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How to Make a Volcano
This is a nice little project that has some improvements over the typical volcano. It is less mess and easy to clean. The bottle in the middle comes right out so you can clean it and do it again. It is also in a nice little box so the magma stays controlled - Less Mess How to Make a Volcano - New: The Mentos and Diet Coke Volcano - Fires a stream high into the air!
Make a Paper and cardboard Castle
This is a fun project - I give you all the drawings and plans you need to make this castle thats ready for painting. Print up the packet and glue the pieces to stiff paper or cereal box cardboard. - Make a castle
A Waterfall in a diorama
Actually pretty easy to make a great looking waterfall if you know the right tools and techniques. I have it right here: Make a waterfall in a diorama
How to Make a Catapult
The Table-Top Troll Catapult Build this miniature catapult from materials found around the house. It's an easy project and the catapult really fires projectiles! Catapult Project
Make an Assassin's Creed Hidden Blade that works!
This is a fun project that just uses cardboard or foam board with a rubber band. It really works quite nicely. Make an Assassin's Creed Hidden Blade
Make an easy egg incubator out of a styrofoam cooler This is an easy project that you can have done in a couple of hours. You can hatch your own chicken eggs and get baby chicks! Wonderful learning project. How to make an easy incubator
How to Make Plastic This is a terrific project that is very easy to do. You can make plastic with milk and vinegar. Sculpt it, mold it and do anything with it. You are limited only by your creativity. In the example I make a pair of dice for wargaming and board games. How to Make Plastic
How to Make a Traditonal Kite
This is an easy kite to make. Just two sticks, some plastic and tape and you are ready to fly it - Make a Regular Kite
How to make a real knife using the stock removal method. This is part of my blacksmithing series of tutorials. Knifemaking
How to Make a Real Sword - I take you through the whole process of making a sword. And this one is a good sized sword! Really beefy and feels good in the hands. How to Make a sword
How to Make Chainmail: This is a tutorial that shows you step-by-step how to make chain mail. I show you which wire to use, how to create the rings and how to weave the actual mail. How to make chainmail. I will also be doing a tutorial on how to make a piece of chainmail armor.
Make a Light Box
A light box is a wonderful little thing. You can use it for tracing, drawing, and even reading x-rays. But they are very expensive to purchase. I have a nice tutorial here that shows you how to make a great one very cheap. It uses a string of LED's as the light source. How to make a light box
Make the Assassin's Creed Tomahawk
This a great project based off of the new Assassin's Creed. Here I show you how to make the Tomahawk wielded by the main character Connor out of a broom handle and some foam board. Make the Assassin's Creed Tomahawk
Make a Mini Crossbow
This is a powerful little crossbow that fires straws! Easy to make and whole lot of fun. Make a mini crossbow
How to Make Paper!
I been putting this project off for a long time because I thought it would be challenging. Wow I was wrong. Paper making is so easy to do! And it comes out great. I love this and you are going to love it too! The possibilities are endless for scrolls, origami, fine writing and so much more. How to Make Paper
Make the Glass Dagger from Skyrim:
Make the Saw Cleaver from Bloodborne
This is an interesting and fairly easy project you can make with two sheets of foam board and a little paint. I give you the template! And it really works. You can open and close it! Make the Saw Cleaver from Bloodborne.
Make the Iron Sword from Skyrim
Fun project that looks reallly good. I also show you a great technique for getting that Iron look. Make the Iron sword from skyrim.
Make the Skyrim Iron Helmet
Nice tutorial on how to make the Iron helmet out of cereal box cardboard and paper mache. Good looking helmet and strong. How to make the Skyrim Iron Helmet
Make a Wax seal stamper:
Yes, make your very own wax stamper with a coat of arms, family crest or just your initials. I made a gauntlet holding a sword. Fun little medieval project. We don't write letters much but if you do send a correspondence it would be fun to officially wax seal it like this! Make a wax seal stamper.
How to make a Medieval Scroll!
Fun and easy little project and I have already received a bunch of pictures from people who have made these! How to make a medieval scroll
Make Gauntlets out of Craft Foam
Yup! that is craft foam and these gauntlets look terrific. I show you how to make them and I also give you the template which makes it so easy. Print up the template, cut out the pieces and then trace onto craft foam. I have a video tutorial too. Make Gauntlets out of craft foam
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Will's Crazy picks of toys for grownup boys
Doing my holiday shopping and putting together my wishlist and finding some crazy fun stuff on amazon.com See my list here
My Telescope website "The Telescope Nerd"
I have been passionate about telescopes for a very long time. If you like astronomy or want to learn more about astronomy and telescopes then check out my new website: The Telescope Nerd.
My Fantasy website
This website is all about fantasy and epic fantasy books. Lots of great stuff to help you enjoy fantasy books and lots of guides on series, authors, writing, books for children and more. The fantasy Guide
Things to think about and explore. "Creativity for your mind"
Telescopes and Astronomy
Ever thought about getting a telescope? This is a wonderful and rewarding hobby. Go to the Storm the Castle guide to Telescopes and astronomy.
How to Make a Terrarium. This section has tutorials and instruction on making several different types of terrariums- complete with lots of pictures. Terrarium building home page
How to Make a Diorama
Fantasy Art School
How to make video games
You can also look through lots of books and find the one right for you.How to make video games
The Table-Top Troll Catapult Build this miniature catapult from materials found around the house. It's an easy project and the catapult really fires projectiles! Catapult Project
Build This Trebuchet called "The Little Dragon". Complete instructions with pictures. Made from materials found around the house and hurls a small object 30 feet. Build The Little Dragon Trebuchet
Make a Model Rocket
Make a Spartan Spear like the movie 300
How to Make a Box Kite
A Boxkite is a unique kind of kite that is easy and fun to make and really flies - Even though it doesnt look like it can fly - BoxKite Tutorial
A Terrarium for Kids
How to Make a Dragon Pinata
All it takes is a balloon, some paper mache and a little creativity and you have a great themed pinata. Add a sword and your party is transformed! How to Make a Dragon Pinata
How to Make a ...
Scrounging around on the internet looking for some new and fun projects I realized that there are a lot of potential projects out there! Lots of people are looking for how to make something. So I have started a section of my site called the How to Make a... section. I take the most popular requests for how to make and I do them. There are easy projects and more challenging projects. If you are looking for a new project to do you might want to check it out here: How to Make a...
