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How To: Make flubber at home

Why pay for slime when you can easily make it in your own kitchen? It stretches, bounces, molds, breaks, and gives kids hours of fun. This instructional video demonstrates just how easy it is to make flubber at home. Just follow the illustrated directions and you'll be having slime-related fun in no time.

How To: Build a big ass lava lamp

To create a massive lava lamp, you're going to need vegetable oil, Alka Seltzer, food coloring, and a water jug (a massive jug, like the ones you see in offices). Fill about one fourth up with water, and use vegetable oil to fill the rest. After filled, use an entire bottle of food coloring. After the food coloring floats to the bottom of the oil, take the jug to a safe area with some kind of light shining through the jug. Finally one by one drop the Alka Seltzer (about 34-36) into the water,...

How To: Make flubber in your home kitchen

Whenever you are bored this simple recipe can be used to create a quick and fun science experiment that all ages enjoy! The ingredients you need are a box of borax or cornstarch, a couple glasses of hot water, and glue. Also bowls and food coloring for mixing and added color. The first step is to take one cup of hot water and pour it into a bowl. After you pour the water into the bowl you must add two tablespoons of Borax. Then stir these ingredients until they dissolve. Next add in another c...

How To: Make a helicopter powered by rubber bands

This is a great little rainy day project you can make for almost no money, or a fun party trick you can use at the next office Christmas party! You will need two disposable drinking cups (stiff plastic or paper will work best), a fairly thick straw, a sturdy paper clip, a thick rubber band, a cocktail stick, a bead and a plastic ring you can get from the neck of a soda bottle. Assemble as shown, and then let it go!

News: 2009's Wackiest Inventions

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.

How To: Make a toy parachute

In this video tutorial, viewers learn how to make a toy parachute. The materials required are: lightweight fabric, ruler, scissors, string, 4 hole button and a toy army man. Begin by measuring a 10x10 inch square on the fabric and cut it out. Fold over each of the 4 corners and cue a small hole. Measure and cut 2 lengths of 36 inch string. Take the string and tie it to one end of the hole on the fabric. Run the other end through the button hole and tie it to the diagonally opposite hole on th...

How To: Make a replica FG-42 machine gun for Lego figures

The FG-42 machine gun is one of the many brilliantly-designed weapons the Nazi war machine produced during its misguided attempt to take over the world. If you want to make a WWII battles set out of Legos, having some tiny versions of these guns will make your Nazi pieces much more historically accurate and intimidating. This video features detailed instructions for modifying one of the Lego Storm Trooper guns as common as raindrops to look like a FG-42 using only some common hobby tools.

How To: Create a custom checkered gun stock

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.

How To: Do The "Jonas Snap"

It may a couple of painful tries, but this instructional video can teach you how to perform the infamous, "Jonas Snap." If you are a dedicated fan of the Jonas Brothers, the pain will be worth the effort. Let them know how much you care.

How To: Build stones & cinder blocks for a diorama

Build stones & cinder blocks for a diorama. Papa Tom teaches viewers how to make a building look like it is made of stone or cinder blocks using the Building and Structure Kit from Scene-A-Rama. This is super easy and tons of fun for all ages. It's great for school or class projects. Use a ruler, a fine point marker, a hobby knife, and a paint brush.

HowTo: Make a Jenga Pistol

Not only will this wood-block pistol make you the terror of your next family activity night, it'll actually improve your Jenga game! Through science! For, you see, the faster you can knock a block out of a Jenga tower, the shorter the amount of time over which it can exert a frictional force on its neighbors. Which means the whole kit-and-caboodle is much less likely to come tumbling down. Want one? You'll have to build it yourself. Which is fitting because the word "jenga" actually means som...

How To: Make Optimus Prime out of Legos

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.

How To: Make sparks with steel wool, wire, and a battery

Learn how to make sparks with steel wool wire and a battery in simple steps. You will need thin steel wool, string wire, a battery with two terminals on top and scissors . First measure a meter of string wire and cut it out using the scissors. Now wrap the string wire around the steel wool exactly in the middle. Rub the battery terminals on the wool to check whether it sparks. Now get outside in a safe place and ignite the steel wool by rubbing the battery. Spin the steel wool by holding the ...

