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How To : Do construction math for building materials

Learn how to calculate the amount of flooring, shingles, siding and other construction materials you need for your next building or remodeling project in this free DIY carpentry video series from a remodeling expert. Part 1 of 14 - How to Do construction math for building mate ...more

How To : Turn birch bark into a handsome basket

Birch bark is plentiful in America, and was a popular construction material among many Native American tribes. In this video you'll learn how to carry on their proud tradition by making a birch bark basket for holding other pieces of wood and nicknacks.

How To : Build a deck step by step with Lowe's

If you're not an everyday woodworker, then building a deck may be a challenge for you. But it's not as hard as it might seem. If you follow all of the required steps for deck building, you'll have one of the best ones on the block, and be pretty darn proud of it, too! So, che ...more

How To : Build a garden arbor

Learn how to build a garden arbor; watch a video that demonstrates construction and assembly tips; includes materials and tools lists. Build a garden arbor. Click through to watch this video on ronhazelton.com

How To : Renovate your home to be eco-friendly

Get tips on how to make your home more eco-friendly, especially if you plan to renovate it. Attention all brownstone daydreamers (if you're eco savvy that's a plus)! Pulse follows green builder Blake Holden as he turns a dilapidated Brooklyn brownstone into a vintage green ho ...more

How To : Fold an origami Christmas tree ornament

Origami is simple and fun and our host proves that right off by displaying how little we actually need material wise, to make something unique and pretty. Just two swathes of patterned paper, put flush together and a paper clip. First folding your little construction into the ...more

How To : Screen print holiday snowflake gift wrap with Etsy

This week, Etsy How-Tuesday presents Kari aka ikyoto and Stella aka lookcloselypress of The {NewNew} York Team. Today we're going to learn how to screenprint our own snowflake gift wrap for the holidays. Kari and Stella remind us that recycling paper bags is a great source for ...more

How To : Use the Unreal Tournament 3 level editor

A basic tutorial on using the level editor in Unreal Tournament 3 to create custom playable Death Match levels and maps. This tutorial series covers: Navigation ,Kismet, Matinee, Bot Pathing, Level Construction, Texturing, Triggers, Cooking Maps, Particle Systems, Materials, a ...more

How To : Make a tabouret table designed by Gustav Stickley

Here's my interpretation of Gustav Stickley's No. 603 tabouret. This little round table works great in almost any decor. The construction of the table looks deceptively simple, but it has its fair share of challenges. You have to be accurate and precise in the execution of th ...more

How To : Build a barrel rocket stove

A rocket stove is a "rocket" combustion approach to preparing meals, which provides high combustion efficiency and efficient heat transfer to the cooking pot. Research suggests (through practical experience) that by using a rocket stove, you could save at least 50% of fuelwood ...more

How To : Build a small and movable stage

In this stage design and construction video series, learn how to build one of those small “portals.” Our expert—a director, actor, and producer himself—will show you tips and techniques for building a small, mobile stage that can be set up anywhere you or your acting troupe de ...more

How To : Choose & Buy a Guitar

Choose and buy a Guitar - A beginners guide to the Guitar. The guitar is one of the most popular musical instruments there is, appealing to both the young and the not so young and spanning different musical genre's such as blues, pop, rock, classical and many more. So, Im gu ...more

How To : Dominate the New York Times Crossword Puzzle

First off, don't be frustrated. YOU CAN DO IT! Contrary to the message in the image above, it's NOT over. It's just beginning. And when it comes to solving the New York Times crossword puzzle, the old cliche does apply: practice makes perfect. I've read quite a few books and ...more

News : Making Ordinary Objects Extraordinary

Kevin Van Aelst creates witty visual "one-liners" by recontextualizing everyday, ordinary objects. With a few simple tweaks, the viewer recognizes a roll of tape as the ocean or reads gummi worms as chromosomes or understands mitosis through the use of sweet, sugary donuts. F ...more

How To : Make simple paper flowers with your kids

If the foam calla lily is too advanced for your kids, and the foam violets are too much purple for the eyes, then try out these simple flowers. Make a whole bouquet of them with your kids! They are really simple to make, and only require these materials: * Construction paper ...more

How To : Craft a colorful paper banner with your kids

In this video tutorial, viewers learn how to make a colorful paper banner. This task is very easy, fast and simple to do. The materials required for this project are: construction paper, yarn, scissors and a hole puncher. Begin by folding the construction in half. Then fold it ...more

How To : Make a simple paper penguin with your kids

Although most people won't see a penguin in its natural environment, they're still a wonderfully captivating animal that the kids just can't get enough of. So, make sure you and your kids get over to the zoo and check some penguins out, then go home and create some penguins of ...more

How To : Do leaf rubbings for a children's acitivity

In this Family video tutorial you will learn how to do leaf rubbings for a children's activity. For this you will need a flat surface. If the table top in slightly uneven, put a sheet of construction paper on it. The materials you will need are sheets of paper, crayons and lea ...more

How To : Make a Christmas countdown chain with your kids

In this video tutorial, viewers learn how to make a Christmas countdown chain. The materials required for this craft are: construction paper, paper cut into small circles, glue and marker (optional). Begin by cutting the green and red construction paper into even strips. Users ...more

How To : Build a punching bag out of trash

In this video, Danny Lipford will show you how to make a punching bag with trash found at a construction site. First, a circle of plywood is cut out about one foot in diameter (in this video, a bucket is traced in pencil over the plywood). This is for the base of the punching ...more

How To : Choose a camping tent

The first advice in this video on how to choose a camping tent is to consider the size of your family. You may want one tent for the whole family or one for the kids and one for the adults. Take time to choose a good camping tent that will last. You may need to spend some mone ...more

