A Global Celebration of Lace: International Tatting Day

In this article:
  • International Tatting Day is a global celebration of creating delicate lace.

  • Festive lace-themed stencils are included for the occasion, and they are free, printable, and easy to use.

  • See inspiration from some of our favorite Doodlers who make breathtaking lace projects, including Eden Saadon, Erica Gray, Patrick Tai, and SHIGO.

Did you know that today, crafters all around the world are celebrating lace?

That’s right! Today is International Tatting Day, and tatting is a very specific type of lace that is made of delicate knots and loops. This artform is enjoyed by countless people across the globe, and has been since the 1700s.

On this day, tatters around the world celebrate their creative hobby. To help you join in on the festivities, we have some stencils just for you, as well as some creative inspiration from some of our favorite Doodlers.

"“When I don’t know what to wear, I wear black lace.”"-Carine Roitfeld, former editor-in-chief of Vogue Paris Share

Lace Stencils

Cute Lace Collar Stencil
Bring an elegant touch to any shirt or sweater with this fun and easy-to-use stencil!

Erica Gray’s Mesmerizing Mask Tutorial
Costumes aren’t just for halloween! It’s always cosplay season, and you can use designer Erica Gray’s mask stencil to make a unique headpiece for your next event, or use the tutorial as a springboard to create your own design.

Lace Inspiration from 3Doodler Designers

To show you that lace projects have no limits with 3Doodler pens, we have highlighted some awe-inspiring pieces from some of our favorite Doodling designers below.

"I think it’s the responsibility of a designer to try to break rules and barriers.”"-Gianni Versace Share

Eden Saadon’s Lacy Lingerie and Accoutrements
Israeli fashion designer, Eden Saadon, is a pioneer with 3Doodler “lace” wearables. She fell in love with using Black FLEXY plastics for designing her lace collections. You can learn more about Eden here.

Erica Gray’s Lacey Wearables
Australian fashion designer, Erica Gray, created these beautiful lacey pieces with White FLEXY, Gold FLEXY,and the 3Doodler Create+ pen.

Patrick Tai’s Lace of the Future
The visionary fashion of Patrick Tai is truly unique in every way. This dress and cuff bracelet are made entirely of FLEXY, and the composition is a delicate, lacy web of interweaving geometry. You can learn more about Patrick’s creations here.

SHIGO’s Lace Designer Dress
SHIGO, a design team hailing from Hong Kong, created this fashionable lace dress using a 3Doodler pen, Blue Steel PLA and Diamonds & Pearls PLA. To learn more about how they made their dress, you can see their step-by-step process here.

Other Doodlers want to see your lace creations! Share your lacy Doodles with them on social media.

@3Doodler #3Doodler #InternationalTattingDay

Eden Saadon’s Photo Credits
Eden’s Collected Works
Photo Credit: Doron Sieradzki
Photo Credit: Achikam Ben Yosef

Erica Gray’s Photo Credits
Photo 1 and 2:
Designer: #ericagrayartist
Photo 3, 4 and 5:
Photo Credit: Lauren Young Creative, @huxleyschoolofmakeup
HMUA: @makeupbybrooklyn.k
Photo Credit: @gothiczenstudios
Model (Photo 3): @amyejbrowne
Model (Photo 4 and 5): Good Vibes Clare

Patrick Tai Credits
Images courtesy of Patrick Tai

SHIGO Dress Credits
Images courtesy of SHIGO

Low-Prep Classroom Activities for Thanksgiving

We know that teaching your classes before the holiday break can be a challenge. You are ready for a break, and so are your students. It can be difficult for everyone to focus, no matter how enticing the project at hand may be.

As Edutopia and We Are Teachers have written, teachers will often opt to show a movie before the winter break since it can create a sense of fun and mental adventure. However, watching a movie has two shortcomings – collaboration with peers and hands-on engagement.

We have put together a few simple Thanksgiving-themed projects that will create a sense of camaraderie and accomplishment amongst your students. You can even decorate the classroom with the finished Doodles after they are complete, or send them home with students.

What better way for students to leave for Thanksgiving than with a sense of connection with peers and creative accomplishment? Let’s celebrate the upcoming break with some social-emotional learning and festive creativity.

The 5 Competencies of SEL According to CASEL
  • Self-awareness: Know your strengths and limitations, with a well-grounded sense of confidence, optimism, and a “growth mindset.”

  • Self-management: Effectively manage stress, control impulses, and motivate yourself to set and achieve goals.

