Make It Ruby

Website review by
Conny Coon, Common Sense Media
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DIY site is sweet, simple and good for creative types.

Parents say

age 8+
Based on 4 reviews

Kids say

age 8+
Based on 7 reviews

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Positive Messages

This site encourages girls to be creative and to do so with reclaimed, repurposed, or found objects. Girls can tackle most of the do-it-yourself projects with items that can be found around the house.

Violence
Sex
Language
Consumerism

There are no outside advertisers or brands currently on this site.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Make It Ruby offers more than 100 creative crafts that tween girls will enjoy doing at home (and more are added weekly). Its back-to-basics philosophy encourages kids to find items around their homes and “reuse, renew, and repurpose.” Projects are presented in three simple steps, and though they are simple enough for tweens, the crafts may not be sophisticated enough to interest older girls. Monthly contests enable kids to submit photos of their projects and compete to win branded Make It Ruby products such as T-shirts, notebooks, and journals. A party-planning section serves up fun ideas for throwing a themed party, and a parents’ corner encourages parents to create with their kids. Anyone can visit the site and look at some of the crafts, but registration is required to enter contests, see the project gallery, and view the archive of older projects.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 5 year old Written byEmasmom March 9, 2011
Great website for tweens! Full of great art ideas and games. Fun place for my daughter to play and read about all the things she loves.
Adult Written byPickyChick March 2, 2011
I love this site! Great for probably age 10 (my sister's age) and up (I'm 12). I think sometimes not ENOUGH directions, but that's cool because m... Continue reading
Kid, 10 years old March 2, 2011

I like it

I think it is fun. This and Disney and Nick are the only sites my mom lets me play on. the earth is the only planet we have and is in trouble so this helps keep... Continue reading
Kid, 11 years old August 14, 2010

ok website but boring crafts

This website is ok. The fact that it wants you to be creative and all is great, but the only problem i find in the website are the actual crafts. There really a... Continue reading

Is it any good?

If your tween tends to gather paper-towel rolls and bottle caps and whip them into some cool craft, she’ll enjoy a stop at MAKE IT RUBY. It’s a good place to pick up ideas and simple instructions for a variety of DIY projects using items found around the house. The girl-centric graphics and animated guide (Ruby, herself) will appeal to young tweens, and the simple craft projects will inspire some do-it-yourself creativity. Registered users can find simple, step-by-step instructions for an assortment of projects that are categorized by theme (fashion, gifts, etc.) and definitely tailored to girls: a monogrammed compact mirror, ribbon bracelets, decorated water bottle, etc. Though there are a couple of games and activities offered on the site, they won’t hold media-savvy girls’ attention for long. It’s the craft projects that will draw girls to this site and inspire a bit of old-fashioned at-home creativity.

Online interaction: Members are encouraged to post pictures of themselves and their projects, but there’s no social interaction between members.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how the Internet can be a valuable tool for generating creative ideas to do at home. Do you get the same sense of satisfaction from creating projects offline -- with scissors -- as you do creating projects online with a mouse?

  • Families can also talk about other do-it-yourself items to create at home and how you can safely find more instruction and information online.

  • How can reusing items help preserve Earth’s resources? What cast-off items can be found around the house that can be repurposed?

Website details

  • Genre: Creating
  • Pricing structure: Free

For kids who love creating

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