Win A Build Your Own Microscope Set

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Win a Build Your Own Microscope Set

With Christmas fast approaching, now is the time to be looking into gift ideas for your family. It may seem too early, however what a fantastic distraction from the craziness of the year!

Crafting and making things are hobbies that most took up during lockdown as an escape, so this particular review and giveaway will definitely appeal! Read on to find out more about the recently launched, totally sustainable Build Your Own Microscope set and find out how you could win one!

Build Your Own Microscope Set

BYO Kit

The newly launched eco-friendly cardboard microscope from Build Your Own Kits is a fantastic set for children (and adults) who love exploring nature and making things! Bar the two lenses and mirror piece included with the set, everything included, even down to the packaging is cardboard based. No worrying about unnecessary plastic ties that need cutting before you can enjoy the gift!

BYO microscope contents

Instructions are very easy to follow, with directions to the corresponding cardboard pieces, making it much easier than an IKEA bookcase to put together! The steps are so easy to follow that Liv herself started off building the microscope on her own.cardboard microscope

I would advise to set aside some time to build the microscope, but it’s a really fun project to get the whole family invovled with. With 54 press out parts, you will get great satisfaction when the finished product is ready! The set is really quite sturdy and handled correctly really will stand the test of time. Dimensions are 18.5cm wide by 27cm in height making it the perfect size to keep safe on desks, shelves or drawers.

BYO set completed

Featuring 30x magnification, Autumn is the perfect time to start collecting leaves to analyse and view. Use the hand-held adaptor that you will also make to view items when you are out and about! The microscope features a light tube periscope with a zoom function, focusing dials and 30x magnification microscope… all built by you! Liv found it easier to use the torch function on a mobile phone that was placed underneath the microscope in order to achieve the correct light needed.

Using a Microscope

You can purchase the Build Your Own Microscope set from the Build Your Own site, currently priced at £16.99. It’s actually very reasonably priced, the quality is outstanding and you really do get longevity out of the kit. It’s fun for all ages, easy to use and understand and the building it yourself aspect really does make this a sustainable gift with a difference to give for Christmas!

How To Win A Build Your Own Microscope Set

For your chance to win a BYO Microscope set, simply enter using the Gleam form below and do not forget to answer the question by leaving a blog

Build Your Own Microscope

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TERMS AND CONDITIONS

Giveaway ends at midnight on Sunday 4th October 2020.
One winning entry we drawn at random by Gleam.
The winner will be notified within 72 hours of the giveaway ending.
The winner will receive 1 x Build Your Own Microscope Set
The prize is non-refundable and no cash alternative will be offered.

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170 comments

Suan Watts September 4, 2020 at 1:53 pm

A dress

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Helen Evans September 24, 2020 at 11:49 am

A wooden panda sculpture from scratch when I was 6. It currently resides in my grandmother’s house.

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Anthony Parker October 4, 2020 at 10:57 pm

A set of Airfix models comprising classic planes like Wellington, Spitfire and many more. I did have a soft spot for the Concorde model and regret never travelling on the real thing

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Margaret Gallagher September 4, 2020 at 1:55 pm

A tree house in our garden !

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Peter Nickson September 4, 2020 at 2:07 pm

My son

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Amy SIMPSON September 4, 2020 at 2:16 pm

Homemade curtains

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Kelly smith September 4, 2020 at 2:40 pm

My lovely little family thanks x ❤️

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Sandra Fortune September 5, 2020 at 3:51 pm

A wedding cake with over 600 hand moulded red roses and sprays of blossom

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Peter Watson September 4, 2020 at 3:52 pm

A rabbit hutch.

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Phil B September 4, 2020 at 4:08 pm

As a child I made a 3 wheel go-cart out of wood from an old bed frame, a bmx wheel and the axle and wheels of a lawn mower. It worked quite well and it was surprisingly fast down hills, it even had a rudimentary brake (A wooden lever that pressed onto the tyre). Terribly unstable around corners though.

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Kelly Knowles September 4, 2020 at 4:10 pm

We made a model catapult with a plastic spoon and wooden lollypop stick, what was more cool, it actually worked and fired things

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Sarah Alexander September 4, 2020 at 4:29 pm

Playhouse

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michelle o'neill September 4, 2020 at 4:49 pm

a beautiful aran jumper for my granddaughter

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Harline parkin September 4, 2020 at 4:51 pm

I helped my dad build a go kart has a child simply loved it

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melanie stirling September 4, 2020 at 4:54 pm

It was a nightdress I made at school, it turned out well but it only took me 2 years to make! We still laugh about it now.

