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Have Fun Making Your Own Time Traveler Gadgets: Dr. Who Inspired

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Have a blast making your own time traveler devices. These were inspired by the show Dr. Who on PBS. Children will love creating their own gadgets: all they need is junk parts and imagination!

My clever daughter made these gadgets and she started by raiding my robot making box. This box is a box filled with parts of broken items that I thought could look good as part of a robot. She used a hot glue gun but younger children will likely need you to do the gluing to their specifications.

I hope this will help get your creative juices flowing.

Make your own Dr Who Gadgets

Here you see: A Super Sonic Detector and its on/ off button

a Surveillance Bot147 and an Electronic Spyglass.

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Here you see a portable Detector Device 3B and a Medical Scanner 919 (can detect disease)

an Electronic Lighter (extinguishes light or illuminates the immediate vicinity) and a Sonic Toothbrush (picks up particles and analyses them).

Not only do you get to invent gadgets, you also get to work out their capabilities.

Flower Centerpiece: Milk bottle Vases in Weathered Canning Jar Lifter

Milk bottle Vases in a canning jar lifter

I found this weathered canning jar lifter and was happily surprised to find that the milk bottles that I saved fit perfectly. Of course I thought of a vase centerpiece. The first time I tried this, I used daisies from my wildflower garden and I liked the look even better.  Regardless of the flowers: charming.

Robot Monster Pitcher: Coffee Pot With A Scary Halloween Makeover

Allow the guests at your children’s Halloween party to serve themselves a drink with this scary monster bot.

All the pieces for this menacing yet useful guy were recycled.

Monster Bot for Halloween party

Don’t turn your back on this grabby little monster: he may steal your candy.

What to put in your Robot Monster Pitcher? Robot Oil (i.e. Apple Juice) of course!

I used this at my daughter’s robot party too.

How to:

Get your hands on a second-hand coffee pot. Then gut out the innards. Clean it really well. The exterior bottom of my coffee pot was damaged by its previous owner from overheating but I think it adds character to our monster. The inside of the pot wasn’t damaged. Check the inside before bringing one home.

Eyes are burned out red Christmas light bulbs. Arms are thrift-store forks. Mouth was made from a metal shower curtain ring that I bent up using a pair of pliers.

Gluing the pieces on:

Gorilla glue worked for the arms. When the glue was dry, I used a razor blade to clean off the glue that squeezed out. A clear epoxy worked for the eyes and mouth.

Be creative and design your own scary Robot Monster Pitcher.

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How To Make Your Own Coffee Pot Character: Fisherman Perc

fisherman sculpture

Fisherman Perc

fisherman sculpture close-up
How To:
To make a fun Coffee Pot Character you need to start with an aluminum coffee pot. I found this vintage aluminum percolator coffee pot at a local thrift store.

Fisherman Perc (a pleasant old man who enjoys the quit solitude of a day spent fishing).was made with:
Salvaged bolts for eyes. Drill a hole big enough to insert the bolt. It isn’t difficult to drill through aluminum.
Black valve knob (thing-a ma-gig) was glued on to make a mustache.
Can tabs were glued on to make the ears.
A mini aluminum pie pan with an old canning lid became the hat.
An aluminum angel food cake pan / bunt pan (the center piece) made a perfect neck/ stand.
Extras: Vintage reading glasses, fishing lures, can of “worms,” and small mint tin.

fisherman sculpture parts

Pieces needed in the assembly of Fisherman Perc.

Unusual Cake Stand: Robot Party Style

home-made industrial looking cake stand

What kind of cake stand do you use at a robot party? Something made from salvaged parts,… something creative…
Every party needs food so I provided our guests with robot fuel; ie cake on this industrial looking cake stand.
I combined three thrift store finds; a silver platter (silver in color, it may be silver plated, it doesn’t matter), a glass cake stand cover that lost its bottom half, and a piece of an old aluminum coffee pot (the part that was used to filter the grinds).
I glued the platter to the coffee pot piece I chose for the stand.
You could substitute anything that is metal or looks metal. Another idea is to use a large tomato can.