Archive | May, 2011

21_Felt tip spinning top

29 May

This week I went back to my childhood and remembered this really cool toy my sister and I used to play with. So today, here´s how to make your own felt tip spinning top.

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It will take you about 30 minutes to make

You`ll need:

_To download and print this file: spinning top

_A piece of A4 card. (You could recycle a cereal box)

_Short felt tip pens, about 8cm long

_Ruler, cutter or Exacto knife and a surface to cut on

_UHU glue

_Paper to spin-draw on

How to make:

1. Download and print the file above. If your printer takes card, you can print directly on it; otherwise, print on a regular piece of paper and stick it on the card.

2. Cut the pieces from the drawing over the black lines. The red dotted lines indicate where you should pass the cutter a couple times but not cut all the way through.

3. Fold the sides of the cone and tabs over the dotted lines. Use the UHU glue to stick the cone together and then stick it on the circle. The purple line indicates where to stick it.

4. Insert one of your felt tip pens into both holes of the shape you just made. Make sure the tip comes out through the flat circle as in the image below.

5. You’re ready to spin-draw! (put the tip of the pen on a piece of paper, hold it from the top and make it spin)

TIP: the felt tip spinning top works better when the base of the cardboard piece is closer to the tip of the pen.

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© 2011 Fernanda de Uriarte

Change the colour for any you want and spin-draw for as long as you like.

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21 May

It´s magnetic, it´s a can its…. MAGNETICAAAAN!

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This one can take you a few minutes or about an hour, depending on how much effort you put into it.

You`ll need:

_1 empty can of soup or veg.. anything but soda cause magnets don´t work on aluminum cans.

_a bunch of magnets. try different sizes.

If you want to make it more colourful and fun you`ll also need:

_coloured paper

_a sheet of white paper

_coloured pencils or markers

_large lollipop sticks

_UHU glue

_glue stick


_cutter or Exacto knife and a surface to cut on.

Quick instructions for a super easy version and an upgrade.

_For the easy version, just eat the yummy healthy contents of the can, take the paper away, wash it and play with your magnets!

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If you wanna go for the upgraded version:

1. Cut the coloured paper the right height and length to wrap around the can

2. Fix it to the can with small magnets, this way you can change the paper to any colour you want.

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3. Use the magnets as templates to draw their shape in a piece of white paper.

4. Cut these shapes and stick them on top of the magnets using a glue stick. Keep a few without paper.

5. Draw some eyes, wheels, knots and bolts and anything you can think of.

6. Using UHU glue. stick the magnets you set aside on the lollipop sticks. These will be the arms, legs, antennae, etc of your toy.

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Thats it!!! You have all you need to make all the magnetican characters you can imagine.

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© 2011 Fernanda de Uriarte

You can combine the naked can with the coloured magnets and lollipop arms

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And change the colours to make other characters like this….. chicken?

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See? same as the first image but a bit of colour and personality…

Have lots of magnetic fun!


15 May

Ever wondered what would happen if you puked so hard that you turned yourself inside out? Not a very nice thought, but just in case check this Vomitone guys…

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These’ll take you about 1.45-2 hrs. (way less if you have a sewing machine)

You´ll need:

_2 old socks. Better if they’re from a different pair.


_Thread and needle (I only used black but you can choose the colours you want depending on the colour of your socks)

_4 buttons (try different colours and sizes; these will make the eyes of your Vomitones)

How to make ’em:

1. Cut the bit-were-you-put-your-feet off each sock.

2. Cut the straight parts you’re left with the same lenght.

3. Turn one of them inside out and slide it inside the other, making sure both their ends meet.

4. Sew both ends. You`ll be left with a closed sock rectangle.

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5. Grab the rectangle from both sides and stretch it, as if you were trying to open a pack of crisps of something similar. Make sure you pull both socks in each direction.

6. Grab your scissors and cut both socks on one side. Check the image below to make this clearer. This opening is the Vomitones’ mouth.

7. Sew both socks on each “lip” of the mouth. To make it nice and neat, fold the ends in between the socks and then sew them together. You should now be able to turn the socks inside out and back again through the mouth.

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8. Sew a couple buttons on one side, above the mouth.

9. Turn your Vomitone inside out and sew the other 2 buttons.

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That´s it! Now you’ve got a friend that can puke itself inside out to become another!

© 2011 Fernanda de Uriarte

© 2011 Fernanda de Uriarte

Imagine other characters, maybe with more or less eyes, or try adding arms and legs… have fun and please, don´t try turning yourself inside out!!

18_Cubic Transformers

10 May

Puzzle cubes meets Transformers: move the cubes around and see your drawings transform!

© 2011 Fernanda de Uriarte

It will take you about 1:30- 1:45  hrs. to make.

You´ll need:

_4 pieces of A4 card

_2 sheets of regular printer paper

_To download and print these files:

on card:





on paper:



_Cutter or Exacto knife.

_Cutting mat or a surface to cut on.

_Coloured pencils, crayons or markers.


_UHU glue.

_Glue stick

_Sticky tape.

How to make your Cubic Transformers:

I have divided the process in 3 parts so that it is easier to follow:


1. Once you have printed the files cubes1cubes2cubes3 and cubes4 on card, use your cutter or Exacto knife to cut all 8 shapes. Cut all the way through the continuous lines; the dotted lines indicate where you should pass the knife a couple times without cutting all the way through. This will allow you to fold all the sides and tabs.

2. Fold the sides and tabs.

3. Put a little UHU on the tabs of one of the cubes and close it. Do the same with the rest.

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1. I’m sure you’ve noticed that every side of every cubes has a letter and number in the middle; also that some of  the sides have smaller letters and numbers with a little arrow pointing to one of the sides. These are to help you put the right cubes together. So for example, there is a cube that says O6 in the middle of one of it´s sides; this side also says O5 and has an arrow pointing up. This means now we have to find the cube with the side that says O5 in the middle and has a smaller O6 and arrow pointing down.

