Day At The Museum!

As the summer marches on hanging around the house is probably starting to get a little boring. So why not plan a fun trip to the museum and then replicate what you saw and learned with your 3Doodler 3D pen at home!


Museums are wonderful places to learn about and explore our pasts. One pillar of science museums is their collection of dinosaur skeletons and other prehistoric artifacts.  As shown in The Night At The Museum dinosaurs always steal the show. These fossils help shed light on how the world once was. They also depict larger-than-life creatures that once ruled our earth.


Museums are not only places for entertainment and learning but also a place for discovery. Thanks to science museums from across the world, we know better than ever what dinosaurs look like, how they sounded, and what they did. The United States is home to some of the coolest science museums. Some of our favorites include – The Perot Museum, The Denver Museum of Nature & Science, and The American Museum of Natural History.

  • 3D pen art: T-Rex skeleton & people at museum
  • 3D pen art: Dino skeleton with man.
  • 3D pen art: Giraffes in a museum with animal designs

Bringing the Learning Home

Before or after your day at the science museum is where 3Doodler comes into play. Learn about what you have seen, or are going to see, by creating your own dinosaur skeletons! Use these stencils and tutorials to be your own paleontologist. If you love puzzles, you’ll love this week’s challenge of building dinosaur skeletons. Check out this video to learn about how dino bones are preserved over time while you create your own using your 3Doodler 3D pen.

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Show off what you make with us! @3Doodler #3Doodler #WhatWillYouCreate.


DIY Projects For Wedding Season

It’s wedding season! With this comes traveling to places near and far to celebrate a friend’s special day, or you might even be prepping for your own big day. Whatever the case, we’re here to provide you with some fun and crafty ideas that will keep you creating this season.

Don’t stress, creating your own wedding decor might seem daunting – trust us when we say there are some things you can easily make yourself, and others you should leave to the experts. Building the wedding arch for example, isn’t for everyone. But DIYing some fun photo props, customized place cards, or a cake topper that can be kept as a special keepsake for years to come? That you can totally tackle. Did we mention that these projects are also budget-friendly?

Floral napkin on plate, silver fork 3D pen art

1. Charming Place Cards

It is often the details that make a wedding memorable. An alternative to traditional paper place cards, are hand-doodled place card that allow you to get creative and display an elegant addition to your wedding centerpieces. These Love Doves are another example. Use these stencils to draw the two doves and the stand, then write out your guests’ names in your own handwriting. Your guests will appreciate the handmade touch, and might even take these home.

Download Stencil

  • To save time, you could replace the stand with a thick piece of card, and simply stick the Doodled doves and name on top of the card.

Colorful roses in a 3D pen vase.

2. Flower Decorations

If you like what Dan did at his wedding then try your own version with this rose stencil. Adding custom Doodled flowers to your table setting will show your guests you care and show dedication. These flowers would also make for a good keepsake from the wedding since they are so unique

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  • Black 3D pen creates a 3D flower on paper.
  • Floral masterpiece using a black 3D pen.

3. Quirky Photo Booth Props

We highly recommend this project because it really is a lot of fun – from making them to using them on your big day! Your guests are going to love crowding around the photo booth area with these striking props. Print out these stencils link to make these wedding-themed comical photo props, or draw your own to Doodle over. Place a DoodlePad link on top of the stencil to make Doodling easier. Use bright colors to make them pop, or keep them sleek and stylish in a muted palette to suit your day.

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  • Make your own props for birthday parties, halloween, or just any photo-worthy occasion.

Flower drawn on paper with a 3D pen.

4. Yours Truly Cake Topper

Having trouble finding your dream wedding cake topper? Why not make your own. This project requires no artistic skills, yet gives you something that looks so good your guests will think it was professionally made. You can make this romantic couple silhouette using this stencil, write out a meaningful quote, or design your own sweet decorations using the same technique.

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3D pen art: Table with pies and tower in background

5. Epic Eiffel Tower Centerpieces

Every city has its own iconic structure or building. Give a dose of local flair to your wedding table by doodling a custom centerpiece. In this example, we’ve doodled the Eiffel Tower.

We hope that you feel inspired with creative ideas for your big day! There’s so much you can make that is not only budget-friendly, wows your guests, and most importantly, allows you to have a truly bespoke wedding.

Please share what you create for your special day with @3Doodler #3Doodler #WhatWillYouCreate.

5 Ways to Celebrate National Week of Making!

And if you are low on doodling supplies, now is a good time to re-up on Start+ or Create+ plastic filament!   From May 16 – May 22,  you can snag any of our Plastic Blisters for 30% Off! This promo is designed to help get your plastic supplies up so that you are ready to create when the inspiration strikes!  


Here at 3Doodler, we’re super excited to celebrate National Week of Making! The Week of Making celebrates the innovation, ingenuity, and creativity of Makers big and small, young and old, in school and out of the classroom.

When is National Week of Making??

Created by the Nation of Makers, and recognized by the Obama White House in 2021, National Week of Making is celebrated from May 16-22, 2022. This week promotes the development of STEM, the arts, design, fabrication, and manufacturing while supporting, encouraging, and promoting organizations and individuals from around the country who are working to create more opportunities for more people of all ages to make.

Making is in our DNA

Our 3Doodler 3D pens attract people of all ages. Our community is comprised of builders, makers, tinkerers, and dreamers. 3Doodler has been a long-time proponent of adding an Arts component to STEM education. Our 3D pens are currently being utilized in over 10,000 K-12 schools across the country, and in many university programs as well!

In addition, 3Doodler helping to shrink the STEM gender gap by attracting more girls into STEM classes with our artistic, hi-tech 3D printing pen solutions. “Students love the instant gratification of Doodling. The 3Doodler pens are more exciting than markers, pens, or paper, and more accessible than a full-scale 3D printer. 3Doodler pens are a gateway to technology. My maker space is 50% girls at all times, and 3Doodler is a great way to get girls interested in tech.” -Robin F., Makerspace Coordinator.

In addition to providing tech tools, 3Doodler also provides learning resources to help unlock students’ inner makers. Check out the online library of Stencils, Tutorials, and Lessons.

Join Us and Make Something!

Whatever you do during the week of May 16-22, make sure you MAKE something! Large or small, by yourself or with a group, we want to see what you’ve made, Nation of Makers! To help spark your creativity, here is a mix of projects for you to pick from. And just remember, share your awesome Doodles with us on social media by tagging #3Doodler #WhatWillYouCreate #LookWhatIMade or #WeekofMaking2022! Check out these fun projects to help you start MAKING!


Craft a Bird Feeder


Handheld Pinball Game


STEM Robot


Action Figure


Chess Set


Don’t forget to share what you made this week with @3Doodler #3Doodler #WhatWillYouCreate #LookWhatIMade or #WeekofMaking2022!

STEM Activities & Doodles for Spring

Whether you’re looking for engaging spring-themed classroom activities, or at-home projects for an afternoon of crafting, we’ve pulled together some of our favorite Spring Doodle ideas.

And did you know this Friday, April 15, is also World Art Day? This celebration promotes the use of art as a way to express ourselves as individuals. So whether you’re searching for some egg-cellent Doodle ideas for an Easter Egg Hunt, or you just want to create something wicked to cool for World Art Day, we’ve got you covered. Remember, art and creativity can take many forms, so grab your 3Doodler and let’s get crafting!

Create+ Projects

Here are a few projects perfect for the Create+ 3D pens.

Easter Basket

An Easter Basket

With this throwback tutorial, we give you the steps to create both the eggs and easter basket, meaning you have complete creative freedom over the whole project. So dive in and get creating.





Final Create

Crochet-Inspired Easter Eggs

These fancy Crochet-Inspired egg decorations are perfect for this time of year. To achieve this effect, we’ll use real eggs to create these little masterpieces using your Create+ pen.





Easter Egg Image

Egg + Bunny Combo

This stencil and tutorial combo will surprise and delight with all the little fun hidden details! This egg and bunny combo is the perfect addition to any Easter basket or holiday spread.





Start+ Projects

Here are a few projects great for use with our Start+ 3D Pen


Easter Eggs

Eggs are everywhere this time of year: candy-shaped eggs, Confetti eggs, chocolate-covered eggs, etc. So let’s make some more of the colorful variety. This project has you breaking eggs and doodling them!






Bunny Hop

Doodle a cute little bunny to hang around the house. This project will test your hand-eye coordination as you bring a 2D bunny off the page and into 3D form.





Final Start

Eggspressive Eggs

Did you know that we can use real eggs to help create our Doodled egg decorations? Check out this fun project and try not to break any eggs in the prosses ?





Don’t forget to share your email Easter Doodler with @3Doodler #3Doodler #WhatWillYouCreate.

The Rodeo Isn’t Just for Cowboys Anymore

Although you’ve likely heard of a rodeo before, you might not have visited one in person. Or for that matter, live in a state where the rodeo is woven into popular culture the way that it is in Texas, Kansas, Utah, Iowa or Colorado, just to name a few. So here at 3Doodler, we are bringing the rodeo to you with some fun facts, history, and Doodle ideas that’ll put you in the mood to rope a cow or a horse in no time!

When was the first rodeo?

The first official rodeo was in 1869 in Deer Trail, Colorado, when two groups of cowboys from neighboring ranches met to settle an argument over who was best at performing everyday cowboy tasks, including breaking wild horses, which is today’s bucking bronc riding event. Although this is said to be the first organized rodeo, many others claim that title for their own rodeos in other parts of the US, including Cheyenne, Wyoming, in 1872; Winfield, Kansas, in 1882; and Pecos, Texas, in 1883.

First Rodeo

What’s something about the rodeo you might not have known before now?

At its launch, the rodeo was a fairly non-discriminatory sport, open to Hispanics, African Americans, Native Americans, and women contestants in an era when racial and gender discrimination were commonplace. Women competed in many events at mixed-gender rodeos well into the 1930s. During this time, ladies often competed against men and often beat men at a variety of rodeo events.

Rodeos Today

Known by rodeo fans as the “Daddy of ’em All,” Cheyenne Frontier Days is the world’s largest outdoor rodeo.

Outdoor Rodeo
Cody Taton rides a horse named War Wagon while competing in saddle bronc riding during a Cheyenne Frontier Days rodeo at Frontier Park in Cheyenne, Wyo. (AP Photo/Laramie Boomerang, Andy Carpenean)

In late February and into mid-March over 1.5 million people are attracted to Houston, Texas, the site of the world’s largest indoor rodeo.

Indoor Rodeo

Let’s Bring the Rodeo to You

So, if you can’t make it to a real rodeo this year, we thought it would be fun to bring the rodeo home to you. All you need is your 3Doodler 3D printing pen and some plastic to create a 3D cowboy of your own. When you’re finished, these creations make great additions to your kids’ action figure collection.

Don’t forget to share the influential and powerful woman in your life with @3Doodler #3Doodler #WhatWillYouCreate.

Celebrating International Women’s Day

International Women’s Day is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women. The day marks a call to action for accelerating women’s equality.

Here at 3Doodler, where half of our team is made up of women, we wanted to take a moment to highlight just a few of the incredibly talented women who have achieved great things with our 3Doodler 3D printing pens. From high-end fashion pieces to life-size cow sculptures (and everything in between), we’ve seen remarkable works over the years.

Women Creators

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  • 3d pen fashion pieces 3d pen art

If you follow 3Doodler on social media, you’ve likely come across Rachel Goldsmith before. Rachel has created a name for herself by painting using a 3D pen, PLA filament and a blank canvas. Beyond her canvas creations, she recently mesmerized us with a piece she did for CowParade NYC 2021. We watched in awe as Rachel showed us the art of doodling hair out of PLA filament, not to mention the life-sized fiberglass highland cow she created for the exhibit. She did a wonderful job at documenting her process. We can’t wait to see what Rachel will create next. Follow along on her next project via her Instagram.

  • 3d pen figurines pieces 3d pen art
  • 3d pen figurines pieces 3d pen art

Cornelia Kuglmeier has been a cornerstone of our doodling community with her prolific work that turns fantasy into reality. You might even recognize some of her amazing Doodles on our Instagram. Connie is a 3D pen artist and educator, whose techniques are some of the most advanced we’ve come across. In addition to the content she posts on her Instagram, she’s posted some incredibly detailed and helpful tutorials on her YouTube channel that dive into tips and tricks for better doodling.

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  • using a 3d pen for fashion pieces 3d pen art

Stéphanie Santos is a European fashion designer who uses 3Doodler 3D pens to create clothing and jewelry inspired by nature. Using her background in art, fashion, and biofabrication, she has created a visionary collection of clothing and jewelry with our 3Doodler Start+ and Create+ pens. The series was inspired by her passion for sustainability. All of the 3Doodler filaments are either compostable or recyclable, which makes an excellent material for her work. Interested in learning more about Stéphanie’s work? Check out our artist highlight.

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  • using a 3d pen for fashion pieces 3d pen art

Alanna Baird describes herself as a Jill of all trades as she has dabbled in many mediums of art. “I make large art structures with my pen, which I love doing, but the most memorable build was doodling my 6-year-old grandson’s drawings for walls, roof parts, windows, and doors to assemble a small structure for our stick-drawn people to play in. Drawing from his imagination knows no bounds!” Currently, the ability to incorporate shadow into her work is very exciting as it adds additional elements for her to play with. Alanna’s work is currently on exhibit at the McCain Art Gallery in Florenceville-Bristol, New Brunswick, Canada.

Mira Zwillinger is a luxury brand led by mother-daughter fashion designers, Mira and Lihi Zwillinger. As one of the leading couture houses in Tel Aviv and sold at prestigious boutiques worldwide, the brand focuses on creating made-to-measure gowns using the finest fabrics and materials with an emphasis on delicate handwork and detailing. A recent collection of theirs showcased gowns that used hand-crafted doodled elements including stunning, intricately doodled 3D floral appliques were applied to organza, silk tulle, and lace.

From Action to Doodle

So today, join us by posting a photo of you crossing your arms in solidarity, with the hashtag #BreakTheBias, to stand with gender equality this International Women’s Day.

