Amazeum YOU Experiences

DIY Didgeridoo

The sound from this simple instrument is unmistakeable and resonates throughout the world. Steve Parker, Amazeum Maker in Residence, creates a Didgeridoo from common materials and shares the secret to making the variety of sounds the for which the instrument is known. 

 |  Sound, Discovery, Making

DIY Balloon Saxophone

When you blow up a balloon, hold the opening, and slowly release the air it sounds like a . . . saxophone, right? Amazeum Maker in Residence Steve Parker is back with another instrument that you can make with common materials and redefining making music in the process.

 |  Sound, Upcycling, Making

Cup Phones

Before cellular service, telephones were connected by wires. How'd that work? Jacob Copps rings up a simple experiment that sounds too easy to be cool. But generations of kids have wondered at the incredible ability of sound to travel through cups, cans, and a string. 

 |  Sound, Technology, Making

Chain Reactions

One thing leads to another in this exploration of cause and effect.Joel Gordon gets the ball rolling with this introduction to a favorite activity in the Amazeum's 3M Tinkering Hub. Gather up some household items and see how many reactions you can cause. 

 |  Making, Tinkering, Simple Machines


Mixing matter to create something moldable makes science more fun.
Michelle Miner combines all the materials you need for creative fun with a dash of chemistry thrown in to make the Amazeum's special brand of Playdough. 

 |  Chemistry, Art, Making

Simple Sewing

Sewing is a time-tested way to join all kinds of materials together. Alivia Broadway stitches together the information you need to begin making sewn items on your own.

 |  Making, Materials, Coordination


Quilling is an interesting way to create shapes that become incredible works of art when you apply your imagination. The Amazeum team put together this blog post to get you started quilling and creating.

 |  Making, Creativity, Tools


Weave trash into treasures, upcycle and make your own material.
Alivia Broadway show you the process for creating an unusual material from an all too common resource as she makes plastic yarn (or plarn in Amazeum speak).

 |  Making, Art, Materials


Pompoms add a little puff of bling to anything. And they are also great additions to experiences like sensory boxes, built boats, air powered vehicles, and almost any creative task. Here's how to make you own unique pompom. 

 |  Creativity, Making, Fiber Art