Introduction: Popsicle Stick Napkin Tent

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Popsicle Stick Invention!

(I do not have a better name for this...
Please suggest a better name!)

Function: You place the "invention" on top of a plate with food, and you can put a napkin over it without it touching the food!

Simple idea, yet functional concept.

Changed name to "Popsicle Stick Napkin Tent" as kindly suggested by sherrycayheyhey. Thanks!

Step 1: Get Your Stuff!

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This is the $ LONG $ list of materials that you need:

 - Hot Glue Gun

 - 3 Popsicle Sticks

 - Compass (see picture)

 - Pen

 - An empty tape roll, or similar.

 - Standard size sheet.

 - Small piece of 2mm balsa sheet.

("$" stands for "sarcasm")

Step 2: Compass Angle

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Open the compass to almost the same length as the popsicle sticks.

Step 3: Draw a Circle

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Draw a circle. Try to get it centered.

Don't close your compass when you're done.

Next, mark anywhere on the circle.

Step 4: Make More Markings

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Set the tip of your compass on the notch. Be as precise as you can. Be careful not to change the distance of the compass.

Draw a little curve that crosses the circle.

Next, Set the tip of the compass on the new marking. Make another marking.

Repeat the process until you have six marks.

Select three as in the picture.

Step 5: Tape Roll

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Place the tape roll in the center of the circle.

Step 6: Popsicle Sticks

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Place the popsicle sticks so that they meet above the center of the tape roll, and the other ends lie above the selected markings on the paper. 

Glue on the junction.

Let the glue harden.

Step 7: Flip!

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Flip the contraption upside down. Reinforce with more glue.

Flip it back quickly, or the hot glue might soften the cool, hard glue.

Step 8: Cut the Balsa

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Cut the balsa into a small triangle.

Glue the triangle like this.

Step 9: Done! Now Use It!

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Now you put it on top of a plate with food, and put a napkin on it. The "Napkin Tent" will keep the napkin from soaking on your food.


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sherrycayheyhey (author)2011-09-21

How about calling it something like "napkin tent" so that the title better tells the function.

colorex (author)sherrycayheyhey2011-09-21

Sure thing bro, Thanks!

BarginsTech (author)2011-09-21

very good idea :O you think this would work for the microwave too?

colorex (author)BarginsTech2011-09-21

Nope. Maybe if you make it with white glue. But I don't know if the wood will burn up...

Goodhart (author)2012-02-18

This just inspired a COMPLETELY UNRELATED idea.....thank you :-)

colorex (author)Goodhart2012-02-18

Nice :) Don't forget to send me the link to that instructable :)

Goodhart (author)colorex2012-02-18

If I get to it before I forget, I will :-) even simple projects of late seem to get pushed aside in my world of complete chaos LOL

colorex (author)Goodhart2012-02-18

Chaos is inspiring.

SimonSaid (author)2011-09-22

I don't think you'd find flies in your microwave Bargins Tech

colorex (author)SimonSaid2011-09-22

HAHAHA Exactly!

BarginsTech (author)colorex2011-10-17

my comment was for the common knowledge of covering anything that has sauce or juice and preventing it from splattering. hence why it would be a good idea for a microwave.

Goodhart (author)BarginsTech2012-02-18

Microwaves "target" the water molecule frequency, so even white glue, having some water in it, would get heated and maybe softened. Hot glue will get "softened" if anything gets heated nearby it, microwave or otherwise. IF you are going to use it in a microwave, fasten it with something other then a water based glue, or other then one that will give off toxins if heated (you may have to find a plastic other then the spool used too). It is a great idea to use it to prevent spatters; but a bit of thought may need to go into it before "modding" it :-)

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