Four Cardboard Swords for Halloween
How to Make a Cardboard Katana:
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Make a Spartan Chestplate
This is a complete tutorial that shows you how to make a cardboard and paper mache spartan chestpiece. it comes out great looking and is not too hard to do. Make a spartan chestpiece
Make a Spartan 300 Warrior Sword out of cardboard This is a tutorial with video that shows you how to make a nice looking Spartan sword out of cardboard. It is very strong and easy to make. Should take you less than 2 hours depending on the glue drying time. How to Make a Spartan Sword
How to make a WW2 Diorama
This is an in depth tutorial with videos on how to make a WW2 diorama. I use 1/72 Scale How to Make a WW2 Diorama
How to Make a Torsion powered catapult called a Mangonel:
Make a Spartan Helmet
Make a waterfall for a diorama
Not a real waterfall but sure looks real. Easy to make and comes out terrific. I also have a tutorial on how to do water effects like ripples and waves and a tutorial on how to make this complete diorama called "The Secret Grotto" Make a waterfall for a diorama
How to make a terrarium waterfall from scratch I show you how to make a small waterfall that you can put in your terrarium. This is a complete tutorial that even includes a how to video How to make a terrarium waterfall
How to make a Dagger
How to make a dagger . It is very similar to making a knife. But there are a couple of differences. A dagger is edged on both sides and made for sticking not slicing! Make a Dagger Nice little blacksmithing project.
How to make a small and easy telescope
Make a Spartan Shield
This is a great looking shield that is creative and easy to make. It looks just like the shields in the movie 300. Complete tutorial with video. How to make a Spartan Shield I also have lots of other Spartan Projects including helmet, spear greaves and arm guards.
Make the Game of Thrones Coin I show you how to make Arya's coin, clay, plastic and even cast the m in metal. Easy and fun! Make the coin of the faceless man.
Make Finn's Golden Sword
Shmow-zow! Do you know what time it is? It's Adventure Time here and every day at StormtheCastle.com! We had tons of fun making one of the many swords from Adventure Time this past week, and we're excited to share it with you. Finn's Golden Sword
Make Sauron's Mace
Cast a Metal Coin- The Skyrim Septim
Fun project where you cast an actual metal coin with low melting metal. I show you how to make the mold and do the whole thing. Cast a metal coin (Skyrim Septim)
Make the Batarang from Batman!
This is a really easy project and it comes out great, has a great feel and look. Just a sheet of cardboard or foamboard is all you need. I give you the template to make it so easy. Make the Batarang
Make a Daedric Sword from Skyrim
Fun and easy project. All you need is a single sheet of foamboard. I have the template you just download and print out. How to make the Daedric Sword
Make a Daedric Axe
This is a fun and easy skyrim project. And I give you the template which makes it very easy. Make the Daedric Axe
Make a Skyrim
I just couldn't resist this one. Lot of fun and easy to make. It is one of the most popular memes to come out of skyrim. Don't worry, I will keep working on the website even though I took an arrow to the knee.
Make a Karambit Fighting Knife
This is a fun blacksmithing project to make a curved fighting knife called a karambit. I take you through all the steps and have the template for you. Even if you don't plan on making it you might be interested in the process of how a knife is made. Make a Karambit
Make a Throwing Knife
Yes, a real throwing knife. This is a fun project to make and a fun project to use! I had a lot of fun with this. All you need is a piece of steel and some basic tools. And you don't need a forge. You can harden and temper this with a torch. Make a Throwing Knife
Easy and safe foamboard project.
Make a Push Knife
It is an interesting little blacksmithing project and very different than your usual knife. Sometime called a push dagger too. Make a push knife
Make a miniature throne from Game of Thrones Yup, all those miniature swords I made in the previous tutorial are now put to use. Even though it is miniature it is still technically made from forged swords! Make the Mini Throne
Forge Mini Nail Swords Fun little project where you heat up duplex nails and turn them into tiny swords.
Forge a Medieval Great Helm - This is an interesting medieval armor project. I show you the process step by step. Make a Medieval Great Helm
Make Sting from the Hobbit out of foamboard or cardboard
With the new Hobbit movie just coming out this is a great time to make yourself sting. I give you the template to make it so easy. ! Make Sting out of cardboard or foamboard
Make Gimli's Axe from Lord of the Rings
This is an easy and fun project. Of course I give you the template. Make this and you will be ready for the release of the new Hobbit Movie! Make Gimli's Axe
Make a Fake Boulder (Terrific project if dragons keep digging up your garden)
Yup, some foam and paper mache is pretty much all you need along with a little paint and you have a light weight boulder. How to make a fake boulder
Make a Bonsai Tree out of Wire
I show you how to make a realistic looking bonsai tree out of simple materials like wire, aluminum foil, and pencil shavings. How to make a wire bonsai tree.
Make Gandalf's Sword Glamdring
This is one of my easiest sword projects and it looks great. You just need a few basic materials and I give you the template which makes it very easy to do! Make Glamdring
Make Sting from the Hobbit out of Steel
Ok! I have made Sting out of foamboard. Now it's time to make it out of steel. I show you step-by-step how it is done. Make Sting out of steel.
Make Orcrist from Lord of the Rings
Fun and easy project that uses just a single sheet of foam board. And as always I give you the template. Make Orcrist
How to start
Tree seeds are different than typical garden seeds. They need a process to get started. You have to soak and cool them. I show you how right here: How to scarify and stratify bonsai seeds.
Make the Witch King Helmet
This is an easy paper mache or plaster cloth project. And I give you the template. Now you can be the witch king. If being the bad guy is what you want! Make the Witch King Helmet
Make a Ballista
It's an ancient Roman and Greek siege engine and you can make one out of foamboard. I have the template for you. Cut out the pieces, trace onto foamboard and put it together. Make a Ballista
Will takes a trip to India
It was a fun adventure and if you want to see a little bit of India check out Will's video on his youtube channel right here: Will in India
Make a Railroad Spike Knife
This is a great little project if you are just beginning in blacksmithing. RR spikes are so easy to work with and you can whip up a nice little knife in no time. Practically can't do wrong with a project like this and it will help you to develop a feel for hammering hot metal. Make a railroad spike knife.