  • Social awareness: Understand the perspectives of others and empathize with them, including those from diverse backgrounds and cultures.

  • Relationship skills: Communicate clearly, listen well, cooperate with others, resist inappropriate social pressure, negotiate conflict constructively, and seek and offer help when needed.

  • Responsible decision-making: Make constructive choices about personal behavior and social interactions based on ethical standards, safety, and social norms.

Thanksgiving Projects for your Classroom

To get started, split your students into pairs and hand out 3Doodler pens, filaments, and stencils (linked below). Then have the students take turns with the 3D pens to create a collaborative project using one or more of the stencils. Working in pairs helps students learn to cooperate, and it also builds community in your classroom. Feel free to give them and their partner the freedom to select the project(s) of their choice.

Teacher Tip: Did you know that you can laminate our stencils so they can be used over and over again? Feel free to print the stencils and laminate them before class. Laminated sheets will work with both the 3Doodler Start pens and the 3Doodler Create+ pens.

Autumn Leaves

  • Skill Level: Beginner
  • Time: 10-15 minutes per leaf
  • Strands: 2-4 for Create, 2-4 for Start

View Project

Perfect Pinecones

  • Skill Level: Beginner
  • Time: 20-40 minutes per pinecone
  • Strands: 4-6 for Create, 5-7 for Start

View Project

Thanksgiving Turkey

  • Skill Level: Intermediate
  • Time: 30-50 minutes
  • Strands: 10-15 for Create, 10-15 for Start

View Project

Encourage innovation

  • Have the pairs make their own Thanksgiving-themed Doodles!
  • Teacher Tip: Did you know that you can use repurposed materials to make your 3Doodler filaments last longer? Have students bring in cardboard, egg cartons, toothpicks and more to use in their projects.

    Other teachers want to see your festive classroom Doodles, and hear all about your pre-Thanksgiving classroom happenings! Share them on social media.

    Tag Us: @3Doodler, #3Doodler, #3DoodlerEDU

Brew-tiful Create+ Projects for International Coffee Day

Smell the aroma of creativity in the air.

We love a good cup o’ joe at 3Doodler, and in celebration of International Coffee Day, we have put some great projects together for you.

International Coffee Day, which falls on October 1st of this year, is a day for bringing coffee lovers together around the world in celebration of their love of java. We also honor and support the millions of farmers whose livelihoods depend on this miraculous bean. Be sure to visit the International Coffee Day website to learn more about how to support coffee farmers around the world, and take the #CoffeePledge.

Who needs cream when we have creativity?

Coffee and creativity are indeed the perfect blend, so we’ve put together a list of Create+ projects to give you that extra shot!

Sleeves for Your On-The-Go Sips

It’s as easy as instant coffee to make these coffee cup sleeves! Simply draw the design you want onto a paper to-go cup and Doodle away with FLEXY, ABS, WOOD or PLA. Once finished, shimmy your sleeve off for re-use, and drink your coffee in DIY style.

Mug Decor for Your Coffee-Loving Teacher

But first, coffee. We all know that special teacher who is very enthusiastic about their morning boost. Use our special stencil to make them a memorable addition to their morning brew. They’ll think you’re as sweet as extra cream and sugar!

Boho Coasters for Your Bean Brew

Need some coasters for your coffee table? Use our bohemian coaster stencil to add some practical flare to your home decor. These coasters will definitely be talking pieces for your guests!

Share your creative coffee accoutrements with us on social media!

We will appreciate it… a latte.

@3Doodler #3Doodler

Notable Doodlers: Old School STEM Sketches with Leonardo Da Vinci

You may be thinking, old school STEM ?


That’s right! Even though the STEM acronym was only introduced in 2001, STEM has been explored by many great thinkers throughout history.

One of the greatest intellectuals who documented his reflections on the arts and sciences was the late Renaissance prodigy, Leonardo da Vinci.

Regarded as one of the greatest painters of all time, da Vinci spent a significant amount of his life designing inventions in his journals and diving deep into studying science, technology, engineering, mathematics, anatomy, architecture, sculpture, music, cartography, literature, astronomy, geology, botany, writing, and history, to name quite more than few! His journals are filled with machine prototypes, drawings of human bodies, plants, geometric figures, and much, much more. His margins, interestingly, are filled with notes written backwards and from right to left, which is theorized as being a product of his dyslexia.

Though the majority of his prototypes were not made due to limitations of metallurgy and manufacturing at that time, his designs of flying machines and other large-scale inventions are a testament to his technological ingenuity. Of note, some of his smaller inventions did make it into manufacturing, including a machine that measured the tensile strength of wire.


