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How To: Make a flying helicopter out of office supplies

Bored in your cubicle all day? It's time for helicopter wars! This video shows you how to make a fun and simple helicopter out of some basic office supplies. The materials you will need are: a big paper clip, a smaller paper clip, a large aluminum can (such as from Rockstar or Monster energy drinks), a ruler, Scotch tape, a rubber band, a pair of pliers (if you have a Leatherman multitool, those will work just fine), a pen you can take apart for the long tube, a pair of scissors, and some pla...

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!

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: Recycle a plastic bottle to make a toy bottlebocket

In this tutorial, we learn how to recycle a plastic bottle to make a toy bottle rocket. First, take a large plastic bottle and a sharp knife, then cut it in half. After this, take the side with the cap on it and then paint on the inside of the bottle. You can paint whatever you want on the inside, feel free to use different colors and get as creative as you want! From here, take some bottle caps and poke holes in the center of them. Then, string these together by pushing a string in the middl...

How To: Do an orbit at an orbit light show

In this video, we learn how to do an orbit at an orbit light show. The light should spin clockwise in one and and counter clockwise in the other. You must pay close attention to keep these spinning back and for. Start out by winding the lights up and mastering this so you can produce different shapes. After you learn the wind up, learn how to make the stars with it by winding it up one direction and let the orbit in the middle unwind itself in the opposite way. Once you're comfortable, you wi...

How To: Make a gooey quicksand-like non-Newtonian fluid with cornstarch

Oobleck, a word coined from the Dr. Seuss book "Bartholomew and the Oobleck," has contemporarily come to define the substance created from mixing cornstarch and water. This mixture is notable for its dilatant properties, and as an inexpensive and non-toxic Newtonian fluid. While seemingly liquid, under pressure, the substance reacts as a solid. Gentle treatment, however, will allow the material to remain in its fluid state. More simply put, this sh*t is crazy.

How To: Make a bouncy lightbulb covered in rubber bands

Wouldn't the rubber bands eventually provide enough pressure on the light bulb to make it shatter? You would think so, but after watching this video by Nextraker, you'll see that gently wrapping an ordinary lightbulb rubber band after rubber band, until completely covered (and then some), does not break the bulb. Even when you throw it on the ground. It's just like a bouncy ball. Now… try this with an egg. Dare you.

How To: Make a dreamcatcher

In this tutorial, we learn how to make a dream catcher. You will need: 1 metal ring, leather, sinew, decorations, scissors, and a clothes pin. First, wrap the leather tightly around the ring. Clip the clothes pin on the top so you don't have to hold it as you go around the circle. After this, remove the clothes pin and cut the leather off. Then, tie it at the bottom with a double knot. Next, measure the sinew to 3 yards, then pull it apart. You will be left with very thin strings. use a folde...

How To: Build a small catapult from a kit

If you recently purchased a Midwest catapult kit and need help putting it together, this next video is for you. In it, you'll get the step-by-step instruction for constructing your catapult. It's not very difficult to follow and makes life easier when putting this together. And if you don't own this product, you can always watch the video and build one yourself. Good luck and enjoy!

How To: Mix Oobleck

In this tutorial, we learn how to mix Oobleck. First, place some cornstarch into a large plastic bowl, then add in some water. After this, mix the ingredients together with a straw until you have a paste that forms from both of them. Don't add too much water, you want this to be more thick than creamy. Now that you have made this, add in food coloring of your choice to make this more fun, just make sure you don't get it on your clothing. After you have mixed the food coloring in with it, you ...

How To: Make homemade "Floam"

In this video, you'll learn how to make your very own floam. Floam is a fun little toy, kind of in between slime and silly putty, and you can make this with just a few household items. Just search in your garage, and with a few ingredients, you'll be making magic in no time at all!

How To: Make a secret deodorant stash safe

In this video tutorial, viewers learn how to make a secret deodorant safe. Begin by removing the cap of the deodorant, and cut off the top part of the deodorant can, using a pair of pliers. Now simply place in your item and place on the cap to disguise your safe. Place some tissue paper inside to prevent and rattling and provide protection. To place in a small container, buildup some tissue paper by gluing it inside the can. Then place in the small container and place on the deodorant cap. Th...

