Creating a DIY Toy: Part 2

You guys have seen our inspiration and concept designs for our DIY toy and now it’s time to pull it all together and create them!


What we used:

  • Blank DIY toy
  • Styrofoam ball
  • Silicone toy (since Easter is coming up we found a chick that was perfect for what we needed it for)
  • Pencil
  • Sharpies
  • Acrylic paint
  • Paint brushes
  • X-acto knife
  • Neon orange ribbon
  • Copper wire
  • Hot glue gun
  • Dremel


Step 1:

  •  We used a pencil to sketch our Photoshop designed face onto the doll.
  • Next we used sharpie to finalize the design.


Step 2:

  •  We used purple acrylic paint on the body of the toy leaving the face white.
  • It took us 4 coats until in was opaque.
  • We mixed a yellow-green paint for the inside of the ears.
  • Then, we touched up the face with sharpie.


Step 3: 

  • We cut the feet off of the chick and pulled the silicone skin around the foam ball to create the blow-fish. 
  • We detailed the face with sharpie and acrylic paint.
  • The harness we were going to make needed something to stick into, so we cut out a cork oval and glued it to the bottom of the fish.
  • Then, we tied a bow around the fish with the neon orange ribbon. This will serve as part of the harness.


Step 4:

  • To create the harness we measured around the waist of the toy with the copper wire for the first piece and then two straight 7” pieces.
  • We used hot glue on each end of the copper pieces as we wrapped the neon orange ribbon around them.
  • We attached two free hanging pieces of ribbon the the front of the wire for his waist.


Step 5:

  • We wrapped and twisted the waist piece around the toy and attached the 7” pieces to that.
  • We tested the weight of the fish before continuing.


Step 6:

  • We used the dremel to make two holes in the cork to secure the copper wire to fish. 
  • We used the sewing pins to secure the ribbon on top of the fish and in creating the illusion that the two front free hanging pieces of ribbon on the toy were the part of a harness that go between your legs.
  • Also, we added some cork on the bottom of his feet as another detail.


And we’re done!


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