Instructables: exploring - play - cheap - featured Sun, 20 Apr 2014 10:42:35 PDT BLOX v1.01 Make a Thumb Piano (Mbira)
Make a Thumb Piano (Mbira) - More DIY How To Projects]]> awesomecreations This is a basic guide for building a Thumb Piano, or Mbira. They have been made for centuries all over Africa (and a few other places) and vary a lot in shape, size and sound. They belong to a group of instruments called "Lamellophones" which are percussion instruments, although the sound an Mbira m...
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Wed, 2 Apr 2014 07:33:38 PDT
Letz make a Paper Hidden Blade (Realistic!!)
Letz make a Paper Hidden Blade (Realistic!!) - More DIY How To Projects]]> mchau2 Welcome to this paper Hidden Blade Instructable... Hidden blade, most iconic weapon from the Ubisoft franchise Assassin's Creed. Fans including me would die for one. Unfortunately many fans around the globe can't own the official replica (toy) of hidden blade, due to shipping and tons of other trou...
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Tue, 11 Feb 2014 10:01:29 PST
Pac-man: Life size Edition
Pac-man: Life size Edition - More DIY How To Projects]]> ecsaul23 This is Instructables club's 4th 'ible and our entry for the 4 contest. If you can, take a moment to vote for us. Thanks! The kids and I brainstormed several ideas for this contest and we settled on this one because it was the most inexpensive idea we could come up with that was still pre...
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Thu, 13 Mar 2014 07:39:47 PDT
Love Songs of Dysfunction
Love Songs of Dysfunction - More DIY How To Projects]]> AngryRedhead I love, love, love song guessing games, and as a follow-up to my Carols of Dysfunction, I decided to make a love song guessing game for Valentine's Day. I decided to go with rectangular cards because some of the titles are quite long and I wanted to include an artist (maybe not THE artist depen...
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Tue, 4 Feb 2014 16:24:07 PST
Lego Crayons
Lego Crayons - More DIY How To Projects]]> scooter76 Hey Folks, Here is a quick an simple way to recycle old crayons (or use new ones) to make really cool lego crayons. A friend recently made some of these as a present, and being an avid lego fan (and father to a growing fan) I had to try these out. You will find tons of tutorials on the web on how ...
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Sun, 2 Feb 2014 10:06:02 PST
Cheap Dog Toy
Cheap Dog Toy - More DIY How To Projects]]> jbourlo This Instructable may be the easiest way to give your dog a treat for the Holidays. Get really bored In the dark of the winter season, time starts to slow down. We just finished with the Christmas season: spending time with family, and giving thanks to Jesus Christ our Lord. After several doll...
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Sat, 4 Jan 2014 09:14:45 PST
Thomas Bangalter Daft Punk Helmet
Thomas Bangalter Daft Punk Helmet - More DIY How To Projects]]> BaT Props ATTENTION: PLEASE READ DON’T JUST SKIP THIS PARAGRAPH!!!  If you really want to make a Thomas Bangalter Daft Punk helmet, it’s going to take a lot of time and patience.  If you just want one of these helmets fast with no effort, go shop on eBay or something, because you’re not going to find it here....
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Wed, 4 Dec 2013 10:15:22 PST
How to Make Midna's Helmet OrangeSpy121 A tutorial on how to make Midna's Helmet from Twilight Princess for around $15 If you need any help at all with this please message me or e-mail me at Click this link to see the pictures I use: Add us on facebook at...
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Mon, 23 Sep 2013 16:26:13 PDT
No sew MAP Costume-Easy kids costume
No sew MAP Costume-Easy kids costume - More DIY How To Projects]]> petiteallergrytreats Easy last minute costume idea.   All you need is fabric, a glue gun, scissors and 1 hour.  My son loves geography and wanted to be a MAP for Halloween.  Not exactly a popular costume, so I came up with this.  I don't sew and I don't consider myself crafty.  If you've seen my other instructables, yo...
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Fri, 1 Nov 2013 23:41:00 PDT
Block Head Costume
Block Head Costume - More DIY How To Projects]]> cepts A costume instructable that is perfect for someone who has a week left before their Halloween gathering and NO costume or the cash to buy one. This is one time you'll like being known as a BLOCK HEAD!  The reason this costume is great for the low-budget costumer is that it's almost entirely made fr...
