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How To: Curl your American Girl doll's hair

In this video, we learn how to curl your American Girl doll's hair. What you will do is leave her hair in curlers for a couple of days and then take them out. To put her hair in curlers, you want to spray water on her hair so it's just damp. After this, you will section the hair off, them place the strands into small curlers. Do this all around the head until you have no strands left. When finished, leave her hair to dry for a couple of days. When you take the curlers out, your doll will have...

How To: Fix your American Girl doll's frizzy hair or split ends

In this video, we learn how to fix your American Girl doll's frizzy hair or split ends. If the ends are frizzy or split, there is a way to fix it. First, you will need to wash the doll's hair the night before and brush it out. After this, take some scissors and start to cut small sections of the hair that have frizz on them. After this, you will cut the bottom of the section to make sure it's completely evened up. To make it easier, you can go section by section until you have it right!

How To: Apply flesh coat number 08 to a reborn baby doll

In this tutorial, we learn how to apply flesh coat number 08 to a reborn baby doll. Start out by adding thinners and paint to your mixing tray. Then, grab your small brush and add in the flesh colored paint to the tray. Add in just enough to color the water just completely. Now, brush this color onto a white sponge until you have the right color. Next, brush this flesh color onto the limbs of the baby doll. After this, use your sponge to dab the paint onto the vinyl evenly. Repeat this for al...

How To: Soften polymer clay

In this tutorial, we learn how to soften polymer clay. If you have crumbly clay and you want it to be soft, then you can make it softer easily. Now, take the clay and break it up into small pieces. Then mush this together with some translucent clay that is softer. Work this together with a jar or put it through a pasta machine. When you do this, it should be pretty soft and the air pockets should be removed. Continue to work the clay until it is all one color and it is really soft, then you c...

How To: Replace the clutch shoes in RC Nitro Trucks or cars

In this tutorial, we learn how to replace the clutch shoes in RC Nitro Trucks or cars. First, stick a screwdriver through the back of the clutch and remove the bolt from the back. Now, you will see the clutch and a spring that is on the side of it. Take this out, then you will be able to replace the clutch shoes that are underneath it. After you have replaced the clutch shoes, put the spring back on. After this, replace the bolt and then screw back in any lose screws that you took out. After ...

How To: Build a LEGO pick up truck

In this video, we learn how to build a LEGO pickup truck. First, you will need to lay out all the parts that you need to build the truck. This includes small and large parts that are in gray and white colors, as well as wheels. Start off by building the middle of the car, making room for the wheels to fit in. After this, start to add on the blocks that go on the back and the front to make the headlights and different features on the truck. Add on the block for the windshield, then add on the ...

How To: Make a fully automatic Lego Glock rubber band launcher

There is truly no limit to what you can make with Lego blocks. This video is a step-by-step pictorial demonstration of how to make a replica of a Glock 18c pistol (a fully automatic version at that) that will shoot rubber bands. Make sure you already have some freestyle Lego skills, as the video moves pretty fast and has no audio, but the final product looks very polished and should help you annoy your friends and siblings for years to come!

How To: Make a simple balloon cat

Learn how to make a simple balloon cat in a few twists of a balloon in this free ballooning tutorial. For cat lovers and children of all ages - This balloon creation is sure to please. Your Balloon Man, Mr. Fudge, is full of balloon tricks! Be sure to find other balloon videos on WonderHowTo from Mr. Fudge teaching everything from animals to planes! In a few twists and a few ties, you'll be an expert balloon artist in no time!

How To: Control tail spin on a PicooZ mini helicopter

To begin in controlling the tail spin on your helicopter you need to turn your helicopter on and then turn the controller on. On your controller there are two trim bars. If it begins spinning to the left, tap the right trim; likewise, if it begins spinning too much to the right, tap the left trim. Unfortunately there is no memory in the PicooZ helicopter, so every time you turn on the helicopter you have to trim it. In the example video the helicopter needed to have the trim bar pressed 12 ti...

How To: Build a LEGO computer tower case

In order to construct a LEGO computer tower case, you will need 6 bricks: 2 1x2 smooths with the dot in the center, 2 1x2 thins, 1 1x1 chunky, and 1 1x1 with a hole in the middle. First, take both of your 1x2s and stick them on top of the 1x1s. You'll want the hole facing outwards on the side. Next take your other 1x1 and snap that on top. Now take the 1x2 with the dot in the center and attach that to the front. Then take your remaining 1x2 with the dot in the middle and connect it into the h...