Make Wolverine Claws that work
Fun and easy foam board project. I give you the template. And the claws really shoot out of the box. You can have this done in no time at all. Make Wolverine Claws that work
Make an Indian Katar Assassin's Dagger
Fun foam board project and all you need is two sheets of foam board, two rubber bands and two toothpicks. I give you the template. It really works, opens and snaps closed. Make an Indian Katar Dagger
Make an Indian Sikh Dagger
I bought a dagger while on a trip to India. It is quite beautiful. So I thought it would be fun to make one out of foamboard. I give you the template and the ornamental work which makes it very easy for you to make. Make an Indian Sikh dagger.
Make a Leather Sword Sheath
Web visitors have been asking me to do this tutorial for a long time. I finally got to it. It is how to make a leather sheath for a sword. And I make one for our Steel Sting Sword. It also comes with a video. How to make a leather sword sheath
Make a Foil Tape Sword (Robb Stark)
Foil tape is a great way to make a cardboard or foam board sword look like steel. I show you how to do it. I also give you this template so you can make a replica of Robb Stark's sword from Game of Thrones. Make a Foil Tape Sword
Make the Elven Bow from Skyrim
Fun foamboard project. It doesn't really work as a bow but looks great and is perfect for show or cosplay. I give you the template which makes it easy to build. Make the Elven bow from Skyrim
Make a Hexagonal Box Kite
You wouldn't think that something like this could fly but it flies very easily. Fun and easy project with some dowels and tissue paper. How to make a hexagonal box kite.
Make a Metal Earth Himeji Castle
Fun little metal kit you can buy. It is a replica of Himeji Castle in Japan. Make a Miniature Himeji Castle
Make the Sword of Thranduil
This is a big sword with a beautiful silver color. Easy to make with a few basic supplies. I give you the template! Make the Sword of Thranduil
Make the Elven Mirkwood Polearm
This project is a bit different and a bit big! Six feet long and simple as a broomstick and some foam board. I give you the template as always. Make the Mirkwood Double Bladed Polearm
Make the Batman Mask
This is an easy craft foam project that comes out great. You are going to like this! How to make a batman mask
Halloween Projects (Video on my Youtube channel)
In this video on my youtube channel I have 24 project ideas. Check it out here
Halloween Project Day 2 - Plague Mask
It was a real thing in the middle ages during the plague. They wore these masks! You can make one with a few simple materials. Make a Medieval Plague Mask
Halloween Project Day 3 Treat Bag Diorama
Fun and creative project. How about putting a diorama inside your trick or treat bag. You have never seen this idea! Tutorial right here.
I also have a web based tutorial for this trick or treat bag diorama right here.
Halloween Project Day 4 - Skeleton Marionette
This is a fun marionette project with something extra. The head pops off and falls to the ground. Then it bends over and picks it up to put it back! LOL. Fun. I also have a video. Make a skeleton Marionette
Halloween Project Day 5 - Axe to the Back
This is a tutorial where you can make a great looking medieval axe. And that is good for a prop weapon. And I even show you how to modify it so it is sticking out your back! Make a medieval axe to the back
Halloween Project Day 6 - Cleaver to the head
This is two tutorials in one. I show you how to make a cleaver to the head and a Chef's knife to the head. Real simple project that looks great. Make a Cleaver to the head
Halloween Project Day 7 - Eyeball Projects!
I have five different projects using eyeballs! Yuck! And I also show you how to make great looking eyeballs with ping pong balls. Right Here: Eyeball Projects
Halloween Project Grand Finale - The Tell Tale Heart!
The tell tale heart is a creepy project. You carry a box and inside the box is a heart that beats. Yikes! I show you how to do it step by step. The Tell-Tale Heart
Make the Glass Sword from Skyrim
The glass dagger turned out to be so popular that I had to go ahead and make the sword. Fun project and it comes out great. Actually quite impressive. You don't see projects like this very often! Make the Glass Sword from Skyrim
Storm The Castle Diorama Part 7: Water Effects, Make the Moat
The next installment of the massive castle siege diorama is done. In this part we add the moat around the castle. Storm The Castle Diorama Part 7
How to make Ink
I have done tutorials on how to make paper and how to make a feather writing quill. Now I finish off that series with a tutorial on how to make ink. And it is real easy to do! You probably have everything you need right in the kitchen. How to make Ink
Make Soul Edge from Soul Calibur
This is a pretty crazy sword in the video game. And it is even crazier in real life. And the eyeball really looks around! LOL. See how to make this project with some basic materials. Make Soul Edge
Damascus steel is the commonly used name for pattern welded steel. It has beautiful lines and patterns in it. In this tutorial I show you how to make a knife in this style using layers of paper.
Make a Thaumatrope
A thaumatrope is the very first example of the phenomenon of persistence of vision where images merge together. And in a way it is where film and animation started. Two images blur together as you spin it. I have a tutorial on how to make one and I give you three sets of images in a template so you can print them up and make them.
Make Needle from Game of Thrones
Nice little project with a twist. This is the sword from the Series of Books. Easy project and I give you the template. Make Needle
Make a plastic model tank and a diorama for it
In this tutoria I show you how a plastic model tank is made and I also show you how to make a neat little diorama to go with it. Easy project called "Crossroads". Make a tank and diorama
Forge a Railroad Spike Throwing hatchet
Fun and easy little project and I show you a technique that all blacksmiths use but very few talk about. How to forge a railroad spike hatchet/throwing axe.
How to make Dragonscale Chainmail
This is a wonderful chainmail weave that looks really beautiful. Two different sized rings. I show you everything, step by step. How to make dragonscale chainmail
Make the Phantom Blade from Assassin's Creed
Fun foam board project that really shoots. You just need a few basic supplies and I give you the template and have it all figured out for you. Print it up and put it together. Make the Phantom Blade
Paper Making Part 2 - Some techniques for nicer paper
In this part we get a little bit more in depth and I show you some things like adding cotton to the paper, dipping it and even forming the paper into shapes.
How to Make Gandalf's Pipe
This is an easy Polymer clay project. It doesn't really work as a pipe but it is a nice prop with an elven leaf stand. How to Make a Wizard's Pipe like Gandalf's.
Make a Phenakistoscope!
