Washi tape is a paper tape that’s ideal for wrapping gifts and embellishing journals or notes. Cognitive Surplus makes a fun series of washi tapes in patterns inspired by biology, botany, astronomy, chemistry, math, engineering, and more. Our favorites include the microbiology, Mars rovers, heartbeat, and skeleton designs.
Devon of MechanicalFiend is an expert at making detailed models and dioramas. She builds them from paperboard, cardstock, foam board, and popsicle sticks. To get us in the mood for her amazing miniature of Jack Skellington’s house from The Nightmare Before Christmas, she kicks things off with a little musical number.
Minimaus Crafts is an expert at making sculptures from soda cans. Watch as he takes 15 cans, some popsicle sticks, straws, and a few other household items to make a miniature replica of the Batmobile from Tim Burton’s 1989 Batman. His soda can Back to the Future DeLorean is pretty impressive too.
We’ve heard of stoneware mugs, but those are actually a kind of ceramics. Ben from Natural Stones worked a solid piece of igneous rock into a vessel for sipping coffee. The process involved cutting the stone repeatedly to form a cylinder, drilling out its center, sanding, and polishing it. He also made the handle from stone.
We’re not too sure how we feel about a fuzzy keyboard, but this is the Internet, so somebody out there needs to try every idea at least once. Makers Evan and Katelyn took an ordinary computer keyboard and gave it a tactile feel with the same kind of velvet flocking they put in jewelry boxes. Last-minute Valentine’s gift, anyone?
We have fond childhood memories of playing one of those tabletop hockey games and trying to smash the puck into our friend’s goal. Maker Sean Yan Muk of SeansCrafts decided to build himself a version of the classic game using cardboard, curtain rods, popsicle sticks, springs, and toy soldiers.
Halloween may be over, but we’re still discovering some of the many awesome costumes that people wore for the holiday. Among the best ones we’ve seen is from Genevra Collier (aka tragopandemonium) who created an incredible outfit that turned her into a human lava lamp. See how she made it on YouTube.
UK-based Sphere Designs makes this useful workstation for assembling and painting models and miniatures. It comes with a removable A4-size cutting mat and ceramic tile insert, brush holders, and with a rack customized to fit your preferred brand of paints. They also make standalone paint racks and brush racks.
Typically associated with ninjas, the Kunai could be quite the deadly weapon in the right hands. While the original Japanese tools were made from iron, Unexpected shows us how to make a compelling replica using popsicle sticks, Elmer’s glue, masking tape, and spray paint.
Xyron’s unique machine turns any piece of paper up to 2.5″ wide into a sticker. Cut a design, load it in, and turn the knob, and it’ll apply an edge-to-edge adhesive and a backing sheet. Refills are available with permanent or repositionable adhesive. Their pricier Creative Station can also do lamination or add magnetic backs.
The Japanese craft of Kumiko requires the cutting and assembly of thousands of tiny, carefully cut sticks of wood, each individually placed to form intricate lattice panels. This video from Japan’s Shiroishi Woodworks gives us an idea of the level of effort that goes into each piece, as woodworker Tatsuo Kurozu plies his craft.
TheCrafsMan SteadyCraftin has the best voice of any artist since Bob Ross, so that just makes his video of how to build a robot sculpture from found objects that much more charming. He also provides useful advice on soldering nearby joints without ruining adjacent ones.
Jackman Works walks us through the complex process of making wooden coasters with a cool diamond pattern. He starts out with sticks of old pallet wood, stacks and laminates them with glue, cuts them on the diagonal, then slices, CNC carves circles, and finishes each one.
We don’t usually play with dolls (just Funko figures), but we couldn’t resist sharing this video that showcases the craftsmanship that goes into handmaking these classic Japanese figurines. The part where artist Yasuo Okazaki applies the paint rings is just so satisfying.