquirrel

    monkeyandsquirrel said 6 years ago

    gaaaahhhh, i want these all! and i don't even have kids...

  • AForestFrolic

    AForestFrolic said 6 years ago

    Oh I love the house blocks too...and the wooly ball toys, oh I love it all! Sweet finds for sure! Jamie :)

  • alittleVintageShop

    alittleVintageShop said 6 years ago

    So charming! Totally ♥ them all!

  • explodingmary

    explodingmary said 6 years ago

    Thanks for including my art wallets!

  • meeabee

    meeabee said 6 years ago

    Oh yes! one of everything please! Great finds! we are going on our first camping trip this summer- can't wait!!

  • helenapuck

    helenapuck said 6 years ago

    Thanks for focusing on kids. I'm looking forward to creating lots of my activities for my 5 and 6 year old boys.

  • mette

    mette said 6 years ago

    great finds! the loom will be a great project for my daughter. thank you very much for featuring my little rosa dress!

  • bedbuggs

    bedbuggs said 6 years ago

    Great Finds! Thanks for sharing all these with us!

  • MissFiKingdom

    MissFiKingdom said 6 years ago

    As much as I love shopping online seeing all this great stuff makes me want to be a kid in a toy store where they only carry etsy finds

  • Tuscanycreative

    Tuscanycreative said 6 years ago

    Super cute kids stuff--- I'm inspired to go & make something new!

  • ecozuzu

    ecozuzu said 6 years ago

    sooo cute! :)

  • Simag

    Simag said 6 years ago

    Fantastic finds! Thanks for sharing all these with us!

  • elchra

    elchra said 6 years ago

    My Tracking BINGO would fit right in with summertime kid fun!

  • KatsKube

    KatsKube said 6 years ago out of school....

  • asherjasper

    asherjasper said 6 years ago

    What great finds! Thanks for including my monkey jingle ball!!! Did you know it was my birthday ;)

  • BethanyHight

    BethanyHight said 6 years ago

    I love the Crocheted roller skates and the felt owl kit. Cute stuff!

  • morion

    morion said 6 years ago

    Fantastic, inspiring collection of items!

  • PinkPerch

    PinkPerch said 6 years ago

    What a sweet collection of treasuries! Thanks so much for including my owl mobile here! ♥ you etsy!

  • babypop

    babypop said 6 years ago

    such a great collection of items thanks for having my capes

  • Wholesaletoys

    Wholesale Toys said 1 year ago

    Awesome,great collection.

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