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How To: Make a 3D paper city

Learn how to make a three dimensional city from a sheet of paper. Start with a flat drawing of a city scape and a sharp X-acto knife. Cut along each vertical line of each window. Cut along each horizontal line of each window. Be very precise and do not cut past the end of the line. Cut out arches of doorways. Make incisions along horizontal lines of buildings. Cut along horizontal lines of stairs. Do not cut along any dotted lines. Once done cutting, begin folding. Fold along dotted lines. Cr...

How To: Origami dollar bill shirts and pants

Dollar bill origami is fun, simple & cute. All you need is a dollar bill and some origami folding skills. Spend your spare dollar on some creativity... and you will end up with a cute origami figurine. Watch this origami dollar bill tutorial to learn how to fold a shirt and pants.

How To: Make fake jewels using silicone and clear resin

You don't have to spend a lot of money on jewelry, crystals and pendants. In this video from Tap Plastics, you'll learn how to use their brands of Platinum Silicone and Clear Lite Casting Resin to create artificial jewelry. It won't fool the pros on a close examination, but it can still be impressive-looking stuff at a fraction of the cost of real jewelry.

How To: Ball up the end of sterling silver wire with a torch

Art Jewelry Magazine associate editor Jill Erickson demonstrates how to use a torch to ball up the end of a piece of sterling silver wire. This wire can now be shaped into an earring or whatever jewelry desired. Learn how to ball up the end of sterling silver wire with a torch by watching this video jewelry-making tutorial.

How To: Make chainmail quickly

Like A Flint demonstrates how to quickly make chainmail. First, find heavy gauge wire at a construction site or a craft store. Then, wrap the wire around a dowel or a tube until it forms a coiled spring. Remove the coiled spring from the tube and clip the spring into rings with a pair of wire cutters. Using two pairs of pliers, open up the ring and thread four rings inside of it. Close up the ring. Keep adding rings on top of rings until you achieve a chainmail like design. The process of mak...

How To: Make an animated optical illusion out of paper

In this how-to video, you will learn how to make an animated optical illusion with paper. First, start off with one ball and copy it five more times so that it goes in a line to the corner. Make sure there are six balls in total. Next, create a striped pattern shown. There are black bars with small white lines in between. One white space equals one sixth of the black space. This is essential in making the illusion work. Once both patterns are printed out in separate pieces of paper, lay the p...

How To: Make a ninja star frisbee - the super shuriken!

Perhaps you've already learned how to make the standard origami ninja throwing star, and you want to take it to the next level. You want something that really flies, and has enough heft to knock over lamps in your living room and cause other sorts of property damage. Well, the ninja star frisbee - or super shuriken - is the project for you. Made of six small throwing stars folded together into one big flying lump, the super shuriken is origami with a bad attitude. It is also potentially dange...

How To: Make a basic wire loop for jewelry making

Do you want to learn how to make the perfect loops for your wire projects? Join Lisa Niven Kelly from Beaducation, and learn the basics on making basic loops! Lisa goes over what tools to use, and how to make even consistent loops. Learn how to make basic wire loops for your jewelry making.

How To: Make a pair of dangle earrings

Creating your own earrings is the best way to save money and look good doing it. You can show your personality by designing your own jewelry. And in this video tutorial, get some ideas and follow along as you see how to make a pair of dangle earrings. These a basic dangling earrings, not hard to make at all.

How To: Make an inexpensive & reusable oil candle

Buying a candle from the store can be pretty pricey, depending on what kind you get. One that smell are of course, going to cost you more money, while there are others that are less expensive but not as good. So here's a helpful tutorial that will help you save money and allow you to make whatever size you want. This video shows you how to make an inexpensive and reusable oil candle from a glass container, sand, cooking oil, wooden toothpicks, and cotton balls. So good luck and enjoy!

How To: Make a gay pride flag

this tutorial video from Threadbanger will teach you how to do a little DIY exercise to get ready for Gay Pride in New York City. This video will teach you how to make a DIY flag and hit the Gay Pride parade in Manhattan. You can now bring your pride home with your own flag.

How To: Create a snap set ring

Add to your jewelry making techniques by snap setting gemstones. This jewelry how to video tutorial demonstrates the proper way to snap set a ring. Begin by placing your stone face down on a flat surface. With your casting in hand gently push the ring setting over the gem stone. It should securely snap into place.

How To: Make an origami shirt from a single dollar bill

Looking for entertainment on the cheap? Have a dollar? With this guide, you'll learn how to make a folded-paper dress shirt from a dollar bill using origami, the traditional Japanese folk art of paper folding. For more information, including a step-by-step overview of the folding process, as well as to get started making your own dollar bill shirts, watch this free origami lesson.

How To: Make a neat paper hat

In this tutorial, we learn how to make a paper hat easily with only one piece of paper. First, take a piece of paper and fold it in half. Once you've done this, fold two triangles on both sides of the paper. Now, flip the bottom flap up. Next, flip over the hat and flip the back flap of the hat up. Now, pick up the hate and open up both sides of the hat! You can now decorate your hat and draw on it as you wish. This is a great project for kids to do with parents or with other children!

How To: Origami a cat

Watch this instructional origami video to fold an origami cat. You need one piece of origami paper to complete this project. Use these visual guidelines on some of the more difficult folds. If you fold your origami cat correctly, your cat should be able to stand on its own.

How To: Make an awesome tissue paper flower

In this tutorial, we learn how to make a tissue paper flower. You will need: pipe cleaners, scissors, and tissue paper (three different colors). First, twist three pipe cleaners together to make a stem. Next, cut your tissue papers all into the same size, mix colors to get a prettier flower. Now, layer the sheet and fold the papers as many times as possible. Cut the ends in a triangle shape, then spread the papers again and fold up again in the alternate direction. Now using your papers and p...

How To: Origami a traditional fancy box

Review these simple steps to fold your own origami fancy box. These visual guidelines will help you through some of the more difficult folds, but you may want to look at an instruction booklet as well. There are many versions of the traditional Japanese origami fancy box.

How To: Upcycle an old book into a planter

A planter from a book? Recycling - or, rather, upcycling - these days seems to get weirder and weirder, but hear us out on this one. After all, there's no need to purchase new planters for small house plants at Home Depot when you can make a super cool vintage book planter yourself!

How To: Tie four basic knots in jewelry design

To tie the overhand knot, make a loop and pass one end of the string through the loop and tighten by pulling both ends. To tie a double overhand knot, make a loop and pass one end of the string through the loop twice before pulling both ends to tighten the knot. To tie a surgeon's knot, take the left string and bring it over and around the right string twice. Then take the right string over and around the left string and pull both ends to tighten, leaving a complete loop of string below the k...