Leonardo da Vinci’s explorations of the sciences were quite advanced for his time. In fact, da Vinci’s journals document the first known systematic study of the laws of friction. His journals also show that he applied the findings from his studies on friction to prototype designs later in his life.

Unlike most artists, da Vinci achieved recognition within his lifetime for his body of work, and the King of France held him in great reverence. There are legends that say the King cared for da Vinci in his elderly years, and even held him as he passed away. However, many critics would say that this endearing tale is untrue.

Leonardo da Vinci’s popularity has only increased over the years, and his famous Mona Lisa painting is said to be the most popular painting in the world. His influence on the arts and sciences has been profound, and he will be forever remembered and revered in our collective memory.

Do you keep scribbles in your science notes? We’d love to see all of your Doodly diagrams.

Please share your STEM scratch pad with us on social media!

@3Doodler #3Doodler #3DoodlerEDU

Busy Bee Doodles for Honey Bee Day

So, what’s the buzz about Honey Bee Day?


Honey, we’ve got the inside scoop for you.

Every year on the third Saturday of August, National Honey Bee Day honors honey bees, beekeepers, and bee enthusiasts all across the globe. This day is a perfect time to spread awareness of the profound influence that honey bees have on our everyday lives, and to also share the importance of protecting these magnificent creatures.

So, what can you do to honor our buzzing bee friends on this special day?

We have just the activities for the occasion.

  • Make a Doodle that’s as cute as a bug with this stencil by @sydtropolis.
  • Bring some STEM learning to Honey Bee Day by learning bee anatomy. Can you identify the anatomical parts on your Doodled bee?
  • Spend some time gathering local wildflower seeds. Make a plan to spread them to promote honey bee pollination.
  • Plant some bee-loving plants in your yard or on your porch. Bees love lavender, alfalfa and clover!
  • Get your morning coffee or tea buzz on with honey instead of a different sweetener.
  • Research what is happening with bees in the world and share what you learn with a friend. A great resource for learning about bees is HoneyLove.org, the non-profit that manages National Honey Bee Day.

You’ll be very busy bee Doodling adorable bugs, gathering seeds, and tasting the delicious honey made by our pollinating pals.

Bee sure to share your Honey Bee Day activities with us on social media!

@3Doodler #3Doodler #HoneyBeeDay

Doodles by Sydnee Davidson @sydtropolis

Doodling to the Moon and Back: Honoring 50 Years Since Apollo 11

Saturday marks that special day exactly half a century ago when Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, and Michael Collins made history. They were the first human beings to ever set foot on the moon.

On July 16th, 1969, the world was filled with excitement as Apollo 11 launched from Kennedy Space Center in Florida. After a 76 hour journey, the shuttle entered into orbit around the moon. On July 20th, the craft known as “Eagle” made its way to the lunar surface, and Neil Armstrong famously radioed to Mission Control in Houston, stating that “[t]he Eagle has landed.”
"“Here men from the planet Earth first set foot upon the moon, July 1969 A.D. We came in peace for all mankind.”"-Plaque left on the moon by Apollo 11 astronauts Share

And you may wonder, why did Armstrong reference “the Eagle”?

Since the United States was the first country to make it to the moon, “Eagle” was the name given to the lunar module that landed on the surface, a reference to the national bird of the USA. In addition, Apollo 11 had a famous mission patch that featured a bald eagle holding an olive branch, which is a symbol for peace. On the patch, the eagle is depicted as landing on the moon with the earth peeking out of space in the background. Few know that it was actually Michael Collins, one of the three astronauts on the mission, that created the design for this patch!
"“That’s one small step for man, a giant leap for mankind.”"-Neil Armstrong Share

To add some celestial flare to your celebration, you can create your very own Doodled mission patch. All you need is this stencil, the plastics below, and a large safety pin to Doodle onto the back of your badge.


Start Plastics
Charcoal Black
Ocean Blue
Lemon Zest
Coco Brown
Simply White
Spring Green

Create+ Plastics
Tuxedo Black
Island Blue
Gangsta Gold
Brownie Brown
Diamonds and Pearls or Basilica White
Greener Grass

Be sure to check NASA’s comprehensive event page to see what’s happening in your area commemorating the 50th anniversary of the moon landing.

We can’t wait to see your out-of-this-world Doodles on Twitter! Be sure to share them with us.

@3Doodler #3Doodler

Space is truly the final frontier.
Doodle to the moon and back with our limited edition 3Doodler Create Star Trek Pen Set for only $19.99!

