Check out this nice rubber-band-through-thumb trick.
Defy logic and gravity with this quick magic-science illusion. All you need is lighter fluid, a bowl and some bubble solution. The butane gas from the lighter sinks to the bottom of the bowl, below the oxygen. The bubbles then float in the oxygen atop the heavy butane creating a magical hover effect!
This is a simple way to achieve one of the loudest whistles ever! Anyone can learn and it only requires a Sharpie permanent marker cap. WARNING: turn your speakers down because it could be very loud. Try it yourself, and you will find that the whistle is actually much louder in person than on video!
The katana (also known as the samurai sword) originated in Japan's Muromachi period (1392–1573). These curved blades are known worldwide for their elegance and craftsmanship. But if you can't afford your own antique model you can create your own reproduction using junk you've probably already got in your garage.
It stretches, it squishes... it's silly putty! You can make your own toy putty at home, using a simple recipe of school glue (don't get the washable variety), borax, water and food dye to add a bit of color. Mix and then let it dry out a bit. Silly putty!
In this how to video, you will learn how to use the Nerf Gun Long Shot. First, you will need to know about the magazine. These can hold 8 shots and are spring loaded. Do not load 8 shots, as it will jam. Instead, load 6 shots to prevent this. The shots can be used in other guns, but the Long Shot magazine can only use this shots. The holes in the shots make a whistling sound. If you get shot, you will feel it regardless of distance. The gun has a trigger, a mount, a quick grab design, a hidde...
By following this tutorial, you can learn how to easily make a train whistle sound using only your hands. By simply folding your hands and adjusting for the air flow as you blow on your thumb knuckles, you can replicate the sound of a train whistle. This is a very easy trick to learn so with just a little practice, you can use the train whistle to play with your kids, call them to dinner, etc. A great trick for somebody who has difficulty with conventional whistling.
As 2009 comes to a close, the Telegraph presents a compilation of this past year's wackiest inventions. As always, here at WonderHowTo, we are inspired and impressed by ingenuity. The contraptions below range from utter silliness (engagement ring bra) to downright amazing (see-through concrete). Check it out.
Noah Scalin—proprietor of the web famous Skull-A-Day project—has teamed up with LEGO engineer/artist Clay Morrow to provide instructions for Scalin's LEGO skull first posted back in '08. Rendered with LDView, Morrow dissected the original piece and put together full instructions (including a parts list) now available as a free downloadable PDF.
In this video, they will show you how to make your own homemade stress ball. They show you all the materials that are needed and all the steps that you have to take. You first need a balloon and a to attach it to a funnel. You then fill the funnel with flour and push the flour through the funnel with a pencil. You would then tie the balloon and personalize the stress ball by making it a face. This is how they show you have to make your own stress ball at home.
The reciprocating quad blaster, or cip quad, is one of the most powerful parts of the Clone Army's arsenal in the Star Wars: The Clone Wars series. This video will teach you how to make your own tiny replica of this terrifying weapon out of Legos, on a scale where it can be used by a Lego minifigure (preferably an ARC trooper heavy gunner. Arm your Legos properly after watching this video.
Thanks to How To Make Anything, you can learn how to make and do just about anything! In this video, learn how to make a rubber band gun! Rubber bands can do all kinds of things, especially inflict a little pain on a friend! Here are a few techniques to launch your elastic projectile.
Just put a bottle upside down in a net and cap it off with a hook.
Learn how to do Frontside NoseBlut, a Frontside Tailslide Kickflip Out into a transition, and a Frontside Bluntslide Kickflip Out on a Tech Deck miniature toy skateboard.
Papa Tom teaches viewers how to build a cliff dwelling that you can place right on a cliff diorama for a neat replication of early Native American life.
Optimus Prime is one of the most famous and highly respected of all cartoon robots. Express your admiration and demonstrate you skill with Legos by using the instructions in this four-part video series to build a model of the leader of the Transformers. It is very elaborate, and requires many pieces, but the end result is very cool, and should justify not being taken apart for other Lego projects for a long time.
This project shows you how to make a great working volcano using posterboard rather than paper-mache or plaster. It's easier, faster, and perfect for younger children. The volcano takes a half hour and is ready to be decorated, painted, and then erupted!
A laser vortex is a basically a tool and allows you to make a circle of red laser light quickly and easily for creating lightshows, especially useful when combined with a fog machine. This video will teach you how to make one for cheap out of parts your can find at any hardware store.
Learn how to make a ship in the bulb (aka a ship in a bottle). This cool diy hack demonstrates how to recycle an old lightbulb into a "ship in a bottle". Like the traditional ship in the bottle, the ship is first assembled outside of the bottle, then placed inside. Follow this fun how to hack video to learn how to make your own.
There are a lot of ways to make a gun out of Legos. Some have triggers, some don't. Some fire blocks, some rubber bands, but almost all use rubber band in the firing mechanism. This video is a demonstration of building one such gun. This one uses a rubber band to launch Lego blocks. It is relatively simple and very effective.