A-Phena-what-a-scope? A Phenakistoscope is often referred to as a magic disk. The disk has a series of images on it and when you spin it an animation happens! Yup, I give you everything you need to make this early animation device. Just print up the template along with four different magic disks. Make a phenakistoscope.
Make a Dragonbone Dagger
This is a fun and easy project that you can do quickly and it looks great. I show you a neat technique for painting the blade to look like bone. And of course I give you the template. Make the dragonbone dagger.
Make Dark Repulser from Sword Art Online
This is an easy foam board project from the very popular Sword Art Online. I give you the template. Make Dark Repulser
Make Katarina's Daggers from League of Legends
Nice little project that is easy to make. I give you the template. You can have this done in no time with just a few basic supplies like foamboard or cardboard. Make Katarina's Daggers
How to Make a PVC sword
PVC is wonderful for making swords and weapons. It is cheap, strong and readily available. And you can even heat it up and shape it. Check out the tutorial here: How to Make a PVC Sword
How to set up a beehive
I just started another beehive and it is an interesting process. Learn about it here. How to set up a beehive
How to Make a Foam Board Sword
Foam board is terrific for making swords. It is strong and easy to work with . I show you techniques for how to do it. And along the way we make this beautiful sword! How to Make a foam board sword
Make a Zoetrope
A zoetrope is a fun little optical illusion project. You might even call it an animation project. You put a series of images inside a tube and spin the tube. Look through slots you made and the images become an animation. Fun and easy. And I give you the template with the animation ready to go. Make a Zoetrope
Make a Light Box
A light box is a wonderful little thing. You can use it for tracing, drawing, and even reading x-rays. But they are very expensive to purchase. I have a nice tutorial here that shows you how to make a great one very cheap. It uses a string of LED's as the light source. How to make a light box
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Will's Newest Book is now available on Amazon! Yay! Are you interested in telescopes and the night sky?
See It with a Small Telescope: 101 Cosmic Wonders Including Planets, Moons, Comets, Galaxies, Nebulae, Star Clusters and More - Available in paperback and kindle on Amazon right here
Make a telescope Part 2: the mount
I show you how to make a mount for a big 8 inch telescope that we previously made in an earlier tutorial. This telescope mount is functional, unique and easy to make. Make a Telescope part 2: the Mount.
The Black Sword
This is a fun and easy project that explores the question of How black is black? You might be surprised to know that some blacks are blacker than others. See the project and learn more here: The Black Sword
Make an EVA foam Double Bladed Axe
EVA foam is floor matting used in dojos and gyms. I use it to stand on at my work bench. It is great for anti-fatigue. It is also terrific for armor and weapons. I show you how to make this double bladed axe out of it. And I include the template. Make an EVA foam Double Bladed Axe
Prank: Rattlesnake in a box
Easy project that you can make quickly. Another fun cardboard project to make. It shakes like a rattlesnake when you pick it up. Make a Rattlesnake in a box.
Make a Marble-tilt labyrinth game out of a cardboard box. A box and some creativity and you have a fun game. Make the labyrinth any way you like. I also have some clever labyrinth ideas for you. Make a Marble-tilt labyrinth game.
Will Takes a trip to the Grand Canyon and Arizona
The Grand Canyon is one of the Natural Wonders of the world. And it is something that many people want to see at least once in their life. Same goes for me. It is something on my bucket list and it was wonderful to see it/cross it off my bucket list. But something else happened on my trip to the Canyon. I came to the realization that Arizona is quite amazing, with a whole lot more to offer. Check out more here
Make an EVA foam dagger
EVA foam is a thick foam that is terrific for cosplay armor and LARP weapons. Want to get started working with it? This tutorial is perfect. The dagger is strong yet safe. Make an EVA foam dagger.
Make a Mandalore the Ultimate's Mask
This is an excellent EVA Foam tutorial showing you how to make a mask. You can use these techniques to make just about any mask. EVA Foam is terrific! This tutorial was shared with us by a web visitor. How to Make Mandalore the Ultimate's Mask.
Make a Viking Ship Model
This is a 1/50 scale Revell model of a Viking Ship. Fun build (Skill Level 3) and it turns out great. I take you through the process step by step and give you some tips and techniques. Make a Viking Ship Model
This is a video tutorial. The link takes you to my youtube channel. How to take pictures of the sun with any type of digital camera.
Make Senua's sword from the video game Hellblade. Easy project, 1 sheet of foamboard. And I give you the template.
Make a White Walker Bust
This isn't a complete tutorial. It is just an overview of the steps and materials. Submitted by a web visitor. She needed forged nail swords to add to the project. So I forged up a bunch of them for her. Excellent work here. Make a White Walker Bust
Make a LOTR helmet out of sheet metal
Terrific tutorial submitted to me by a web visitor. Sheet metal project. He shows us how to do it. Make a LOTR Helmet out of Sheet Metal.
Check out the new blacksmithing shop
It's a nice shaded area with a roof and electricity. It is very neat and it makes a very big difference in my blacksmithing. Learn more about it and why it helps here. Have you ever heard of the work triangle? The New blacksmithing Shop
Will's Newest Paper Castle kit: Woodforde Castle - Fun and easy paper castle kit. Complete pdf with all the parts and instructions on how to make it. Free paper Castle Kit
Skill level 2 build with some interesting differences than my other builds. This one has something called Zimmerit which is a clay-like coating on parts of the exterior of the vehicle. And this one came with a real metal chassis which gives the model some weight and heft. 1:48 Scale Make a German FlakPanzer
Make Wonder Woman's Sword (Godkiller)
One sheet of foam board and I give you the template. Nice sword that comes out great and is pretty strong. Make the Wonder Woman Sword
Make Wonder Woman's Bracers
Easy craft foam project and I give you the template. Actually three different size templates so you can choose the size that is right for you. I also show you how to use regular paints to achieve this nice metallic look. Fun project! Make Wonder Woman's Bracers - included template
New: Make Excalibur from the new King Arthur Movie
This is a fun little project and the sword comes out great. Easy to do and you just need a few materials including two sheets of foamboard and a couple of black shoelaces. And, as always, I give you the template. Make Excalibur from King Arthur and the Legend of the Sword.
