DIY Gift Ideas for 12 month old?
February 13, 2014 10:10 PM Subscribe
A close friend's baby girl is turning one in a little over a week, and is throwing a party I am invited to. Due to unexpected circumstances, I can't afford a gift. I know she'd understand if I didn't get her daughter a gift, but I really want to. My husband suggested we make something. Looking for ideas. Here are the resources I have available:
posted by [insert clever name here] to Media & Arts (47 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
Access to the local hack space with almost any tool imaginable. I'm only approved on a couple tools, but I can probably get a member to train me on something specific this weekend if it will help. I have some nice wood sheets (1/4" thick) for laser cutting, and I have clear, white and pink acrylic. I might be able to get other colors.
My husband originally suggested making a mobile out of laser cut wood, and make seahorses of different colors, or fish of different colors. But I thought she might be too old for a mobile. Sure enough, a google search suggests they're for children under 1. I've been wracking my brains for something that would be age appropriate that I could make, but honestly, I don't know much about children.
Obviously safety is paramount. Which is why I thought something out of acrylic might be a better choice; though it can break and have sharp edges. Laser cut wood has rough edges. Which could be sanded away, but that "ruins" the look to some extend. I could possibly make a bunch of shapes out of laser cut wood and then dip in acrylic melted with acetone for a small hand-held bunch of colorful toys, but I don't know that a week would be enough time to dry.
I also thought about making some kind of picture frame out of the wood, but that strikes me is rather boring, and I would rather it be a gift she would get direct use out of at her age.
It doesn't have to be a toy either, but a toy seems like the type of item I would be most capable of making right now. I should add that I'm not necessarily that crafty, which is why the laser cut idea seemed so doable - I can make digital artwork in the physical space.