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  • using a 3d pen for fashion pieces 3d pen art

To aid you in participating in this cause, but with a creative twist, we have this tutorial that will walk you through how to doodle your own #BreakTheBias pose using a photograph.

Don’t forget to share the influential and powerful woman in your life with @3Doodler #3Doodler #WhatWillYouCreate.


EDU Spotlight: What’s Buzzin’ at Sheboygan ISD

This week we caught up with Michael Jaber, a Coordinator of Instructional Technology at Sheboygan Area School District in Wisconsin, to learn more about a multi-faceted project his high school students recently took on.

Vibrant bee-themed cake on table, 3D pen art

Their goal was to construct a sculptural wall hanging for the new Technology Department, for which they used 3Doodler 3D Pens to complete.

So, join us as we learn more about the project, and how this district is incorporating technology into its programs, classes and curriculum.

About Sheboygan High School

Sheboygan South High School offers a rigorous curriculum with a variety of opportunities to prepare students for careers, citizenship, and life.

The school is located along the shores of Lake Michigan in Sheboygan, Wisconsin with a student population of 1,184 students.

One thing that sets this school apart from other schools in the area is its Art Department, which has been experimenting with infusing technology into the art curriculum to allow for alternative representation of visual creation and expression.

What was the inspiration for the project? And what was the process?

The Technology Department at Sheboygan Area School District recently moved offices to an alternative location and asked the South High Art Department to create a sculptural wall hanging as the focal point for their offices called “The Hive.”

Students use 3Doodler 3D Printing Pens to construct 3D Bees Students use 3Doodler 3D Printing Pens to construct 3D Bees

In the early planning stages, IT Coordinator Mike Jaber and Innovation Coach Amy Dekker met with Art Teacher Brian Sommersberger so that we could share and benefit from tech devices commonly used throughout our district, including our 3Doodler 3D pens, Sphero robots, and the Glowforge Laser Machine.

After demonstrations were given, students began to collaborate and brainstorm ideas for what “The Hive” would look like visually. Since the sculpture is intended to be a conversation piece, one criteria students had was to incorporate some of the hands-on technology the district uses.  IT members can now reference “The Hive” and explain how specific hands-on technology solutions are used to create unique works of art.

Can you tell us more about “The Hive”?

Students began “The Hive” by painting white primer on a 4×8’ sheet of styrofoam intended to be the base for the project. Once dry, the sheet of foam was placed on the ground, and paper wall barriers were placed around the edges in preparation for the Sphero robot balls.

Students dipped the Sphero Balls in acrylic paint and controlled them with iPads to simulate action art painting, most commonly referenced by artist Jackson Pollock.

After the paint dried, a 4-foot circle was cut out of the foam and ready for 3Doodler pen creations. Students used the 3Doodler 3D printing pens to first create honeycomb shapes consisting of 3 hexagon shapes attached to one another.

To make honeycombs uniform, a template was placed under a transparency sheet which allowed the shapes to peel off easier.

Students using Sphero Robots to paint Students using Sphero Robots to paint

Students were also required to attach a paper clip to the backside using plastic filament instead of hot glue. Another group of students were asked to help make the 7 bees seen on the hive, each representing a member of the IT department. 3Doodler filament was doodled and molded around found objects such as glue sticks, to form the body and the head of the seven bees.

Each part was created separately and welded together using additional plastic filament.

Lastly, students in Gary Scheller’s tech-ed class used the glow forge laser etcher/cutter to create honeycomb shapes to be placed inside and around the 3Doodler components.

When did you add 3D printing pens into your curriculum? And how did you get introduced to 3Doodler?

The South High Art Department was introduced to the 3Doodler from the Instruction Technology Department only 3 months ago.

These pens have been around the district for several years and utilized during our Tech Clubs at the upper elementary schools. We had the 3Doodler Start Learning Packs initially and eventually graduated to something more sophisticated like the 3Doodler Create+ Learning Packs.

It was time to introduce these to the upper-level art classes and let them run with this type of technology. They were so popular, we ordered some 3Doodler Create+ pens just to keep in this particular art class.

Do you have any suggestions for people new to 3D pens?

The South High Art Department is always looking to explore and beta test new opportunities with technology. We are beginning to review State and National Standards to see how the 3Doodler pens fit into current standards and curriculum.

As a teacher, I am open to choice-based learning and modifying projects where the 3Doodler pens could be applied in place of a different material such as graphite drawing or painting. Some suggestions I tell students right away when beginning a project is to draw on transparent sheets to help the filaments peel off with ease. I also tell the students to use the pens like a wire welder when constructing sculptures.

The filament coming out of the pen is very similar to a wire welder and I could see the pens being very useful in trade schools where students are learning different types of welds. I have seen the most success when students are using a template to begin a design. Once a foundation is constructed students can then use their artistic expression.

The 3Doodler pens are very therapeutic from the sound of the pen to seeing the filament come out the tip of the nozzle, and most students along and staff have found the pens very addicting (in a good way). Once you pick one up and get started, it’s tough to put it down!

Don’t forget to share what your school creates with @3Doodler #3Doodler #WhatWillYouCreate.

4 Valentine’s Day Projects to Impress 

What sweeter way to surprise that special someone than with a handmade gift? Not only will these ideas mean more, but they also won’t break the bank (sorry Hallmark). Because let’s face it, chocolates, roses, off-the-shelf cards, and oversized teddy bears are all so cliche.

Whether or not you celebrate big on February 14th, we’ve pulled together some fun heartfelt Doodling activities for you to tackle this month. So grab your 3Doodler 3D pen, some filament,  and let’s craft a few gifts from the heart.

Printable templates to lift your creations off the page


Heart-Shaped Cookie Cutters – This Valentine’s day, up your game with some freshly baked cookies. Not just any cookies, these bad boys have a customized shape thanks to your Doodled cookie cutters. Doodle yours now and get baking.







Doodled Orchids – Flowers can bring a smile to almost anyone’s face, but what better way to go the extra mile than to Doodle your own orchids arrangement? Not only will they last longer, but they’re truly one of a kind.






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Geometric Heart – Edgy, artistic, and anything but conventional, this simple yet beautiful geometric heart design is perfect for all skill levels. Doodle your own geometric hearts now with this easy to follow stencil.







3D Heart Garland – Looking to upgrade your Valentine’s Day decorations? Try Doodling this heart garland. This design is fun and festive way to brighten up any locker, classroom or bedroom.






3D pen refills that will make your heart skip a beat

To help give you that extra encouragement to take part in these DIY projects, we will be running a plastic promo Feb 10-15.  Be sure to head on over to our Deals page to score 20% off on select plastic refills!

Don’t forget to share your Doodled Valentine’s Day with @3Doodler #3Doodler #WhatWillYouCreate.

Celebrate Lunar New Year with 3Doodler

Have you ever received a little red envelope with some money in it, or been witness to a dragon dance? If so, you likely know something about Lunar New Year, which you may also know as Chinese New Year.

As we usher in the Year of the Tiger, more than 1.5 billion people across the world will gather with family and friends to take part in Lunar New Year. So here at 3Doodler, we thought we would dive in to learn a little bit about what the holiday means, and explore some fun activities that kids of all ages can engage in whether at home or at school.

When does the Lunar New Year start?

Unlike the Gregorian calendar, which has Jan. 1 as the beginning of the new year, Lunar New Year doesn’t always take place on the same day. As you may have inferred from the name, Lunar New Year is based on the moon’s phases – each of which lasts around 29 days. We talked about the moon’s phases earlier this month, which you can read more about here. The Lunar New Year takes place annually on the new moon that appears between Jan. 21 and Feb. 20. This Lunar New Year was on Feb. 1, while the 2023 new year will start on Jan. 22.

What traditions are associated with Lunar New Year?

Much like how some celebrate New Year’s Eve to New Year’s Day and the good luck that a new year brings, Lunar New Year is a time for people to reset and look forward to the opportunity of a fresh start that comes with a new year. This important holiday that’s celebrated among East and Southeast Asian cultures, including Chinese, Vietnamese and Korean communities, is a celebration of feasting, spiritual reflection, and honoring of ancestors.

Some other traditions include buying new clothes, getting haircuts for personal self-care, and cleaning one’s house and business so as to remove any clutter and leftover things from the previous year. And of course, traditional family feasting is in abundance.

Another key difference between the Dec. 31 NYE / Jan. 1 New Year’s day celebrations and Lunar New Year, is that the latter is a 16-day observation. Because of this extended break from work, people try to prioritize spending quality time with extended family, which is one of the only times in the year when people are able to do so.

The Year of the Tiger

While last year was the year of the Ox, this year is the year of the tiger, the first since 2010. The tiger is frequently associated with things like courage, ambition, strength and a commitment to help others for the greater good. With the current state of global health and COVID-19 – we could all use a good dose of these traits in 2022.

Each Lunar year is represented by a cycle of 12 zodiac animals. Each zodiac animal is associated with a combination of traits. In case you were wondering what zodiac animal you were born into, or how the zodiac signs line up over the next couple of years, this image depicts it well.

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So how does your community celebrate Lunar New Year? As schools teach about this important holiday, a great activity for students is to research the East Asian heritage in their own community and find out what types of Chinese or Lunar New Year celebrations are taking place locally. Some cities might be bringing back festivals or parades. Your local children’s museum might also host a Lunar New Year Celebration day.

Another fun way to learn about the holiday is through books. These are some of our favorite PreK-5 books. And here is a great online book that retells the legends associated with the origins of the 12 Chinese zodiac animals.

The Lunar New Year in Doodles

In addition to the above resources, we also wanted to share a couple of fun hands-on projects to help you celebrate this important time of year. The first is a tiger decal to help bring you good luck in the New Year.


Our second project is a DIY Chinese lantern. In China, the first full moon of the new Lunar Year is traditionally celebrated with a holiday called Yuan Xiao Festival, a.k.a. Lantern Festival. During the festival, houses and streets are decorated with colorful and intricate lanterns. This is our take on respectfully celebrating this tradition. This project is a slightly more complex Doodle and will put your concentration and design skills to the test. Explore the tutorial here.


Don’t forget to share your decals or lanterns with @3Doodler #3Doodler #WhatWillYouCreate.


Snow Day Boredom Busters

Those magical words “snow day” can have different meanings to different people, depending on your age.

For kids, it can mean no school (or maybe a switch from in-classroom to remote learning). For parents, it can mean extra travel time into the office, or even a scramble to figure out childcare for the little ones. Either way, regardless of your age, it’s a chance to slow down for the day, brew a hot cup of tea or cocoa, and bust out your 3Doodler 3D pen. We’ve pulled together four snow-themed projects for you to pick from.

Snowflake Window Decorations

Check out our collection of super cool snowflake stencils. Download and print these templates out, and then Doodle them in a variety of snow flurry colors – white, light blue, clear, or go bold and add in some color! There’s no wrong way to do it. Once you have everything Doodled, you can string them up and hang them from the curtain rod of your favorite window.


For adults doing this project with your kids/students, here are some fun facts about snowflakes that you can weave into this fun hands-on STEM project. It’s never a bad idea to have some fast facts on hand in case you get peppered with questions from curious minds.

Snowflake Fun Facts

When temperatures are at or below 32°F (0°C), and there’s moisture in the atmosphere, tiny little water droplets will collide with dust to form ice crystals. When enough ice crystals form, they’ll stick together to create a snowflake. This video does a great job of visualizing snow being formed.

Do you know how many sides a snowflake has? All snowflakes have six sides because the molecules that make them up are hexagon-shaped.

Are snowflakes white or blue? Try neither! Snowflakes are actually translucent.

Snowflakes that descend through moist air that is slightly warmer than 32°F (0°C) will melt around the edges and stick together to produce big flakes. Snowflakes that fall through cold, dry air produce powdery snow that does not stick together.

The heaviest snowfall ever recorded in a 24-hour period in the U.S. occurred on April 14 and 15, 1921 in Silver Lake, Colorado. During this single day, 6.3 feet of snow fell. What’s the heaviest snowfall you’ve witnessed?


Take the Olaf Challenge

Here’s another snow-related project for you to try at home or in your classroom. In this step-by-step project, we’re going to use our 3Doodler 3D printing pen to Doodle a snowman! Just like Olaf, from Frozen. This fun tutorial will walk you through creating your own little snowman from the warmth of your cozy living room.

For any teachers out there interested in going a little deeper, check out these wintery STEM-focused lesson plans – Platonic Solids Snowman Math Challenge, Doodle Snowflakes: Geometry and Symmetry


Don’t forget to share your snow fun with @3Doodler #3Doodler #WhatWillYouCreate.

Exploring the Phases of Earth’s Closest Neighbor

How many times have you looked up in the sky and seen a different shaped moon? Chances are if you look close enough, you’ll see how every day of the month the moon looks slightly different than it did the day before. Whether you are a parent or a teacher (or both) moon phases can be an exciting topic to explore with kids. When you get to bring the moons to life in 3D with your 3Doodler 3D printing pen it’s a tangible experience that helps lock in everything your learning. So grab your 3Doodler Start+ or Create+ 3D printing pens and let’s get learning.

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There are eight phases of the moon, in order: new moon, waxing crescent, first quarter, waxing gibbous, full moon, waning gibbous, third quarter, and waning crescent. The cycle repeats once a month (every 29.5 days). Although there are eight phases of the moon we are going to mostly focus on the four that are the easiest to see with the naked eye. This video creates a good visual of what is going on.

If you want to see another perspective of the moon check out this view of the moon Doodled by the artist Ricardo Martinez.



New Moon

During a New Moon, the moon is located between the Earth and the Sun, and as a result, isn’t visible to the human eye. The New Moon is considered “new” because it marks the start of the lunar cycle. It represents new beginnings, rebirth, potential, and stillness.





Waxing Moon

A waxing moon is the period of time when the moon appears to slowly grow fuller and bigger. This period includes the phases of waxing crescent, first quarter, and waxing gibbous. The waxing moon represents growth, personal development, decision-making, and progress.