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Paul Green September 4, 2020 at 5:14 pm

A bird house

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Tee Simpson September 9, 2020 at 10:33 pm

Cheesy but it has to be my kids. I also made a frozen birthday cake for my daughters birthday a few years ago. It looked really good.

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ashleigh allan September 4, 2020 at 5:28 pm

A toy box

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TonyG September 4, 2020 at 5:34 pm

Raised flower bed

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Bryan Murphy September 4, 2020 at 5:36 pm

A shed

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Tracy Nixon September 4, 2020 at 5:53 pm

A hand stitched and hand embroidered Advent calendar!

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Rebecca Nisbet September 4, 2020 at 6:02 pm

My daughter! Best creation ever!

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Catherine McAlinden September 4, 2020 at 7:32 pm

A waistcoat in school!

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Joanne Hutchings September 4, 2020 at 8:22 pm

I’m rubbish at making things! Although I’ve made a couple of Christmas dinners that I’ve been proud of.

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Jazz Tattersall September 4, 2020 at 8:55 pm

Some giant fabric dice

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Carrie H September 4, 2020 at 9:52 pm

A brick pizza oven for the garden in our old house.

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Kim Neville September 4, 2020 at 10:23 pm

Making kids playhouse

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Elizm September 4, 2020 at 10:44 pm

My kids!

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Tracy B September 4, 2020 at 10:57 pm

A computer

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A.E. ADKINS September 4, 2020 at 11:01 pm

A jumper for my other half which was inexplicably stolen a couple of weeks later

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Rachel Walsh September 5, 2020 at 2:15 am

My children!! Haha does that count?!

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Kelly Y September 5, 2020 at 7:03 am

My kid 😉

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Simon Knuckey September 5, 2020 at 7:26 am

Garden Shed

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Lucinda P September 5, 2020 at 8:05 am

I love doing crafts and making things, but I am most proud of my little boy, he is the light of my life.

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Ben Audsley September 5, 2020 at 8:13 am

i made a go kart when i was a kid – i was so proud !

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hayley berry September 5, 2020 at 8:41 am

My children 🙂

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cecilia martins September 5, 2020 at 8:47 am

Sand castle

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Kristie Metcalfe September 5, 2020 at 9:11 am

My own soapbox (like the ones you see in The Red Bull Soapbox Race). It wasn’t good enough to race but I still had fun making it!

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Rich Tyler September 5, 2020 at 9:53 am

A huge lego castle

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Dale Dow September 5, 2020 at 11:01 am

a Roman colosseum that we did for my kids school. We made our own clay for it

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Chris Andrews September 5, 2020 at 12:21 pm

the christening robe for my daughter

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Karl Borowy October 4, 2020 at 6:14 pm

Grandson would love this for Christmas

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Jenny McClinton September 5, 2020 at 12:35 pm

I made my mum a cushion cover with a hedgehog on when I was at school, and also a small patchwork quilt for my daughter for her fist christmas.

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cat September 5, 2020 at 1:39 pm

An iced decorated christening cake

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kim white September 5, 2020 at 3:50 pm

I made a large Fishermans Wharf ships wheel for my bathroom wall and painted Popeye and Olive Oil in the middle.

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Kathy Cakebread September 5, 2020 at 4:46 pm

Cute Cookie Monster cupcake

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fiona waterworth September 5, 2020 at 5:46 pm

Re built a ford cortina’s 2 litre engine if that counts

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Tony Metcalfe September 5, 2020 at 6:15 pm

Wedding cake for my sister.

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Corinne Peat September 5, 2020 at 7:40 pm

We love making stuff. I made a pretty impressive volcano out of papier-mâché with my eldest once.

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Laura Pritchard September 5, 2020 at 8:20 pm

A Tutankhamun death mask for a fancy dress party!

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lynn neal September 5, 2020 at 9:08 pm

The lego pirate ship Arrgh!

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Sophie Marie Cartwright September 5, 2020 at 9:35 pm

My sons fancy dress outfit of a robot, it was amazing if i do say so myself! 😉

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Jo F September 19, 2020 at 3:22 pm

I made ewok costumes for my twins…. They looked ace!

