Topic: how things are made

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Sesame Street: How Crayons Are Made

We love videos about how things are made, and factories can be amazing sights: all of that automation and machinery and movement… the marvel of mass production. So we especially love videos about how crayons ...

Printing with a 2000lb cast-iron Kluge Letterpress machine

Big loud machines that make delicate beautiful things! Nick Sambrato introduces his 2000lb cast-iron Kluge Letterpress machine from his small print shop in Florida. Also don’t miss this letterpress primer vid th...

How to make puppets with Jim Henson (1969)

This video is 15 full minutes of amazing... and the best part of it is all of the puppet activities it will inspire for kids of all ages. Jim Henson and Muppeteers show kids how to make puppets from simple things li...

The Sound of Wood: From sapling to violin

The Sound of Wood: From sapling to violin. We wish there was a video like this for every musical instrument.

Life-sized stop motion: Sorry I’m Late

Shooting stop-motion straight down on the ground is such a great way to animate. Aardman Studio’s recently released Gulp, a sponsored short that was filmed on “the world’s largest stop-motion animat...

The Swordmaker: A last Japanese swordsmith forges a sword

One of the last remaining Japanese swordsmiths uses all of his skills and knowledge to make Koto, a mythical samurai sword dating back to 794-1333 AD. From Etsy.tv, Korehira Watanabe is The Swordmaker. In the archi...

How to make cranberry mulled cider with Anthology Magazine

This video from Anthology Magazine is a lovely, visual How To for making cranberry mulled cider, a perfect recipe for the kids. Related watching: Cranberries!

Stop-Motion Biscuit Cake: A chocolate biscuit cake that makes itself

"…Dee joked that she has made her legendary chocolate biscuit cake so many times now that the ingredients could make it by themselves." And so begins the idea behind Alan Travers’ f...

How to make a paper roll xylophone

Lullatone's music and visual aesthetics are bright, clean, and sincere, often playing on toy instruments and other analog sounds. Here, Shawn James Seymour of Lullatone explains How to make a paper roll xylophone in J...

Balloons – How It’s Made

Of all of the fun things about how they make balloons, it was really the tilted brushes to roll up the balloon ends that got us. So simple! Learn more about how things are made and watch more balloon videos on thi...

How are Japanese Kokeshi Dolls made?

Handmade from wood, traditional Japanese Kokeshi dolls are carved and painted by artisans in this rhythmic video by JapanStoreTV: Kokeshi Dolls originated in North-East Japan as wooden toys for children. They beg...

How to make a LED Robot Ornament – MAKE Projects

How to make a LED Robot Ornament with Becky Stern, director of wearable electronics at Adafruit. You can also refer to the excellent step by step guide on MAKE Projects, which includes links fo...

All That Glitters: The History of Shiny Things

All That Glitters: The History of Shiny Things! What a excellent addition to our collection of How Things Are Made. via The Retronaut, h/t @cosentino. 

Bubble Bot: A robot built for blowing massive bubbles

A robot built for blowing massive bubbles! This Bubble Bot was invented by Zvika Markfeld, who wrote a how-to on making them for MAKE. You can see another video of one of his Bubble Bots here. 

How to build an igloo: A clip from A Boy Among Polar Bears

In this clip from the BBC documentary A Boy Among Polar Bears, we get to watch how the Inuit people build the snow shelter known as an igloo, or iglu in the Inuit language. ("Snow house" is igluvijaq.) These temporary...

Drum from a barrel, a classic from Sesame Street

Classic Sesame Street time! Kids get help making drum from a barrel against the backdrop of New York City in the early 80s. The video doesn’t dive deep into it, but there’s even more detail in just ho...

How Ink Is Made – Pigment powders, varnish, & big machines

A promotional video by a Canadian ink maker, this video not only explains the behind the scenes of how ink colors are made, but its artful presentation makes the process actually feel inspirational. (The music helps, ...

How It’s Made: Bike Chains

How bike chains are made, from the show How It’s Made. I can’t remember how we happened upon this video, but the kid loves it… all of those little shiny pieces so easily found in action out in the w...

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