How to make a giant ‘robotic’ cardboard hand

Cardboar giant hand

A few days ago, Ara discovered a game to build robots with pieces that you can find at home with the OFFBITS construction kit. Today we show you a video that combines the same two ideas: robots and recycling.

We want you to build your own robotic cardboard hand with this video tutorial by Zygote Brown Designs. You just need some long cardboard tubes, paper straws, string, tapeand hot glue

Zygote Brown Designs is Alicia’s blog, a Melbourne based mum with two boys. It is a blog about the stuff she likes to make for her boys and the fun she has making it. We share 100% his philosophy about recycling and creating incredible things with reused materials.

“I love working with cardboard cos it’s free and so versatile and I’d hate to see a perfectly beautiful crisp cardboard box be thrown away. There is so much more to cardboard than one use. It has so much to give. All it needs is some imagination. I do make other things for them that are not cardboard but it just seems that I always return to cardboard”, says Alicia

“I really want to make magical memories for my kids and for them to unleash their imaginations. I hope by seeing me creating these things for them that it helps with that. I would love to make alot more for them but obviously like other parents I find it hard to find the time.”

Cardboar giant hand

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A brightly puzzle house in Copenhagen

puzzle house in copenhagen seen in cuteandkids

Architects Bjarke Ingels and Simon Frommenwiler have teamed up to create this puzzle house, a brightly hued house that can be taken apart and rebuilt, for 3 Days of Design in Copenhagen.

puzzle house in copenhagen seen in cuteandkids

Puzzle House is situated in the back garden of Copenhagen’s Swiss embassy, a regular participating venue in 3 Days of Design and organisers of Architecture in Residence – a programme that aims to strengthen connections between Danish and Swiss architects.

The installation was designed by Ingels, founder of Danish firm BIG, and Frommenwiler, head of Basel-based practice HHF, to foster social interaction.

puzzle house in copenhagen seen in cuteandkids

The structure comprises pink, red and fuchsia coloured geometric blocks that, when slotted together like the pieces of a jigsaw puzzle, form a small gabled house.

Each block is weighted so that they require more than one person to carry them, which the architects hope will encourage visitors to talk and work collaboratively to assemble the building.

Small groups can climb up and sit on the blocks when they are kept separate, or they can be aligned to create amphitheatre-style seating for large-scale events and talks.

puzzle house in copenhagen seen in cuteandkids

3 Days of Design is held annually in Copenhagen, showcasing the best of Danish design.

Photography by Kaspar Würgler, via Dezeen.

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