Win A Build Your Own Microscope Set

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


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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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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This Post Has 170 Comments

  1. Suan Watts

    A dress

    1. Helen Evans

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

      1. Anthony Parker

        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

  2. Margaret Gallagher

    A tree house in our garden !

  3. Peter Nickson

    My son

  4. Amy SIMPSON

    Homemade curtains

  5. Kelly smith

    My lovely little family thanks x ❤️

    1. Sandra Fortune

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

  6. Peter Watson

    A rabbit hutch.

  7. Phil B

    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.

  8. Kelly Knowles

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

  9. Sarah Alexander


  10. michelle o'neill

    a beautiful aran jumper for my granddaughter

  11. Harline parkin

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

  12. melanie stirling

    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.

  13. Paul Green

    A bird house

    1. Tee Simpson

      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.

  14. ashleigh allan

    A toy box

  15. TonyG

    Raised flower bed

  16. Bryan Murphy

    A shed

  17. Tracy Nixon

    A hand stitched and hand embroidered Advent calendar!

  18. Rebecca Nisbet

    My daughter! Best creation ever!

  19. Catherine McAlinden

    A waistcoat in school!

  20. Joanne Hutchings

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

  21. Jazz Tattersall

    Some giant fabric dice

  22. Carrie H

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

  23. Kim Neville

    Making kids playhouse

  24. Elizm

    My kids!

  25. Tracy B

    A computer

  26. A.E. ADKINS

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

  27. Rachel Walsh

    My children!! Haha does that count?!

  28. Kelly Y

    My kid 😉

  29. Simon Knuckey

    Garden Shed

  30. Lucinda P

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

  31. Ben Audsley

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

  32. hayley berry

    My children 🙂

  33. cecilia martins

    Sand castle

  34. Kristie Metcalfe

    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!

  35. Rich Tyler

    A huge lego castle

  36. Dale Dow

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

  37. Chris Andrews

    the christening robe for my daughter

    1. Karl Borowy

      Grandson would love this for Christmas

  38. Jenny McClinton

    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.

  39. cat

    An iced decorated christening cake

  40. kim white

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

  41. Kathy Cakebread

    Cute Cookie Monster cupcake

  42. fiona waterworth

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

  43. Tony Metcalfe

    Wedding cake for my sister.

  44. Corinne Peat

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

  45. Laura Pritchard

    A Tutankhamun death mask for a fancy dress party!

  46. lynn neal

    The lego pirate ship Arrgh!

  47. Sophie Marie Cartwright

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

    1. Jo F

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

  48. Iain maciver

    a model car

  49. Stacey Carnell

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

  50. Jane Willis

    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.

  51. Em Gal

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

  52. Karen Radford

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

  53. Katie Witherington

    a clay figure of the moon

    1. Katie B

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

  54. F Chowdhury

    A baby

  55. Lucy

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

  56. Sean Eccles

    Bunk beds for my daughters

  57. Teresa Sheldon

    My children with a little help from hubby

  58. Ursula Hunt

    A four ply long length cardigan, took ages but was worth ot

  59. Kerry Ellis

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

  60. Karen Stirling

    A cushion with a felt dog on the front.

  61. Angie McDonald

    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

  62. Emma Hawes

    4 cross stitch hoops of the solar system.

  63. Jo Jo

    A stumpery in the garden!

  64. Karen Langridge

    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!

  65. Anna

    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

  66. Ruth Harwood

    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!)

  67. Chris Roberts

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

  68. Corinne Henson

    According to my children my blackberry ice cream

    1. Darren Bourne

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

  69. Susan Willshee

    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!

  70. leanne Weir

    My wishing well planter

  71. Karen Usher

    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….

  72. Lorna Ledger

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

  73. Jo m welsh

    I did make a nice Christmas cake once

  74. Ross Leech

    A radio controlled airplane.

  75. Hannah

    Cardboard guitar

  76. Kay Sherman

    Probably my children’s birthday cakes x

  77. Cydney Webster

    Definitely my daughter

  78. Vicky

    A space city with my son.

