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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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92 comments

Suan Watts September 4, 2020 - 1:53 pm

A dress

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Margaret Gallagher September 4, 2020 - 1:55 pm

A tree house in our garden !

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Peter Nickson September 4, 2020 - 2:07 pm

My son

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Amy SIMPSON September 4, 2020 - 2:16 pm

Homemade curtains

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Kelly smith September 4, 2020 - 2:40 pm

My lovely little family thanks x ❤️

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Sandra Fortune September 5, 2020 - 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 - 3:52 pm

A rabbit hutch.

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Phil B September 4, 2020 - 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 - 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 - 4:29 pm

Playhouse

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

a beautiful aran jumper for my granddaughter

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Harline parkin September 4, 2020 - 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 - 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 - 5:14 pm

A bird house

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Tee Simpson September 9, 2020 - 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 - 5:28 pm

A toy box

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TonyG September 4, 2020 - 5:34 pm

Raised flower bed

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Bryan Murphy September 4, 2020 - 5:36 pm

A shed

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Tracy Nixon September 4, 2020 - 5:53 pm

A hand stitched and hand embroidered Advent calendar!

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Rebecca Nisbet September 4, 2020 - 6:02 pm

My daughter! Best creation ever!

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Catherine McAlinden September 4, 2020 - 7:32 pm

A waistcoat in school!

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Joanne Hutchings September 4, 2020 - 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 - 8:55 pm

Some giant fabric dice

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Carrie H September 4, 2020 - 9:52 pm

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

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Kim Neville September 4, 2020 - 10:23 pm

Making kids playhouse

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Elizm September 4, 2020 - 10:44 pm

My kids!

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Tracy B September 4, 2020 - 10:57 pm

A computer

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A.E. ADKINS September 4, 2020 - 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 - 2:15 am

My children!! Haha does that count?!

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Kelly Y September 5, 2020 - 7:03 am

My kid 😉

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Simon Knuckey September 5, 2020 - 7:26 am

Garden Shed

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Lucinda P September 5, 2020 - 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 - 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 - 8:41 am

My children 🙂

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cecilia martins September 5, 2020 - 8:47 am

Sand castle

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Kristie Metcalfe September 5, 2020 - 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 - 9:53 am

A huge lego castle

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Dale Dow September 5, 2020 - 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 - 12:21 pm

the christening robe for my daughter

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Jenny McClinton September 5, 2020 - 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 - 1:39 pm

An iced decorated christening cake

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kim white September 5, 2020 - 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 - 4:46 pm

Cute Cookie Monster cupcake

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fiona waterworth September 5, 2020 - 5:46 pm

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

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Tony Metcalfe September 5, 2020 - 6:15 pm

Wedding cake for my sister.

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Corinne Peat September 5, 2020 - 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 - 8:20 pm

A Tutankhamun death mask for a fancy dress party!

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lynn neal September 5, 2020 - 9:08 pm

The lego pirate ship Arrgh!

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Sophie Marie Cartwright September 5, 2020 - 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 - 3:22 pm

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

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Iain maciver September 5, 2020 - 9:35 pm

a model car

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Stacey Carnell September 5, 2020 - 10:50 pm

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

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Jane Willis September 6, 2020 - 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 - 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 - 8:43 am

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

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Katie Witherington September 6, 2020 - 2:20 pm

a clay figure of the moon

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Katie B September 6, 2020 - 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 - 5:00 pm

A baby

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Lucy September 6, 2020 - 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 - 9:49 pm

Bunk beds for my daughters

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Teresa Sheldon September 6, 2020 - 10:53 pm

My children with a little help from hubby

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Ursula Hunt September 7, 2020 - 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 - 3:17 pm

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

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Karen Stirling September 7, 2020 - 5:35 pm

A cushion with a felt dog on the front.

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Angie McDonald September 7, 2020 - 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 - 10:11 pm

4 cross stitch hoops of the solar system.

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Jo Jo September 8, 2020 - 7:40 am

A stumpery in the garden!

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Karen Langridge September 8, 2020 - 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 - 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 - 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 - 10:44 am

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

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Corinne Henson September 9, 2020 - 8:25 pm

According to my children my blackberry ice cream

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Darren Bourne September 20, 2020 - 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 - 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 - 9:41 am

My wishing well planter

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Karen Usher September 10, 2020 - 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 - 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 - 7:43 pm

I did make a nice Christmas cake once

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Ross Leech September 10, 2020 - 10:09 pm

A radio controlled airplane.

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Hannah September 11, 2020 - 7:23 pm

Cardboard guitar

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Kay Sherman September 12, 2020 - 7:20 am

Probably my children’s birthday cakes x

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Cydney Webster September 12, 2020 - 8:47 pm

Definitely my daughter

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Vicky September 12, 2020 - 9:21 pm

A space city with my son.

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Patricia Avery September 13, 2020 - 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 - 6:01 am

I knitted my first scarf!

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sallie burrows September 14, 2020 - 7:50 pm

a fairy garden

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Kirsty Charleston September 16, 2020 - 10:02 am

a wooden safe, was really fun to build.

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Jan Johnson September 16, 2020 - 5:13 pm

lemon drizzle cake

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Julie Ward September 17, 2020 - 10:38 pm

A clay pig money box at school

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claire woods September 19, 2020 - 1:58 pm

a silver ring made at school.

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Zoe Payne September 19, 2020 - 4:19 pm

a knitted scarf

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Christopher Read September 20, 2020 - 11:59 pm

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

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