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Mon, 7 Oct 2013 07:06:02 PDT
How to Make a R2D2 Costume for $10!
How to Make a R2D2 Costume for $10! - More DIY How To Projects]]> ashley15 As a student, I didn't want to spend much on my halloween costume this year, so I opted for making a cheap R2D2 costume (I was recently introduced to Star Wars this year and fell in love).  The materials I used were: -2 pieces of white poster paper  -8 orange pipe cleaners -Glue gun & glue sticks -...
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Tue, 9 Nov 2010 09:23:43 PST
Game Boy Bluetooth Game Pad
Game Boy Bluetooth Game Pad - More DIY How To Projects]]> tomatoskins Original credit goes  to alpinedelta here: and here: I really like the idea behind using a physical game pad for the inputs of various games on my phone, however I f...
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Mon, 27 May 2013 20:45:06 PDT
How to make your own harmonica valves easily, cheaply, and effectively. OneHarp In this tutorial video, I show you how to make your own harmonica valves at home from easily sourcable materials. I walk you through each step, from making the valves to attaching them to your harp. You need: Gaffers tape (very important to use real gaffers tape, and NOT duct tape. See link below f...
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Thu, 7 Mar 2013 06:22:39 PST
DIY Snowboard Fingerboard
DIY Snowboard Fingerboard - More DIY How To Projects]]> knoptop Transform a cheap skateboard fingerboard into a snowboard for just a few dollars! Perfect for all ages! This is a fast, fun project to make the most of a snowy winter day. What you'll need Here's what you'll need: - A cheap fingerboard skateboard.  (This particular board came in a pack...
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Mon, 28 Jan 2013 01:02:05 PST
Sculpted Mask - Lightweight, Cheap, Easy, Durable
Sculpted Mask - Lightweight, Cheap, Easy, Durable - More DIY How To Projects]]> linrodann Using this method, you can cheaply and easily sculpt large masks that are lightweight and comfortable to wear.  I wanted to be a triceratops priestess for Halloween this year (I am all about dinosaurs), so this is the mask I made.  The method is easily adaptable to any shape you like. The technique...
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Sun, 28 Oct 2012 22:33:30 PDT
Bane Mask
Bane Mask - More DIY How To Projects]]> justinlamoureux I love instructables and Halloween. They go together hand in hand (whether it be a ghoul hand, a zombie hand, a monster hand or a yellow and red robot hand.)  Every year, I get caught up in the spooky season and try different projects. For example two years ago, I was inspired by: http://www.instruc...
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Thu, 18 Oct 2012 10:27:57 PDT
Parabolic Pencil Star
Parabolic Pencil Star - More DIY How To Projects]]> Eat More Chicken Almost everyone has seen how straight lines can be turned into a near-perfect parabolic curve, and everyone has a bunch of pencils lying around at home or at the office that they don't use.  Put those pencils to use and build this neat pencil star.  The curves are created by following the same conce...
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Sun, 16 Sep 2012 16:55:59 PDT
How to stop your carabiner from spinning and cross loading when belaying.
How to stop your carabiner from spinning and cross loading when belaying. - More DIY How To Projects]]> projectsugru When you're belaying for someone who is climbing, you want your complete attention to be on what you're doing. One annoyance that can distract is your carabiner spinning around when you make the transition from slack to tension. This hack prevents that, as well as cross loading - which is where for...
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Wed, 22 Aug 2012 07:41:37 PDT
How to make a Keyblade from Kingdom Hearts ( Cheap )
How to make a Keyblade from Kingdom Hearts ( Cheap ) - More DIY How To Projects]]> keyblade4321 I recently posted a photo instructable but the community insists that turn it into a step by step intructable detailing the build process. Heres my attempt to make an instructable for the Keyblade from Kingdom Hearts. First things first; materials.  Materials Materials: 1. Foam Board ( The kind...
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Mon, 13 Aug 2012 14:42:19 PDT
Air-Powered Potato Rocket Launcher and Ammunition
Air-Powered Potato Rocket Launcher and Ammunition - More DIY How To Projects]]> icecats Do you need a weapon to protect yourself at work? Or are you a rocket scientist who can't afford a fancy rocket? The air-powered potato rocket launcher is a simple project made out of a few household items. All you need for ammo is a potato. A water bottle serves as an air pump that compresses the a...
