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There are many types of inhabitations that you can build on snow and they are commonly known as igloo. However, the common perception that everyone has of what seems to be an igloo is a dome-shaped structure built from snow (more specifically snow blocks). In the cold and harsh climates of snow, having an igloo helps to keep you insulated from the frosty conditions outside. When built correctly, it can retain temperature ranging between -7 degrees Celsius to 16 degrees Celsius, even when the temperature outside may be as low as 40 degrees Celsius. However, take note that building a good structure takes time and energy. If possible, always get help from others so that you can complete the building sooner. Here are some ways on how to build an igloo.

(1) Make even-sized blocks. To do so, you can construct a mold made up of boards. You can also use any rectangular-shaped items with no bottom or top (so that you can fill the blocks with ice). If the height of your snow house is no more than 7 feet, then blocks measuring 6 inches will be just nice.

How to Build Igloo How to Build an Igloo

(2) You will need an even space on the ground. Mark out a symmetrical round shape. The snow beneath should be at least 3 feet deep so that you can dig down and secure the structure after it’s completed. Packed snow makes strong and heavy bricks. Place the mold on a level surface board and pack it with snow. Use some water if necessary. If there are two persons involved in the building, one person can form the bricks while the other builds the snow house. Bricks are then stacked around the circle drawn earlier on. Unlike normal building, you have no mortar to fill in the crevices and gaps. Therefore, use some loose snow to bind the blocks together.

(3) Stack the subsequent rows above the first brick layer, placing them above the joints of the ones beneath. You will also need to move the bricks in slightly in every layer so that the walls will curve inwards. Towards the end of the building, one person should be inside the house to ensure the formation of an inward slant.

Igloo 1 How to Build an Igloo

(4) Use a cap brick slightly larger than the hole on top and place it inside the hole of the dome structure. You can now smooth the inner wall of the structure. Create an entrance for you to move in and out.

To strengthen the structure, drip some water over the ice before you sleep. The above are steps on how to build an igloo. It may take time to build but it is a worthwhile process because you get to use the structure for quite sometime after that.

Kite flying is a favorite past time for many people. It is just fascinating to watch it fly high up in the sky on a good weather. Many people, young and old alike, enjoy going to parks or gardens to enjoy kite-flying or just watch others attempt to fly theirs. If you’ve not tried flying one before, you should! This may very well turn into a lifelong hobby that will have you pursuing kite design and better flying skills. While it is easy and cheap to purchase a kite, custom-built ones will leave you proud and satisfied. Try this simple DIY project today with these tips on how to build a kite.

Though they take on many shapes and sizes, this article will guide you on how to build a simple, diamond kite. The materials and tools you need include thin garden twine, glue, scotch tape, a sheet of strong paper measuring by approximately 100cm on all four sides, two strong, thin wooden sticks or bamboo measuring approximately 100cm and 88cm each. Make a cross with both sticks, ensuring that they are placed symmetrically. Then, tie the sticks together using a fine but durable string. They should be at right angles to each other and securely attached to each other. You can also dab some liquid glue to keep it in place. Now, cut a notch at the end of both sticks. Wrap and loop the string around the stick. Stretch the string around the cross-piece and then finish by making a loop at the top of the stick. Trim off what you don’t need. They key here is to make sure that the string must be taut but not too tight.

Build a Kite How to Build a Kite

Then, place the stick frame atop the sail paper. Cut the paper, leaving only approximately 2cm for margin. You can then fold the edges over the frame and add some glue to secure its position.  Next, cut another piece of string approximately 120cm long. Connect one end of the stick to the other by tying a loop at the top and then at the bottom. At the cross-section will be the bridle, where the flying line is attached. Now, decorate your kite. You can add any motifs and even attach a small piece of string with ribbons at the bottom loop.

This is how to build a kite, the simple and cost-effective way. Have fun trying out this DIY project!

To build a breathtaking pyramid like the Great Pyramid of Giza, it will take 20 years of construction without modern technology and million tones of stones. That is why pyramids are said to be one of the greatest architectural achievements of mankind. It would be rather impossible for us to reconstruct another majestic pyramid without the manpower and resources. Nevertheless, it is possible to build a miniature replica as a sculpture for our garden.

How to build a pyramid?

You might want to refer to real pyramid’s pictures or plans in order to sketch the plan of your mini pyramid. Based on the location where you are going to build the pyramid, decide on the measurements and the amount of raw materials that you are going to use. For the construction, you will need milk crates, plastic sheeting, nails (or staples), stock strapping, sand and wire.

Build a Pyramid How to Build a Pyramid

Level the land that you are going to work on because it requires a solid base to withhold the weight of your pyramid. If possible, use a vibrator and a surveying set-up to compact the soil. You will need to lay concrete and rebar if the pyramid is made to remain on the spot permanently. The surrounding landscape will have to be flattened out because it will take up a larger space (more than 5 times) for grading. Place the sides of the pyramid carefully as the corners have to be symmetrical. Place a plastic sheet above the cubes and check if the cubes are placed properly. Push in the blocks so that they are in the right position. Slice through intervals on the plastic sheeting to allow water drainage.