Making a fruit mead (melomel)? Here are some tips for getting more fruit flavor
Making a fruit mead can be surprising. You can add a pound of fruit and let it ferment. And when it is done it will have just a hint of the fruit flavor! Huh? How do you get your melomel to have a more potent fruit flavor? Well, Maybe you need more cowbell!!! Just kidding. In this tutorial I make a batch of mead and lay out some tricks for getting more flavor from the fruit. Included is a video. How to get more fruit flavor in your mead.
New: How to Build,Stain and Seal a beehive
You can save money by purchasing the wooden parts and putting them together yourself. And it gives you control over the look and color of your hive. We do two hives and take you through the steps right here: How to Build, Stain and Seal a beehive.
New: Make Stained Glass Beehive Ornaments
This is a fun little project. We make stained glass flowers shaped out of hexagons that look like honey comb. I show you how to do stained glass from start to finish. And we mount them on the beehives. How to make Stained Glass Beehive Ornaments
A look at creativity as it happens - I video the process of thinking up an idea for a project. It starts with just a small kernel of an idea and grows from there. This is a video right here: A look at the Creative Process
Make a Fidget Spinner
They are all the rage right now. And they are very easy to make. Pick up a part at a hardware store and make one. I show you how to make one from a variety of different parts and I make an enormous one that actually works. Make a Fidget Spinner
Easy waterfalls and diorama water with Elmer's Clear glue gels
In this tutorial I make Ponce de Leon and the Fountain of Youth. But the real thing about this is the various water effects you can make with the new Elmer's Clear Glue Gels. We make a Waterfall, brook, fountain and pond. Easy Water effects Diorama
Make a Knight's Templar Sword
This is a big sword that can be used one-handed or two-handed. And it is easy to make. It all fits on one sheet of foamboard and I give you the template. How to make a Knight's Templar sword
Make a Medieval Flanged Mace
A flanged mace is a powerful percussive weapon. The flanges allow it to bite into an opponents armor. I show you how to make one with a wooden dowel and foam board. And as a bonus I show you how to make one with EVA foam so you can actually use it to have some combat fun! How to make a Medieval Flanged Mace
The Brilliance of Foam
There are a lot of different types of foam out there, things like Styrofoam. And it can be confusing. But I have it all figured out for you. The types of foams, how to use them and how to make things with them. Includes a video tutorial. And my favorite foam is something called XPS . Learn all about crafting with foam here. Includes a video
How to Make Tracing Paper
It's very easy to do. If you need tracing paper but don't have any then you can make some from regular printer paper. And it is useful for many projects other than tracing. Projects like my shadow theater, lightbox and camera obscura. How to Make Tracing Paper.
How to Make a Shadow Theater
It is a fun little project that is easy to make. And it is perfect for unique story telling. You can create little stories, little characters and bring them to life. I also show you several ways to animate your characters. How to make a shadow theater
How to Make a Bonkei (Japanese Tray Landscape)
It is a distinct type of diorama and the traditional form of this art would display a realistic natural landscape. I take it to another level and create a fantasy landscape with a hero and a beast in a cave. How to Make a Bonkei tray landscape
Make an Apache Attack Helicopter Model
This is a fun skill level 2 helicopter model. It is a Revell kit in 1/35 scale. I show you how to make it step by step.Make an Apache helicopter.
Make a Military Tank Model (The Walker Bulldog)
I love building plastic models. It is a quiet pursuit. I used to do it as a kid and now in my adult years I have returned to. In this tutorial I build one of the most popular models - A tank in the 1/35 scale which is an inexpensive and popular scale. How to make a plastic model tank.
Make a strong Viking axe out of foamboard or cardboard
This is a fun and easy project. And you can handle it a lot because it is durable. I also show you a new technique for making the bevel on bladed weapons. How to Make a Viking Axe
Working with 3d Printed miniatures
3d printed minis have really come a long way. You can now buy them or have them easily printed up for you. I take a look at them, how to get them printed, how to paint them and much more in this tutorial, including lighting them up with an LED. Working with 3d printed miniatures (These are the minis that go in the dungeon project)
New: Make a Dungeon Diorama with 3d Printed Miniatures
I show you some great techniques for making a dungeon diorama which is also good for table top gaming. I also have some 3d printed minatures in this diorama. Make a Dungeon Diorama
Make the Gunblade from Final Fantasy
An easy project that comes out great looking. You only need one sheet of foamboard or a sheet of cardboard. And of course I give you the template. You can't go wrong with this project. It will come out great. Make the Gunblade from Final Fantasy
Make a plastic model Huey Helicopter
This is the Marine version of the famous Huey and it is complete with armaments. Fun and easy skill level 2 build. Make a Model Helicopter
A video on the basics of Stamp Collecting
I cover some of the basics of the hobby including where to get stamps, how to put them in albums and how to identify watermarks, grills and more: An introduction to Stamp Collecting
It is the technique of doing origami with sheets of plastic rather than sheets of paper. It has some interesting differences including you can use a heat gun on it. Learn more and see a fold here: About Plastic Origami
Make a Hot Wire Foam Cutter
It is an easy unit to build and it is dual purpose. You can use it as a hand-held unit and as a table-top unit. How to make a hot wire foam cutter.
Paper towel and Bathroom Tissue tubes! They are everywhere and there are lots of creative projects you can make with them. I have ideas for you right here and it includes a youtube video. Fun things to make with Paper Towel Tubes
New Video Tutorial: How to start a goldfish aquarium. I show you all the basics and take you through all the steps including setting up the tank, adding the water and chemicals and adding youir goldfish. How to Start a goldfish aquarium
The Parts of a castle wall
Castle walls developed over the course of 500 years between the 12th and 17th centuries. It is a fascinating development. You will be surprised by what they really are about. They are not just walls! Learn about Castle Walls right here. I also made a neat little model for this tutorial.
Storm The Castle Diorama Part 10: Rebuilding the walls
I rebuilt a lot of the walls on the big diorama project. In this tutorial I show you how to do it and I show you some nice painting techniques for achieving the stone wall look. Storm The Castle Diorama Part 10
How to Make a Sword Forge
When making a sword you don't need a forge or anvil. But, you run into the problem of how to harden and temper the blade? You need to heat the whole blade at the same time. And you can do this with a sword forge. In this tutorial I show you why and I take you through the easy making of a forge like this. And I have included a video. How to Make a Sword forge
Swordmaking: It's all about the steel
You have probably heard the term "high carbon steel". Are interested in knowing exactly what it means? And seeing as there is high carbon steel there is of course a low carbon steel. There is even one right between the two. In this tutorial I explain to you what that all means and how it affects sword making. And of course I have a video too. Swordmaking: It's all about the steel
Will's Guide to Star Gazing - Knowing a few simple things can make a tremendous difference in how much you enjoy an evening of star gazing. I give you tips and techniques on what to look for and how to get the most out of the night sky without a telescope.
