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Swans are often seen swimming in pairs because they mate for life. You can get a little mate for your desk when you swim in the ancient art of folding paper. Create your origami swan so it that looks like it's gliding on the water. All it takes is one square of paper and some time.
Polymer science is the study of polymers, or materials made from long chains of small molecules. Some of the most common polymers occur naturally and form the basis for life. The proteins that make up our bodies are polymers of amino acids. Carbohydrates are polymers of simple sugars. Fibrous materi
You can use a simple three-layered fabric tube wrapped securely around a cup to insulate hot or cold beverages. Not only will the beverages stay at the desired temperature longer, but your hand will also have a comfortable layer between it and a warm beverages or the condensation from a cold beverag
Designing and decorating tissue paper is a lot of fun, and it's a good activity to do with children. If it doesn't turn out well, you haven't invested a lot of money in the project. If it does turn out well, you can use it as wrapping paper--inside and outside of the box--instead of more expensive g
Vinyl lacing is a thin but durable lace, which can be woven together to make attractive braids. The square stitch uses two pieces of lacing and results in a square shape when tightened. Repeating the square stitch results in a braid with four even sides, known as a box braid. By creating a box braid
Dioramas are often associated with elementary school, as they are typically done on a small scale in classrooms nationwide. A diorama is "a scene, often in miniature, reproduced in three dimensions by placing objects, figures, etc., in front of a painted background," according to the Random House Di
Video Transcript Hi, I'm Linda Hutchinson, and today I'm going to show you how you can decorate a plastic storage box. These boxes are available in all kinds of home improvement and craft stores. They're great to store all kinds of things. Shoes, craft supplies, etc. And sometimes if...
If you going to use curtains, you'll want them to be floor length, or you could have them a little longer and have them puddle at the base. You could have them hanging down loosely ...
I have been a long-time fan of Quilling. No, not really, but lately it has gotten my attention. In this technological world we live in, you would think something like crafts, like Scrapbooking and Quilling, ...
Kaleidoscopes are classic children's toys used for creating multiple mirror images through a tube, often filled with shiny beads and glitter to enhance the mirror effect. While commercially made kaleidoscopes are available, making one at home is simple and can be done using common household items. W
Jet engines are the foundation of modern air travel. Large, powerful turbines are built to precise specifications in dedicated factories using thousands of parts. But that doesn't mean you can't construct your own engine at home. The science behind a jet engine is extremely simple to understand,
Kathleen Bissett published a pattern for "Magic Tiles" in 1992 that was inspired by a pile of building blocks spotted in a friend's house in New Hampshire. The distinctive pattern has been popular ever since. Magic Tiles is distinguished by its oddly shaped rectangular "tiles" separated by "grouting
Organza ribbon is commonly associated with corsage bows. It is a 5/8-inch wide, completely sheer ribbon that comes in a multitude of colors. Organza ribbons can be used alone or in combination with silk ribbon to embroider elaborate patterns on garments, linens and other textiles. The secret to succ
The optic lobe is the portion of the brain that processes visual stimuli sent from the eyes and optic nerve of the animal. The lobe is located in the midbrain of birds. The functions of the optic lobe are very important to birds, as vision is important to survival for most bird species.
A great way to breathe new life into an existing wardrobe is to accessorize with eye-catching jewelry. Handmade beaded bangle bracelets are a great way to add color, sparkle and fun to a day or evening look. Most people do not realize how easy and economical it is to make beaded bangle bracelets. Wi
Student council elections are a useful way for kids to learn the business of politics. If your child is running for office, one way you can get involved is by helping him make a campaign poster. Your child doesn't have to get hundreds printed out and hang them on every mailbox and signpost. All she
Cornucopias are popular Thanksgiving and general harvest symbols.cornucopia image by Liz Van Steenburgh from Fotolia.comThanksgiving art ideas for children not only provide amusing activities, they help make the holiday's history and themes come to life. Most Thanksgiving themes...
Diapers are generally used only for their intended purpose but that doesn't mean that they can't be used in other ways. Baby showers need decorations and baby diapers are a great way not only to decorate for the party, but also to leave the expectant mom with a lot of diapers that she would need any
A survey can provide a lot of valuable information about everything from voter preferences in an upcoming election to favorite soft drink brands, but only if the survey is well designed. A well designed, statistically valid survey is one where the sample of people surveyed accurately represents the
Whether you're a grill master or a novice backyard BBQ host, making your own barbecue pit allows you the opportunity to showcase a rustic and functional piece of decor in your yard. Making a BBQ pit in your yard makes it possible to bring your family together for outdoor recreation. It also allows y