Full Moon

Also known as the harvest moon, the full moon holds much power. During this time, the moon and the sun sit on opposite sides of the earth, lending the moon its bright, circular appearance. The full moon represents illumination, clarity, and completion.




Waning Moon

When the moon is waning, it appears to fade gradually from the sky (though of course, it’s always there). A waning moon includes the phases of waning gibbous, last quarter, and waning crescent. It symbolizes letting go, releasing, retreating, and surrendering.





So tell us, do you have a favorite moon phase? A fun discussion topic can be explaining which phase is your favorite, and why / how you got to that decision. But enough talking, let’s get hands-on with this subject!

STEM Moon Project

Now that we’ve learned about the different phases of the moon, it’s time to create our own 3D versions. Use this week’s stencil and tutorial to create your own moon diagram that’ll demonstrate your understanding of the different phases of the moon.


Don’t forget to share your moons with @3Doodler #3Doodler #WhatWillYouCreate.


Balloons Are For More Than Just Birthday Parties

Up, up, and away! Have you ever seen a hot-air balloon? This magical vehicle may not be the most efficient way to travel the skies, but it is certainly a commute you will remember.

National Balloon Ascension Day on January 9th commemorates the first balloon flight, which took place in the United States in 1793. Because of their size, they require large open fields to get set up, take off, and land, which makes it difficult for most people to catch a glimpse of these behemoth balloons. One of the most popular places to experience the magic of hot air balloon rides is in October in Albuquerque, New Mexico during the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. This festival sees over 500 balloons and is the largest such gathering of balloons in the world.

Hot Air Balloons

A close cousin to the hot-air balloon is the blimp. One of the most commonly recognized blimps may be the Goodyear Blimp, which provides aerial coverage for major sports events.

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History of Hot-Air Balloons

Did you know, the hot-air balloon is the first successful human-carrying flight technology. The first untethered manned hot-air balloon flight was performed by Jean-François Pilâtre de Rozier and François Laurent d’Arlandes on November 21, 1783, in Paris, France.

The first military use of a hot-air balloon happened in 1794 in France during the battle of Fleurus. Today, we use these balloons for leisure and entertainment as they are commonly colorfully designed and fun to watch. Additionally, these balloons are used for scientific research as access to the atmosphere is pretty easy from within a basket.

How They Work

A hot-air balloon is a lighter-than-air aircraft, consisting of a balloon or bag, called an envelope, which contains heated air. Suspended beneath the envelope is a wicker basket, which carries passengers and a source of heat, in most cases an open flame caused by burning liquid propane. The heated air inside the envelope makes it buoyant since it has a lower density than the colder air outside the envelope. This is what helps lift the balloon off the ground. Want to put this explanation to the test? Build an at-home hot air balloon and watch how different temperatures inflate the balloon in different ways.

Let’s Create Our Own!

Although creating and flying an actual hot-air balloon is relatively difficult, creating our own model hot-air balloon is totally doable. So grab your 3Doodler, this tutorial, and get ready to create your own flying machine perfect for demonstrating how these magical vehicles work.



Don’t forget to share your hot-air balloons with @3Doodler #3Doodler #WhatWillYouCreate.



Welcome to 2022, the Year of Doodling

Welcome the 3Doodler Community of creative minds. Our community encompasses people of all age groups, from all around the globe. Our user base is made up of crafters, artists, DIY hobbyists, designers, tinkerers, and more.

We hope everyone had a wonderful holiday break. We hope you had some fun Doodling with your new 3D pens, and we are beyond excited to welcome you into our community. For all our new users out there, or for all returning visitors looking for a refresher on our resources, we wanted to make sure you know about all of the support material at your disposal, which we provide to you for FREE so that you can learn how to use your pen to the fullest of never run out of inspiration along the way. Join our newsletter so that you never miss a new tutorial, stencil, product launch, or sale ever again. Remember, Doodles come in all different shapes and sizes. There has never been (and never will be) a one-size-fits-all approach to Doodling. So keep practicing, have fun with it, and remember to reach out to us if you ever have any questions!

Online Resources

Here on the 3Doodler website, we provide a non-stop shop for experimenting, learning, creating, and playing. Take advantage of our extensive “how to section”  so you can master the ins and outs of your new 3D pen.

Once you’re comfortable with how your 3D pen works, go and explore our tutorial library where we walk you through how to create a variety of fun Doodles with varying difficulties. Each tutorial includes step-by-step photos and written instructions. You also don’t want to miss our library of 300+ stencils which can be filtered by category to give you build ideas based on your interests. And if you are a teacher or parent, we have a specially curated library of lesson plans that feature detailed projects for all grade levels – ranging in subjects from science, technology, engineering, and math to the humanities.

Follow 3Doodler on Social!

Every week, we share content from the community (via Instagram Stories) and we also post fun video tutorial reels to help keep you inspired with weekly challenges. So find us @3Doodler on your platform of choice, be it Instagram, Twitter, TikTok, YouTube, Facebook, Pinterest. We also use social to announce new products and do occasional giveaways, which you won’t want to miss out on!































If you want to enjoy longer formate videos, on a larger screen you can explore the video section on our website or go to our YouTube Channel.

Download our App

Take Doodling to the next level with the 3Doodler App, which some find easier / more fun to navigate than a website. And for Start+ 3D Pen users, you can even Doodle directly on your phone or iPad. Download the app from Apple or Android and give it a try!

Enough Talk, More Doodling

If you have the new Start+ pen then you already have access to the Eiffel Tower stencil that comes in the Quick Start + Activity Guide. We thought it might be helpful to provide a more in-depth tutorial on how to build and construct the Eiffel Tower. This is one Doodle that once complete will be sure to impress your friends and family. So what are you waiting for? Let’s get Doodling!


Don’t forget to share your creations with @3Doodler #3Doodler #WhatWillYouCreate.


New Year’s Eve Festivities!

Can you believe it’s already the end of 2021?

At the end of every year, we like to get nostalgic for a minute and revisit some of the best moments and Doodles from the past year. As schools re-opened their doors this year, we saw elementary, middle, and high school students return to using 3Doodler in the classroom, with classes ranging from science to the humanities. In May we revamped our Start+ and Create+ plastic refill assortment bringing you new colors and form factors. Finally, in July we launched the 3Doodler Start+, an improved 3D printing pen for our youngest creators – which absolutely took off this holiday season. We’ve been hard at work planning for 2022 and we can’t wait to see everything our community creates next year!

To help you celebrate the New Year in style, we’ve collected a few celebratory stencils and tutorials that will add a pinch of creativity to your festivities as you prepare to ring in the New Year!


Newyear BookmarkAnyone else a part of a book club or reading group? There’s no better time to devour a new book than during the holiday break or with the start of a New Year! Follow our stencil to create a festive bookmark in your favorite colors





ImgAdd a celebratory twist to your New Year’s Eve party plans. Bake some cupcakes and then finish the look off with these DIY cupcake topper stencils!





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Whether you are laying low, facetime with friends, or celebrating as a group – be sure to capture the moment! A photo booth is a fun and memorable way to share New Year’s Eve with the people you love – even those that aren’t always fond of being in front of the camera. This stencil and your creativity will ensure you have all the fun props on hand to finish the look!


Add the ultimate accessory to your NYE outfit with these goofy and festive glasses. Because life’s too short to take yourself so seriously. So ring in the New Year in style with this tutorial!




Don’t forget to share your New Years’ decorations with @3Doodler #3Doodler #WhatWillYouCreate.


Tis’ the Season for Holiday Doodles

Can you believe it’s already December? Hanukkah is over already and Christmas is just a couple of weeks away.

We thought now would be the perfect time to put together a few festive holiday projects. Regardless of your age, these hands-on activities are a great way to get your creative juices flowing while adding some seasonal cheer to your room, house, or even classroom! Plus, if you already have a 3D Pen on hand, these projects will prove to be a much more economical option than any off-the-shelf retail options. Last year, we traveled the world through our Doodles, and this year we’ve included some fun facts that you might not have known about Reindeer, Wreaths, and more. Happy Holiday Doodling from the team at 3Doodler!

Doodle Santa’s Reindeer

Nothing says a winter wonderland like a reindeer…..or twelve! These creatures are commonly thought of as pulling Santa’s sleigh. Reindeer are also known as Carabo and live in the Arctic and other northern places in North America and Europe. Both male and female reindeer grow antlers in the Spring and Summer and lose them in the winter. Depending on their exact breed they can weigh as much as 400 lbs. Santa has to have some special magic Reindeer in order for them to get off the ground weighing that much! So what are you waiting for, it’s time to Doodle your own Reindeer.



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Over the years one of the strangest, yet most adoring Christmas time objects has been the Ugly Christmas Sweater. Usually in different shades of red, white, and green, and made of a weird material, these sweaters have become a staple at holiday parties and family gatherings across the country. Even in places where it’s not cold outside. Thanks to pop culture, movies like “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation”, and cyclical fashion trends  Ugly Christmas sweaters don’t seem to be going anywhere anytime soon. To help celebrate this funky tradition, Doodle yourself a little ugly sweater tree ornament.



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The word wreath comes from the word “writhen” which was an old English word meaning “to writhe” or “to twist.” The art of hanging wreaths originated from the Romans who hung wreaths on their doors, not as a Christmas decoration but, as a sign of victory and of their status in society. Today, Christmas wreaths are made by twisting and bending evergreen branches into a large circle which is then decorated. The circle shape of the wreath is made to represent Christ’s eternal love, his strength, and the creation of new life. Evergreens are the tree of choice for these creations because of their heartiness throughout harsh winters and that they denote strength as well as immortality. Instead of crafting a wreath with traditional evergreen branches this year, try to Doodle it. Doodle the branches and weave them together!


Don’t forget to share your holiday Doodles with @3Doodler #3Doodler #WhatWillYouCreate.


Let’s Play a Game! ♟?

Board games are an informative aspect of childhood. Learning how to follow rules, work as an individual and a team player, develop strategy, and just interact with others in a competitive and fun setting.

Popularity Spike

We’ve seen a resurgence in the popularity of board games. This can be linked partially to the pandemic and the need for people to stay inside. It also has to do with what board games have to offer, skill-building opportunities, and human interaction. Board games allow kids to learn skills like teamwork and strategy in a safe environment. The environment in which these games are played also helps prompt human interaction and confrontation, as opposed to say, video games, where human interaction is very limited.

In addition to the increase in popularity, board games are also getting a facelift. More and more games are being restored and modernized. This evolving idea of what a board game can be will help keep board games relevant for younger, more digitally savvy generations.

Playing Games through the Centuries

Board games have been around almost for the entirety of humankind. Classical board games are divided into four categories of game: race games (such as Pachisi), space games (Tic-Tac-Toe), and games of displacement (Chess). The longest-running game is called The Royal Game of Ur. Still played in India, this game has been around for more than 2000 years and is even older than Backgammon, commonly referred to as the oldest board game.

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All board games, while different, also share some commonalities. Most are played on a table or other flat surface, with a game board and pieces, and obviously, they have an objective or goal that players are working towards to win.

Board games are a great reason to gather the family or classroom together for some friendly competition. As families and friends come together for the holidays, consider pulling out a game to play as a way to bring people together and of course scratch our competitive itch.

DIY Chess – 3Doodler Style


Our DIY Doodle Challenge this week is in honor of National Board Game Day on November 19. Recreate the Queen’s Gambit for yourself with a tutorial and stencil that’ll get you creating your own unique chess set – from scratch! This project will leave you with a fully functional chess set and a board (if you need it). It’s a fun activity that will no doubt impress friends and family as you gather for some friendly competition.

Don’t forget to share your catapults and other STEM day activities with @3Doodler #3Doodler #WhatWillYouCreate.


Let’s Celebrate STEAM Day!

Do your students see the connection between what they learn in school and the world around them? 3Doodler ties in real-world connections to STEM concepts in seconds.

After a full year of remote learning in 2020, it’s nice to be back in the classroom this year. Both teachers and students thrive from working together in person. Administrators and teachers know that offering a classroom environment rich in STEAM learning is critical for students’ future success. As research has shown, hands-on learning through real-world examples is such an important element when it comes to retaining information and grasping tough concepts.

Hands-on experimentation is critical for testing out new ideas. 3Doodler adds a new dimension to engineering, art, and design, by introducing unique ways to problem solve and be creative. We’ve come across some pretty unique ways that classrooms have been utilizing their 3Doodlers across the country, and today, we wanted to share a few of those highlights.

What’s Happening in the Classroom

Mrs. Rounding the Librarian at Odyssey Academy, in Rochester, NY hosted a great maker space and Mrs. Eure, a teacher at Newsome Park Elementary in Virginia, explored different ways the 3Doodler could be used in her classroom.

Mrs. Pechar, a librarian at Birchcrest Elementary, in Omaha, Nebraska, helped her students recreate an air hockey game with their 3Doodler 3D pens. Mrs. Powers, a STEAM education consultant, outside of Philadelphia, helps teachers and students in PreK-2nd grade integrate technology into the classroom. She used her 3Doodlers to add a new layer of creativity to teaching history.

Desktop Catapult: A Fun STEAM Activity for Any AgeTutorial

This week, in honor of STEM Day which we celebrated on Monday, Nov 8, we wanted to add to our ever-growing library of STEM activities by challenging you to Doodle your own real working Catapult. So, check out this week’s tutorial and take cover since things are about to start flying!

Don’t forget to share your catapults and other STEM day activities with @3Doodler #3Doodler #WhatWillYouCreate.


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DIY Haunted House

With Halloween just a couple of weeks away, we’re likely not the only ones thinking about costumes, candy, and decorations.

The Skinny on the Jack-o’-Lantern

One decoration that is a tried and true part of Halloween is the jack-o’-lantern, but why do we care so much about a squash?

We can thank the Irish and Scottish for this tradition, who used to carve scary faces into turnips or potatoes and place them in windows or near doors to frighten away wandering evil spirits like Stingy Jack. Stinging Jack is a mythical person who cheated the devil out of his soul, causing his soul to wander the earth holding a piece of coal in a carved-out turnip.