Making 3D Technology Accessible to More Classrooms

In November 2017, we joined with DonorsChoose.org for the second year to help get 3Doodler into more classrooms across the US. Our goal? To make learning fun and encourage students to thrive on hands-on learning with 3D technology.

Teachers were encouraged to submit projects on DonorsChoose.org for the 3Doodler Match Offer 2017, requesting 3Doodler EDU bundles for the chance to receive matched donations. This year we also put in a special bonus donation for Special Education teachers.

How 3Doodler Helped Hands-on Learning

Through this campaign, we raised $150,000, which helped 51,714 students gain access to the 3Doodler across 385 schools. Out of the 405 projects that were funded, 68% were from schools with students from low-income households, all the way from Pre K-2 to Grade 12. More than 10% of the projects supported special education.

3Doodler In The Classroom

We’ve received the sweetest letters from the students who have started using their 3Doodlers! Take a look at all the creative ways they’re using the pen:

Inspiring students to learn through creativity, play, and hands-on learning has always been a key focus at 3Doodler, and remains one of the key motivators for us to do what we do. We would like to take this opportunity to thank Donorschoose.org and all the teachers who have participated in this campaign for making learning fun again!

Watch this space for more updates on 3Doodler creations inside the different classrooms. We’re very excited to see what the students will create!

Inspiring students to learn through creativity, play, and hands-on learning has always been a key focus at 3Doodler, and remains one of the key motivators for us to do what we do. We would like to take this opportunity to thank Donorschoose.org and all the teachers who have participated in this campaign for making learning fun again!

Watch this space for more updates on 3Doodler creations inside the different classrooms. We’re very excited to see what the students will create!

Inspiring students to learn through creativity, play, and hands-on learning has always been a key focus at 3Doodler, and remains one of the key motivators for us to do what we do. We would like to take this opportunity to thank Donorschoose.org and all the teachers who have participated in this campaign for making learning fun again!

Watch this space for more updates on 3Doodler creations inside the different classrooms. We’re very excited to see what the students will create!

Listen to a podcast on ‘Creating Breathtaking Projects with 3Doodler’ on Scalar Learning here.

For more information about 3Doodler EDU products, please visit http://edu.the3doodler.com/

Promising Penmanship: Doodling to Master Cursive Writing

Did you know that those who learn cursive handwriting show enhanced brain development in the areas associated with working memory, thinking, and language?

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It is also thought that writing in cursive significantly changes the way the brain operates since typing and printing do not stimulate the same response.

This is why 3Doodler EDU includes cursive exercises in our lesson plans to help set your students up for success!

Given the obvious neurological benefits of cursive, it is not surprising that this style of writing also enhances comprehension, as shown in the analysis of student SAT results. This analysis revealed that students who wrote their essays in cursive achieved higher marks than those who printed.

The running theory is that individuals who write in cursive have more time to concentrate on the subject matter of their essay due to the faster pace of writing in cursive as opposed to print.

"The tactile practice of handwriting leaves a memory trace in the sensorimotor part of the brain, which is retrieved when reading the letters. In other words, handwriting reinforces reading in ways that keyboarding does not."-Cindy Long, National Education Association Share
Design by Grace DuPrez

While cursive is no longer required by many schools, many educators continue to promote cursive in their classrooms due to the overwhelming benefits of using it.

At 3Doodler we’re doubling down on the theories behind cursive and how cursive enhances brain development. If there really is a proven connection between tactile practices, memory, and recall, then imagine the possibilities if we deepen that sensory experience even further – in 3D and through touch.

Design by Grace DuPrez

For your elementary school students, be sure to use our Touch Text ELA lesson plan for a fun classroom activity that explores tactile letters.

For middle school and high school students, challenge them to write their favorite quote from an assigned reading in their most promising penmanship!

Have your students benefited from cursive in the classroom?

Share your classroom story on Twitter!

#3Doodler @3Doodler #WhatWillYouCreate?

All designs by Grace DuPrez. Check her out on Instagram.

References: the New York Times and the National Education Association

St. Paddy’s Day Doodles for your K-8 Classroom!

St. Patrick’s Day doesn’t have to be a day for adults only! We have just the activities that will bring meaningful learning experiences to your elementary and middle school students to celebrate Irish heritage and folklore.

Now it is time to catch Leprechauns and make some lucky charms!

