A Month of Making

Welcome to A Month of Making - a month dedicated to sustainability, creativity and handmade Christmas gifts. From 15 November to 19 December 2021, we will be releasing a series of instructional DIY gift-making videos, created by makers from the world of STEM, featuring a variety of handmade models, machines, games and toys to help inspire your creativity this Christmas.

Prize draw

We have ten copies of the book "Mr Shaha’s Marvellous Machines" by Alom Shaha to give away to ten lucky makers! To enter the prize draw, create a handmade Christmas gift, take a photo or video of the finished product and post it on Twitter or Instagram using the hashtag #AMonthOfMaking between 15 November and 19 December 2021. Ten winners will be picked at random to receive a copy of the book.

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Dave Adkins - Slingshot

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QEPrize Ambassador Dave Adkins demonstrates how to make a rubber band slingshot, with a Christmas tree target.

Larissa Suzuki - Mars rover

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Make a balloon-powered Mars Rover with QEPrize Ambassador Larissa Suzuki.

Mark Miodownik - Pewter casting

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Materials expert Mark Miodownik demonstrates how to use molten pewter to cast small objects that would make great Christmas gifts.

Craig and Rebecca Struthers - Zoetrope

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Make your very own animation machine, called a zoetrope, with watchmaking duo Craig and Rebecca Struthers.

Beth Fitzpatrick - Candy canes

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QEPrize Ambassador Beth Fitzpatrick demonstrates how to make homemade candy canes, with a sprinkling of systems engineering.

Sarah Kuklewicz - Pom pom snowman

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Join Sarah Kuklewicz from the Brunel Museum to make a pompom snowman using some cardboard and yarn.

Suze Kundu - Hot chocolate bombs

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Suze Kundu shows us how to make a delicious chocolatey treat that your friends and family will love.

Stephanie Houser - Pulley system

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QEPrize Ambassador Stephanie Houser demonstrates how to make a pulley snack delivery system using simple materials.

Marisa Giannasi - Crochet coasters

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Master a new craft and learn to make this crochet coaster! Follow along with Marisa Giannasi as she breaks down the steps.

Hannah Joshua - Lolly stick catapult

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Create a catapult with special effects technician Hannah, using lolly sticks and string!

Sai Pathmanathan - Teeny Automaton

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Make a tiny automaton with Sai Pathmanathan - a miniature machine that fits in a handy gift box!

Ruth Amos - Salt dough decorations

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Create your own Christmas decorations using salt dough! Simple to make and fun to decorate - Ruth Amos shows us how it's done.

Katie Steckles - Braid

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Mathematician Katie Steckles shows how to create a braid, which you could make into a bracelet, keyring or even a bow for Christmas wrapping.

Matt Pritchard - Concertina illusion card

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Science magician Dr Matt Pritchard demonstrates how to make a photo illusion card using a concertina folding method.

Duncan Yellowlees - Christmas wobbler

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Make a Christmas wobbler with Duncan Yellowlees! This make uses a simple pendulum made out of a paper cup and a straw.

London Play - Musical Instruments

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Paul Hocker from London Play explains how to make some simple musical instruments using things you will find around your home.

Renée Watson - Fizzing Christmas tree

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Impress your loved ones with this fun fizzing Christmas tree, as demonstrated by explosions expert Renée Watson.

Millie Heather - Infinity photo cube

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Follow along with Millie Heather to create an infinity photo cube - a great personalised gift for loved ones.

Hana Ayoob - Decorative mobile

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Hana Ayoob demonstrates how to make a decorative mobile using a stick, some cardboard and some string.

Fran Scott - Snot slime

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Engineering presenter and pyrotechnician Fran Scott explains how to mix up a pot of festive snot slime - the perfect gruesome gift!

Alom Shaha - Sinkeroo game

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Physics teacher and author Alom Shaha demonstrates how to make a fun and educational game called Sinkeroo.