Irish and Scottish immigrants brought the jack-o’-lantern tradition with them when they relocated to the United States. Soon after though, they found pumpkins, a fruit native to the Americas, which makes perfect jack-o’-lanterns.

For Halloween 2021, we took our own spin on the classic jack-o’-lantern and created a fun mess-free crafting experience for you. Use this DIY stencil so you don’t have to carve up your pumpkin, instead simply Doodle the eyes and mouth and attach them to your own pumpkin, no knives required! ☠️???

Turn Your Porch Into a Haunted House

You’ll want to check out this week’s tutorial of a Jack-o’-lantern, but this is just the start of what you can create to spookify your living quarters. Check out more spooktacular crafting ideas below!


Use this stencil to create a life-size bat! Perfect for scaring the unexpecting.

Creepy Ghost Decals

Use this stencil and your 3Doodler pen to create some faBOOlous ghost decals.

Spider Web

This project is perfect for the whole family! Simply print out the stencil in different sizes to make cobwebs for both kids and adults. There’s so many things you can do with it: you can attach the cobweb to your shirt, pin it in your hair, or even decorate corners of your house!

Don’t forget to share the haunted house you create with @3Doodler #3Doodler #WhatWillYouCreate.

STEM Projects From Around the World

For decades, pockets of the United States have celebrated Indigenous Peoples’ Day rather than Columbus Day, which was put into place as a federal holiday back in 1934 by President Franklin D. Roosevelt. This year was particularly special for Indigenous Peoples’ Day, which received its first presidential proclamation from President Biden.

Indigenous Peoples’ Day celebrates the contributions of indigenous peoples to society and honors their place as the first inhabitants of what is now the U.S., and the wrongs they suffered. Columbus Day was intended to be a day where “the nation would honor the courage and determination which enabled generations of immigrants from many nations to find freedom and opportunity in America,” according to the Congressional Research Service.

Whether you live in a state that recognizes Indigenous Peoples’ Day, Columbus Day, or both, topics such as culture, exploration, art, and discovery are subjects that ring true for both.

STEM Projects! 

Our country is a melting pot of various cultures and artistic influences. Thanks to modern-day travel and technology, we are more interconnected today than ever before. To celebrate the importance of exploration and discovery, and the effect it can have on art and technology, we put together fun hands-on STEM projects from around the world that can be adapted to any skill level and is perfect for classroom and at-home creative Doodling alike.

Doodled “Paper Crane”

Use this stencil to create your very own Doodled paper crane! You can create it in any color, or even in multiple colors.

Leaning Tower of Pisa

Doodle a toppling tower of your own.

We have seen members from our creative Community do incredible things, from art to fashion to full-size cars.

Cornelia Kuglmeier has been a dedicated member of our 3Doodler Community from the very beginning, and last year took on a project that required the precision, attention to detail, and artistic ability that only she could bring.

By Doodling a globe and discussing cultures and influences from around the world, we can learn to appreciate different people and places, and maybe even find new places to add to our travel wish list!

Don’t forget to share your creations with @3Doodler #3Doodler #WhatWillYouCreate.

DIY Succulent Garden

‘Tis the season for pumpkin spice lattes, sweaters, and jumping in leaf piles. Autumn also brings a change in foliage as leaves go from green to orange, red, and eventually different shades of brown.

Colorful 3D pen art - Succulent-filled round pot on a table.

So as the days get shorter and colder, now is as good of a time as any to take stock of our indoor garden situation, which can serve as a refuge from the outside world.

By creating our perfect plant sanctuary of succulents, we can boost our mood and concentration, while also adding some green back into our lives.

Don’t feel like messing with the real thing? Not a problem, we’re here to show you how to upgrade your desk or windowsill by crafting some 3D printed succulents using your 3Doodler 3D pen.

Millennial Succulent Mania – What’s All the Fuss?

The term “house pet” has been used to describe tough, evergreen succulent plants. This term helps shed light on their rise in popularity as plants one must have to make your house a home. 

3D pen art: 3 types of succulents in pots

Succulents store water in their leaves, this gives their leaves a unique shape and feeling. Their leaves tend to be thick and fleshy. Succulents are not cacti but cacti are a type of succulent. Different succulents and cacti genus provide a variety of different colors and textures for a drought-resistant landscape. They thrive in dry, arid climates where most other plants would not survive.

Succulents are a great starter plant as they don’t require that much maintenance and come in many crazy colors and textures. Another amazing quality of succulents is their ability to propagate easily.

Many of these plants can grow new plants using simply a leaf cutting from the mother plant. This is yet another reason succulents are cool, once you buy one you can grow as many as you want.

Upgrade Your Space

Small potted plant on black shelf with 3D pen art

In this week’s tutorial, we’ll walk through how to craft your own 3D printed succulents and pot using your 3Doodler 3D pen.

This cool Doodle will exercise your creativity and fine motor skills as you craft a succulent and a vessel for it to live in. The best part of this project? You can keep adding to it over time, and you won’t have to ever worry about it dying on you.

Don’t forget to share your creations with @3Doodler #3Doodler #WhatWillYouCreate.

Artist Spotlight with Rachel Goldsmith: Beyond Bovine

Rachel Goldsmith is a New York and Seattle based artist who paints with PLA plastic on canvas, using a 3Doodler Create+. She recently wrapped up with an incredible fiberglass resin grazing cow that was covered head-to-toe with colorful 3Doodler PLA filament.

Beyond (the name of her cow) was part of CowParade NYC 2021 – a public exhibit that was on display throughout New York City this month. Rachel has been a cornerstone of the 3Doodler community since the beginning, and it’s been a delight to watch her prolific work evolve over the years. We thought this would be a perfect opportunity to check in with Rachel learn more about the project, and to hear about what she has been up to with her art, her hula hooping, and her 3Doodler!


Can you please introduce yourself and talk a little about your artist’s process?

Seven years ago, 3Doodler wrote an Artist Profile on me that ended with this line, “Rachel’s mix of chaotic control reflects what Doodling is at its core: endless experimentation.” … And it’s funny to think back on that time in my creative history – because I could only ever be as good as the pen… The first 3Doodlers had unexpected blips in their extrusion every 7-11ish seconds the pen would pause, maybe… this was chaos that I constantly had to respond to and attempt to control… and I really liked having to respond to the technologies’ whims… but the 3Doodler got better and better (thank you Max and Peter!) and now… I no longer have to control the chaos… I know what to expect from the pen and I have developed and perfected techniques with which I can accurately express myself and with which I can use the medium as my visual language.

The endless experimenting is no longer needed…I’m finally back to creating meaningful fine artworks at a level on par with my previously honed drawing and painting skills. It was a very challenging leap to take…. A full deep dive into 3Doodler-land… and I have no regrets. It has added so much literal depth to the layered essence of my artistry.


We know you are currently working on a cow project, so where did that idea come from, and how is that project coming along? 

For a moment, this past June, I found myself once again dipping my toe into potentially experimental waters. You see… the Official Cow Parade was coming back to New York City with a fully curated group of artists creating cows for God’s Love We Deliver. I read about it online after the launch party, and I reached out to Steven at God’s Love and said, “Please, I have spent 20 years dreaming of participating in this project – can I make a cow?”

And Steven said, “Sorry, we don’t have any extras.” So, I replied, “What if I create a cow that looks like it belongs in your parade but is actually see-through… and not ultimately attached to one of the fiberglass cows. YES! Steven was on board! It would be the world’s first Cow created with a 3 D printing pen for the 100th staging of the cow parade.

So… my plan for the cow threw me back into experimental land… I had an engineering feat to consider that had never impeded my work in the past. I had to create a weather-durable/public-durable free-standing cow. For engineering’s sake, I requested a grazing cow – in case I needed to put a flower below its head to hold it up when it was complete… I also considered making my cow into a bull – adding another “leg” to stand on. Initially, I had only a short amount of time to work on top of the fiberglass cow in the Clear sponsored Artist Studio at Industry City, that I was using as a mold. So not only did I have to hit the ground running, but I had to make sure not to damage the underlying fiberglass structure, prior to another artist painting it.



In my Brooklyn studio, I began extruding PLA in an effort to create a cowhide – basically, I made a ginormous piece of mesh – for days I ironed together layers of extruded PLA. Then I rolled up my ‘hide” and brought it to the life-sized cow, which I immediately covered in heave duty aluminum (both to protect the fiberglass structure and to ensure that in molding my PLA mesh to the form it would not permanently adhere to the fiberglass.

Using a heat gun and a lot of patience, I formed that PLA along the contours of the cow. The hide, though large, wasn’t large enough and I had a lot more PLA to extrude to cover the whole cow… After several days Steven and Leslie (who was running the studio for David Stark Design and God’s Love) and I all decided that given the cow was being created for a public art piece… and cow-hugging is encouraged – it would be best if I kept my final cow on the fiberglass structure (and now there was one available for me to use). So… cut the cowhide off and removed the foil. I then began adhering the PLA directly onto the fiberglass that I had been aiming to remove it from… The plans shifted quickly… The PLA was on its last legs for reheat and cool – remember it had been extruded, then ironed, then heat-gunned… then removed from the foil and fiberglass, and now I was again heating it to adhere and mold to the cow shape. Ay de mi! The whole project basically got three times longer… but this is when the cow really started to gain its own personality!

I was aiming to create a hairy cow – like a highland cow – mainly because with this medium I could make my cow hairy! Where other artists had only used paint to color their cows, I had the ability to extend my cow BEYOND the fiberglass.

My cow’s name, Beyond, stems from other reasons as well… PLA is a plant-based filament and I am a plant-based human… so we have an affinity to Beyond Meat (in a plant-based way). Also, God’s Love We Deliver goes above and BEYOND to help our community on a daily basis. And finally, there are plenty of people who might describe me and my cow as — “beyond”.

For the horns and the hoofs, I melted the PLA in the oven prior to adding it to the cow in order to create a different texture for those areas. I flipped the cow over and working on it upside-down to do the belly and the legs and to grow grass from its feet… (working with gravity for the grass). The grassy feet started out about 8 inches high… and I cut it down half an inch at a time until I was pleased with the height. The hair also got cut and styled a bunch of times… and I am sure, that before it goes to live auction on September 30th, it will need a “salon-day” – as the public is enjoying messing with his mop of hair – in a good way. It’s spreading joy! I love that!

That is the dream! Create art that spreads joy AND ultimately benefits charity. God’s Love We Deliver is an organization that cooks and delivers millions of medically tailored meals for over 10,000 New Yorkers per year, who are living with serious illnesses. It was easy for me to pour hours of my life into creating this cow – the better the cow, the higher the value it will sell for at auction… the more money it will bring into God’s Love. It’s a no-brainer, really. All of the cows are up for auction at Heritage Auctions starting September 7st the live auction ends October 7th.

When we met, Mr. Jerry Elbaum, the founder of the Cow Parade said that this was the most artistically impressive herd of cows he’s ever seen – and this is the 100th staging of this parade… He also said that to the NYTimes… so it wasn’t just to compliment an artist. I believe him.

Working in a studio alongside so many talented contemporary artists had me star-struck at times… I was able to get into my flow state, and ignore the others, thanks to music and my hula hoop… but I am still in awe of the work I saw unfurl over 8 weeks in the studio. There is so much talent in this world! I am honored and proud to be part of this particular herd. #cowparadenyc

Do you have any suggestions for people new to Doodling?

Buy more filament now! Lower your expectations… practice patience… and patiently practice. Oh… and don’t forget you can cut off or meltdown your mistakes.

In an effort to raise more even more money for God’s Love We Deliver Rachel will soon sell some Beyond merchandise on my online art shop – All proceeds will go directly to the charity!

Make sure to follow Rachel on Instagram. She’s always sharing fun art projects and plenty of Doodles. 

Don’t forget to share your favorite Doodles with @3Doodler #3Doodler #WhatWillYouCreate.

2021 Summer Rewind

The summer has flown by and the season for pumpkin spice lattes is officially upon us. As we bid adieu to summer, let’s embrace one last mouthwatering activity.

Ice, Ice Baby

If your ice cream cone never melts, can summer really end? You decide! Whether you are trying to channel your inner creativity, or you are looking for a fun hands-on activity to do with your kids on National Ice Cream Cone Day (Sept 22) – this is the project for you!

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Here Connie__Doodles whipped up some very realistic ice cream cones using her 3Doodler Create+ 3D pen and our Create+ PLA Pastel bundle of filament.

We did our own variation of this Doodle as well – because….can you really ever have enough ice cream?! Check out this week’s tutorial for some smaller ice cream cones with a few different topping options. Although you can’t eat these, they can be fun kitchen decorations or excellent props for any kid’s kitchen!


Summer rewind

As summer comes to an official end on September 21st let’s take a moment to reflect back on some of the fun we had Doodling. We did a lot and covered some exciting events, including the launch of our Start+ 3D Pen!


We can’t forget about starting out the summer on a creepy-crawly note with bugs. We also had an awesome cicada Doodle since Billions of Brood X cicadas emerged across the eastern US in the early summer.

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We Doodled selfies in June. This fun activity helped turn our photos into real tangible objects. And give us an excuse to have some screen-free time.

Doodle a selfie


STEM week was a big hit. We laid out a week’s worth of STEM activities perfect for a classroom or an at-home Doodle camp. We capped things off with a tutorial on how to draw a robot 3D robot.

Read about STEM week


In July, we launched our new START+ 3D printing pen. With a new design, quicker charging time, 50% more Eco-Plastic and an all-new activity guide featuring 10 projects, any kid who opens this package will experience success right out of the box. We also shared a tutorial of an exclusive Doodle from the activity guide – a dream catcher.

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It was a whale of a time when we headed to the beach in July. In addition to sharing ideas about how to spend your time at the beach we also shared how to Doodle some sea life, you might stumble upon when you’re there.

Doodle some sea life


We got ready to head back to school. In this fun blog, we showed you ways you could create your own style using Doodles. And how to Doodle a shiny apple for your new teacher.