How To: Make Paper Yoshi out of Lego blocks

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!

How To: Make an Ozymandias from Watchmen Lego minifigure

Ozymandias, the smartest man in the world, is certainly one of the most intriguing of the many intriguing characters from the comic The Watchmen. This video features detailed instructions for making a custom Ozymandias Lego minifigure. Combine with the other Watchmen hero minifigures and act out whatever scenes from the comics your like!

How To: Make a Nite Owl from Watchmen custom Lego minifigure

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!

How To: Make a Michael Jackson Lego minifigure

Do you still think that Michael Jackson is the King of Pop, even in light of the many controversies that surround the end of his life and his untimely death? Do you also love Legos? The show your love for both. This video will teach you how to make a custom Lego minifigure that resembles Michael (Michael from the "Beat It" music video to be exact) using only paint and some hobby tools. Memorialize the King of Pop in a special using the instructions from this video.

How To: Make Luigi from Mario out of Legos

Luigi is the comic relief / punching bag character in the most popular series of video games of all time, Mario. There are many different models of Luigi that you can make or acquire made from plush and die-cast. This video will teach you how to make a two-dimensional (at least by Lego standards) model of Luigi out of Lego blocks. The video uses a computer program, but you can use real blocks obviously should you so choose. Would make a great wall hanging!

How To: Make a custom Lego Jango Fett minifigure

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!

How To: Make custom Lego weapons for Clone Trooper minifigures

The Clone Army, one of the most dangerous forces ever to threaten the Galactic Republic in the Star Wars series, carried many different types of weapons in to battle. This video will teach you how to make replicas of a number of these weapons yourself out of Legos, at a scale that makes them usable for your Lego minifigures. None of them are very complicated to make, so watch this video and get to work on your Lego gunsmithing!

How To: Make a Lego custom Cip Quad Blaster from Star Wars

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.

How To: Make minifigures of Star Wars Arc Troopers

If you are trying to make an accurate representation of a Star Wars battle out of Legos, completeness is crucial. Just because you've made a hundred Arc Trooopers doesn't mean you are done, you've got to make each one appropriate to their job on the battlefield! This video features instructions on how to make Arc Trooper gunner and heavy gunner custom minifigures. Pop them into their appropriate gun emplacements on your Lego battlefield and impress your friends with the accuracy of your repli...

How To: Make a Clone Sargent Denal custom Lego minifigure

Sargent Denal is one of the most decorated members of the Clone Army, and thus an important player in the Clone Wars saga of the Star Wars series. This video features detailed instructions for making a custom Lego minifigure of the Sargent for use in any Clone Wars scenes you may be concocting for your Lego army. Or you could just make a scene of Denal buying milk at the shops. Either would be cool.

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 Clone Troopers Jek and Rhys Lego minifigures

Jek and Rhys are two of the named Arc Trooper characters from the Star Wars: The Clone Wars animated series. Have you ever wanted to have your own pocket-sized likenesses of these two bit characters from the show? Now you can. This video is a demonstration of building Lego minifigures of Jek and Rhys. Follow these instructions, and you can use these two characters in any Lego Star Wars scene you want!

How To: Make a Captain Fordo from Star Wars Lego minifigure

No Star Wars Lego battlefield depicting the events of the popular animated series Star Wars: The Clone Wars, is complete without Clone Trooper Captain Fordo. This video will help you to remedy any Fordo deficiencies in your battleground scene by teaching you how to construct a minifigure of Captain Fordo. There, now your Arc Trooper army is complete.

How To: Make a sniper rifle for a Lego minifigure

Has your Lego arsenal grown stagnant relying on the supply of weapons offered it by the Lego corporation? Take matters into your own hands. This video features detailed instructions for building a sniper rifle out of Lego blocks that one of your Lego minifigures can hold. This will make this piece a deadly force on the Lego battlefield.

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.