Do you remember the very first baby silicone toy that you made? Chances are it was a teething ring! Teething rings are the basis for a lot of silicone chewable toys. Why? They’re the perfect hand-to-mouth size and shape, one of the easiest things for baby to hold when grip is being developed, and so simple to make – let's be honest, teething rings are the real MVP when it comes to silicone toys!
Everyone has a unique style with their products and sometimes it's easier to play around with a newer idea - like a round teething ball, or something else popular that’s caught your eye. Or maybe you just feel like teething rings are "too easy" for you? Sometimes the easiest things, done beautifully, are the most attractive!
We wanted to give teething rings a proper brainstorm and the credit they deserve - they’re such an awesome product to make! Maybe we can brainstorm together and figure out some interesting ways to breathe life into this "ordinary" baby toy?!
As our kids would say........let’s get our thinking caps on!
Brainstorming is always tough to get started, so let’s start easy!
If your average teething ring is round and made using only round beads, is there something you can alter with the shape to make it new and exciting?
Have you tried adding in fun accent beads or themes to break up the shape?
What about repeating a pattern using various size beads for an interesting texture?
Or using different shape beads all together?
Maybe there’s something unique you can design that would change the shape of your teething ring?
Something in a pattern you’ve learned, or some styles you’ve been using?
Have you followed some of our unique, Cara Supply designed soother / pacifier clip tutorials - blog post here! or even used our wood star ornament tutorial - found here! Maybe there’s some inspiration in those shapes that could influence your teething ring?
When making your designs, be sure you’re always thinking about how to safely finish them off. A flashy design won’t do you any good if it isn’t safe or doesn’t pass a choke test!
Maybe we need to try something completely different - something less symmetrical.
We were eyeing up our Tube Pendants and tried to make an asymmetrical design below! And those flowers we created above? They don’t have to be all pretty and delicate! That same pattern done in white speckle and black creates a daring monochrome design!
The best part about product brainstorming? Your solutions and ideas will be ones you’re proud of! You’ll have designs that didn’t work out, ideas that are good but need refining, sore fingers, and some amazing design discoveries that’ll have you excited all over again!
It’s so rewarding to see beautiful products you’ve designed become hits in your own shop!
Have you taken on any product brainstorming lately?? We’d love to see what you’ve made!