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31 Dec

The only hand puppet with multiple personalities…

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Really quick and easy, this one will take you about 30 min. to make.

You´ll need:

_A glove (an old or odd one)

_Different colours of felt

_Felt tip pen


_UHU glue

How to make a handy puppet:

1. Cut a couple of felt circles, a bigger one, about 2cm in diameter in white, and a smaller one in black.

2. Stick the black circle on the white one to make an eye.

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3. Put the glove on. Put your 4 fingers and thumb together as if to make a mouth and stick the eye on the side of your index knuckle.

4. Cut a little drop like shape on red felt and stick it in the middle of your hand to resemble the puppet´s uvula.

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Personality one done:

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5. Cut more eyes in different colours and shapes and stick them on the other fingers of the glove. Leave the thumb clear.

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6. Now arrange your hand in any position you like to see a different personality of Glover appear.

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That´s it!… Take good care of Glover and all his personalities.


24_Mix ‘n match pals

23 Jun

A leg from over here, an arm from over there, the head of another pal, a random body, and there you go.. mix ‘n match all the pieces to make new pals every time.

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This is an easy one; there´s a lot of cutting involved so it´ll take you a couple hours

You’ll need:

_To download and print these files:




_3 x A4 pieces of card, about 1mm thick (remember to recycle when posible).

_Some wrapping paper left overs (the pieces should be large enough to cover  A4  cards).  You could also use decorative paper, like the one for scrap booking.

_Circle cutter, cutter and cutting mat (or a surface to cut on)


_Glue stick or spray mount (the latter will make your life a bit easier)

How to make your Mix n’ match pals:

1. Print the files above. If your printer takes it, you can print straight on the card. Otherwise, print on regular paper and stick the prints on one side of the card. (I like the card to be visible in the end, so I use just enough glue/spray mount to make the prints stay while I cut and then easily remove them when I’m done)

2. Cut 3 pieces of wrapping paper about the size of an A4 card. If you have different colours of paper, cut one piece of each.

3. Stick one piece of wrapping paper on the back of each card.

4. Use your ruler and cutter to trim any bits of the wrapping paper that may have exceeded the card.

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5. Cut all the shapes. If you have a circle cutter you can use it to cut the circles. The center of each circle is marked with a tiny purple “x”.

6. Peel the prints off the card.

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7. Join the different pieces by the slits and that’s it! That’s the way to mix and match

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© 2011 Fernanda de Uriarte

© 2011 Fernanda de Uriarte

© 2011 Fernanda de Uriarte

© 2011 Fernanda de Uriarte


PS. sorry for the delay but you know what they say, it’s better late than never.


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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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!

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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!

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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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