Recycled Book Art

book artIf you’re wondering what to do with some of your old (or just plain boring) books, there are lots of ways to recycle them into something else.  One way is by turning your book into a work of art. By cutting, folding and gluing pages, you can create a book mobile (not to be confused with a bookmobile), a decoration for a bookshelf or art to mount on a wall.

Keep in mind that older books may have more brittle paper and can be harder to curve and shape. You may also want to consider the thickness of the book pages — you can layer thin pages (like the ones you find in telephone books) to create see-through effects, while thick pages may be better to create pop-up scenes.

See some beautiful examples at this post on Krrb.

Or watch a video by Brusspup of how to create 3D Paper Steps.

Recycled Planter

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Using household recyclables to create a planter is a fun and simple way to make your home or classroom a  little “greener”, and does its own watering!  It’s perfect for starting seeds indoors and growing seedlings until they’re big enough to plant in your garden.

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Toy Autopsy: Furby, Glow Dome, Spy Gear!

As makers, we love getting inside of things to understand how they work and how they’re made. So we were inspired to give YOU an inside peek at three of the hottest toys of the 2012 holiday season! Check out the insides of these awesome electronics with helpful tags by our guest maker expert, Matthew Beckler of HackPittsburgh. And next time one of your toys hopelessly breaks like ours did, remember to peek inside and even reuse some of its parts in your next maker project.

(Psssst! Don’t miss Matt’s notes at the very end, exploring cool similarities inside these toys that look really different on the outside AND even a tip about how “night vision” works.)

Furby 2012

Furby Autopsy

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This Is The MAKESHOP Show!

Learn more about us on our About Page and you can always tell us what you think at info@makeshopshow.com. Keep calm and make on!

Video Tour of Pittsburgh Mini Maker Faire 2012

The basketball-playing robot by the Girls of Steel are one of kid maker Kristin’s top picks at Pittsburgh Mini Maker Faire 2012. Photo by Larry Rippel.

The MAKESHOP Show pulls kid makers into the middle of the exciting world of makers, so, of course, our camera crew was right in the middle of Pittsburgh Mini Maker Faire!

Kid maker Kristin (who you might remember from our Monkey Cupcakes episode) interviewed the makers she thought had cool projects that YOU would want to see on the Show. She had a tough job, because there were 65 projects to choose from! See what she chose just for you – and what she learned about 3D printing, blacksmithing, robots, race cars and more – in her video tour below.

Click below for Kristin’s Video Tour of Pittsburgh Mini Maker Faire 2012 . . .

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Peek at our Pinterest

Giant Lite Brite: Peg Board, Christmas Lights

This pin inspired our Giant DIY Light Brite video.
Source: handmakemyday.com via MakeShop Angela on Pinterest

At The MAKESHOP Show,  we’re constantly dreaming up projects to get kid-makers motivated to invent, play and gain experience with new materials and tools. We find ideas of projects to develop for you in many different ways. One way is through Pinterest, a website to organize and share fascinating things on the web. It’s like an online pinboard. For a sneak peek at new project ideas, visit our MAKESHOP Show Pinterest Boards.

Once we choose ideas, we submit those ideas to a vote by kids! Stay tuned to http://www.makeshopshow.com for upcoming votes on future projects.

Email us YOUR ideas of things you want to learn how to make at info@makeshopshow.com.

Keep Calm and Make On!

 

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Calling All Kid-Makers!

Check out the new video call for makers for Pittsburgh Mini Maker Faire. It’ll give you a sneak peek at the Faire coming this fall on Sept. 22nd and hopefully inspire YOU to apply to show off your maker skills! The deadline for Round I ends June 30th, so click here to learn more about being an exhibiting maker.

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