Doodle some sea life


There were many more, but these were our favorites. In case you missed any of our blogs this summer or want to go back and revisit your favorites not seen above see every blog here and every tutorial here.

Don’t forget to share your pirate get up with @3Doodler #3Doodler #WhatWillYouCreate.











5 Talk Like A Pirate STEAM Activities

Some of the most common pirate imagery we have comes from pop culture references such as Captain Hook from Peter Pan or Jack Sparrow from Pirates of the Caribbean. With International Talk Like a Pirate Day taking place September 19, here are 5 hands-on STEAM activities for your kids and students to have fun with this week.

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1. Read Pirate-Themed Books

There are plenty of pirate-related books to have your kids dive into as they work on their reading comprehension. Here is a list of books corresponding to different reading levels so everyone can enjoy some pirate lore. For younger kids, “read aloud” sessions are great practice. For older kids, have them extend the story by illustrating an alternate ending using their 3Doodler!

Elementary School Reading 

Middle School Reading

High School Reading 

2. A Linguistic History

International Talk Like a Pirate Day started as a joke between two friends in Oregon and has turned into a cultural holiday over the years.

Interestingly enough, the common pirate word “Arrr!” which translates to “yes” was not originally a pirate word at all. While it was introduced into folklore in the 1930s, it didn’t become mainstream until Disney popularized the interjection with its 1950s release of Treasure Island.

Here is some pirate lingo and jokes to help you participate in this fun holiday. Feel free to use this lingo to create your own DIY greeting cards for friends, family, and teachers using your 3Doodler 3D pen.

Ahoy! – “Yo!”
Avast! – “Check it out!”
Aye! – “Yes.”
Arrr! – “That’s right!” (often confused with arrrgh…)
Arrrgh! – “I’m VERY miffed.”

Pirate jokes: 

Q: How much did the pirate pay for his piercings?
A: A buck-an-ear.

Q: How do you make a pirate really mad?
A: Take away the ‘p’.

Q: What’s a pirate’s favorite movie?
A: Booty and the Beast.

Q: Why couldn’t the 10-year-old go to the pirate movie?
A: Because it was rated arrrrrrr.

Q: What was the pirate’s name that had no legs or arms and fell overboard?
A: Bob.

DIY 3D Pirate Flair 

Last but not least, in order to help everyone celebrate and play pirate today, here are some Doodle ideas!

3. Doodle a Pirate Eye Patch 

Many assume pirates wore eye patches to cover a missing or wounded eye from battle but did you know that an eye patch was more likely to be used to condition the eye to be able to fight in the dark? Doodle this eye patch so you can be ready for anything, day or night!

4. A Pirate’s parrot

Can you believe that parrots weren’t actually common pets for pirates? We have the movies to thank for this common misconception. Although parrots were not kept as pets, talking birds did exist and were often stolen by pirates because of their value. Here’s an adorable parrot stencil and tutorial to Doodle for your shoulder – perfect for your next pirate-themed party.

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5. Avast – a Doodled Telescope!

If you want to complete the part, Doodle your very own telescope so you can scan the horizon for desert islands.

Don’t forget to share your pirate get up with @3Doodler #3Doodler #WhatWillYouCreate.

Artist Spotlight with Ricardo Martinez

Ricardo Martinez Herrera is a Mexican artist known for combining traditional sculptural techniques with new and experimental materials, practices, and methods. He works in many mediums including sculpture, painting, and photography.

We are currently obsessed with one of his latest projects, involving an out-of-this-world moon sculpture that he Doodled and will be bronze casting. Check out this great interview we had with Riikc recently to check in on him, his current projects, and what he’s been creating with his 3Doodler Create+ 3D pen as of late.

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Can you please introduce yourself?

— My name is Ricardo Martinez Herrera, and I’m a Mexican artist based in Belgium. Sculpture has been my passion since I was young, and like a lot of people, I took the lockdowns in 2020 as an opportunity to make a living out of my passion.

Can you talk about your artistic process, as well as your inspirations? 

— My inspiration comes from many places— as someone coming from Latin America and now residing in Europe, I have encountered a lot of contrasting experiences, ways of life, and even people that inspire my creations. As for the creative process, it’s all about translating these experiences into geometrical shapes, as well as spicing things up with some anatomical references.

Can you tell us a little bit about the Metztli moon project you’ve been working on? Where did that idea come from?

— To be honest, I tried to find the most complicated way to draw a sphere with a 3Doodler. After a few days of work, the swirl pattern on the sphere began to look really special. Before I knew it, the sculpture started to remind me of a moon painted by an impressionist, and that’s how the project came to be. I feel like sometimes the best plan is having no plan, and these sculptures start revealing themselves organically.

As for the final result, I’m trying to cast this massive moon twelve times in bronze using the lost wax technique. I can already see the 12 metal moons being shown in a gallery, each with its own different shade of bronze, surrounding the spectators. It’s an exciting project, and just some weeks away from becoming a reality.

When did you add 3Doodler 3D printing pens into your artist’s toolbox?  

— I discovered 3D pens in my last year of studies while researching new ways to create sculptures. After testing a couple of different 3d pens on the market, I got my hands on a 3Doodler, and I haven’t let go of my Create+ pen since.

Do you have any suggestions for people new to Doodling?

— Absolutely! I recently gave a workshop on creating art with the 3Doodler, and I found that the best exercise for them was to create many 2D shapes first, such as triangles or squares. After having a good amount of little doodled squares, it becomes easier to put them together and create volumes such as pyramids or cubes! After that, it’s all about patience!

Make sure to follow Rick on Instagram and YouTube. He’s always sharing fun art projects and plenty of Doodles. 

Don’t forget to share your favorite Doodles with @3Doodler #3Doodler #WhatWillYouCreate.

Are You Back to School Ready?

As a parent, making sure your child has everything they need to kick off the new school year is important, no doubt about it. But outside of the material things, it’s equally important to make sure their school is providing the best educational opportunities for learning in the 21st century.

This is where advocating for how your child learns, and engaging with their teacher or administration, comes into play. Depending on your child’s age and grade level, you might advocate for different things. For us at 3Doodler, we are big believers in the benefits of fostering a STEM culture both at school and at home, and all that comes with it.

What is STEM and Why is it Important?

STEM is short for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. STEM Education makes learning “real” and gives students opportunities to see the connection between the content they are studying and the application of that content in authentic and relevant ways. STEM teaching encourages a hands-on creative learning environment to help develop their problem-solving skills. While some schools may have a STEM class, we advocate for a culture of STEM learning to be adopted into any class or subject matter.

You probably have also heard of STEAM, which adds “Arts” into the mix. The concept here is that by adding Arts, you are adding creative thinking and design skills to STEM projects so that students can imagine a variety of ways to use STEM skills into adulthood. STEAM uses design methods to approach STEM subjects creatively, and make them real-world relevant to all students, not just those already interested.

So if this kind of learning and teaching sounds interesting to you, or you think could be helpful for your child, send their teachers a quick email to ask how they are embracing STEM learning in the classroom this year, or if nothing else, be sure to ask about it in your next Parent-Teacher Conference.

Can’t forget to Doodle

If you are in the South or West coast, you’ve likely already started school. If you’re on the East coast, you might be preparing for school to start next month. Regardless of which camp you fall into, we thought this would be a great time to bring out some functional Back to School stencil favorites. So if you need pencil caps, cord holders, or a pencil box we’ve got you covered!


In this week’s tutorial, we also have a fun back-to-school project. The days of sending your child to school with a real consumable apple for their teacher might be over, but the tradition can live on! We show you how to Doodle an apple instead with this fun stencil. Your child can use this as a conversation starter to explain how much fun they had Doodling it, and it can also symbolize the fact that you recognize the work your teacher, and the school, is putting into fostering a STEM-based culture.


Special Announcement

Be on the lookout for a special back-to-school sale starting later this week on August 26th and running until September 7th. There will be specials on Start+ and Create+ Learn From Home and a special new add-on bundle will be available.


Don’t forget to share your back-to-school Doodles with @3Doodler #3Doodler #WhatWillYouCreate.

Fine-Tune Your Doodling Technique

Have you ever seen a Doodle and wondered how someone created it? Today, we help solve that problem by walking through several advanced techniques that’ll take your Doodling to the next level.

What You’ll Need

In this blog, we’ll be focused on techniques using our Create+ and PRO+ 3D printing pens. In addition to one of these pens, you will also want to have our Create+ PLA and Create+ ABS filament on hand. These are two different types of filament for the Create+ and PRO+ pens, and while they may look the same at first glance, they both have very different attributes and can be manipulated in different ways.



PLA is a plant-based, non-toxic material and is recyclable & compostable. You might even smell something sweet while Doodling, that’s because PLA is a corn-based material that emits a sweet, sugary smell as it heats up. PLA is very versatile and can be used on paper, glass, cloth, and metal surfaces.

PLA is unique because even after it has been extruded you have five to six seconds where you can still manipulate it. Even after it’s cooled, you have other techniques at your disposal that allow the plastic to be reshaped. Using a hairdryer, you can heat up certain parts of your Doodle to soften the filament and reshape it, without affecting your entire creation.

For more complex projects you can even use your oven to heat PLA filament. This technique will cause the entire Doodle to melt together. This technique should only be used when you are okay with melting your entire creation, as you’ll use any of the typically Doodle lines that you see after extrusion. You can also use this technique to change the transparency of the Doodle, like in this video where a telescope lens needs to be heated up to help it come together and become transparent.


When it comes to drawing in the air, ABS is your filament. ABS cools down faster than PLA allowing you to draw in the air with ease. After extrusion, you have about three seconds before the filament to harden. Once hardened, ABS will easily peel off of paper or stencils, and can bend with ease. Given how quick it cools / hardens, ABS can be easier for beginner Doodlers wishing to draw in the air. Unlike PLA, ABS does not have a sweet smell. ABS also cannot be heated up and manipulated after extrusion, so if you decide to try out any of the above-mentioned heating techniques, make sure you are using PLA!

Nozzle Set

An additional tool you can use to help shape and construct your extruded plastic is our nozzle set. This Set includes a ribbon tip, square tip, triangle tip, a super fine 0.5mm nozzle, and thicker 1mm and 1.5mm nozzles. It also includes a smoothing tool that clips onto the end of each nozzle, allowing you to smooth over or create contours and details on your Doodles. These Doodles below help show some of the different techniques possible with the nozzle set.

Let’s practice!

In order to become a pro Doodler like @Connie__doodles,, and @artistrachelg – you’ll need practice. So we thought, what better way to work on your Doodling techniques than by creating some miniature food replicas. Similar to cooking or baking, the more you practice the better you become. So let’s put those fine motor skills to the test and Doodle some food! Use this stencil to turn these pretzels and then Doodle some pretzels.

Whenever you’re up for a challenge, check out this week’s tutorial. We walk you through how to Doodle up a delicious mini 3D burger. Get practicing and showcase your amazing dinner Doodles. Additionally, we have a great collection of fun and advanced techniques on our website so you can take any Doodle to the next level.

Don’t forget to share your miniature dinners with @3Doodler #3Doodler #WhatWillYouCreate.

From the Shadows, to the Mainstage

Shadow puppetry is an art that collapses the world from three dimensions to two. Here at 3Doodler, we specialize in transforming 2D ideas into 3D creations. So, however ironic as it may seem, let’s make some 3D creations to put on a 2D show! In this blog, we’ll explore building, planning, and putting on a shadow puppet show.

Where does shadow puppetry come from?

One of the oldest art forms still in use, shadow puppetry originated in Central Asia-China or in India in the 1st millennium BCE. Shadow theater means different things to different cultures. Think about shadow puppets as the first cartoons. Because of the tools involved in creating the stories, it is easy to create cartoon-like shenanigans with the puppets by making them grow bigger and smaller and vanish into thin air. Because of this ability to mimic special effects, the shadow theater unlocks a whole new dimension of storytelling.

Because shadow puppets have been found in so many different cultures, they have taken many different forms. Below are examples of Chinese and Indian Shadow puppets, the two most popular types.


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Set up a Shadow Puppet Theater

The shadow theater is a unique one as the stage is almost as important as the puppets. Because the puppet’s visibility is connected to how big the stage is, make sure your stage will be big enough for your puppets. This short video breaks down how to set up your theater and all the parts required.

Let’s make our own shadow puppets

Shadow puppets are commonly constructed from wood, plastic, or cardboard depending on the designer. In some special circumstances, the puppets are made from stretched leather. We have put together a FREE stencil to help you create your own puppets and this week’s tutorial will help walk you through how to put everything together.

After you have Doodled your puppets and the theater is set up it’s time to put on a show! Remember the world of puppetry allows you to do some fun and different things so think outside the box when it’s showtime!

Don’t forget to share your shadow puppets after you Doodle them with @3Doodler #3Doodler #WhatWillYouCreate.

Coloring Outside the Lines

With many kids out of school for summer break, we figured what better time to dust off your old coloring books. Coloring is an opportunity for quality family time spent doing something that both relieves stress and primes the brain for even deeper learning and critical thinking.

Once seen as a childish pastime, coloring books have been revitalized and now are a go-to activity for small children and grown adults alike. The first coloring book, The Little Folks’ Painting Book, was published back in the 1880s by the McLoughlin Brothers and remained in publication until 1920. Coloring books were initially designed with the intention for them to be painted in, making the pages thicker than the books we have today. But in 2021, Doodling in 3D is so much more fun than mainstream crayons or watercolors.  Check it out for yourself with this week’s tutorial to learn how you can take the fun of coloring to a whole new level.Artboard

Why Should You Color?

Coloring books provide both kids and adults with a fun and creative outlet, and can also serve as a stress-relieving activity, and education tool for all.

The art of coloring is important for children because it can help improve fine motor skills. Coloring also trains the brain to focus. For parents and educators, activities like this require limited setup and breakdown time and are well-suited for travel. This makes coloring a great choice for entertaining children without a screen.

