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Want to learn how to make glue at home? It is not hard, and the process is super interesting to watch. Follow this tutorial with step by step instructions and you will soon have your very own homemade glue. I especially like to use this paste for large projects when I do not want to buy a ton of glue. Much cheaper and cool idea.
Here is the DIY Glue Recipe
If you’ve got a big paper pasting project going on (large group collage project, science fair display poster, etc) it is much easier and cheaper to cook this up rather than use white glue or rubber cement.
1/3 cup wheat flour
2 tbsp sugar
1 cup water
1/2 tsp alum powder (optional preservative — not necessary if the glue is for immediate use)
Mix flour and sugar. Gradually add water while stirring vigorously to prevent lumps.
Cook over low heat, stirring constantly, till the paste is clear. Remove from heat and stir in the optional alum.
Spread over paper or cardboard with a paintbrush. Press and smooth paper to be glued before the paste dries.
Store in a covered glass jar. This will keep for several weeks without refrigeration.
Want to know how to make these super cool looking duct tape flowers? Follow these easy step by step instructions for this super cool duct tape project. Super summer crafts for teens. Use and color of duct tape you want for these duct tape flowers.
How To Make Duct Tape Flowers
You will need pencils as well. I found some green pencils with green erasers, but I had some other pencils around as well, so I added them to the mix.
Now you can begin making your flower petals.
You may want to use scissors, but one of the joys of duct tape is that you can easily rip the duct tape to the size you need. Each piece should be a little longer than it is wide. So, rip (or cut) the tape into 2 inch(ish) pieces.
With the sticky side face up, fold one edge over itself, leaving a small strip of the sticky tape on the side as well as the bottom.
Fold the other side over so that you have made a pentagon. Now the only sticky part should be at the bottom.
Looking for DIY Teen Bedroom Project Ideas? Check out this cool way to update using glass beads as tiles. We found ours at the dollar store. What and easy and fun idea. Follow these easy step-by-step instructions to learn how to make a cool table for a teenagers bedroom.
Project List & Cost Estimates:
Two side tables, on hand
5 cans of spray paint, about $20
Sand paper/sanding block, on hand
Blue latex paint, on hand
11-12 bags of small glass gems, $12
Clear, water-based polyurethane, on hand
Craft glue, on hand
Pourable 32 oz. resin kit, about $17 (I used a 40% coupon at the craft store)
Total project cost for two tables: about $39 and up
Step 1: First, I prepped the tables for paint.
I wiped each table clean with a damp cloth and then I lightly sanded the surfaces with a fine grit sanding block. I used another clean cloth to remove the dust after sanding.
Prop up each leg of each table using a tack nail. This keeps the leg high so it will not stick to the surface below when painted.
I could not believe it when I found out this lamp was made from cupcake liners. Paper art just amazes me! This light fixture is just dreamy and definite is a good DIY home decor project for people on a budget. I want to try this fun idea in my bedroom – it is so cheap that if I get tired of it, I don’t have to be worried about the cost. The Ikea hack lamp is pretty easy to make with just a Regolit lamp base and then tons of white cupcake liners.
Learn how to make a Double Band Fishtail Bracelet with your Rainbow Loom. It’s super easy! This cool video tutorial from Loom Love shows you exactly how to make a fishtail bracelet. Follow the step by step instructions in the video…
Now, for making the waffles, you’ll just need to get creative with supplies. I used 4 Eggo waffles, bacon, peanut butter, cream cheese, craisins, bananas, chocolate hazelnut spread, blackberries, half a mini marshmallow, a carrot piece, and candy eyes. You can certainly swap items out depending on how healthy you want it to be, what you have on hand, and when you’re serving it. Blueberries, chocolate chips, a candy orange wedge segment, black licorice, fruit leather, pretzels, etc. are all swaps that would work well for some of the items.For Sven, I carved a section out of one waffle for his basic head shape and then used a small circle cutter in a second waffle to get his “muzzle”. You can see he’s covered in peanut butter. The nose & mouth are craisins, with the candy eyes and bacon antlers.
This is a favorite craft I used to make when I was little but it is equally cool to make now, and the results are much nicer. You get to weave a plaid pattern with pipe cleaners, and then use the pipe cleaner fabric to decorate tin cans. You can really decorate other things with this awesome craft, too.
Start by cutting the bottom of the water bottle off. Next slide the sock over the bottom of the bottle. We used colorful duct tape to secure our sock, but you could use a rubber band as well. I love how quick and easy it was to make. My kids love making things from our recycling. Last summer they made their own sprinkler using some of the same materials and it is still the sprinkler of choice.
Pour some dish soap into a shallow container with a little bit of water and gently mix. Dip the sock covered bubble blower into the solution and gently blow.
We decided to add some color to the bubble snakes with food coloring. The kids dropped the food coloring onto the sock covered end.
Want to make a cool starburst rainbow loom bracelet? Check out this tutorial from Instructables that shows you exactly how to make one with easy to follow step-by-step instructions. Cool DIY project idea for teenagers. I think I have seen more cool color combinations of this rainbow loom bracelet than any other around. Get creative with your bands on this one and your DIY bracelet is sure to be awesome!
How To Make A Starburst Rainbow Loom Bracelet
Supplies You Will Need:
Rainbow Loom bands in three colors of your choice
A Rainbow Loom
For this starburst bracelet, yellow bands will be used as the starburst, navy blue bands will make the border, and clear bands will be for the alternations where the cap bands and other details. You will need your rainbow loom and your hook. I recommend you organize your bands in front of you like this so your project is easy to work with.
I’ve seen lots of plastic spoon lamps before, but this one is really amazing. It looks just like a pineapple- sweet DIY project idea! Super idea for inexpensive home decor – perfect for teens and kids rooms or even office decor. Fun weekend craft project, too.
Love geometry? Hate it and wonder why your teacher and your parents make you do it?
Either way, this is a pretty cool project. Those nets you study in geometry, the ones that make complex shapes, can actually be put to use! Make candles the shape of geometric nets with the easy and super cool tutorial.
This is a really cool instructable that shows you how to make a battery from pennies.
It really works!
Here’s How to Make a Penny Battery:
Okay, so I’ve looked around for an idea for an instructable. And I found one that I want to do my own rendition of, the penny battery. So this idea is not completely original, I’m not claiming it as mine. I’m just using the materials and methods that I think will be the most effective. My hope is to power and LED light or a small fan if possible. But if I make the led die, then I have sufficiently surpassed my expectations. Let’s get started.
Step 1: Materials
These are all the things you will need. I will include my list as well as some substitutes that I’ve seen.
Paper towels (I used shop towels, but I’ve seen everything from cardboard to cloth)
Lemon juice (salt or vinegar works too)
Tutorial & Instructions
Step 2: Sand pennies
Take the sand paper and sand one side of each penny down til the copper is off that side and the zinc core is showing. Best method is to use your finger to move the penny on the sandpaper as far as I know. (Technically defacing currency is a federal offense or something like that, but I’m sure you won’t get arrested over 6 cents. Besides, it’s recycling so shut up.)
Step 3: Make lemon juice solution
So, from what I can tell others have used salt water, vinegar water, well I’m gunna use lemon water. Lemons are more acidic than vinegar so I’m hoping it’ll work better. Feel free to correct me if I’m wrong. But I will use 3/4 lemon juice, and maybe put some salt in for good measure.
Love Tom’s but don’t want to pay the high price? How about not being to find a cool enough pattern? Learn how to make duct tape Toms with this cool step by step video tutorial. Easy to follow instructions show you exactly how to make homemade waterproof(!) Toms.
Check out this awesome Youtube video to learn how…