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Forum topic by colbynorwood posted 03-21-2009 10:47 PM 1680 views 0 times favorited 15 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-21-2009 10:47 PM

a friend of mine just had a baby so i was thinking why not make her something, but what? i dont want it to be to big and costly just something small, i dont know if i should make something that she can give to her son in the furture years or to keep to always remember, so anyone got any ideas? thanks

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#1 posted 03-21-2009 10:49 PM

I made a cover and back for a scrap book once. The cover allowed for a picture.

-- Gary, DeKalb Texas only 4 miles from the mill

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#2 posted 03-21-2009 10:52 PM

Can you build sleep? As I recall that was a huge requirement and we never seem to have had enough when the kids were infants. I think a toybox would be a welcome addition as it seems kids always have tons of stuffed animals given to them when the are born and a good place to keep them would I believe would be welcome.

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#3 posted 03-21-2009 11:13 PM

How about a colorful wooden mobile that can be suspended over a crib? Make sure the parts are child proof (child will be unable to swallow any parts, its non-toxic etc). Another thought, how about a changing table with storage space (drawers)?


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#4 posted 03-21-2009 11:25 PM

My daughter asked for what she referred to as a “treasure” box. It was a simple box big enough to hold all those first time things like annoucements, first pictures and such. She also asked people to write the little one a letter to put in the box. Her plan is to give the box to the baby on it’s 18th birthday. I thought it was kinda neat.

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#5 posted 03-22-2009 09:46 AM

MY wife always crochettes baby afgans, but that is probably out the the question? :-)) There all kinds of toys that can be made form scraps aof wood. Cars, trucks, airplanes, clowns, pull toys. You can offset the wheels of pull toys so they waddle backand forth. Add a small gear in a recess to click on a small spring to make noise. If you really want to be remembered, make a drum!! good luck.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#6 posted 03-23-2009 12:51 PM

A simple shelf for over the changing table. A place for powder, creams, and other junk that is always just out of reach.

-- Berta in NC

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#7 posted 03-23-2009 02:30 PM

I usually give the new parents in my circle of friends and family a nice step stool (for when the little one is potty training and needs to reach the sink) and a small keepsake box (something for the parents to keep the baby items, pictures, etc. in). Both are items that can be passed down to future generations and are very quick to make.

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#8 posted 03-23-2009 07:55 PM

I usually make a sleigh for our friends with baby’s on the way but you need snow for that and its not small iether so i guess thats not much help then is it. I’ve also built small hall trees with letter blocks instead of hook hangers, these look great.

-- rob, ont,canada

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#9 posted 03-25-2009 05:07 AM

Storage!!! My nine month old seems to attract toys and clothes like a magnet. Toy boxes and chests of drawers will be usefull for many years to come.

-- if the hand is not working it is not a pure hand

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#10 posted 03-25-2009 07:23 AM

Napkin rack maybe?

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#11 posted 03-25-2009 07:30 PM

I usually make some sort of toy for the kid, even though it will be a long time before he will play with it. If you are likely to be giving the kid presents in the future you could pick a theme for example make him a box for every birthday, or toy trucks or something.

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#12 posted 05-05-2009 07:43 AM

I make room signs. It doesn’t take a lot of investment, they can hang it on the door or in the room, and if it gets relegated to the attic after a few years, you don’t get butt-hurt. I print something with a good font out of Word and glue it to the board, Dremel it out, plane the paper off, finish and paint as needed.

-- You can't control the wind, but you can trim your sails

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#13 posted 05-05-2009 02:24 PM

I think also a receiving blanket rack. I think a toy box is also a very good idea.

--, Rick Kruse, Grand Rapids, MI

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#14 posted 05-05-2009 02:36 PM

a lunch box !

i allways go with a keepsake box , that can be passed down .

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#15 posted 05-05-2009 05:35 PM

Before you build lend A phone to call grand ma ma. and then a shelf to hold baby stuff diapers powder etc.

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