Die Ugly Toys Die | DIY Wooden Toss Game

For reasons I can't quite comprehend, there seems to be a conspiracy to ensure that most kid products must be designed in the most garish, multi-colored, glitter, cartoonish way possible. You know, what it might look like if a clown fell from a 20 story building.

Thankfully, there are some fighting the good fight.  In their honor, I'm kicking off a series to feature some fabulous DIY projects that are loved by kids and easy on the eyes.  Yea for good design.  I call it Die Ugly Toys, Die


First up is the talented Pretty Handy Girl who created this simple wooden marble toss game. Not only good looking but would be fun for all ages.  She was kind enough to provide very detailed instructions that could easily adapted in a larger size for those with more room. (Lawn skee ball anyone?)  Go over to Pretty Handy Girl for all the details.

I have lots of other great #dieuglytoysdie projects to share with you for this summer series - I hope you love them as much as I do.  Want to be featured?  Drop me a line.


13 comments:

  1. I love this idea of this series already, but I think I love the title the most.

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    1. Thanks for the support Kayla!

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  2. This is awesome! We're having our first baby in September and while I recognize baby gear is not all about me, I don't know why it all needs to be so horrifically garish. I've never seen so much ugly pastel plaid and pattern mixing in my life, and the few and far between sleek products we actually like are often insanely expensive.

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    1. I often wonder why making something in a solid color would cost more than a bright print? But I can appreciate that the companies that are putting money and time into making a beautiful design are probably spending more $$ so I'm all for them and their albeit shocking prices. I just wish the other companies would take note!

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  3. While I can understand your reasoning to want to eliminate ugly toys, I actually think the name of your series is quite distasteful. Using the word "die" seems a bit harsh for something associated with childrens' toys. And I am also shocked at the graphic of a knife through a smiling teddy bear as well. I know this is an adult website and it is all in good fun, but I think we have become desensitized to the idea of violence around us that it has become acceptable when we encounter something that we perceive as distasteful and this bothers me. I think perhaps you might want to re-think your graphics and attitude toward something so otherwise unimportant in the scheme of things that really matter. You would never teach your daughter to deal with things that are less than pleasing to her in such a harsh way; why do you think it is acceptable to do so here? Making the world a better place, even if it is one ugly toy at a time is okay, but you don't have to go about it in such a hateful way. Show others and your daughter that when you find something you don't favor to make it better. That is the part of your idea that I do like! I love your style and flair for design, but this is just not necessary.

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    1. Hi Joanne. I appreciate the feedback and I'm sorry you find it distasteful. Obviously it's all done in jest and to make a point. I don't think the series title is actually encouraging violence or making the world a more hateful place but you are entitled to think otherwise. I think this series does focus on making the world more beautiful - the title is just a way to emphasis the point. No teddy bears were harmed in the making of this series :)

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  4. I am giddy about this series!

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  5. This is so true! Obviously we're just getting our toes wet into the toy department, but seriously?!?! Our kid will be playing with Lincoln Logs and old school toys and hopefully he never develops a taste for the vast majority of plastic/loud toys out there. I can only hope.

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  6. Have you heard of Tree Change dolls? This lady takes old, ugly dolls & remakes them into adorable toys to play with. Here's her FB page.
    https://www.facebook.com/treechangedolls?fref=ts

    I love them & have a few friends who have followed her lead. It looks so easy to do.

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    1. Oh no I hadn't seen these before - how perfect. I love how her dolls look like girls rather than the overly made up skanks that seem to be the thing these days.

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  7. Yes!!! Kids toys are so offensive to the eyes. I DIY'd a baby gym for my son, but he's outgrown it now. Looking forward to more in this series.

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    1. I'd love to see it. Please share.

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  8. It's super simple. Dowel rods and PVC connectors. I wish they were all so easy to hack. Here's a link http://rachelmb.blogspot.com/2015/05/subtle-non-obnoxious-baby-gym-diy.html?m=1

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