The Electric Mace
This is another fun automatic weapon project. With this one the head of the mace has spikes that go in and out. Good thing that knights from the past didn't have double A batteries :) Learn more about The Electric Mace
The Lazy Man's Sword!
With this sword you can eat a sandwich and battle a dragon at the same time. Yup! No more Arm fatigue when you wield this sword! Check it out here: The Lazy Man's Sword
Make a Rapunzel Paper Diorama (Tatebanko)
Here is an easy scene from the Grimm fairy tale Rapunzel that you can make. I give you everything in the template. You print it up and put it together. Make a Rapunzel Paper Diorama
Make a Ship in a Bottle
We make a scene from the Odyssey. It is the Sirens and Odysseus tied to the mast of his ship. Fun project. I teach you the basics of making a ship in a bottle or how do you get that ship in there! Make a ship in a bottle
Make a Pirate Cutlass
T his is a fun sword project that also has a secret treasure chest compartment where you can store your pirate treasure. I give you the template which makes it very easy for you to make. Make a Pirate Cutlass
Make a Rapier sword
A rapier was a dueling sword from the 15th to 17th centuries and it is a great looking sword because of the intricate handle guard work. I have a template for you and you can make it with one sheet of foamboard. How to Make a Rapier
Make a Tabletop size PVC Catapult
Pvc is plastic pipe and it is readily available and very cheap at every home improvement store. I give you the parts list and show you how to make this easy to make catapult. Make a PVC Catapult
Make a Medieval Mace (A MorningStar)
Fun, easy, and safe project made out of foam and sponge. But it is durable. How to make a Medieval Mace (includes my yutube video tutorial). Make a Medieval Mace
Make a Gun Shield
It is a shield and it is a gun. I spotted this peculiar weapon in a museum and thought it would be fun to make. I show you how. And it really shoots (gumballs)
Make a Plastic Model Battleship (USS Massachusetts)This is a skill level two model at 1:700 Scale. Interesting model with a whole lot of very small pieces. This is because of the scale. I used a head-band magnifier for this project and it is a pretty straight forward build. Attach the deck to the hull then add all the various pieces to the deck. . Make a Plastic Model Battleship.
Make the Attack on Titan Sword
This is an easy project that turns out great. You just need one sheet of foamboard. How to make the Attack on Titan Sword
How to make a miniature house
Fun project and it all is very suited for making dollhouses too. This is foamboard at its best! And this tutorial includes a youtube video. How to Make a miniature house.
My latest youtube video
This is a video on a creativity technique I call Conflation. This link takes you directly to the video on my youtube channel: Creativity, Conflation, and a Contest Giveaway
Make a Tatebanko Wizard's Sanctum (paper diorama)
Tatebanko is the Japanese art of paper dioramas and it is quite wonderful. I have the packet all set for you. Download it, print it and put this paper diorama together. Make a Tatebanko Wizard's Sanctum
How to Make Paper from Corn
Corn husk is very fibrous and that is great for paper. I show you how to use corn husks to make paper.
Make a Plastic Model PT Boat (PT-109)
Fun little project and easy to build. I take you through the steps of making this military torpedo boat. And the commander of this boat was John F. Kennedy. I tell you about the amazing story of this boat during WWII. Make PT-109
Make a Damascus Steel Knife -
Damascus steel is challenging to make. But you don't have to make it for a knife. You can buy a blank and make a knife with it. I show you how in this tutorial: Make a Damascus Steel Knife Part 1 (I also have a video for it)
Make a Viking Shield
You can make this with foamboard or cardboard. Either way it comes out graet and is double layered for strength.
Made just like they made the real shields.
Make a Viking Sword and Helmet
This is an easy project that you can make. And you only need a few supplies. I even give you the template for the sword. How to Make a Viking Sword and Helmet
New: Setting up the beehive - How to install a bee package
Three pounds of bees is around 10,000 bees. How do you get them, and the queen, into the hive? You pour them! Check it out here: How to install a bee package into a hive.
How to Make a Stained Glass window
Stained glass is an art that almost died out. Good thing it didn't! It is beautiful and you can make it too. I show you how, step by step and I have a video to go with it. How to make a stained glass window.
New: How to Set up a Goldfish Tank
I got myself three adorable goldfish. I am obsessed with them! Here is a tutorial on what to get and what to do if you want an easy start with an aquarium. How to Set up a goldfish aquarium
Blacksmithing: How to Forge a Spear
It is an interesting four step process to forging the tip of a spear. I use a piece of mild steel and show you how. I also have a video so you can watch how to do it. How to forge a spear
Make a Model Submarine
This is a wonderful little plastic model kit. I chose this one because it has the open side so you can see all the various stuff inside the sub. Fun skill level 4 which means it is a challenging build and I also have a video. Make a Model Submarine
Make the Dark Souls Zweihander (Out of wood)
Big sword from the game Dark Souls. And we make it out of wood you can buy at the Home Depot (for strength). I show you how: Make the Dark Souls Zweihander
Make the Dark Souls Silver Knight Straight Sword
This is a good looking sword that is easy to make with foam board or cardboard. And I give you the template. You can have this done in no time at all. Make the Silver Knight Straight Sword
How to Make Miniature trees from Household materials
Miniature trees are expensive. But I have a nice alternative. You can make them with three materials: Brown paper, a kitchen sponge and glue. And they come out great. Make Miniature Trees
Make a Nebula in a bottle
A nebula is a beautiful object in the night sky. And you can have one on your bureau or desk. I show you how to make one with a few around the house items. Make a nebula in a bottle
How to Make an Eight Inch Newtonian Reflector Telescope
Wonderful telescope with good light gathering power. I take you through each step to make the complete optical tube assembly. This is part 1 of a two part series. Make an eight inch telescope
Make the Kirkhammer from Bloodborne
This is a big hammer and it really works like the trick hammer. We also make the sword that goes in and out of the handle. Make the Kirkhammer
Make the Monster Hunter Ravager Blade
This is a spectacular sword! And it is Nine feet in length. And guess what? It only cost 23 dollars to make. I show you how to make the Monster Hunter Ravager Blade.