How To: Make a mini jar of jelly for a dollhouse

Decorating a dollhouse with tiny details is easy with this informative clip. You'll learn how to make a miniature jar of jelly for your dollhouse. Learn step by step how to use clear liquid nail, coloring gel, a syringe and Q-tip to fill a tiny jar that looks more than realistic. Using a jar from a necklace, the presenter fills it with the colored glue then takes a small amount of cotton cloth, attached with a small wire, to make it look like a jar of jelly from your pantry. This easy to foll...

How To: Make a mini polymer clay hollow pumpkin for a doll

In this video we're shown how to make a miniature hollow pumpkin. First start with Sculpey clay, the color you want to use is sweet potato pie. Roll some out flat and wrap it around a large glass marble, cutting off the excess clay. Next cut a small opening at the bottom so you can remove the marble later. Start sculpting the outside of the clay into a smooth spherical shape, using the marble as a guide. Next, take a toothpick or other similar utensil and poke a small whole in top of your pum...

How To: Blow a bubble with bubble gum

Blowing bubbles isn't just a way to waste time at the bus stop… It's an art form! In this tutorial, you'll learn how to blow bubbles that will dazzle your friends. There are also various examples of people blowing bubbles, to show you how it's done.

How To: Make a homemade spin toy with a button and string

If you've ever found yourself bored and not knowing what to do, this video tutorial might help you out. See how to make a homemade spin toy with a button. Just get out a pair of scissors, a large button, a glue stick, string and a small piece of paper and you can begin building this time consuming button spinner toy, time consuming as in not hard to make, but fun to play with.

How To: Upgrade the power in a Power Wheels Dune Beetle

So, your children have the same old boring Fisher-Price Power Wheels that all the other kids on the block have. Do you really want your child to be like all of the rest? No, I didn't think so. Turn those miniature Power Wheels, Dumar or Peg Perego vehicles into a little bit of realism, if you can handle it. All it takes is a little modification and you'll be wishing you were five again. With a few simple hacks, your son and daughter will be burning rubber, jumping curbs and burying those othe...

How To: Make a Lego balisong butterfly knife

Balisong knives, or butterfly knives, are folding pocket knifes with two handles that can counter rotate. People love performing tricks with them because of the balisong butterfly knife's flipping ability. Since knives aren't toys, make your balisong butterfly knife out of Legos. You still might hurt yourself, but not as badly as with the real thing. Learn how to build a Lego balisong butterfly knife by watching this video tutorial.

How To: Whistle loudly using your teeth

Never doubt the volume of your whistle again. This video shows you how to whistle loudly using your teeth. You'll learn proper position of your mouth and tongue to be able to make the loudest sound possible. With lots of practice you'll be the only one heard at the local games as you cheer on your favorite team or player. Watch this to get all you need to know to achieve that super loud whistle you've always desired, on the field or indoors.

How To: Repair broken gearboxes in Power Wheels toy vehicles

So, your children have the same old boring Fisher-Price Power Wheels that all the other kids on the block have. Do you really want your child to be like all of the rest? No, I didn't think so. Turn those miniature Power Wheels, Dumar or Peg Perego vehicles into a little bit of realism, if you can handle it. All it takes is a little modification and you'll be wishing you were five again. With a few simple hacks, your son and daughter will be burning rubber, jumping curbs and burying those othe...

How To: Build a looping rolling marble machine with magnetic elevator

Wow! No longer do you have to buy those huge marble machine roller coaster toys — you can DIY one! This video covers the materials, tools and techniques used to make a homemade rolling ball marble machine. If you haven't seen this rolling ball marble machine toy in action yet, WATCH IT. It's a looping rolling marble machine made with wood, rebar tie wire and polyurethane tubing, featuring a magnetic elevator.

How To: Make fairy wings

Feel like getting crafty? In this 8-part video tutorial, learn how to create the perfect pair of mini fairy wings, approximately 6 inches wide. Also included within these videos is how to make realistic-looking bat and dragon wings. To complete this project, you will need cellophane, plastic coated wire, acrylic paints, polyester glitter, and a glue gun. Add these wings to a doll or a wall craft for the perfect mystical embellishment!