2. Put these 2 cubes together and add a piece of sticky tape all along the sides that are supposed to meet (in this case the side with O5 and arrow pointing up and the side with O6 and arrow pointing down). Cut the exceeding tape. See the image below to make this clearer.

You should now be able to “fold” the cubes back and forth, as if the sticky tape was a hinge.

3. Fold the cubes all the way back and add some more sticky tape to the sides that meet. This will make the tape hinge stronger.

4. Repeat steps 1 -3 until you’ve joined all the cubes together. When you’ve finished, you should have something that looks like the image below.

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1. Print files transformers_1 and transformers_2 on regular printer paper. You`ll notice that these files also have arrows and numbers. These numbers indicate where in the cubes each little square will be stuck.

2. Use your coloured pencils, crayons or markers to add colour and detail to the drawings.

3. When you’re finished colouring, cut all the squares. You`ll have some kind of square puzzles of your drawings. Make sure you don´t mix the squares so that you still know which letter and number corresponds to each square of the drawings.

4. Pick the first square, A1 and stick it on the cube that says A1. The orientation of the letters and numbers in the cubes, will tell which way the drawing squares should be facing.

5. Keep sticking drawing squares onto the different faces of the cubes until you`ve finished all the squares.  You`ll notice that there are more sides on the cubes than drawing squares. It´s ok, the sides with letter O are supposed to be empty. You can colour them all in black if you like.

Ok, with all the drawings in place you’re ready to start transforming! First step, can you arrange all the cubes into a big one?

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Rotate the big cube, open it and close it again, rearrange all the cubes and see your robots transform.

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17_Cardboard, fold-able, stackable, draw-able, imaginable, likable….characters

2 May

Any likeness to a certain square character made of sponge is mere coincidence. Please say hello to the cardboard, fold-able, stackable, draw-able, imaginable, likable….characters.

© 2011 Fernanda de Uriarte

Each cardboard…character will take you about 45 min. a little more if you add lots of detail.

You´ll need:

_To download and print these files:

If you want a small version:  cardboardcharacter_small

If you want a larger version: cardboardcharacter_large

_ A piece of A4 card/thin cardboard for each character you want to make. (You could recycle the cardboard of a cereal box or the back of a paper block for example)

_Cutter or Exacto knife

_Cutting mat or a surface to cut on

_UHU glue


_Black pen or fine liner

_Coloured pencils, markers or crayons.

How to make ’em:

1. Download and print the file(s) above. If your printer can take card, you can print directly on it; otherwise, print on a regular sheet of paper and stick the print on your piece of card/cardboard.

2. Using your cutter or exacto knife cut the edges of the print. The dotted lines on the drawing indicate where you´re supposed to pass the knife a few times without cutting through. This will make it easier to fold the character once you`ve drawn it.

3. Using a pencil, draw the features of your character. Remember to draw all sides.  I’m making a brainy, geeky character.

4. When you’re sure about it, mark all the lines with a black pen or fine liner.

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5. Time to use some colour!

6. When you’re done colouring and decorating, fold all the sides and tabs. There’s a couple of dotted lines that indicate “fold towards the front”; to do that, fold towards the back, just as the others, and then bring it towards the front.

7. Put some UHU glue to the tabs to stick the whole character together and that’s it! I recommend that you do one side at a time so that the glue doesn´t dry up while you do the others.

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Great!!!! You’ve got a cardboard, fold-able, stackable, draw-able, imaginable, likable….character!

What else can you make? How about a scary one-eyed monster? What if you turn it upside down and the legs become the eyes or a set of horns like this little devil here?

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See how you can stack them or hide the smaller one inside the larger one? Think of something that makes sense when stacking, like a hen and a chicken? or a large robot with a smaller one inside?; or how about a character that works well if it’s right or upside down?

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Print, draw and fold as many characters as you can imagine.

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See ya!

16_Balloon Rocket

1 May

Speaking of clean energy, all you need to make this rocket fly is the power of your lungs.

© 2011 Fernanda de Uriarte

This one´s quick and easy. It´ll take you about 15 minutes to make.

You´ll need:

_To download and print this file: rocket

_A thin straw (about 5mm in diameter)


_Glue stick

_Sticky tape.

How to make your balloon rocket:

1. Print the file above and cut one of the nets. (There are more than you need in case you make a mistake or want to make more than one rocket).

2. Roll the bottom part and using the glue stick,  stick one end of the paper over the tab on the other end. The dotted line indicates where to stick.

3. Slightly fold the tabs of the top bit (the tip of the rocket) so that it´s easier to stick them.

4. Roll the tip and using the glue stick, stick the end over the tab. The dotted line indicates where to stick.

5. Stick the small triangular tabs to the body of the rocket. If it gets hard to do this with the glue stick, use some sticky tape.

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6. Cut the top bit of the balloon.

7. Cut a piece of straw about 8 cm. long.

8. Put the straw into the balloon leaving about 6 cm coming out of it.

9. Use some sticky tape to stick the balloon to the straw. Make sure not to leave any open spaces.

10. Now blow into the straw to inflate the balloon. Hold the bottom of the straw so that the air doesn´t come out.

11. Put the rocket onto the tip of the straw and let go!

© 2011 Fernanda de Uriarte

© 2011 Fernanda de Uriarte

There it is… a fully functional and carbon neutral rocket.

You can try decorating the rockets, racing with your friends to see whose gets the farthest and even try letting go of the balloon without the rocket on. Guaranteed fun!

Have fun!!!