Coloring books are a great tool for adults because it’s the perfect way to relax. Coloring and drawing allow the brain to focus on the present, which can calm the nervous system, which leads to relaxation.

Doodle and Color

A 3Doodler 3D pen and a coloring book are a match made in heaven for any beginning Doodler. A coloring book arms you with plenty of templates so that all you have to do is pick your filament colors and then play around with your technique until you find your groove! Once you have mastered simple tracing then it’s time to take your Doodles to the next level by turning flat Doodles into 3D creations.

Try Doodling a tree with a cylindrical trunk so it stands on its own. Or when Doodling people add thickness to their legs so they stand up upright. There are lots of different ways to bring your Doodles to life so experiment and play around with different methods.  We talk more about bringing 2D drawings to life in 3D in this blog. A project like this is perfect for any Doodler at any skill level. So no matter what pen you have, give it a try!

These are great examples of bringing the 2D drawings to life with a 3D pen. 

Turn Any Book Into a Stencil 

To give you even more options when it comes to using coloring books with your 3Doodler – we put together this step-by-step guide just for you. In this tutorial, we show you how literally any book can be converted into a coloring book.

Whether you prefer coloring books or picture books, or both, all books will get some love on August 9th on National Book Lovers Day. A day for everyone who loves to read, National Book Lovers Day encourages you to find your favorite reading place, a good book, and read the day away.

Don’t forget to share your favorite Doodled coloring projects with @3Doodler #3Doodler #WhatWillYouCreate.


Beach Day for Doodle Nerds

Is there a better summer activity than heading to the beach? Even the thought of the sand beneath your toes and the smell of salt in the air can transport you back to your last family vacation seaside.

Since it is prime beach weather the 3Doodler team thought we would pull together a beach day checklist and suggest some fun outdoor activities for your next trip seaside. We also have a fun hands-on Doodle activity to get you and your kids excited about your next family trip!

Before you head to the beach, make sure you have the following basics.


  • Bathing suit
  • Sunscreen
  • Beach towel
  • Picnic food
  • Bottled water
  • Beach umbrella or something that’ll create some shade
  • Buckets and shovels
  • A ball or frisbee or kite

Now that you have your essentials packed, let’s explore what you can do at the beach. No matter your interests, the beach has you covered.

Playing in the water

Usually, beaches have a body of water associated with them. It’s always fun to swim in the water and splash in the waves. If you are looking for some more excitement you could teach your kids to body surf!


Hanging on the beach

If you want to stay on land there are lots of options as well. Test your engineering skills and build an epic sandcastle.

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This is a great activity that brings out everyone’s inner creativity and gets your crew to work together to build something epic. While planning out your sandcastle creations, check out this tutorial on how to make beach themes sand molds. This would be a fun and unique way to decorate your sandcastles.


If you brought something to toss around like a ball or frisbee that is always a fun activity. If it’s windy you could even learn to use a kite and fly around the skies.

Hunt for beach life

One of our favorite activities is hunting for beach critters. If you look closely you can find crabs, little fish, burrowing water bugs, and sea birds. If your beach has title pools then you’ll have a good chance to see Sea Anemones, Starfish, Limpets, Hermit crabs, and Sea Urchins.


Before we send you on your way, we wanted to share with you a topical tutorial. In this step-by-step guide, we include a few stencils of some of our favorite sea creatures. This is a fun project that’ll bring focus to some of the fun and crazy animals that inhabit the beach and the surrounding oceans.

If you make a cool castle with 3Doodler sand molds or if you Doodle some sea creatures before finding their real-life replicas oceanside, we want you to share what you came up with by tagging @3Doodler #3Doodler #WhatWillYouCreate!

One small Doodle to represent one giant leap for mankind

On July 20, 1969, the world stood still as two astronauts did what no human being had ever done before, walk on the Moon. 52 years later we still remember this day and celebrate it as “one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.”

Why and how did we end up on the Moon?

After the Russians launched the first artificial satellite, Sputnik 1, in 1957 the space race was on. Four short years later on April 12, 1961, the Soviet cosmonaut, Yuri Gagarin, became the first human to travel into space, followed by American astronaut Alan Shepard one month later.

Following this accomplishment, President John F. Kennedy challenged NASA to send a person to the Moon in less than 10 years. On July 16, 1969, the spacecraft Apollo 11 was ready to do just that, sending three American astronauts: Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, and Michael Collins to the Moon.

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After the spacecraft launched the astronauts spent four days floating through space. When they finally approached the Moon’s surface the team split and Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin headed towards the Moon’s surface while Michael Collins remained in orbit above them. After a risky landing Armstrong and Aldrin were on the Moon and became the first human beings to step foot on anything outside of Earth.

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After collecting samples and exploring the surface of the Moon, Armstrong and Aldrin reconnected with Collins and headed back to earth, returning safely on July 24, 1969. Over the next several years, 10 astronauts would follow in Armstrong and Aldrin’s footsteps. The last mission to the moon was in 1972.

There is so much left for us to explore!

We are living in an exciting time! We have satellites out in the deepest parts of space and robots rolling on mars. Now is the time to explore your interest in space, science, or engineering. The world will need the next generation of scientists and engineers to help get our future selves where we need to go in space.

Whether you are learning about the moon or learning about Mars, we have a fun hands-on activity that’ll keep you tuned into your surroundings. Start by downloading this FREE out-of-this-world spaceship stencil and then follow along with our step-by-step tutorial that walks you through how to build it. This way, even from the comfort of your own home, you can join us in celebrating the great space race and all the advances in science it has given us.

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If you’re interested in building your own DIY spaceship out of cardboard, check out this video. You can even add finishing touches and details with your 3Doodler 3D pen to make it a complete work of art.

Don’t forget to share all your interplanetary Doodling fun with @3Doodler #3Doodler #WhatWillYouCreate.

3Doodler Start+ puts kids’ creativity in the driver’s seat

Do you ever wish you could take your kids’ wacky, creative ideas and turn them into reality? If only there was a tool safe enough for kids ages 6-13 years old, that could transform a 2D drawing into a 3D work of art?

Look no further than the 3Doodler Start+ Essentials 3D pen set, which takes the power and possibilities of a 3D printer and combines that with the ease and usability of a pen or pencil. Unlike a traditional 3D printer, the 3Doodlers Start+ eliminates any steep learning curve for kids and parents! With an all-new activity guide featuring 10 projects, kids will experience success with the 3Doodler Start+ – right out of the box.

Available today via, and coming soon to retailers including Amazon, Target, and xx, the wireless 3Doodler Start+ 3D pen is easier than ever to use, and charges in half the time as its predecessor.  It’s slimmer, more ergonomic shape is easier for small hands to maneuver while Doodling.

Why Choose the Start+?

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Creative Confidence: All learners thrive when they see their ideas come to life. The 3Doodler Start+ 3D pen combines aspects of drawing, designing, and building into one versatile tool.


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A Tool For Young Creatives: Did you know that hands-on activities increase kids’ concentration and focus. The 3Doodler Start+ is perfect for visual learners, as it enables kids to discover the world around them through hands-on self-expression. This creates a deeper understanding of a variety of concepts, as kids either acquire new skills or develop existing ones.


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Connecting the Dots through Real World Applications: More than just a toy, 3Doodler adds a new dimension to STEAM learning, by opening the door to exploring concepts visually. This prompts learners to use their innate creativity and problem-solving skills to explore concepts through hands-on experimentation. The 3Doodler Start+ pen can provide a creative kick-in-the-pants to any activity – whether at home or in the classroom. And you don’t have to take our word for it, more than 10,000 teachers worldwide have already adopted 3Doodler into their classrooms, across all subjects (Science, Math, Art, Geometry, Geography, Biology, Physics, etc.).


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Incredible Technology, So Easy to Use: We designed the Start+ 3D pen with ease in mind. Getting started has never been easier.  Simply Charge it up, turn it on, put in a colorful strand of filament, and with the press of a button you’re off to a new level of creativity.

Engaging Activity Guide Packed with 10 Projects!

The 3Doodler Start+ Essentials Pen Set features a super handy Activity Guide full of 10 new and exciting Doodles! This guide provides an excellent introduction for beginner Doodlers. No matter your skill level, the Activity Guide provides kids with hours of Doodling opportunities – right out of the box.

In this week’s tutorial, we are bringing one of these new stencils, the dreamcatcher – to life in 3D.

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Whether you’re looking for that perfect gift for that creative kid in your life, or, currently looking for ways to update your learn-from-home setup – we’ve got you covered.

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Don’t forget to share your new 3Doodler Start+ pen and what you doodle with @3Doodler #3Doodler #WhatWillYouCreate.

STEAM Week – Summer Camp Doodles Ideas!

Are you in need of some fun activities to keep kids busy and minds active this summer?

The team here at 3Doodler put together a sample week’s worth of STEAM activities that can power up a summer camp or an at-home DIY Doodle Camp. From robots to atoms, planets, and plants, learners of all ages can make cool projects that ignite creativity and critical thinking. And if you need any additional activities, we have even more lesson plans for you to explore here.

For a fool-proof “starter pack” of relevant projects, here is a sample week’s worth of STEAM Doodles.

Monday: Let’s experiment with 3D versus 2D objects. Bubble wands are a great tool that can be used to check out any possible differences and see them in action. You can learn more about this lesson here.


Tuesday:  Let’s branch out. For today’s activity let’s explore leaves and how each one is unique yet functions the same.  There are so many different types of plants, all with different types of leaves so let’s explore them.

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Wednesday: Is it really a STEAM week without a robot project? Use this stencil to incorporate art and hands-on building into any robotics lesson or activity. Check out the tutorial here.


Thursday: On Thursday we get molecular. By Doodling Rutherford’s atomic model we can get inside and examine up close what’s going on inside an atom. Learn all about this lesson here.

Friday: Let’s round out the week with an interplanetary activity as we compare and contrast the structures and layers of various planets. This activity will get kids thinking about how the earth is made and how it fits into the solar system. Get the details on how to Doodle your cross-section of the earth here.


3D Robot Tutorial 101

This week we’ll guide you step by step through building your own totally cute 3D robot. After all, what’s a week of STEAM-themed activities without a fun hands-on robot build? This tutorial was designed for our Start pen, but can easily be Doodled in more detail using the Create+ or even PRO+ depending on your skill level.

Head over to the tutorial to learn more. Or check out the stencil here if you want to jump straight into things.

Don’t forget to share all your STEAM projects with @3Doodler #3Doodler #WhatWillYouCreate.

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Come Out of Your Shell This Summer!

It’s officially summertime, and we’re in the mood to celebrate. Let’s start by exploring one of the most iconic symbols of summer — the seashell.

Shells are the hard exoskeleton of soft animals called mollusks; they support and protect mollusks’ bodies from danger. Mollusks are able to grow their own shells using a muscle called the mantle. Like human hair, shells are a part of mollusks’ bodies, but they are not alive themselves.

Here are some fascinating facts about seashells from the folks at Mental Floss.

When a mollusk dies, its body disappears. However, the shell it created is left behind. That’s why we’re able to find and collect so many shells on the beach. While some people collect seashells as a hobby, others use shells to create interesting art and other projects.

Looking to get creative with shells, but not planning a trip to the beach right now? No problem! We’ll show you how to doodle your own seashells with your 3D pen and plastics. Check out this tutorial to get started today.

Getting Crafty with Shells

From flower pots to night lights, there are so many cool projects that you can make with shells — whether you created your shells with your 3D pen and plastics, or you found them on the beach.

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Here are some fun shell ideas that are inspiring us this summer:
  • Imagine adorable sea creatures. Think about what type of creature lived in the shells you’ve collected. Using your 3D pen and plastics, draw the creature in the shell. Not sure who lived there? Imagine your own, unique sea creature and proudly doodle it in a shell. 

  • Create a mermaid spoon. Use your shells to create spoons of various sizes! Wash the shells thoroughly, then drill a small hole at the top end of each. With your 3D pen and plastics, doodle colorful spoon handles to the shells using any design you can imagine. 

  • Make a fish magnet. Glue your shells together in the shape of fish, then use your 3D pen and plastics to draw eyes, a mouth, fins, and colorful scales on your creations. Once the glue and plastic have hardened, attach a magnet to the back of each fish so you can affix the whole school to your fridge.

  • Create a candle holder. Pour a mixture of crayons and votive candle wax into a seashell to create your own candles. Once the wax has dried, embellish your candle holder with designs using your 3D pen and plastics. 

  • Color your shells. Many people paint seashells they find on the beach. But, you can take this activity to the next level with your 3D pen. Trace the most beautiful shells you find in the sand this summer, or create 3D designs on your shells using 3Doodler’s assortment of plastics — metallic colors, neon colors, or pastels

No matter what you decide to create with your seashells, remember that half the fun is collecting them! Enjoy your time on the beach. And, don’t forget to share your shell crafts with us @3Doodler #WhatWillYouCreate!

Be True to Your Selfies!

Would you believe that the first self-portrait ever taken was in 1839? It was a daguerreotype of a photographer named Robert Cornelius, and it took between three- and 15-minutes for him to fully capture his own image.

In November 2013, the word “selfie” became the Oxford English Dictionary’s “Word of the Year” — meaning it was the most important word introduced into the English language at that time. A selfie is “a photograph that one has taken of oneself, typically with a smartphone or webcam and uploaded to a social media website.”

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The most popular selfie to date is a photo of Ellen DeGeneres alongside some friends (stars Bradley Cooper, Kevin Spacey, Julia Roberts, Jennifer Lawrence, and others) that she tweeted during the 86th Academy Awards. The image was shared more than two million times, and briefly crashed Twitter!

While your own selfies might not get that same amount of attention, there is something satisfying about curating your own self-portraits — whether you plan to share on social media or to hang on the refrigerator for your eyes only.

Celebrate Yourself with Creative Self-Portraits

Throughout history, artists have created impressive self-portraits. Vincent van Gough painted 36 self-portraits in a span of ten years. Frida Kahlo famously painted a self-portrait with a thorn necklace and hummingbird. And Norman Rockwell painted a triple self-portrait!

