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Giant bubbles

September 4, 2010

Something for the next sunny day. Lifehacker has instructions on how to make a giant bubble wand.


Tardis bird feeder

September 1, 2010

Part orange juice carton, part time machine, part bird feeder.

This project came from the BBC children’s show Blue Peter. The latest Dr Who – Matt Smith himself – turned out to show how it was done. Here are the instructions.

The templates were tricky to print out. Try and scale them to fill the whole width of the A4 paper. My first few goes came out too small. We probably shouldn’t have finished the job off with blue spray paint (our local shops didn’t have any acrylic on Bank Holiday Monday). The birds didn’t seem too keen on the smell of drying solvent. Hopefully that will fade away soon. And it may have been a case of the father being keener than the son. My four-and-a-half-year-old wasn’t too sure who Dr Who was.

UPDATE 1: As of Sept 2, actual birds have been seen using the feeder. No deaths from ingesting the paint reported yet.

Little drifters

August 16, 2010

Canadian art blog Booooooom got scores of people around the world to build little boats with natural materials and set them afloat last month.

Here’s our late entry drifting away in Ludlow, Shropshire. Bark hull, mast from a straight piece of “Contorted Filbert”, leaf sail and grass rigging.

little drifter 2

It was a very simple and satisfying thing to make. The only tool was a pair of scissors to bore the hole for the mast. We gathered the parts during a five minute poke around the garden. After it drifted off down river we checked the map to see where it might end up. Barring duck attacks, blockages and weirs, ours would have headed down the River Teme, then the River Severn, opening out into the Bristol Channel and further out to the Celtic Sea and the wider Atlantic Ocean.

Here are some of the other entries as collected on Booooooom and the Vancouver Sun.

Book: Kitecraft and kite tournaments

August 16, 2010


Kitecraft and kite tournaments
By Charles M. Miller
Assistant Supervisor of Manual Training
Los Angeles, California

The Manual Arts Press
Peoria, Illinois



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