Leaf Blower Hovercraft

Have you ever dreamed of building your own flying machine, kid makers?

Learn to make a leaf blower hovercraft with kid maker Ethan and his assistant, maker Matthew Beckler of Wayne and Layne. It’s cheap, SO EASY and can even lift the weight of an adult. We can’t wait for you to try it yourself.

Click here for full project instructions.

Let us know how your hovercraft flies at info@makeshopshow.com.

© 2012 Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh

Giant DIY Light Bright

Kid makers, check out this bright way of reusing things in your basement to light up your life! With peg board, old holiday lights and some masking tape, Christian shows how YOU can create a giant lit up version of  the classic 1980′s toy.

Just imagine the cool uses for this: A happy birthday sign for your kid brother’s birthday party? A new headboard for your bed? With an added battery pack, we bet you could even build a costume for next Halloween!  Send us photos of what YOU build at info@makeshopshow.com.

MAKER TIP: In this video, Christian mentions that your design will need to be a backwards – or “mirror image” –  so that it reads correctly from the front. This is most important if you are writing words. Using a bathroom mirror during your graph paper design step will really help. Click here for a simple tutorial on writing in mirror image.

Music: “Strings of Night” © DJ Nicos

© 2012 Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh

Giant Wooden Xylophone

Kid makers, we know you love GIANT stuff! So we know you’ll get excited by this easy-to-build xylophone made from giant 2′x4′s. Click here for instructions. Hang it from a favorite tree or your bedroom door – we even built one into a bench here in the MAKESHOP™.  Special thanks to Chris Bandy of Bandy Woodworks and his co-hosts in this episode, Asher and Eden!

SAFETY NOTE: This project involves basic hand tools for woodworking, like saws. Ask an adult to teach you as you build together and always be very careful when using tools of any kind. 

© 2012 Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh

Hideout Tent

This indoor tent makes a great spot for hideout, reading nook or nap. Click here for instructions. At the bottom, they say you could even use an old twin bed sheet, if you adjust the measurements of the other pieces to match. Could you add a door or window? Could you join two tents with a tunnel / secret passageway?

SAFETY NOTE: Kid makers, this project involves a power drill and sewing machine. Ask an adult to work on this one with you.

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