With a little practice, tossing a boomerang can be a fun and rewarding outdoor activity. In this clip, boomerang expert Victor Poulin shows us how to make a boomerang that’s safe to toss indoors thanks to its paper origami construction. If you want a handmade wooden boomerang, be sure to check out Vic’s shop.
Artist DP Truong shows off another one of their unconventional portrait techniques, this time creating an image using torn-up scraps of paper. The portrait pays tribute to the late Vietnamese actor Hoang Dung. Blowing away the scraps at the end serves as a sort of cinematic goodbye.
This lightweight, carbon-fiber airframe converts paper, foam, balsa, or cardboard planes into motor-driven aircraft. A smartphone app controls flight via Bluetooth and makes flying easy. This bundle includes the POWERUP paper airplane book, which includes templates for a number of cool airplane designs.
The pulp that goes into making paper comes from trees. But there’s a big difference between the way a paper mill churns out bleached white sheets, and the steps required to make paper from scratch. How To Make Everything walks us through the process. It took about 28 hours of labor to produce their first crude sheet.
Most paper airplanes have straight-edged wings that stick out from their center. But this peculiar paper flyer looks more like the core of a toilet paper roll than something that can get airborne. WIRED and paper airplane expert John Collins show us how to make one of these surprisingly aerodynamic paper planes.
Want to fold some awesome paper airplanes? Learn from the best. John Collins aka “The Paper Airplane Guy” got together with WIRED to show off some of his stunt flyers, and how to fold your own. Be sure to check out the second video for more detailed folding instructions.
Everything is better with butter, even this tastefully novel notepad. Chronicle Books’ Pad of Butter is a cholesterol-free kitchen staple for making grocery lists, jotting down recipes, stuffing stockings, and pranking Paula Deen (who we imagine would place it on a real butter dish). Contains 480 sheets, zero saturated fat.
We already know that stacked paper is one of the most explosive things you can put under a hydraulic press. Now, let’s find out what kind of paper makes the biggest boom, as the Hydraulic Press Channel tests paperback books, playing cards, paper pulp, and more under the pressure of their 144-ton press.
Field Notes latest Quarterly Edition is series of beautiful fall-themed memo books, each with an embossed and debossed image of a leaf on its cover. The three-pack of 48-page notebooks includes North American sugar maple, American elm, and scarlet oak designs. Annual subscribers get a special-edition fall leaf bandana.
Jonathan Robert & Gabriel Favreau’s animated music video for Quebec band Corridor takes us on a wild trip through a fantastical structure filled with elevators, staircases, cable cars, and other vertical conveyances that all lead towards an almighty computer that controls man and machine.
In this brief clip from ViralVideoLab, they show off a simple way to make a paper airplane remain airborne for a very long time. The trick requires just the right kind of plane, and a series of small fans to keep it circling in the air. You can find folding instructions for the plane here.
If you doodle or take notes outdoors, you’ll want to grab some Rite in the Rain notebooks, which are filled with a paper that won’t get damaged if it gets wet. Available in a wide variety of formats, including paper for laser printers. Works best with pencil or their special pen.
The aptly-named Brick Experiment Channel decided to see if they could make a paper shredder using only LEGO components. While the motor and gearing was pretty simple to set up at first, getting Technic gears to actually shred paper took some serious experimentation.
It’s always a good idea to have a pocket-sized notebook on hand to sketch down ideas, write measurements, or just doodle something creative. The fine folks at Everyday Carry have picked their 10 current faves, From the classic Field Notes to our go-to Word. notebooks.
Artist Rene Eisenbart demonstrates Ebru, a wonderfully-satisfying technique which uses paints floated in liquid suspension. After dropping colorful pigments into the vat, she uses a giant comb to create marbled patterns for printing. Learn more about Ebru here.
Japanese paper goods company Triad presents a wonderful series of notepads which are sliced in such a way that they reveal intricate sculptures of locations and objects as each layer is peeled away. They’re currently sold out, but it sounds like they’ve got more in the works.