Want to add a personalized touch to your favorite gun? Looking for some ways to dress up the stock on a new rifle? Checkering a gun stock is a way to add a little unique twist to your favorite rifle or gun. It is not an exceptionally hard technique to master, and you only need a few basic tools to do it. This tutorial from Midway USA shows you how to create a custom checkered gunstock for any wooden stock.
This video teaches the secret of making a cool perpetual spinner with a few little things and science. You will need: white paper, scissors, pen, pencil with eraser on its back, bell pin and a suitable cap. Draw a spiral shape on a plain sheet of white paper using a pen. Now cut out the drawn spiral with a scissor carefully. Punch the bell pin on the tail of a pencil. Stick a small cap (which suits the center of the spiral) to the center of the spiral as shown. Now stick the pencil on a table...
Lava lamps are as easy to make as they are fun to look at. Watch this video to learn how to make your own lava lamp at home.
Papa Tom shows viewers how to build a cut-away volcano diorama using a Scene-A-Rama Mountain Diorama kit. Use masking tape, yesterday's newspaper, and scissors.
Sometimes the simplest things yield the most fun results. This clever trick creates long, condom-esque plastic bubbles.
This video explains how to set up an Aqua Sand gift box. The first step is to place the mold into the tank, and then fill with water. With a half-full bottle of Aqua Sand, by placing the nozzle face-down to the bottom of the tank and lifting upwards, you are able to create colorful towers. You can create multi-colored towers by starting with a wide base, then changing colors as many times as you wish while you move upwards. Users can also fill the mold with various colors of Aqua Sand, add de...
Learn how to make anti-gravity bubbles. Empty lighter fluid into a bowl and then blow bubbles. Watch this video tutorial and start having some bubble fun of your own.
Yoshi has evolved from a simple Mario sidekick into one of the most beloved figures in all of gaming. This video will teach you how to translate your love of this perpetually-famished dinosaur into another medium: Legos. Learn how to make a model of Paper Yoshi, from the Paper Mario series, out of Lego blocks by watching this video. The artist here uses a computer program for his demonstration, but you can use real blocks obviously if you have enough of them!
Jango Fett and his father Boba from Star Wars are arguably the two most famous bounty hunters in all of modern Western art. This video will teach your how to make a custom Lego minifigure of Jango, using only simple hobby tools and patience. This is one of the more difficult Lego minifigures on the site, but then again, he's also one of the coolest, so try it out!
Papa Tom teaches viewers how to build the perfect pyramid for any school project. This is super easy and fun too. It looks great on any desert diorama.
Did you play Cat's Cradle as a kid? Well, there's more to string figure art than just Cat's Cradle or Jacob's Ladder. This string art video demonstrates how to make a parachute / tent. Song: Miles Davis - So What.
This is a bare bones science experiment using only items that would be sitting around the average household. Set up, research, and clean up of this volcano experiment will take under five minutes. Watch this video tutorial and learn how to make a model volcano. All you need is a bottle, water, shampoo, vingegar, baking soda, and paprika.
Check out this video to learn how to make a tea towel chicken. First, roll your tea towel into the center and eventually--voila, you have a chicken!
Build a tepee diorama. Watch Papa Tom build a Native American Indian tepee using the Scene-A-Rama Building and Structures Kit. He'll then show you how to place it on a realistic wooden diorama.
Check out this video to learn how to make a tinfoil hat. This is a beginner's guide to conspiracy theorist haberdashery.
In this tutorial, we learn how to make 3D glasses at home. First, take cardboard and cut two square holes in it. Then, take clear packing take and tape it over the holes. Once you've done this color the front of the tape with a red marker on one of the sides. On the other side, take a blue marker and color it in. That's all you need to do to watch 3D movies and television shows in the comfort of your own home. These are extremely inexpensive and can be made within just a couple of minutes. It...
The Nite Owl is the everyman of The Watchmen, and is many people's favorite character because of it. This video for all the Nite Owl fans out there who also love Legos will teach you how to make a custom Lego minifigure of Nite Owl using only basic hobby tools and paint. Make the other heros too and act out all of your favorite scene from the comics!
Wargame Terrain gives this little video series on dry brushing techniques for wargaming. In the first video, see how to dry brush your wargame scenery and tabletop terrain using dry brushing techniques that make your piece look very real. The second video continues the dry brushing technique for war game terrain and scenery pieces, while the third and final video finishes the process off. Your gameplay will never be the same with these realistic creations, just use these tips for epic battles...
Make your own playdough for your claymation movies. To make playdough, you need two hundred grams of plain flower. Next, you need one hundred grams of salt--any less, and you might not be able to do your claymation project.
Learn to do a Backside Lip Bigspin Out on a Tech Deck miniature toy skateboard.