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Iain maciver September 5, 2020 at 9:35 pm

a model car

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Stacey Carnell September 5, 2020 at 10:50 pm

My kids 🙂 A park for the garden is a close second 🙂

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Jane Willis September 6, 2020 at 7:50 am

Oh goodness, I make things all the time so it’s hard to say! Possibly a Wendy House when the children were small. They had a cheap plastic one on a frame, but the plastic tore so I kept the frame and covered it with fabric – red corduroy for the roof, floral hessian for the walls, and real cotton print curtains at the windows. They loved it.

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Em Gal September 6, 2020 at 8:39 am

We made our own island playset. It had a volcano, mountains, waterfall, pirate caves, mermaid lagoon, horse meadows, seal beach, village and airport

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Karen Radford September 6, 2020 at 8:43 am

A pop up toy (using cams) when I was at school

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Katie Witherington September 6, 2020 at 2:20 pm

a clay figure of the moon

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Katie B September 6, 2020 at 7:32 pm

Probably a bag I made when I was at school! I used it for ages!

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F Chowdhury September 6, 2020 at 5:00 pm

A baby

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Lucy September 6, 2020 at 8:51 pm

Hello, I made some really nice oat and raisin biscuits once, they were so nice!

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Sean Eccles September 6, 2020 at 9:49 pm

Bunk beds for my daughters

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Teresa Sheldon September 6, 2020 at 10:53 pm

My children with a little help from hubby

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Ursula Hunt September 7, 2020 at 9:19 am

A four ply longhttps://www.puzzlemagazines.co.uk/competitions length cardigan, took ages but was worth ot

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Kerry Ellis September 7, 2020 at 3:17 pm

My children! Single parent and proud every day of them.

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Karen Stirling September 7, 2020 at 5:35 pm

A cushion with a felt dog on the front.

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Angie McDonald September 7, 2020 at 8:22 pm

Has to be the glass engraved bowl hat I made with a sand-blaster machine when I did work experience at my mum’s friends company – it has autumn leaves embossed all around the outer and my mum still displays it in her living room

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Emma Hawes September 7, 2020 at 10:11 pm

4 cross stitch hoops of the solar system.

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Jo Jo September 8, 2020 at 7:40 am

A stumpery in the garden!

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Karen Langridge September 8, 2020 at 8:12 pm

Has to be my kids! Let’s be honest I have never made anything amazing food wise, you know only too well how bad my cooking is!

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Anna September 8, 2020 at 9:45 pm

As a child I wrote a book! Long time I’ve been thinking that’s the best I can make until I had my baby boy

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Ruth Harwood September 9, 2020 at 8:56 am

I wrote a few books (four, unpublished, but still all long and great to read when I go back to them, I so need to write again!)

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Chris Roberts September 9, 2020 at 10:44 am

An 18th birthday cake in the shape of an iPhone.

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Corinne Henson September 9, 2020 at 8:25 pm

According to my children my blackberry ice cream

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Darren Bourne September 20, 2020 at 11:26 pm

My children. They are what really make every day amazing. And chocolate cake 🙂

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Susan Willshee September 9, 2020 at 9:16 pm

I built an orrery for Leo who absolutely loves anything space related. An orrery is a 3d model of the solar system. It had all the planets revolving around the sun. Sadly they couldn’t be to scale just because of the sheer scale of the solar system but he loves it!

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leanne Weir September 10, 2020 at 9:41 am

My wishing well planter

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Karen Usher September 10, 2020 at 1:02 pm

I made a spatula for my Mum and Dad in metal work class about 20 years ago and they still use it! I must have been talented or the teacher helped a lot….

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Lorna Ledger September 10, 2020 at 5:46 pm

An apple crumble in Home Economics . I ate half on the way home and said I dropped it ;/

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Jo m welsh September 10, 2020 at 7:43 pm

I did make a nice Christmas cake once

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Ross Leech September 10, 2020 at 10:09 pm

A radio controlled airplane.

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Hannah September 11, 2020 at 7:23 pm

Cardboard guitar

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Kay Sherman September 12, 2020 at 7:20 am

Probably my children’s birthday cakes x

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Cydney Webster September 12, 2020 at 8:47 pm

Definitely my daughter

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Vicky September 12, 2020 at 9:21 pm

A space city with my son.

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Patricia Avery September 13, 2020 at 7:39 pm

A rag doll I made for my daughter over 40 years ago. She still keeps it on her bedside table!

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C Whitlow September 14, 2020 at 6:01 am

I knitted my first scarf!

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sallie burrows September 14, 2020 at 7:50 pm

a fairy garden

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Kirsty Charleston September 16, 2020 at 10:02 am

a wooden safe, was really fun to build.