In honor of the famed selfie, the 3Doodler team is excited to work with you to make your own self-portraits come to life with your 3D pen and plastics. Take a look at this tutorial to learn how to Doodle a 3D portrait.


If you’re interested in creating your own self-portraits, we have some creative ideas for you!
  • Paper Plate Masks. Using a paper plate, create a mask of your face with paint, string (for hair), buttons (for eyes), and other art supplies. Glue a popsicle stick to the bottom of the plate as a handle.

  • LEGO Self-Portraits. Grab a square LEGO baseplate and add layers of detail. Try starting with the outline of your face in one color, then adding a layer for your eyes, nose, and mouth.

  • Silhouette Collage. Ask an adult to trace your silhouette, then cut it out. Peruse any magazines you have on hand to find images that represent you. Cut out the images and paste them to your profile to create a unique collage on the back.

  • Portrait Cookies. Food can be art, too! Work with your parents to bake sugar cookies in the shape of an oval. Once the cookies have cooled, use food coloring to create awesome self-portraits.

Don’t forget to share your self-portraits with us @3Doodler #WhatWillYouCreate!

Fly Your Flag

Flags are symbols that can represent a lot of things, from a group of people to a geographical place. In honor of International Flag Week, let’s explore the meaning behind some of the most common categories of flags.

Country Flags

Did you know that June 14, 1777 marks the day the United States adopted its flag? Let’s take a look at some of the symbolism behind the American flag. For any of our readers from other countries, we encourage you to do some research on your own country’s flag, before Doodling it using our free stencils, and then share it with us on social media!

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Called “Old Glory” or “The Stars and Stripes,” the American flag is made up of shapes and colors that represent our country. Fifty stars represent the 50 states of the Union, while 13 stripes represent the original 13 Colonies. Red is a symbol of hardiness; white symbolizes innocence; and blue represents vigilance, perseverance, and justice.

Overall, the flag means a lot of different things to different people. It is used to display our nationalism and to symbolize freedom. We have even established some rules on how to display the flag to ensure we’re showing it the respect we’ve ascribed to it.

State Flags

The inventors of 3Doodler (Maxwell Bogue and Peter Dilworth) built the first 3Doodler prototype in Somerville, Massachusetts. As a nod to our Massachusetts roots, we’ll take a look at the flag of Massachusetts. Did you know that each state in the United States has its own flag, which represents the ideologies and history of that particular state?

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In Massachusetts, the flag is white with the state’s coat of arms emblazoned on both sides — the shield depicts an Algonquian Native American holding a bow and arrow. The arrow is pointed downward to signify peace. A white star with five points appears next to the figure’s head, signifying Massachusetts as a U.S. state. Above the shield is the state military crest.

Each of these symbols means something important to residents of Massachusetts, and they display their state flag proudly.

Fun fact: State flags are typically displayed in the order they were admitted to the State of the Union.

Symbolic Flags

There are many types of symbolic flags that your children or students may have encountered. For example:
  • A white flag has become representative of surrender, truce, or a desire to start to pursue negotiations.

  • A red flag is a metaphor for a problem that requires attention. It is also a literal flag that might symbolize danger from wildfires or dangerous water conditions at the beach. Not to mention, it indicates live fire at a shooting range.

  • Checkered flags are used in car races to show that a car has crossed the finish line.

Flags Representing Groups of People

Another type of flag is that which represents a group of people, such as prisoners of war (POW flag) or people of a certain religion (check out the history of the Christian flag or Tibetan prayer flags). As June is LGBTQ+ pride month, we’ve been particularly interested in exploring the LGBTQ+ pride flag, which represents lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) pride and social movements.

There are many different versions of the LGBTQ+ pride flag, and these mean different things to different people. We Doodled a version of the pride flag, below, to celebrate acceptance, equality, and inclusivity.


Activity: Design Your Own Flag

Last year, we showed learners how to create a model of their country’s flag for Flag Day.  Not only did they deliver, but they made us think.

If they can create a model of their own country’s flag, what’s to stop them from creating individual flags that represent who they are as people?

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Think about walking your children, students or campers through the following exercise:

  • If you were to create your own flag, what would it look like?
  • What colors or symbols would you use?
  • What would you want your flag to represent?

After your learners have visualized and Doodled their own flags, encourage them to come together as a group to discuss what the flags mean to them. Then, string the flags together and hang them proudly in your classroom — after all, when students show us who they are, we need to celebrate that!

Whatever flag you fly, fly it with pride and share what you came up with @3Doodler #3Doodler #WhatWillYouCreate.

DIY Bike Accessories

The school year is winding down and summertime is just around the corner! In fact, you’ve probably started stocking up on bubble soap and may have started brainstorming all of the cool projects you want to try during summer break. But have you thought about giving your bike a refresh with some fun DIY accessories?

While we’ve previously worked together to Doodle a 3D bike replica, this year we’re turning our attention to giving some love to our real-life bicycles. With a little creativity, you can create unique, stylish, and functional bike decorations and accessories that will be the envy of your friends.

Take a look at this awesome water bottle holder our team created — unique, stylish, and functional. Can you figure out how to make your own water bottle holder with your 3D pen and plastics?


If you’re looking for new ways to beautify your bike, here are some materials you can take out for a spin:
  • Duct Tape. Believe it or not, there are a lot of fun crafts you can do with duct tape — including customizing your bike. Wrap glow-in-the-dark duct tape around your handlebars or parts of your bike frame to illuminate your nighttime rides. Or, choose patterned duct tape to create interesting patterns on your bike frame.

  • Twinkle lights. Weave a string of battery-operated twinkle lights through your bike spokes. You can turn them on and off when you ride.

  • Stickers. Pick and stick interesting decal stickers to your bike’s frame. Pro tip – make sure the stickers you choose are made for the outdoors so they don’t fall off. 

  • 3D Bike Spoke Decor. Check out our DIY bike spoke decor tutorial and stencil below!

Need more inspiration? You can browse more ways that kids used to customize their bikes here, and you can find some new books about kids and their bikes here.

Bespoke Bike Spokes and Other 3D Bike Decor

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We think that one of the most fun ways you can customize your bicycle is to create decals for your spokes. Known as “spoke beads,” these decals come in all shapes, colors, and sizes. Take a look at our tutorial on how to create bespoke bike spokes here.

You can also use this stencil to create decals for other parts of your bike, including the basket, bell, or handlebars. Simply draw custom decals with your 3D pen and plastics, remove them from the stencil, and stick to the parts of your bicycle that need some sprucing up.


Don’t forget to share your beautiful bike decorations with @3Doodler #3Doodler #WhatWillYouCreate.

Buggin’ Out this Summer

Bugs! They come in all colors, shapes, and sizes. We’re sure you’ve noticed that, for better or for worse, some some bugs get more hype than others. Let’s take a look at some examples below.

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LADYBUGS: Did you know that ladybugs are considered lucky? This is probably because they eat other types of bugs that feast on crops, so farmers find them very useful. In fact, some people say that counting a ladybug’s spots is an easy way to determine how many years of luck they will enjoy in the future.

Encourage your students to make their own luck by doodling a ladybug with their 3D pens. 


BEES: According to the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations, up to 94% of the Earth’s flower and seed-producing plants depend on bees and other animal pollinators to live. Yet, the bee population has been dying off at a rate of 29% per year since 2006. Since bees play such an important part in our ecosystem, many people are becoming alarmed and working now to “save the bees.”

Learn what your students can do to help via these tips


CICADAS: Billions of Brood X cicadas emerged across the eastern US in May 2021. The large-scale event happens every 17 years. When the insects do appear, they make an impressive amount of noise.

Remind your students that Cicadas are not harmful to humans or animals. 

We’re Bugging Out!

Feeling a little creeped out with all of this bug-talk? You’re not alone. One of the most common types of phobia is entomophobia, an extreme fear of insects. But while some people “bug out” at any mention of bugs, most kids think that bugs are awesome!

Here are 25 cool things about bugs from National Geographic Kids. And here are a few more interesting facts about bugs we recently learned:

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  • The fruit fly was the first animal to be sent into space!

  • A cockroach can live for up to a week without its head

  • A dragonfly called the globe skinner has the longest migration of any insect — 11,000 miles back and forth across the Indian Ocean

  • The praying mantis can see in 3D


Black and yellow yarn created using a black 3D pen.

Cicada Mania

In the summer of 2021, Cicada Brood X will emerge from the ground in 14 different states in the eastern US. Soon billions of Cicadas will be filling the air with their buzz-saw sound calls. So we thought it would be fitting to challenge everyone to Doodle a realistic Cicada of their very own!

Download this free stencil of a cicada to help your students Doodle an amazing bug of their own. Check out our full tutorial on how to Doodle a 3D cicada here.

Announcing New Color Bundles

To get this project off to a flying start, 3Doodler has developed some exciting new color bundles for you to explore. From neon hues to vibrant metallic tones, and many colors in between, we can’t wait for you to go bug-eyed at the deals we created to help your students bring their ideas to life.

The possibilities are endless. We’re also offering two mystery bundles at even steeper discounts for those of you who enjoy being surprised!

Again, what better way to celebrate the new color options than to doodle your favorite bugs — or create new variations? Download our bug stencil today and use your favorite new plastics to trace and embellish your own creepy crawler.

Whether you decided to “fly by the seat of your pants,” or follow our tutorial on how to create a 3D paper airplane to the letter, we want you to share what you came up with @3Doodler #3Doodler #WhatWillYouCreate.

Creating Top Flight Paper Airplanes

It’s amazing what you can do with a simple sheet of paper. But, perhaps one of the more entertaining projects is folding — and flying — a paper airplane.

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This is a fun activity any day, but paper airplane enthusiasts fly especially high during the month of May in celebration of National Paper Airplane Day.

Many schools, museums, and other organizations celebrate this end-of-month “holiday” by sponsoring paper airplane competitions where participants must fold their own paper airplanes. Winners are determined by the distance their paper airplane flies, as well as how long it can stay in the air.

How far can you throw a paper airplane?

According to the Guinness Book of World Records, the farthest distance that anyone has thrown a paper airplane to date is 226 feet, 10 inches. You can watch that video here.

At 3Doodler, we’ve long been interested in helping your creativity take flight. In fact, we’ve walked you through creating your own 3D airplane and 3D helicopter in previous posts.

We’ve even shown you how to create a 3Doodler plane that actually flies!

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Today we wanted to kick our efforts up a notch by creating the most fabulous paper airplane that the world has ever seen. What could be better than a traditional paper airplane? A real-life Doodle of a paper airplane!

Check out our new tutorial on how to Doodle a 3D paper airplane

Fly Now

Prefer to read up on paper airplanes before you dive in? Here are some awesome books about paper airplanes for your enjoyment:

Books about paper airplanes:

Whether you decided to “fly by the seat of your pants,” or follow our tutorial on how to create a 3D paper airplane to the letter, we want you to share what you came up with @3Doodler #3Doodler #WhatWillYouCreate.

What can a penny do for you?

Some people believe that it’s good luck to pick a penny up, if it is face-up. You’ve likely heard the phrase, “See a penny, pick it up. All-day long, you’ll have good luck!” more than once.

In fact, there is a whole day (May 23) dedicated to the smallest unit of currency in the United States. So we pulled together a few fun activities (coin rubbings!) for you to explore the value of coins with your students. For example, maybe they’d be surprised to know that not everyone loves pennies.

Activity Idea 1: A Penny for Your Thoughts

There has been some debate about removing the penny from circulation . . . it’s just not worth as much as it used to be. Assign your students to two groups. One group will research the pros of keeping the penny in circulation; the other group will research the cons of keeping the penny in circulation. Invite them to a debate!

While there are many pros and cons, we’d be sad to lose the idea of a “lucky penny.” Here’s what a traditional penny looks like:

As you can see, coins often sport images, mottos, and other symbols. As you can see, coins often sport images, mottos, and other symbols.

On the front of a penny, encourage your students to find the following:
  • A profile of Abraham Lincoln, our 16th president, is etched into the front of most pennies in circulation today

  • According to the U.S. Department of the Treasury, the inscription “In God We Trust” has been included on our one-cent coins since 1909 in response to an increased religious sentiment following the Civil War

  • The word “liberty” is etched onto the front of the penny; it is a shortened form of “Liberty: Parent of Science & Industry,” a phrase coined by Thomas Jefferson

Several different designs have been used on the back of a penny:
  • A bundle of wheat, which was meant to symbolize prosperity in the United States

  • Memorial, which commemorates President Abraham Lincoln’s 150th birthday

  • A union shield, introduced in 2010, symbolizing Lincoln’s preservation of the United States as a single country

Also on the back of the penny is the Latin phrase, “E Pluribus Unum,” which means “out of many, one.” This is the official motto of the United States.


Activity Idea 2: A Pretty Penny

As you can see, much of a penny’s design is symbolic. Ask your students what they would include on a coin if they were to design their own. Of course, they would need to include the value of the currency, but would they also include the profile of an influential person? A motto? Discuss together, then invite them to design their own coin!

Activity Idea 3: Rubbing Two Pennies Together

We want to encourage the 3Doodler Community to take an even closer look at coins. Take a look at this tutorial here to help your students create replicas of real pennies, nickels, dimes, and quarters with their 3D pens — by doing coin rubbings!

Add to the activity by encouraging students to sort their coins based on their value. Older students can add their coins to create new values.

Not sure where to put the coins after creating them? Check out this handy coin purse, which kids can doodle themselves!

We hope that you were in for a penny on some of the activities we suggested above! Share what your students came up with @3Doodler #3Doodler #WhatWillYouCreate.

Oh, My Stars! Decorating Your Space with…Space!

From capturing the first-ever image of a black hole in 2019 to the ongoing exploration of Mars by NASA’s Perseverance rover, human beings are learning more about space than ever before. Space has an amazing ability to capture our imagination and make us think about our impact on the world around us.

