My Favorite Maker 3 Materials,

Tools, & Connectors!

The Maker’s 3 is a set of principles for making that establishes the minimum any challenge needs for success.  Simply put, it’s the three categories (hence the 3) that are the bare necessities for making.  It states that at least one from each of the following categories is needed to make something.  I coined the term and came up with a list for each category that anyone can use to fill a makerspace or prototyping station. You can find the article and infographic I made in my blog!

Materials

NOTE SQUARES

 call note squares "little squares of possibilities."  They come in all sizes, they come in a variety of colors, and a small pad will cost you very little.  I use them to quickly prototype something, make art, and even figure out possible color combinations.  

PAPER STRAWS

Paper straws are a great building material.  They are strong, versatile, and eco friendly.  Use them for quick prototyping and  building challenges. 

POP STICKS

Popsicle sticks is another strong building material that are just basically small planks of wood.  They come in a variety of colors, but also accept paint very well.

CARDBOARD

I think cardboard is the king of building materials.  Its versatility is unmatched.  It can be used in so many projects one cannot have a making station without it.

INDEX CARDS

Just think of them as small, ready-cut pieces of card stock.  Index cards offer the maker a great solution when you need something studier than paper.

PVC PIPING

PVC  Pipes and fittings are amazing in many times of applications for the maker.  Whether the project is big or small, PVC delivers quick results and strength. 

FOIL WRAP

Foil wrap is a material that is malleable, inexpensive, and versatile.  It's also great when you need a water barrier or a reflective  material. 

CARDBOARD TUBES

IIt's difficult achieving a perfect cylinder using cardboard and that's where cardboard tubes are handy.  Buy them or get them from paper towel or toilet paper rolls

FABRIC SQUARES

No prototyping station is complete without fabric of some kind.  The fluid and malleable qualities are essential for any project.  

PLASTIC WRAP

Plastic wrap is great because of it see thru quality.  It's also water-resistant and easy to attach with tape.

WATER BOTTLES

When is comes to recycling and making no material makes the two come together better that water bottles. Cheap, easy to manipulate, and recyclable are all reasons to use them. 

PAPER PLATES

If you need a cardboard circular disc, paper plates are your go-to.  Please use only paper plates and not styrofoam.  They are also great to use as paint pallets.  

Tools

CARDBOARD SNIPS

If cardboard is one of your materials, you're going to need something to cut it that is much more substantial than scissors, cardboard snips do that.

T-SQUARES

Next to rulers, t-squares are essential for making something near perfect (perfection is never the goal.)    

PAPER TRIMMERS

Paper trimmers are a great way to quickly cut paper straight without scissors or X-acto knives. 

MEASURING TAPES

A good measuring tape is needed for large projects.  With some flexibility, it can also measure non linear objects.

SCISSORS

This tool is a given.  Versatile, useful on many materials, and long lasting, it's a great tool.

BOX CUTTERS

If you're harvesting cardboard from boxes, this tool is a must.  It's also needed for thick, dense cardboard. 

MEASURING TOOLS

Protractors, rulers, and compass are great to have for making all sorts of shapes.

VARIOUS PLIERS

These small pliers come in different shapes and are very useful for so many different ways.  Use them to hold, bend, and cut many materials such as wire.

Connectors

GLUE STICKS

 Glue sticks are great for gluing any paper product and even cardboard. 

STAPLER

Using a staplers is a quick way to connect two pieces of paper, yardstick, or even think cardboard.

MASKING TAPE

Masking tape is a strong, easy way to connect many materials quickly.  Use it skillfully and you can add nice detail to many projects.

PACKING TAPE

This is a very strong connector.  Use it carefully though, its wide size makes it unmanigeable at times.

HOT GLUE

Hot glue is the go-to connector for many people.  Not great for young hands though, the glue gets too hot so care is a must. 

CLEAR TAPE

Great entry level connector and tape as well.  Inexpensive, easy to use, and versatile are this connector's super powers 

RUBBER BANDS

Rubber bands are great for making hinges.  They are a flexible alternative to rigid connectors. 

CLOTHES PINS

Clothespins are useful for holding building materials together temporarily.  They are also great for identifying who's project it is by writing the person's name on them. 

TWINE

Twine, string, rope, or yarn are all great to have in a makerspace.  They are all useful for prototyping or when materials need to be tied to each other.

DUCT TAPE

Duct tape is the strongest of all the tapes.  They come in many colors and even patterns.  

BINDER CLIPS

Binder clips are great for a fast temporary connection. 

ZIP TIES

These are great for a quick hold.  They are create for making a hinge or bonding two solid pieces temporarily. 

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