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Jan Johnson September 16, 2020 at 5:13 pm

lemon drizzle cake

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Julie Ward September 17, 2020 at 10:38 pm

A clay pig money box at school

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claire woods September 19, 2020 at 1:58 pm

a silver ring made at school.

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Zoe Payne September 19, 2020 at 4:19 pm

a knitted scarf

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Christopher Read September 20, 2020 at 11:59 pm

I draw my own Christmas card each year, and am usually proud with the result 🙂

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Kim M September 22, 2020 at 2:37 pm

An Afghan blanket x

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J schofield September 22, 2020 at 5:40 pm

Probably my dad’s birthday cake

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Emma Walters September 22, 2020 at 8:10 pm

i made a table at middle school, still use it nearly 30 years later

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Susan Trubey September 24, 2020 at 3:11 pm

I don’t make things

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David Allen September 25, 2020 at 8:53 am

A rabbit hutch

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MANDY DOHERTY September 25, 2020 at 6:15 pm

I made a hedgehog hotel with my grandchildren

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Fiona jk42 September 25, 2020 at 8:34 pm

A quilt for my granddaughter’s cot. It was the first time I made a quilt, and I was very pleased with the result.

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Leah September 26, 2020 at 7:44 am

A crochet blanket

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Jodie Green September 26, 2020 at 4:18 pm

My children! I’m also pretty handy with the mega blocks haha!

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Rachel Butterworth September 26, 2020 at 5:11 pm

My Mum’s birthday cake.

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Rebecca King September 27, 2020 at 7:36 pm

A bird table for my mum’s garden

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LESLEY BRADLEY September 27, 2020 at 11:35 pm

I once made a bonnet for a horse to wear at a fancy dress party 😀

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Ailsa Sheldon September 30, 2020 at 6:00 am

3 kids in 17 months and I made some fabulous crayon wreathes for their teachers when they were little!

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Ms Angela Sharp September 30, 2020 at 7:19 am

I made a torch using household items, the base was a milk bottle, the handle was the on of switch and the bulb shined through the lid section. It was fun to make

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Eileen Hindley September 30, 2020 at 8:09 am

Curtains for the living room and patio doors

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MAUREEN findley September 30, 2020 at 9:39 am

i made my own cushion covers which is no mean feat for me

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Lorraine September 30, 2020 at 1:14 pm

My son! My som would say his Lego cafe that he created

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Caroline Smith October 1, 2020 at 12:18 pm

A Frozen themed toy dressing table for my daughter’s bedroom

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Rebecca Beesley October 1, 2020 at 4:15 pm

probably one of my cakes – when they turned out well! I made a raspberry and lemon one recently that was great.

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Elizabeth Yeates October 1, 2020 at 4:34 pm

A volcano model when I was back in primary school lol

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Susan Hoggett October 1, 2020 at 11:19 pm

I crochet baby clothes and I recently made an amazing one with an elephant design for my grandson

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Rachel Craig October 2, 2020 at 1:45 am

Knitting was my forte. Knit many things. Though can recall knitting a Postman Pat jumper for my niece. It was lovely. As red, and had Postman Pat and Jess :- his cat. We are a family who are fond of pets and other animals.

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Karen Barrett October 2, 2020 at 6:31 am

A canoe out of fibreglass

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Pippa Ainsworth October 2, 2020 at 10:59 am

My three children!

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Lisa T October 2, 2020 at 12:33 pm

Dollhouse out of cardboard and various bits around the house

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Jennifer Rhymer October 2, 2020 at 2:13 pm

A lovely white chocolate & strawberry birthday cake for my mum’s birthday x

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Emma Fox October 2, 2020 at 2:18 pm

A scarf – which stayed the same width throughout!

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Gaynor Vincent October 2, 2020 at 2:31 pm

A model of a Norman motte and bailey castle! Loved it

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Rebecca Whatmore October 2, 2020 at 4:08 pm

It would have to be a hedgehog house! It is very often occupied!

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Anthea Holloway October 2, 2020 at 4:25 pm

I made a knitted dress for my daughter when she was small.