As we approach the beginning of summer, many of us are probably looking forward to a break from school — to staying up late, chatting around a campfire, and gazing at the stars. But for those nights when you aren’t able to get outside, 3Doodler has the perfect solution: Why not decorate your space (a fort, a playroom, a bedroom) with an out-of-this-world galaxy of your own design?

Take a look at this tutorial which uses this stencil to create glow-in-the-dark space decals for the ceiling of your favorite place. This is a great opportunity to use your extra plastics to Doodle the decals, as you will be painting over them with glow-in-the-dark paint.

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More Ideas to Decorate Your Space

Not a huge fan of stars and planets? Not to worry. We’ve come up with a few creative ideas to help you decorate your favorite space in a way that feels right to you:

Doodle your name.

One of the more popular ways to make your room shine is to decorate a wall or a door with a 3D version of your name. Use your 3Doodler pen and plastics to Doodle the letters in your name, then use putty to stick the letters to your wall to personalize your decor. Get creative with Alpha-Doodles or other letter designs!

Spruce up your lampshade.

Lampshades are an underrated way to add some creativity to your space. Think about using your 3Doodler pen and plastics to doodle flowers or animals.  You can then stick your Doodles to your lampshade to add some personal touches to an otherwise ordinary part of your room.

Frame your photos.

Lots of people like to decorate their space with photos of friends and family. Looking at the smiling faces makes them feel happy and calm. Rather than taping your photographs to the wall, check out this beautiful photo frame stencil from 3Doodler. Grab your 3Doodler pen and DoodlePad to create colorful photo frames that will upgrade any room.

It is so important to feel comfortable in the places that you are spending your time. So whether you decide to decorate yours with images of outer space, or with other 3D designs, we hope that this post got you thinking about the possibilities — and how to make them happen with your 3Doodler pen.

Share your “space” with us @3Doodler #3Doodler #WhatWillYouCreate

Let’s Get Animated

If you’re anything like us, you probably spent a lot more time than usual in front of the television over the past year as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. In that way, the U.S. launch of Disney+ in November 2019 came at just the right time — and many of us have a newfound appreciation for the fine art of animation.

After rewatching so many of our favorite animated movies, from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs to Lilo and Stitch, the 3Doodler team is more excited than ever to celebrate National Cartoonist Day this month. From the oldest animated cartoons to more recent hits, animation has captured our attention since the early 1900s — and cartoon drawings have kept us spellbound for even longer.

Introducing the Flipbook

Have you ever wondered how cartoon animations were created?

A flipbook is a great example of an early animation technique. It is a series of images that gradually change from one page to the next. When you flip through the pages, the images appear to move.

Here is an example of an early vintage cartoon flipbook.

In honor of National Cartoonist Day, we encourage you to create your own flipbook. Instructables has a great tutorial on how to make a high-quality flipbook with pen and paper. Keep in mind: the average 25-second animation takes around 130 images! That’s a lot of drawing! But, the end result is something to be celebrated.

Animation techniques have become more sophisticated over the years. However, we still rely on cartoons as a foundation. Here’s an example of how the Walt Disney Company used to animate its cartoons. Computers have made this process a little easier over time, but there’s still a lot of creative effort necessary to make the quality animations we look forward to watching today.

Creating a 3D Flipbook

We thought it might be interesting to take our exploration of cartoon animations off the page. We wondered: What’s the 3D version of a flipbook?


Join us in creating your own 3D flipbook in honor of National Cartoonist Day! Download this free stencil to help you create your own cartoon character, and we’ll show you how to easily animate it with a unique stand that you can Doodle yourself.

What did you animate for #NationalCartoonistsDay? Share with us @3Doodler #3Doodler #WhatWillYouCreate

Not All Heroes Wear a Cape

If you’re like us, you are inspired by superheroes. A superhero is a character that has extraordinary abilities and uses those abilities to help the world become a better place.

Superheroes are easy to recognize because they wear costumes that stand out. It is not uncommon for a superhero to sport a brightly colored spandex with an emblem that represents the character’s brand. But superhero costumes are practical, as well.

While capes and masks provide a certain flair, superhero costumes often incorporate tools that the hero needs to succeed. When we think about superhero costumes in this context, it isn’t much of a leap to think about clothing as a way to help people exercise their extraordinary abilities — just like superheroes.

Sweatshirts keep us warm. Sturdy shoes help us to run fast. Gloves protect our hands from cuts, scrapes, and blisters. And the list goes on; clothing is simply a practical way to help us live up to our potential every day.

Like superheroes, we all require different outfits to succeed. Many kids are impacted by health conditions that make traditional clothing inaccessible to them. Some forward-thinking companies have started to sell more inclusive clothes that help everyone express themselves confidently and stylishly.

Perhaps you’ve come across a brand like Billy’s Footwear, which smashes fashion with function by incorporating zippers that go along the side of the shoes and around the toe, allowing the upper of each shoe to open and fold over completely. Or perhaps you opt for the DIY approach and use your 3Doodler Create+ pen to modify your kids clothing, lunchbox or backpack so that it works better for their needs. It’s little actions like these that can level up your own superhero’s skills each morning.

Take a look at some of the stores that are now offering more inclusive fashion choices for kids, adults, and seniors.

Designing Your Own Superhero Costume

In honor of National Superhero Day on April 28, we wanted to take some time to look at the myriad ways that clothing can help us shine.

One of our favorite tips is “a superhero’s costume should tell something important about the hero.” As you’re designing your superhero costume this week, think about how you can best showcase your superpowers. Maybe you can pretend to harness your superior strength through magic bracelets like Wonder Woman, or rely on a high-tech utility belt like Batman. For example, some kids with visual impairments use braille patches to quickly and easily differentiate between parts of their clothes.

No matter how you choose to represent your superpowers (real or imaginary) this week, feel free to do it with some flair. The 3Doodler team has created a free superhero mask stencil for you to use as a starting point in designing your own superhero mask. Check out our full tutorial here.

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As you know from previous posts, we love to create wearables because they are versatile, fun, and easy to do with our 3D pens.

What do you wear that makes you a #superhero? Share with us @3Doodler #3Doodler #WhatWillYouCreate

What on Earth?! Doodling the World Around Us

The first Earth Day took place in 1970. It started an important global conversation about how we can all be better stewards of the environment.

Today, more than a billion people every year celebrate Earth Day on April 22 by looking for new ways to raise awareness for the health of the world around them, reduce their carbon footprint, and advocate for important policy changes that will benefit the environment.

According to the official Earth Day website, there are a variety of ways that we can celebrate our own version of Earth Day, every day. Here are just a few that you can share with your students:

Earth Day Tips
  • Pick up trash when you come across it — even if it’s not yours.

  • Bring your own grocery bag to the store.

  • Turn off lights and appliances in empty rooms.

  • Limit the time you spend in the shower to help conserve water.

  • Recycle! Better yet, compost!

Another cool way to commemorate Earth Day is to encourage your students to incorporate nature into their artwork. Nature is one of the best art mediums around because it is so versatile. Here are a few ways you can work with your students to explore the world around you and create something beautiful:

Explore “earth tones” in your color palette. Many artists rely on earth tones to make their artwork pop. Earth tones are colors like red or brown that we can find in the world around us. Often, these colors are derived from rocks or clay; they have been used in art for tens of thousands of years because they are widely available, relatively permanent, and pleasing to the eye.

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Get inspiration from nature. Some of the most popular artwork of our time has been inspired by the world around us. Landscape painting, for example, is the depiction of natural scenes through art. Leonardo da Vinci is a well-known landscape artist whose earliest known drawing depicted the valley he played in as a child in Italy. Landscape drawings could include man-made structures or people. However, they commonly render mountains, forests, or bodies of water.

Incorporate natural objects into your artwork. Perhaps one of the most interesting ways to honor nature through your art is to include it directly. There are lots of fun ways that kids and adults do that every day:

  • Creating a sandcastle at the beach is a form of sand sculpture that uses materials found in nature — in this case, sand — to create something unique and beautiful.
  • Ephemeral art encourages people to find items in nature, including sticks, leaves, rocks, shells, etc., and arrange them into artistic patterns.
  • Using nature as a paintbrush, via flower painting, is a fun way for kids to be creative and work with new materials. Simply find a flower and dip it in paint as a paintbrush to create a beautiful piece of art.

Now that Spring has sprung, the 3Doodler team has particularly enjoyed walking around our respective neighborhoods to collect leaves growing from local trees and bushes. It’s fun to look at the different colors, sizes, shapes, and textures of this new growth — and it’s a great opportunity to create new artwork.

While we often create stencils for you to use to Doodle new projects, we’d encourage you to use Mother Nature as a stencil this Earth Day. Collect a handful of beautiful leaves from your community and use your 3Doodler pen to draw their unique veins and blades in 3D! Pay attention to what makes one type of leaf different from another. Choose earth tones or bold colors to accentuate the shape and texture of each leaf.

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  • Earthday leaf on table with 3D pen art

After you’ve traced your leaves, take this project a step further and use your leaf tracings to create other types of artwork, or enjoy them as-is. The point of this project is similar to the point of Earth Day: to “leave” your mark, whatever it may be!

A DIY Feeder that Brings all the Birds to the Yard

Spring has officially sprung, and the 3Doodler team has found some exciting new ways to connect with nature — including birding. The National Audubon Society has some great tips on birding with kids, and we can vouch for the fact that birding helps kids to embrace their inner ornithologist and fall even deeper in love with science.

Aside from the gorgeous sounds that birds use to communicate, we’ve recently been inspired by the interesting colors and patterns that mark the birds around us. A bird’s colors and patterns are an important way for it to:

  • Attract possible mates
  • Identify its own species
  • Hide from predators

Today, we thought it would be fun to work together to Doodle a bird feeder using your 3D pen, which you can use to attract local birds in your backyard! Here is a free bird feeder stencil for you to download here

After you’ve printed the stencil, take a look at the different parts of your feeder and plan out which colors you want to use for each section. Did you know certain birds are attracted to certain colors? We chose red for our feeder. Use your 3D pen to trace each section, paying attention to the number of pieces required for each section. Once all of your pieces are Doodled, it’s time to assemble! You can follow along with our step-by-step tutorial here.

Close up of 3D pen in action.

Once you’ve assembled your feeder, fill it with your bird food of choice and hang it in your backyard. Make sure to put it somewhere that you can easily see from a window, porch, or favorite outside spot so when the birds discover your creation you’ll have a front-row seat.

Bird feeder with bird, 3D pen art

Need something to do while you wait? Doodle a bird using one of our handy templates here or here. If you’re having trouble coming up with birds to Doodle, think about the types of birds that have caught your eye in the past. What color feathers are most appealing to you? Why?

  • Amazing 3D pen bird art in flight.
  • Person holding small bird in hand: 3D pen art.
  • Wire peacock sculpture, crafted with a 3D pen.

Not feeling inspired by the birds you’re seeing outside? Not a problem!

You’re probably familiar with a lot of different kinds of birds. Think about recreating some pretend birds like Big Bird, Tweety Bird, or Toucan Sam. Or perhaps you could design your own Mockingjay, as in The Hunger Games book series by Suzanne Collins.

Did you Doodle your favorite bird, or create an entirely new one? Share your design with us @3Doodler #3Doodler #WhatWillYouCreate


Exploring Fabergé Eggs

As we gear up for Easter, rather than working with your class to dye eggs for their baskets, why not encourage them to doodle their own Fabergé eggs?

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Fabergé eggs have acquired an almost cult-like status in popular culture as symbols of the power and wealth of the Russian Empire. Created between 1885 and 1917, the intricate, jeweled eggs were originally made as Easter presents for the wives and mothers of the Russian aristocracy.

Would you believe that there are likely only 57 Fabergé eggs in existence today?!

A Fabergé egg is a unique and festive gift for students to share with their families. Plus, they can enjoy their designs as Easter decorations for years to come. Since Fabergé eggs are made up of jewels and intricate artwork in real life, creating Fabergé replicas with your 3Doodler pens and plastic is a natural extension of the medium.

Wondering how we created our Fabergé eggs?

We started with a real egg, poked a hole at the bottom to drain the yolk and egg whites. Make sure you do this over a sink or a trash can; it can get pretty messy.

White egg on wooden table 3D pen art

Then we took our 3Doodler 3D printing pen and began Doodling an outline design on the egg’s surface.

Egg drawing on table, 3D pen art

Lastly, we created our final look by adding on a few additional accents and unique decorations up and down the egg until we felt it lived up to the name, Fabergé.

Decorative eggs and ruler: 3D pen art

For a more in-depth step-by-step process to Doodling your first Fabergé egg, head on over to our tutorial here.

Fresh Spring Deals for Oodles of Doodles

To give you even more festive seasonal Doodles, we’ve curated a couple of limited-time Plastic Bundles for our 3Doodler Create+ and 3Doodler Start pen owners.

Today through Wednesday, April 7, we are offering the following deals that you’ll want to hop on before time runs out!

3Doodler Create+ Plastic Spring Bundle
Enjoy four calming Spring colors for $25, including:
  • Lilac

  • Snow White

  • Pistachio

  • French vanilla

3Doodler Start Eco-Plastic Spring Bundle
For $25, help your students expand their artistic palettes with lighter shades, including:
  • Pink

  • Lemon zest

  • Pastel blue

  • Spring green

  • Plus Red, Blue, Gray and Green


Additionally, both of our Essentials Pen Sets, the Start Essentials Pen Set and the Create+ Essentials Pen Set, will be available at 25% off on our site through April 7. So, if you’re looking to stock up, or in need of a great gift, now is the time to grab one of our Essential Pen Sets!

Of course, all of these offers are good only while supplies last. We’d recommend you act quickly to be sure you have the supplies necessary to participate in some of the upcoming projects we have planned for the month of April. The new color bundles will pair well with the Spring Doodles we’re planning, and we can’t wait to work with you — and your students — to make them come to life.

Next week? We’re taking a look at unicorns. Stay tuned!

Share your pastel Fabergé eggs with us @3Doodler #3Doodler #WhatWillYouCreate

Close-up: 3D pen art cake with sticks design

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