How To: Build a bolt action gun out of Legos

Most Lego guns use a simple rubber band action, which don't resemble the action on any real weapons other than a crossbow maybe. This video tutorial on making a gun out of Legos stands out from the pack because it features a bolt action, the same type used on rifles since the Civil War. This gives this lego weapon a more professional flair.

How To: Shape trucks for fingerboards

Fingerboards are popular miniature skateboards available all over the globe. The parts are pre-made by various manufacturers, but you can modify the parts yourself. In this video, you'll learn how to shape fingerboard trucks using basic tools.

How To: Make a lego lightsaber

In this how-to video, you will learn how to design and create four of your own Lego light sabers. All you need is six different pieces as seen in the video for the first design. Now connect them vertically, one at a time. All you need is six different pieces as seen in the video for the second design. Now connect them vertically, one at a time. All you need is seven different pieces as seen in the video for the third design. Now connect them vertically, one at a time. For the last design, you...

How To: Make a diorama

Dioramas are a fun way to illustrate all kinds of scenes, whether from nature, history, sports or entertainment. The possibilities are endless. Learn how to make a diorama in this free crafts video series.

How To: Make fingerboard wheels using a mini lathe

This video will show you how to create wheels for a fingerboard using a lathe. First, you should take a plastic tube and insert it into your lathe, using various drill pieces to cut down the plastic tube to the correct size. After this has been done, a drill which is attached to the lathe and adjusted to go straight through the tube can be made to create a hole through the center of the tube. You can then insert a small piece of metal into the tube in order to create the holder which will att...

How To: Build a mini fridge

In order to build your own mini fridge, you will need the following supplies: a heatsink, a cardboard box, a petier unit, popsicle sticks, standoffs, an AC adapter, scissors, and on/off switch.

How To: Blow a bubble with bubble gum

Blowing bubbles isn't just a way to waste time at the bus stop… It's an art form! In this tutorial, you'll learn how to blow bubbles that will dazzle your friends. There are also various examples of people blowing bubbles, to show you how it's done.

How To: Blow bubble rings underwater

Anyone can blow bubbles with that soap formula and a bubble wand, but what about blowing bubbles rings underwater. It surprisingly, isn't too much different from blowing regular bubbles underwater. You'll need to be able to hold your breath for a long time and to be able to stay under the water's surface (the deeper you can go, the longer the bubble ring will last). Watch this video bubble-blowing tutorial and learn how to blow bubble rings underwater.

How To: Cut a cigar the best way

Many people ruin a good cigar by a badly placed cut. YouTube user Cigaraficionadovideo is here to help. First in order to understand the cutting mistakes you must first know how a cigar is put together. A hand made cigar is held together a the tip by, what is called, a cap. When cutting this cap you want to do it above the shoulder. Be carful here because a bad cut a little lower could result in the wrapper falling it apart can lead to a mouth full of tobacco which will pretty much ruin your ...

How To: Make an index card fingerboard

Fingerboards are miniature skateboards that have become popular collectibles. They first hit stores in the 1970s, and today there are fingerboarding contests, fairs and workshops all over the world. You can buy fingerboards, or you can get creative and make them yourself. In the following video, you'll learn how to make fingerboards using simple index cards.

How To: Make a Lego Arc Trooper pilot from Star Wars

If you are the type of Lego enthusiast who like to construct full-scale models of famous battles and scenes out of your blocks and minifigures, then accuracy is probably important to you. If making a Star Wars: The Clone Wars scene, the Arc Trooper pilot is an important element of most of them. This video features detailed instructions for making a custom Arc Trooper pilot minifigure out of basic hobby tools. Stick him in a plane and he'll be ready to fly Republic forces into battle.

How To: Make a sniper rifle for a Lego minifigure

Making realistic weapons for your Lego minifigures to hold is one of the most important parts of constructing a realistic-looking battleground scene out of Legos. This video features detailed instructions on how to build a Mach 11 sniper rifle out of Lego blocks that is small enough for a minifigure to hold. Your Legos figures have never been as well-armed as they will be if you give them one of these.

How To: Make a fingerboard wooden bench

If you're into fingerboarding, then you're going to want to watch this video tutorial to see how to improve your fingerboard skills. Watch to learn how to make a fingerboard wooden bench. With just a few materials, your finger-skateboard will be riding the benches in no time.