How To : Make a paper mache Venetian Mask

Do you need a Venetian mask but can't afford to buy a fancy one? This tutorial teaches you how to make a Venetian style mask by yourself with some basic supplies you can buy from a craft store. You'll need a blank mask or some plaster strips, decorations (like ribbons, crystal ...more

How To : Build a bass or sound trap

Halfed Ass Construction presents how to build a Bass / Sound trap in this home audio tutorial. This how-to video goes over the step by step instructions for how to build a frame, the materials needed the process of building the bass or sound trap. A bass trap acoustic panel wi ...more

How To : Build a stop motion animation stage

This short construction tutorial video shows how to build a small, simple stage from scratch specifically for animating a claymation or stop motion animation project. Construct the ideal world for your claymation characters or stop motion animation armatures and puppets. All y ...more

How To : Build an Earthship home

See these videos on making an eco-friendly home. Earthships are a passive solar home made of natural and recycled materials. They are thermal mass construction for temperature stabilization. The renewable energy & integrated water systems make the Earthship an off-grid home w ...more

How To : Make a homemade designer-style handbag

First you must take inventory of all items in order to be able to create your bag. Make sure all labels are in the correct order. Lining should be ready before attempting to begin construction. The stay should be 10in long and 4in wide. Pocket the stays and glue the stays to t ...more

How To : Make a BB Machine Gun from a Soda Bottle

In a previous article, I showed how to make a powerful airsoft BB machine gun with a portable air supply using about $50 worth of PVC and air fittings. For this project, I have simplified the design to make a machine gun out of only 4 parts totaling about $15 that runs directl ...more

How To : Do construction paper weaving with your kids

This is a project to keep your kids entertained. It is also a great way to practice hand eye coordination and motor skills. The materials that you are going to need are; construction paper and something to cut the paper with.Depending on the age of the child you can use 3 colo ...more

How To : Make a paper flower bouqet

This craft shown in the video is a great craft for children or adults. Materials you will need are: 1. Construction paper (square big enough to trace your hand) 2. Scotch tape 3. Scissors 4. Pencil 5. Green long pipe cleaners Trace your hand on the square of paper. Cut your ha ...more

How To : Make a wooden fingerboard

If you're into fingerboarding, then you're going to want to watch this video tutorial to see how to improve your fingerboard skills. Watch to learn how to make a wooden fingerboard. With just a few materials, your finger-skateboard will be up and running in no time. Supplies: ...more

How To : Make a pen disappear with a magic trick

Want to make a pen vanish in the blink of an eye? Well you can, when you learn to perform Pen-be-Gone. You will need two white bodied ballpoint pens, white construction paper, colored construction paper, scissors, clear tape and a screwdriver. Sometimes we use materials that r ...more

Scrabble Bingo of the Day : UTILIDOR

UTILIDOR n pl. -S an insulated system of pipes for use in arctic regions 59 points (9 points without the bingo) UTILIDOR is a portmanteau word for "utility" and "corridor" used to describe a large enclosed and insulated conduit built either above or below the ground surface ...more

How To : Make a bone handle

Learn how to make a bone handle including materials, necessary tools, and construction in this free homemade tools and crafts video series. Part 1 of 26 - How to Make a bone handle. Make a bone handle - Part 2 of 26. Click through to watch this video on expertvillage.com Make ...more

Fire Texting : How to Write Secret Messages with Fire

Writing secret notes with lemon juice was one of my favorite pastimes as a child. All it took was a small flame to lightly scorch the paper and reveal the hidden message. Now that I'm tall and pay bills, lemon ink just isn't exciting enough anymore. Luckily, we can use another ...more

Inventables : A Store for Superheroes & Hackers

Founded by Zach Kaplan, a "serial entrepreneur" with a B.S. in mechanical engineering, Inventables is a futuristic online hardware store based out of Chicago. The company sells innovative materials at much smaller quantities than typically available—largely to artists, invento ...more

News : Birds as the Ultimate DIY Architects

The widely used expression "free as a bird" intimates an enviable existence: delicate, yet mighty wings transporting to destinations no human could so breezily venture. But despite their fanciful, superhero ability, in truth, the avian race leads one of the most difficult exis ...more

How To : Make the Platonic Solids Out of Playing Cards

Computer Science Professor Francesco De Comité has a fantastic gallery of mathematical images on Flickr. As part of this collection, he has a few hundred images of real or rendered polyhedra made out of paper or playing cards which he calls "slide togethers." These are constru ...more

News : Official Phone Snap! Challenge Rules

Before you start snapping away and submitting your photos, please take some time to read the official rules below! No purchase necessary to enter or win; a purchase does not improve your chance of winning; void where prohibited by law. ELIGIBILITY: Only legal residents of t ...more

News : Them's the Rules!

Giveaway Tuesdays has officially ended! But don't sweat it, WonderHowTo has another World that's taken its place. Every Tuesday, Phone Snap! invites you to show off your cell phone photography skills. Submit your best shot to our weekly competition for a chance to win an awes ...more

How To : Create a spring spear trap

Kruder, from The Pathfinder's school, teaches you how to make a spring spear trap with almost all natural materials. This is a very dangerous trap so be warned and be very careful if you practice this. By using any springy tree (he uses a Maple), and a toggle tied to another t ...more

How To : Build a sawhorse

In this instructional video, Expert Village construction specialist Jon Olson teaches how to build a sawhorse. He teaches how to find the building plans, tools and materials needed; how to cut and attach the I Beam, legs, sides and end; and finally how to use a sawhorse. Part ...more

How To : Replace rotted siding on your house

In this online video series, learn from construction expert Jon Olson as he removes and installs new house siding to show you how to replace the siding on your home. Jon will teach you how to check your house siding, what tools and materials you will need to remove your house ...more

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