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Thu, 31 May 2012 20:20:28 PDT
SMART ROCKET - By: Spyder2021
SMART ROCKET - By: Spyder2021 - More DIY How To Projects]]> spyder2021 I am going to show you how to build a "SMART ROCKET" bottle launcher.  Everything was built using PVC40 PE PIPE and attachments.  You can purchase the supplies from any hardware store, I got mine from Home Depot.  Reason why I call it a "SMART ROCKET" is because it uses the Smart Water bottle (and i...
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Mon, 28 May 2012 08:10:01 PDT
Latex Mask Part 2: Molding the Sculpt and Casting Latex
Latex Mask Part 2: Molding the Sculpt and Casting Latex - More DIY How To Projects]]> alexthemoviegeek This is part 2 of an Instructable which will show you how to make a latex mask. In Part 1, we made a 2-part plaster mold of our head and used it to make a clay copy. Now, we will be taking the clay sculpture, molding it with plaster, then pouring liquid latex inside of the mold, and pulling out the ...
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Sun, 6 May 2012 16:32:59 PDT
Converting a Cheap Acoustic Guitar to a Cheap Resonator Guitar
Converting a Cheap Acoustic Guitar to a Cheap Resonator Guitar - More DIY How To Projects]]> rich745 So I bought a cheap acoustic guitar ($15) from Goodwill and thought it would be interesting project to turn it into a cheap resonator guitar.  After checking online and seeing what others had done, I did pretty much the same with a few adjustments to the process.  The process was a bit sloppy, but i...
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Tue, 1 May 2012 19:49:21 PDT
Mini Siege Engines
Mini Siege Engines - More DIY How To Projects]]> WYE_Lance Ah catapults - a classic and exciting engineering project that introduces students to some fundamental ideas in physics and engineering. Stored energy, trajectory, the value of density in projectiles, and of course firing stuff across the room! Lesson Plan: Grade range: 3-5 Prep: 1/5 Setup: 2/...
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Mon, 30 Apr 2012 11:54:36 PDT
Homemade Pinball Machine ekirsh  This is a homeade pinball machine I made out of wood, coat hangers, 1 kenex piece, marbles, hot glue, more hot glue, and even more hot glue :) It is pretty simple to make, and you will need: ....2 coat hangers ....lots of wood, big and small pieces ....A knex motor or any kind of mini motor (option...
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Sun, 19 Feb 2012 06:44:26 PST
How to make: The Mirror Shield OrangeSpy121 This is a tutorial on how to make the Mirror Shield from The Legend of Zelda Ocarina of Time. It costs under 10 dollars and is very simple. Shield Measurements: Shield Design:
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Sun, 4 Dec 2011 07:09:29 PST
Practical Superhero Costume
Practical Superhero Costume - More DIY How To Projects]]> NoFiller Comfortable. Easy. Last minute. Last year I needed a superhero costume on short notice for a 12 hour, overnight relay. I wanted something that would be comfortable and warm, and this is what I came up with. ** If you are inspired by this instructable, post a picture below and I'll give you a patc...
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Thu, 27 Oct 2011 21:03:51 PDT
Cheap Beginner Poi
Cheap Beginner Poi - More DIY How To Projects]]> parallelchild It's only very recently that I've discovered poi: those weighted balls on chains or ropes that are swung around the body for fun... and boy are they FUN. If not to try yourself, then at the very least for onlookers to watch :) I first saw these a couple years ago when I was being introduced to the r...
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Sat, 15 Oct 2011 03:19:47 PDT
Box of Wine Costume
Box of Wine Costume - More DIY How To Projects]]> Carleyy Looking for an Epic but Easy costume to make for Halloween? The Box of Wine Halloween Costume will make you the life of the party...LITERALLY. This costume is a fully functional wine dispenser. Just turn the spout and you've got drinks for the whole party! You can make this costume in a day and bes...
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Fri, 14 Oct 2011 17:17:03 PDT
iPod Dress
iPod Dress - More DIY How To Projects]]> Carleyy Rock out this Halloween in this fun iPod dress! If your looking for a cute and simple Halloween costume this year look no further.  The iPod takes 30 minutes to make and will look adorable at any party.  Best of all: cost of materials is under $20! Customize it to your favorite artist or song.  Yo...