Make Deadpool's Katanas and the Holster
You can have swords, and wear them, just like Deadpool does. And for fun I also give you the template so you can make a miniature set like I made for the dragonslayer. Make Deadpool's Katana and holster
Make the Lambent Light from Sword Art Online (Asuna's Sword)
This is the third sword in my series of SAO swords and this one uses a new technique to make the circular guard.
Make a Knight's foam armor Cuisses
The cuisses are the upper leg (thighs). And we attach them to the greaves. Easy project and these complete the foam armor knight project. How to make Knights Foam armor cuisses (I give you the template)
Make a Medieval Art and Drawing Box
A way to organize and keep your drawing and art supplies. And under the lid we make a nice drawing surface so you can take it with you and have a place to draw and do art. Make a Medieval Art and drawing box.
Make faux bookshelf books
fun and easy foam project on how to make bookshelf books quickly. Make Faux Books
Make a Flamberge
Flamberge means "flame blade" and it is so named because of the wave of the blade. Fun and easy project that you can make in no time . Make a Flamberge
Make a Wizard's Orrery
An orrery is a mechanical device that shows the movement of celestial objects. We make one that shows the motions of the Sun the Earth and the Moon. And we do it with foam board. Make a Wizard's Orrery
Make A Star Wars Light Dagger
Yup! A light "Dagger". Easy to make and the light blade actually works. Just need a couple of rubber bands. I give you the template. You can be chaneling the force in no time! Make a Star Wars Light Dagger
Make the Skyrim Steel Greatsword
This is a big sword. Four Feet in length. And I show you how to make it from regular size foamboard. Great looking sword that is very strong . Make the Steel Greatsword from Skyrim
Make the Skyrim Steel Sword
Great looking sword made out of foamboard. And it is three layers thick which means it is strong enough to use. I also show you a nice techique for painting it to get this great steel look. Make the Steel Sword from Skyrim
Make a Wizard's Pendulum Clock
Using foamboard you can make a simple moon clock that rotates through the phases of the moon.
Make a simple diorama
This is a great project for kids. You need a small box, glue stick, scissors and a magazine. That's it. I show you how to make a simple diorama.
The Triple barrel Rocket Pistol. Watch the video on my youtube channel here.
Make the Skyrim Nightingale Blade
Easy to make project that comes out great. And all you need is a single sheet of foamboard. I show you a build technique that makes the blade very strong and realistic looking. It has depth, it isn't flat. Make the Nightingale Blade
Make a Star Wars Crossguard LightSaber
The new lightsaber is quite a bit different than the usual ones. I like this one a lot. It has a crossguard which makes it much like a medieval sword. I give you templates to make two different sizes. Make the CrossGuard LightSaber
Make a Wizard's Table
This table is fully functional and made out of XPS foam. The top surface is wood so it can be used as a proper table! Part of the Wizard's Lair Project. Make a Wizard's Table
The Big List of Cheap Hobbies
Looking for a new hobby but don't have a whole lot of money to spend? I have put together a very big list of suggestions. Find a new hobby today. The Big List of Cheap Hobbies
Make the Resident Evil Zombie Killing Kukri blades
This is an easy project that you can make in no time. All it takes is one sheet of foamboard and you can make both of them and even the shuriken. Of course I give you the template. Make the Resident Evil Kukri
Carve a Medieval bas-relief
A bas relief is a flat sculpture that has some depth to it. I show you how to easily carve one in foam. I make a three panel triptych for a wizard's table. How to carve a medieval bas relief.
The Changing colors of steel - This tutorial, with video shows you how the color of steel changes quite dramatically as it is heated. And why this is very important to a blacksmith. The changing color of forging steel
How to Make a Plastic Model
I love making models. I have been doing it since I was a kid. It's a lot of fun and pretty inexpensive. Here I show you all the tips and techniques for doing a nice job of it. How to Make a Plastic Model
Blacksmithing: Forge Medieval Arrows - This style of arrow tip is called a bodkin and it was used in the middle ages and the Renaissance. They are easy to make and I show you how. Forge medieval arrows
Make foam armor Greaves
Another piece in the series of foam armor pieces that I am doing. Almost done with the whole set. These are the lower legs and I show you how to make them out of foam yet make them look like metal. Make foam armor greaves
Make the Skyrim Orcish Dagger
The orcish dagger is a fun and easy project that comes out great. I use some different techniques than usual. No foam board in this one! Of course I give you the template and show you some great painting techniques to make it look real. Make the Skyrim Orcish Dagger
Make a Scale Model Airplane This is a great little plastic model kit (P51 Mustang). It is very inexpensive, easy to build and looks great. If you have never built a plastic model this one is a great first project. I have a complete tutorial and a video right here: Make a P51 Mustang
Make a Shoebox Space Diorama
You can make a fun Space diorama where the astronaut is floating in space. I give you all the artwork. And you don't even need a shoebox. I show you how to make one out of cardboard or foamboard. Make a Shoebox Space Diorama
Make Xena's Chakrams
This is an easy foam board project that comes out great. I give you three different templates so you can make different styles. Make Xena's Chakrams
Make foam Knight's Armor Sabatons (feet)
I continue in my series of tutorials on how to make armor out of foam. And now we make the Sabatons. Easy to make project and I give you the template with a choice of traditional or gothic style -
Make the Blade of Mercy from Bloodborne
An easy project and a trick weapon. You can use them as separate blades or snap them together and use as a single blade. Make the Blade of Mercy
Make the ebony dagger from Skyrim
This is an easy project and I give you the template. If you are a skyrim fan this project is a great prop to make. Make the Skyrim Ebony Dagger
Make a Wizard's Globe
Every wizard's lair has a globe like this. It works a lot like a gyroscope in that you can rotate the rings and the globe so it can be looked at from any angle.
How to Make a Fantasy Map
In the previous tutorial we made a big sheet of paper. Now, in this tutorial we turn it into a map of a fantasy world. I show you tips and techniques on how to do it and I also have a video. How to Make a big Fantasy Map
How to Make Big Paper!
