Museum At Home
We love introducing you to maker activities in the Museum and MuseumLab, and love it even more when you keep the maker projects going beyond the Museum. Here are some creative do-it-yourself projects you can do at home. Watch this page for new posts every day!
Kid makers, please work with a parent or caregiver on every project and always be very careful when using tools of any kind.
This new series provides instructions for creative activities you can try at home. New projects will be posted often, so keep checking back! Now let's try...
Who doesn't need a few extra hearts around the house, in the window and hanging on a tree right now? Learn how to create decorative hearts through this ancient paper folding technique.
Make Your Own Watercolor Paints
Use dried-out markers to make your own watercolors!
Make potholders, scarves, coasters, doll textiles and even rugs using just yarn and your fingers.
Make simple or intricate designs with rolled paper.
Create simple or intricate designs with a needle and thread. Don't have an embroidery hoop? Make you own!
Weaving is easy! All you need is cardboard, scissors, tape and string. You could even try weaving with different materials!
Did you know you can make your own beads out of various types of paper found around your house?
What different structures can you create with these cardboard tips?
Try this activity with string or ribbon for making a uniquely braided piece that you can use for jewelry, bookmarks, decoration and more.
Let's Go Outside
This new series explores the many beautiful plants and flowers in our own backyards!
Laura shows us how to plant peas.
Digging for Worms
Let's dig for worms with Laura!
First Signs of Spring
Let's look for crocuses and daffodils, some of the first flowers to come up in the spring.
The Makeshop Show
A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away, we created The Makeshop Show for online content - videos, blog posts, contests and interviews. We used the show to introduce our (then) new MAKESHOP exhibit and making activities to our audience, and show off some really cool projects. Please enjoy these throwback videos from 2011 - 2014 - because creative DIY projects never go out of style!
Toughen up your jewelry game with these bracelets and necklaces you can make using odds and ends from the work bench
Molding chocolate into interesting shapes using this metal molding technique - without getting sand in your chocolate
It's a great time to brighten our homes with some growing plants and also do some seed starting for the garden. Here's a way to use simple household recyclables to create planters for growing herb and vegetables. And they water themselves!
If you have some wood at home, Chris Bandy of Bandy Woodworks and his co-hosts, Asher and Eden, can lead you through an amazing project to make a really big musical instrument. This project involves basic hand tools for woodworking, like saws. Ask an adult to teach you how to safely use tools as as you build together.
Don't throw your old tees away, upcycle them into a backpack, fringe bag or grocery bag.
Make a unique cardboard cannon that can shoot spinning rings of liquid or gas across the room!
We rolled out these instructions for creating pennant decorations for MAKSEHOP's first birthday - but they're awesome for any occasion.