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Thu, 6 Oct 2011 11:01:24 PDT
Make a USB NES Controller
Make a USB NES Controller - More DIY How To Projects]]> x2Jiggy This tutorial combines an original NES controller, USB keyboard, wire and tact switches into a USB NES controller suitable for use with NES and arcade emulators. The basic idea is that the keyboards controller unit is installed in the NES controller housing. The original buttons activate tact switch...
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Wed, 17 Aug 2011 04:20:30 PDT
DIY gaming controls: Racing steering.
DIY gaming controls: Racing steering. - More DIY How To Projects]]> ashetye1 Arcade gaming in the 90's had all sorts of controls. However playing race games today on a PC isn't so fun without a steering control. With even the cheap makes of these gaming controls costing over INR 3000, console gaming isn't an everyday accessory. This DIY steering is made from a roller mouse, ...
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Sun, 7 Aug 2011 07:07:36 PDT
Cheap/Easy Rubber Band Powered Launcher! 100m+
Cheap/Easy Rubber Band Powered Launcher! 100m+ - More DIY How To Projects]]> son of s8an This is a rubber band powered launcher that can fire over 100m (330ft) depending on the quality of the finished product and the ammunition used. I will try to add a video of it in use sometime soon. This is my first instructable, i am sorry for any flaws and blurry photos. I take no responsibility...
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Sun, 31 Jul 2011 03:21:15 PDT
How to Draw a Maze
How to Draw a Maze - More DIY How To Projects]]> bigfootduck These are directions on how to draw a simple maze. All you need is a pencil and paper. Outline Draw a square. Erase two wholes in it. I put mine in the corners as shown in the picture. This will be your entrance and exit. Step 2 Draw another square inside the first square. Erase more holes in ...
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Sat, 10 Nov 2007 07:55:21 PST
Knex CD Shelf / Rack drumdude Here are some pictures to show you how to build a CD rack out of knex that can hold up to 84 CDs! Tell me what ya think!
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Mon, 25 Jul 2011 17:09:32 PDT
Cardboard Trebuchet
Cardboard Trebuchet - More DIY How To Projects]]> sphsengineering Welcome to our Instructable! We will be creating a Cardboard Trebuchet! Please visit our schools engineering website This was done as a engineering class project, and we had a set of rules to go by. 1. The trebuchet had to be made entirely of cardboard. For the parts that ...
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Tue, 25 May 2010 11:13:35 PDT
Acoustic Guitar Pickup
Acoustic Guitar Pickup - More DIY How To Projects]]> adamkumpf Turn your acoustic guitar into an acoustic/electric! This is a simple and inexpensive design you can make at home to get that special one-of-a-kind sound you've been looking for. Making the Pickup Parts you will need:1. Piezo Buzzer Element2. about 1 foot of shielded audio cable3. a 1/4" audio j...
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Wed, 8 Mar 2006 22:54:58 PST
"Ghillied up" How to make a ghillie paintball gun
"Ghillied up" How to make a ghillie paintball gun - More DIY How To Projects]]> MrAngryPants A cheap and simple (and time-consuming) Ghillie Suit for your Paint-ball marker.*disclaimer I am not held responsible for any string related injury inflicted on you or others* Teh Stuff You need#1 Paintball marker#2 Cotton string#3 Electrical tape#4 Scissors#5 Barrel cleaner#6 Spray paint*not pic...
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Mon, 23 Jun 2008 11:05:08 PDT
Be an Aeronautical Scientist: Make your Own Jet Engine for a few Pennies.
Be an Aeronautical Scientist: Make your Own Jet Engine for a few Pennies. - More DIY How To Projects]]> Kiteman You can make a real jet engine for five minute's work and the price of a spoonful of meths - how cool is that?!? I doubt there's a better way to re-use all those jars under the sink. Much more fun than a trip to the bottle bank. Materials and equipment. Stuff I had lying around: Pasta sauce...
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Thu, 15 Feb 2007 04:03:59 PST
Quick-n-Dirty Trebuchet
Quick-n-Dirty Trebuchet - More DIY How To Projects]]> SFHandyman No Tools, No Drilling, No Cutting, No Lumber, No Saw, No Hardware, No Need to wait for your allowance, Super Easy, Super Cheap, Fast Build.You probably already have everything necessary to build this Trebuchet in your house right now.It's made out of:9 Chopsticks*2 Toothpicks3/4" or larger masking t...