Wouldn't it be great to make a very big sheet of paper? I made one for a fantasy map I am working on. I show you how to do it right here: Make a Big Sheet of home made paper
Make a foam armor Knight's Helmet
I continue in my series of tutorials on how to make armor out of foam. And now we make the helmet. And a neat thing about this helmet is that the visor goes up and down.
Make a Witcher 3 Sword with Glowing Runes
I This is an interesting and unique project where we make a sword with glowing runes. We use a string a LED's that cost seven dollars. Easy and fun and of course I give you the template. If you are a Witcher fan this is the project for you. Make a Witcher sword with Glowing Runes
Make Craft Foam Armor Vambraces (Forearms)
Craft foam is some terrific stuff. You can heat it up and shape it into armor. I show you how in this tutorial and I give you the template to make vambraces. Make Craft foam vambraces
Make a foam armor Chest Plate
I continue in my series of tutorials on how to make armor out of foam. And this chest plate is easy to make yet looks great. Check it out here: Make a Foam Armor Chest Plate
Make a Roman Scutum
Here is another curved foam board project. Interesting process for easily getting a beautifully curved shield. This is an easy project that looks great. And a terrific companion to my Roman Gladius sword project. Make a Roman Scutum.
Make Gandalf's Grey staff from The Hobbit
And I show you how to make the crystal that goes inside and how to light it up. Check out the tutorial with video here. Make Gandalf's Grey staff
Make Saruman's Staff from Lord of the Rings
This is a nice looking project that is very easy to make. I give you the template and show you several easy ways to make the glass globe in the center. Make Saruman's Staff from Lord of the Rings
Game of Thrones: Make a Dragon Glass Dagger
I show you how to mold plastic very easily to make this dagger from Game of Thrones. Easy easy project. And the plastic is quite amazing. You can make just about anything from it. Make a Dragon Glass Dagger
How to Make Foam Armor shoulders and arms
Fun and easy armor making tutorial using craft foam and cereal box cardboard. I give you the template which makes it easy. Make Foam Armor Shoulders and Arms.
How to Sculpt a Miniature
In this tutorial I show you step by step how to sculpt a neat little fantasy miniature. I make a battlemage. I show you everything including the armature and the materials to use. How to Sculpt a Miniature BattleMage
How to Make a Cardboard Catapult
How about making a powerful little catapult out of a piece of cardboard, a pencil and a rubber band. Make a Cardboard Catapult
Make the DragonAge Inquistion Helmet
Fun project that looks great and uses no paper mache. Yes, we use masking tape and cereal box cardboard. If you are a fan of the dragonage video games you should check this out. Make the DragonAge Inquisition Helmet
Kingdom The Paper Game
Fun little paper game that you can download, print up and play. The King has been assassinated. Are you smart enough to save the Kingdom? One of ten paper games that I have. Check it out here: Kingdom - The Paper Game
Blacksmith a sword fast!
I challenged myself to make a sword real fast and easy. It took me six hours from start to finish. You can make a sword like this too. Check out my tutorial here: Make a sword in six hours
Make the Burial Blade from Bloodborne
This is a foam board project that looks great. The blade comes off and it folds up just like in the game. Of course, I give you the template. Make the Burial Blade from Bloodborne
Make a Camera Obscura
The Camera Obscura is a curious device that goes all the way back to antiquity. And it is a pre-cursor to the camera. Fascinating and easy to make. I have a tutorial right here: How to Make a Camera Obscura
How to Make Gandalf's Staff
This is the iconic white staff that Gandalf wields. I show you how to make it easily with just a few supplies and I give you the template! Make Gandalf's white staff
Make Elucidator from Sword Art Online
This is an easy foam board project from the very popular Sword Art Online. I give you the template. Make Elucidator
Make FrostMourne from World of Warcraft
This is a great looking sword and you just need a few basic supplies like foamboard and cereal box cardboard. Of course I give you the template. Make Frostmourne
Make the Skyrim DragonBone Sword
Wonderful sword and built as if a dragon's bone is Iron banded to the handle. I like it! And of course I give you the template. Make the DragonBone Sword
Forge a Rebar Knife
Rebar is a cheap and readily available material. It is easy to forge and in this tutorial I show you how to make a knife with it. I also show you some new techniques like how to bend the steel into curves. Make a Rebar Knife
Make a peach or pineapple fruit mead
If you have always wanted to make a fruit mead (melomel) you might want to check this tutorial out. I take you through the whole process from start to finish including bottling. Make a Peach or Pineapple Melomel
Make a Wizard's Puzzle Box
It is a neat little chest to keep things in. But it also has a secret. Only you know the secret to opening it. Fun! I give you the template to make it. Just some foamboard and a hot glue gun! Make a Wizard's Puzzle Box
Make an Origami Bonsai Tree
I love this project because it is a combination of two things I love: Bonsai and Origami. The only way it could get any better was if it were alive and needed care! But, you might consider it a bonus that this tree needs very little care. lol!
Make an origami bonsai tree - oh and the tree itselft is a brown paper bag that has been twisted and shaped. Neat.
Make a Daedric Bow and Arrow
Fun and easy project. You just need two sheets of foamboard to make this bow. I give you the template. If you are a skyrim or elder scrolls fan you are going to love this one! Make a Daedric Bow
Make a Sub Hilt knife
This is a real knife making tutorial and I take you through all the steps from beginning to end. It is an interesting knife with an extra guard so the knife can't be pulled from your hand. Make a subhilt knife
How to cast a plaster hand
You just need a few supplies and you can make a very realistic looking plaster cast of your hand.
How to make a Sword Sheath out of foam
Make a foam or cardboard weapon and want a good looking sheath (scabbard) to go with it? This is a great looking sheath and you just need a few supplies. How to make a sword sheath
Make a Feather Quill pen
You can easily make one of those old fashioned writing instruments out of a feather. I show you how. You just need a turkey feather. This is a great companion project to my paper making stuff. Make a feather quill pen.
Make the RingWraith Sword from Lord of the Rings
This is a big sword yet pretty strong. I show you a special technique for making a foam board sword that is strong. It involves diamonds but not that kind! Make the Ringwraith sword from LOTR
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