  79. Patricia Avery

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

  80. C Whitlow

    I knitted my first scarf!

  81. sallie burrows

    a fairy garden

  82. Kirsty Charleston

    a wooden safe, was really fun to build.

  83. Jan Johnson

    lemon drizzle cake

  84. Julie Ward

    A clay pig money box at school

  85. claire woods

    a silver ring made at school.

  86. Zoe Payne

    a knitted scarf

  87. Christopher Read

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

  88. Kim M

    An Afghan blanket x

  89. J schofield

    Probably my dad’s birthday cake

  90. Emma Walters

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

  91. Susan Trubey

    I don’t make things

  92. David Allen

    A rabbit hutch


    I made a hedgehog hotel with my grandchildren

  94. Fiona jk42

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

  95. Leah

    A crochet blanket

  96. Jodie Green

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

  97. Rachel Butterworth

    My Mum’s birthday cake.

  98. Rebecca King

    A bird table for my mum’s garden


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

  100. Ailsa Sheldon

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

  101. Ms Angela Sharp

    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

  102. Eileen Hindley

    Curtains for the living room and patio doors

  103. MAUREEN findley

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

  104. Lorraine

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

  105. Caroline Smith

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

  106. Rebecca Beesley

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

  107. Elizabeth Yeates

    A volcano model when I was back in primary school lol

  108. Susan Hoggett

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

  109. Rachel Craig

    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.

  110. Karen Barrett

    A canoe out of fibreglass

  111. Pippa Ainsworth

    My three children!

  112. Lisa T

    Dollhouse out of cardboard and various bits around the house

  113. Jennifer Rhymer

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

  114. Emma Fox

    A scarf – which stayed the same width throughout!

  115. Gaynor Vincent

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

  116. Rebecca Whatmore

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

  117. Anthea Holloway

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

  118. Stef Acaster

    A christening cake for my nephew

  119. Sheri Darby

    An airfix battle ship

  120. Kyomi Johnson

    A crochet blanket for my little niece with her name on

  121. Linda Curtis

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

  122. Robyn Clarke

    A wedding dress

  123. christine reid

    Costumes for a Halloween kids party

  124. Erica Hughes

    A jumper for my son

  125. donna l jones

    a cake for my daughters birthday

  126. Angela Kelly

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

  127. natalie s

    profiteroles from scratch!

  128. soozybee

    A crocheted blanket

  129. Matt Allum-O'Reilly

    I have been making some Christmas Baubles, I love them

  130. Caroline Signey

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

  131. Chirag Patel

    a velvet red cake

  132. Marie Rungapadiachy

    My daughter of course and the best decision ever.

  133. Maria Messruther

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

  134. Sam Parkes

    Apart from my daughter it has to be a birthday cake

  135. Pauline Burroughs

    I taught myself to crochet and made a blanket

  136. Maria P

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

  137. Steph Fraser

    My 3 beautiful boys

  138. Stephanie

    Planting trees

  139. Rachel B

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

  140. Zoe Coen

    My curtains

  141. Patricia Barrett

    My 2 children!

  142. Jennifer Toal

    My daughter

  143. janine atkin

    a cross stitch picture of my dog

  144. Susan B

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

  145. Jeanette Leighton

    My children all 4 of them !!

  146. Ian Yates

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

  147. Hekna

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

  148. christine westlake

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

  149. Hannah Igoe

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

  150. Amy Stevens

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

  151. jacqui rushton

    Thunderbird’s Tracy Island!

  152. Kay Broomfield

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

  153. Beth Greenwood


  154. claire fawkner

    A collage of Cov Cathedral

  155. Adrian Bold

    My son! Thanks for the competition.

  156. Emma England

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

  157. Rebecca Smith

    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!

  158. Violet Phillippo

    A lovely dollhouse that I made with my dad.

  159. Tammy Neal

    A shed x

  160. Michaela B

    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!

  161. Louise Heaton

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

  162. Kerry Horsburgh

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

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