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48_Screws and String Shapes

30 Dec

If paper and coloured pencils are not your thing, why not try Screws and String?!

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This one takes about 3 hours. This one is kind of challenging and I recommend that you make it with the help of a grown up.

You’ll need

_A wood or MDF board about 20x20x1.8 cm

_Black paint

_Pencil and ruler

_50 screws

_Hammer and 1 nail

_A screwdriver


How to make Screws and String shapes

1. Paint the board black and let it dry completely.

2. Make an 8×8 grid. Each square in the grid should be 2.5×2.5 cm.

3. Mark the intersections of the lines that make up the grid. Those are the spots where you’ll put the screws. You’ll have 49 intersections (7×7)

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4. To make it easier to screw the screws, make a small hole on each intersection with the nail and hammer. A couple of hits should be enough.

5. Now put a screw on each intersection. Leave about 5mm sticking out of the board. You’ll have 49 screws total.

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6. Now get the yarn and make a hoop on one end.

7. Put the hoop into one screw and go from screw to screw to make some great string shapes!

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You can make very geometric and abstract shapes…

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Or your favorite animals… how about an elephant?

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…or a bunny!

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You can even practice your abc’s!

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The truth is you can make whatever you like! change the colours, move the yarn around the screws and see what string shapes you can make…


30_Mr. Flowerpond (o Sr. Floripondio)

22 Aug

Take him out for a dance and you won´t be disappointed.

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It is not very hard to make this puppet; be patient though, when it comes to piercing holes in the wood sticks and tying up the stings. It could take you up to 2 hours to make.

You`ll need:

_A piece of cardboard. It could be a recycled cereal box or back of a paper block or even a piece of corrugated cardboard from packaging.

_Pen and pencil

_Coloured pencils, markers, crayons…

_6 wooden sticks.

_6 small brads

_A piece of paper to draw extra details.

_3-4 m. of thick cotton thread.

_The point of a compass, circle cutter or something similar to pierce little holes in the cardboard and sticks.

_Glue stick

_ UHU or hot glue.

How to make Mr. Flowerpond

1. Cut 2 of the wood sticks by the middle.

2. Use the point of a compass/circle cutter to pierce a tiny hole on each end of the 4 half-wood sticks you were left with and at both ends of 2 complete ones.

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3. Cut a rectangle off the piece of cardboard, about 10×12 cm.

4. Place 4 sticks over the cardboard rectangle as if they where the arms and legs.

5. Use the point of the compass/circle cutter to pierce through the cardboard, using the holes previously pierced through the sticks as guides. Punch an extra hole at the top, right in the middle.

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6. Use a pencil to draw the face of your character/body of your character. Mine has a hat and some room for a bow tie.

7. When you`re sure about it, draw over it with a black pen to make it stronger.

8. Cut away the extra bits to make the shape of the hat.

9. Use your extra piece of paper to make details, like a bow tie or a flower for the hat.

10. Add some colour and stick the extras.

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11. Get 2 of the short sticks and colour the tips to make the hands.

12. Get the 2 long ones and colour one tip of each to make the feet/shoes.

13. Get one a foot (a long stick) and a short stick (not a hand) and join them with a brad.

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14. Now get 4 brads and join the arms and legs to the cardboard body by the holes you pierced earlier.

You should now have the body with moving arms and legs.

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15. Cut 5 pieces of string about 60cm. long

16. Get the 2 remaining wood sticks and pierce a hole though both ends of both sticks.

17.  Pierce an extra hole right in the middle of one of the sticks.

18. Get a piece of string and pass it through the hole at the end of one of the legs. Tie a knot behind it.

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19. Do the same for the other leg, both arms and the hole in the middle of the hat.

20. Use the same colour marker you used to colour the hands, etc. to colour the string that goes to each particular hole.

21. Tie the loose ends of each string to the sticks in the following way:

– Start by tying the strings that come out of the legs, one to each side of the same stick.

– Get the string that is tied to the top of the hat and tie it to the middle hole of the other stick. Before you tie the knot, make sure that both sticks are at the same distance form the puppet. You´ll have some spare string.

– Tie the strings that come out of the hands to the remaining holes; once again, make sure that the sting is the right length to get the stick at the right distance.

22. If the knots feel a bit “slippery” put a drop of glue on top of each so that they stay in place.

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That´s it…Mr. Flowerpond is ready to go dancing.

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