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Sat, 25 Aug 2007 07:53:58 PDT
Cheap entertainment - Sock-Muppet
Cheap entertainment - Sock-Muppet - More DIY How To Projects]]> caitlinsdad Everyone has some holey socks. Not the religious kind but the ones you have worn down swearing at the economy while pounding the pavement looking for someone that could spare you a dime.With prices going astronomical at the theater and a bucket of popcorn and soda will cost more than a tank of gas,...
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Sun, 2 Nov 2008 15:46:55 PST
Turn Crutches into Stilts
Turn Crutches into Stilts - More DIY How To Projects]]> McNoodle Are you short? Ever wanted to be as tall as everyone else? Well, now you can!  You can now feel tall, important, and awesomely-epic!  What You Need Materials- 1 old pair of crutches  Handle Move the handle bars on your crutches up so that it is on the highest notch.  If your crutches cannot...
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Sat, 20 Nov 2010 16:04:57 PST
Mysterious Physics Ring
Mysterious Physics Ring - More DIY How To Projects]]> greeenpro This physics illusion trick is relatively easy to perform, yet it's deceptive and eye-catching. You can be "The Lord of the Ring" and amaze onlookers by appearing to defy the force of gravity right in front of their eyes!  This instructable will explain and show specifically how to pull it off.  He...
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Thu, 18 Nov 2010 08:28:53 PST
TV Head!
TV Head! - More DIY How To Projects]]> km9000 Oh no! Halloween is right around the corner, and you don't have a costume ready! You don't want to spend big bucks on something fancy you'll only wear once! And you don't want to get lost in a sea of junk at the thrift store! Now there's a better solution! That's right: instead of watching TV, yo...
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Sun, 31 Oct 2010 06:38:52 PDT
Scare Bear
Scare Bear - More DIY How To Projects]]> scooter76 This Instructable is my entry for the Halloween contest.  I have witnessed my 1 year old son be quite violent with some of his teddy bears, so I thought I would try and represent some of this abuse in his new, and now favorite teddy. It also gives the bear a little to fight back with. This 'Scare B...
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Wed, 20 Oct 2010 13:42:53 PDT
Optimus Prime Transformers Costume alexthemoviegeek An Optimus Prime costume I made in 5 days for about $20. Mostly made from lots of cardboard, cereal boxes, velcro, hot glue and superglue, among other things. I took it out to a midnight showing of Revenge of the Fallen. That was a great experience; people were constantly crowding and wanting to ta...
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Mon, 11 Oct 2010 12:26:44 PDT
Cheap Halloween Costumes Brennn10 Halloween rocks, but it is even better when you don't have to break the bank to enjoy all of the great festivities.  If you are on a tight budget, then check out these awesome Halloween costume Instructables! Reflective Cape Welcome, Inspired by the "Light Up the Night" instructable contest, thi...
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Wed, 6 Oct 2010 09:46:27 PDT
Mascot Costumes scoochmaroo Make your own mascot costume!  This collection of Instructables will walk you through a variety of techniques to make your own costume portraying your favorite mascot.  Whether you're looking for a prize-winning contest entry or a quick, budget-friendly option, these Mascot Costumes will help you on...
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Mon, 11 Oct 2010 09:13:58 PDT
Cheap Costumes mikeasaurus Want the costume but don't want to spend the cash? You can make your own cheap costumes and props from cardboard, old fabric, tinfoil and even computer parts to get that look you desire, without breaking the bank. Whether for your next office function, school play, movie-marathon or world-dominatio...
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Mon, 11 Oct 2010 09:12:35 PDT
How to Create an Affordable Mascot Head
How to Create an Affordable Mascot Head - More DIY How To Projects]]> edgukated You will learn how to create a mascot head on a limited budget. Gather Materials Buy foam board at hardware store. For this project I used two 2x8 sheets of Owens-Corning InsulPink. Cut Rough Shapes Cut the board into ovals, or circles, or whatever the shape of your mascot head. There are m...
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Mon, 29 Jun 2009 18:05:50 PDT