How To: Solder wires to your rc car motor

In this tutorial, we learn how to solder wires to your rc car motor. First, you will put the flux on the out wires. Put a small amount on, but make sure it's evenly coated all around. After this, do the same process for the motor tabs. Then, tin the wire and then wipe off with a damp sponge. From here you will do the same thing for the motor tabs, taking the back off the motor tabs to make it easier to move around. After this, put the wire on top of the tab and pres with the iron. Now you sho...

How To: Make a diorama waterfall

If your son or daughter is planning on making a diorama for a classroom project or just because, making a cool water feature can be a great idea. Using real water may be fine and all, but if you want to prevent any kind of mess from happening, you can build one using materials that give a water like feel. So in this tutorial, you'll be finding out how to make a diorama waterfall from scratch. It's great for dioramas and is sure to be a much better fit than actual water. So good luck and enjoy!

How To: Build hot air balloon out of a garbage bag

This is a simple and easy tutorial, and anybody can build a hot air balloon out of a garbage bag by following the instructions in it. All one needs is a garbage bag, some stiff industrial wire and fire starter bars. The important thing, according to the author, is to judge how many fire starter bars will be required to make the balloon rise without melting its plastic body. First, two long wires are twisted together in the middle to make an 'X'. A smaller wire is twisted onto the middle of th...

How To: Inflate a flat ball without a needle or pump

Well, you're all ready to play basketball, or dodgeball or football or kickball, but, your ball is flat. To make matters worse, you don't have a pump. To make matters even worse, you don't have the needle you'd normally use to inflate your flat ball. Well, this how to video shows you a simple life hack to get your balls up and bouncing again in no time. What you'll need is a can of compressed air, commonly used for cleaning keyboards, or other tech equipment. These cans come with plastic 'tub...

How To: Make a mini K'Nex pistol

This video tutorial is in the Hobbies & Toys which will show you how to make a mini K'Nex pistol. Chris Swartzentruber shows you how to do this in this video. First make the trigger mechanism with the green, white, blue and orange parts as shown. Next make the handle using the parts as shown in the video. One end of the handle is green and the other end is orange. Then you make the handle support, barrel, magazine, rod pusher and the firing pin as demonstrated. Attach the handle to the barrel...

How To: Make a Barbie-sized princess tiara

For the fairy sized princess tiara you will need 32 gauge silver wire, silver ball beads, seed beads (your choice of color) and 4 mm crystal beads. Start with about 6" of the wire. String a seed bead to the center of the wire- and twist one or two times to secure it in place. Then bring both ends of the wire together- and clip so that they are even. Next string a 4 mm crystal bead over both pieces of wire and press snugly next to the first seed bead already strung. Then add a silver ball bead...

How To: Take apart a laser pointer

Have you ever had a combination of extreme boredom and an unrelenting curiosity? If so one thing you may have attempted to do is to take apart or "de-engineer" a common office laser pointer. In this online video we are shown how to take apart a cheap laser pointer. It should be noted if you are going to attempt to do this you should only try it on a laser pointer that is inexpensive so your loss will not be great if you should make an error.

How To: Build a dragon kite with a gold tail with your kids

This awesome kite has a long tail just like a dragon and is traditionally flown to celebrate the Chinese New Year! Watch this instructional how to video to learn how to make a dragon shaped kite. Have fun creating your kite with an adult helper. For this project you will need: rib-stop nylon, bamboo dowels, cloth tape, pencil, scissors, and gold tinsel.

Meet Tanky: The Super Smart DIY Tank Robot That Can Map Its Own Surroundings

There are plenty of tank robots out there, but how many of them can recognize 3D objects and map their environment? Tanky, the tracked mobile robot, can do all that and more while rolling around on his bicycle chain treads. Created as a Master's thesis project, Tanky is made almost entirely of parts you can find at your local hardware store. It was built in two "layers" with the motors, electronics, and batteries on bottom and the processing unit, a laptop, on top. The motors came from cordle...

How To: Make an easy no-sew voodoo doll

Caroline Dean show us how to make a voodoo doll in this tutorial. Start by grabbing two pieces of copy paper, and tear one sheet in half length wise. Next, roll one of the half sheets into a ball, this will become the head. After this, roll the other half of the paper into a tube shape, which will become the doll's arms. Next, place the ball into the center of the copy paper and then gather the corners of the paper around the doll, and roll it into a body shape. Now place a sharp object in th...