Next, place sand in between the cubes one at a time. If you intend to build a pyramid similar to the original architecture, create layers by arranging the cubes according to the plan so that you will have chambers and pathways. Make sure that the pathway that leads to the chambers are not covered. As you move from a layer to another, check if the layers and cubes are aligned accordingly. These are the basic steps of how to build a pyramid.

Pyramid 1 How to Build a Pyramid

Wire the cubes together to secure them in place. Proceed to the next layer by placing the four sides of the cubes half cube in from the previous layer. Pour sand in between cubes for the whole layer before you move on to the next. When you are done, make strapping with 45 degrees triangles to be fitted on the sides and in the middle of the layers. It should fit the edges of the pyramid perfectly. Cut plywood to the size of your pyramid to cover it up as a shield to the cubes. You may paint the pyramid as desired.

What better way can there be to introduce children to science than by building a bottle rocket? Materials that can be obtained from any kitchen or garage can be assembled within a matter of moments to demonstrate the principles of pressure and propulsion.

It’s easy to learn how to build a bottle rocket. You’ll need to cut off the top and bottom of a 2-liter soda bottle to obtain a cylindrical tube. This cylinder is taped to a second 2-liter soda bottle in order to form the fuselage that stores the parachute.

Bottle Rocket1 How to Build a Bottle Rocket

Three triangular fins have to be cut out from a manila folder. Be sure to include flaps on the fins so that they can be taped to the bottle at equal distances on the uncut soda bottle. Straight lines can be drawn on the bottle as a guide. For more precise fin placement, measure the circumference of the bottle and divide it into 3 to determine the exact distance that should exist between the fins.

The nosecone on the fuselage is made from an athletic cone. The bottom tip of the cone has to be cut off. A ping pong or golf ball-sized piece of clay can be packed into the nose of the cone to give the bottle rocket more momentum. The cone itself should be symmetrical and slightly wider than the bottle’s diameter.

You are nearly halfway through the process of how to build a bottle rocket. The cone is attached to the fuselage with string anchored with duct tape at either end to the inside fuselage and the cone. If you face trouble keeping the cone on the fuselage, you can make a platform with 3 small fins, taping them near the top of the fuselage where the cone should sit.

Bottle Rocket How to Build a Bottle Rocket

For the parachute, cut the closed end of a garbage bag off so it’s open at both ends. Fold it in half along the shorter side of the bag, making sure the edges match before folding it in half again along the longer axis. Fold the bag again so that it forms a triangle, with its base being the end that was closed in the previous fold. Cut away the rectangular section, leaving just the triangle. You should have two canopies when you unfold the bag.

Fold one canopy in half, and fold twice more, creasing the folds each time. When you unfold it again, it will have been divided into 16 sections. Mark the edge of each crease with tape or reinforcement tabs. Holes are punched through the masking tape or reinforcement tabs so that the kite string can be attached to form the parachute. Fold the canopy in half again, tying the string through any 4 of the holes before tying the strings together at their most distant point from the canopy. Repeat 3 times to complete the parachute. The chute can be attached to the fuselage with duct tape before it is loosely packed and the nosecone put back on.

Need a perfect hideout and where you can have fun with your kids? Team up with them, go ahead and make use of your kids’ imagination, creativity and innovation to put together a special place where they can call their own. Gather them together and build a fort and this is how to build a fort.

First, voyage around and check out your backyard to decide on where to build the fort.  If you want a tree fort, you will need a tree with strong sturdy branches and a good canopy of leaves to provide shade. For a ground fort, a large backyard will do. In this article, we will be focusing on forts on trees. Design your dream fort and draw out the blue print of it. Make sure that the size of the tree is appropriate and strong enough to withstand the weight of your children, as well as the fort.

Build a Fort How to Build a Fort

Estimate the amount of materials that you will need for the entire project. It will be even meaningful if you can use up recycled materials to instill the awareness among your children. For instance, canvas can be used as the roof material and straw mats can be used as windows and doors.

When you have acquired the materials, start with the flooring. Hammer the wood planks to the branches and form a strong base. Make sure the flooring is level and the wood planks must be securely nailed down to the branches. Secure straight wooden pillars at the four corners to form the frame of the fort. Include your children in the building process as it makes them feel involved. Assign small appropriate tasks to them and let them help out under your supervision.

Affix the wooden slabs onto the pillars as walls and remember to leave out sufficient space for your doors and windows. Inspect the base and walls to ensure that they are durable enough to support the weight of your children. Add on a ladder or tie knots with thick ropes for them to get in and out of the tree fort. Place the canvas over the top as a roof.

Add on finishing touches like painting and decorating the tree fort. Let your children have fun in decorating their fort with flags made out of old shirts or pillowcases, and also reuse large cardboard boxes as their tables. That is basically all about how to build a fort.


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