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Stef Acaster October 2, 2020 at 7:09 pm

A christening cake for my nephew

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Sheri Darby October 2, 2020 at 8:42 pm

An airfix battle ship

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Kyomi Johnson October 2, 2020 at 9:26 pm

A crochet blanket for my little niece with her name on

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Linda Curtis October 2, 2020 at 9:59 pm

A den in the garden for the grandchildren during the summer we slept out Glamping style

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Robyn Clarke October 3, 2020 at 12:11 am

A wedding dress

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christine reid October 3, 2020 at 9:41 am

Costumes for a Halloween kids party

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Erica Hughes October 3, 2020 at 9:58 am

A jumper for my son

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donna l jones October 3, 2020 at 1:18 pm

a cake for my daughters birthday

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Angela Kelly October 3, 2020 at 2:43 pm

Not in the technological realm, but I made an amazing chocolate cake once which I have never been able to replicate!

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natalie s October 3, 2020 at 3:28 pm

profiteroles from scratch!

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soozybee October 3, 2020 at 3:49 pm

A crocheted blanket

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Matt Allum-O'Reilly October 3, 2020 at 5:12 pm

I have been making some Christmas Baubles, I love them

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Caroline Signey October 3, 2020 at 5:30 pm

I knitted my little brother a tank top when I was ten!

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Chirag Patel October 3, 2020 at 6:43 pm

a velvet red cake

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Marie Rungapadiachy October 3, 2020 at 6:50 pm

My daughter of course and the best decision ever.

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Maria Messruther October 3, 2020 at 6:54 pm

A BoB box (bat or bird box) we even had a birds nest in it 😀

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Sam Parkes October 3, 2020 at 7:07 pm

Apart from my daughter it has to be a birthday cake

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Pauline Burroughs October 3, 2020 at 7:29 pm

I taught myself to crochet and made a blanket

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Maria P October 3, 2020 at 9:28 pm

Planting the trees in our garden – we love our the fruits

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Steph Fraser October 3, 2020 at 9:54 pm

My 3 beautiful boys

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Stephanie October 3, 2020 at 10:44 pm

Planting trees

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Rachel B October 3, 2020 at 11:10 pm

I made a quilt for my daughter which is probably the best thing I have made.

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Zoe Coen October 3, 2020 at 11:42 pm

My curtains

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Patricia Barrett October 4, 2020 at 3:36 am

My 2 children!

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Jennifer Toal October 4, 2020 at 8:19 am

My daughter

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janine atkin October 4, 2020 at 9:53 am

a cross stitch picture of my dog

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Susan B October 4, 2020 at 9:59 am

A ‘go cart’ with a little help from dad. It was actually a box on wheels with rope attached to the front!

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Jeanette Leighton October 4, 2020 at 10:49 am

My children all 4 of them !!

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Ian Yates October 4, 2020 at 11:38 am

I made a rather wonky spice-rack in woodwork at school. Not right much since then!

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Hekna October 4, 2020 at 1:39 pm

A wooden box with punched metal doors that I made at school many, many moons ago!

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christine westlake October 4, 2020 at 5:10 pm

A crochet shawl for my Gole DofE award- I had never done crochet before so quite a challenge

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Hannah Igoe October 4, 2020 at 5:20 pm

I made myeself a lovely necklace out of recycled t-shirt yarn

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Amy Stevens October 4, 2020 at 5:52 pm

A Mario (from supermario) out of nano blocks. Was over 2000 pieces

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jacqui rushton October 4, 2020 at 6:46 pm

Thunderbird’s Tracy Island!

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Kay Broomfield October 4, 2020 at 7:18 pm

My 3 children. They’re the best of us!

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Beth Greenwood October 4, 2020 at 7:44 pm

Onsie!

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claire fawkner October 4, 2020 at 7:53 pm

A collage of Cov Cathedral

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Adrian Bold October 4, 2020 at 8:32 pm

My son! Thanks for the competition.

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Emma England October 4, 2020 at 8:36 pm

We made a dinosaur park during lockdown and it was pretty cool!

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Rebecca Smith October 4, 2020 at 9:02 pm

A mini shed – my next door neighbour is a carpenter by trade and he let me and his daughters build a mini shed under his supervision!

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Violet Phillippo October 4, 2020 at 9:11 pm

A lovely dollhouse that I made with my dad.

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Tammy Neal October 4, 2020 at 10:05 pm

A shed x

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Michaela B October 4, 2020 at 11:16 pm

Aside from my kids (!) it would have to be a Nintendo Switch to about my son with…literally a light switch with the Nintendo logo on…bad mummy!

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Louise Heaton October 4, 2020 at 11:38 pm

My niece’s imagination come alive and now she has a book coming out! How fabulous is that?

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Kerry Horsburgh October 4, 2020 at 11:41 pm

I made a crocodile for my son that he uses when we read stories.

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