It’s been a long time since my last post but i hope the wait was worth it. This project was a design that came to me for a high school student. My student wanted to make this to take to college, so i designed it for easy construction, cheapness and great design. I also had four high school students make one each during summer camp, they were so happy to take it home. The whole thing is based around a super cheap 8 watt stereo amplifier and an empty CD container used for the speaker stands. It looks and sounds fantastic.
Posts Tagged ‘popsicle sticks’
I have always wanted to make this string ball lamp and decided to have a go on a sunny afternoon on our balcony. I mixed the PVA glue with water and began wrapping the balloon, glue went everywhere and it took about 1 hour to complete. I made the basic popsicle stand and fitted it with a standard light fitting. It looks great in our study room.
This lamp was designed for my students, I thought I would give them an electrical project to build. It truly is very simple with just a few popsicle sticks and a piece of paper. Most of the work was making the electrical cable with a switch. The cube lamp in the pictures is my own personal version, the students made a normal flat standing cube.
This is a fantastic popsicle chest of drawers made in Taiwan as a kit. The examples here are my own cutting and sanding which I built with a student over a period of 2 semesters. It truly is a lot of work and many hours of gluing and sanding. My student was so thrilled when she finished it.
This craft came about because one of my students made a balloon paper măché shade in an art class. She made it so well I thought I would design a lamp stand for her, and this is what I came up with. We both made a lamp stand from popsicle sticks and I made the electrical fittings for a 15W bulb. When she switched it on she was amazed at her work. The pictures here are my lamp shade I made, I painted it yellow and red for a lovely warm glow. My wife did a waldorf colour scheme.
This beautiful night lamp is number three in our collection of house lamps. My son Lee wanted to make this and just about completed everything except for the difficult roof section. They really are lovely and give a beautiful orange glow during the night. All the house kits are available in Taiwan from stationary shops or direct from the supplier at this address. big3
A new semester is about to begin and so I designed this popsicle boat for a student. We are doing transportation and this is a lovely craft for boats. It speeds along brilliantly and the rudder gives it more control for bigger ponds. It has 4 coats of clear lacquer to protect it from the water. Let me know if you need plans then I’ll draw them up as a PDF for download.
This was a quick creation I came up with for a student who loves cars. I had lots of clear plastic CD’s and decided to use them for wheels, the gold rubber band came from a cake box and we had lots of them. The body is cardboard and popsicle sticks and the axles are pencils in straws. They go really well on a flat surface and we raced them across his room.
As you know we love making things and I especially enjoy teaching students how to be creative. These students had great fun making this simple but practical pencil holder. Crafts are an effective way to teach English in the classroom.