STEM Doodle Clouds + Leprechaun Trap Extension

When students think of Leprechauns, they think of rainbows, gold, shamrocks and clouds! Guide your class to explore the characteristics of cloud formations in our Doodle Clouds Lesson Plan. After the students complete their lesson, sort them into groups and have them create Leprechaun Traps using their Doodled clouds and other materials in your classroom, such as construction paper, crayons, and cardboard!

Remind students that Leprechauns are attracted to anything which is glittery, shiny, and colorful – so encourage them to craft a trap that will catch those mischievous little leprechauns! After their traps are completed, have students explain the theories behind how their designs will catch leprechauns.

For some STEM Leprechaun Trap Inspiration, check out Education Closet’s amazing resources here!

STEM Lucky Charms!

In this STEM Lucky Charms activity, students investigate two of their five senses, touch and sight, then identify various patterns using these senses. Students will Doodle lucky “sole-charms” for their sneakers using the soles of their shoes to create a textured Doodle-charm.

Share your classroom’s St. Paddy’s Day Doodles on Twitter! @3Doodler #3Doodler #3DoodlerEDU


Also, check out the new Leprechaun we added to the 3Doodler Stencil Library

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Share the Love in Your Classroom with our Valentine’s Day Doodle Icebreaker

Sharing is caring, and Valentine’s Day brings a perfect opportunity to facilitate sharing in the classroom.

For Valentine’s Day we are sharing a fantastic icebreaker activity called My Secret Valentine Friend in which students will Doodle a Geometric Heart and give it to a classmate. This activity will help your students get to know each other and support them in building positive relationships with others. Please see the steps below!


  1. First have your students Doodle their Geometric Heart. Let them know they will be giving their Doodle away to another student in the My Secret Valentine Friend activity.
  2. Next have students write out the following four facts about themselves on an index card:
    • their favorite color
    • their favorite animal
    • their favorite book
    • their favorite subject at school
  3. Collect all of the cards, shuffle them, and hand one out to each student.
  4. Have students find their Secret Valentine Friend by talking with everyone in the classroom to find out whose card they have. Set a time limit for them (and feel free to grade some papers while they’re sharing)!
"The most surprising benefit of these pens is that they’ve really allowed some students that tend to struggle with relationships and peers to shine. They amaze the other students with their skills and creations, and it raises their confidence. That has opened the door for them to begin to build positive relationships with others."-Mrs. Melinda O'Reilly, Pembroke Elementary School, Virginia Beach, VA Share
Sharing is caring, so please post some of your classroom Doodles on Twitter! @3Doodler #3Doodler #3DoodlerEDU

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Top Projects and Resources for your 3Doodler

With the Holiday hustle and bustle beginning to die down, now is the perfect time to sit down, relax, and start creating with your 3Doodler pens – new or old!

Why Doodle?

Doodling may be the perfect way to decompress after the holiday rush! Research has linked Doodling with stress reduction.

We have compiled some helpful resources to get you started, along with some exciting projects to inspire your creativity.

If you’re an educator, please reach out to us.
We’ll gladly help you kick off the new year with 3Doodler EDU, and offer tips and support tailored for your specific classroom needs.

Getting Started

More resources for 3Doodler Start here.

More resources for 3Doodler Create+ here.

Inspirational Projects

– BEGINNER DOODLES –


Make the sweetest homemade cookies with DIY stamps.

let's bake


Doodle a tree to hold your Jewelry.

treet yourself


Keep your headphones tidy with a Puppy Headphones Wrap!

Puppy Love

– INTERMEDIATE DOODLES –


Add some flowery flare to your ensemble with these Pearl Floral Earrings!

Flower Power


Craft a life-size Rhinoceros Beetle.

Take Flight

– ADVANCED DOODLES –


Create a beautiful atmosphere in your home with these Tiffany Candle Holders.

Bright Idea


Make a model of a V-Twin engine! It even has moving pieces!

Jump Start

Have a question? 3Doodler Customer Service is here for you.

Contact Us

“Should you ever need assistance, 3Doodler’s customer service is by far the most responsive we’ve encountered.” – The Wirecutter

Low-Prep Holiday Activities For Your Classroom

Celebrate the holidays in your classroom with these low-prep, stress-free, festive activities!

The holidays are coming and students are gearing up for winter break! Bring some focused fun into your classroom with these festive activities. Simply print out the worksheets, follow the steps, and go!

Festive Engineering Doodles

For Grades K-8

Engage your elementary school students with this Holiday STEM Challenge! Students Doodle Christmas trees and Dreidels, and then explore engineering concepts with their creations through a group activity.

See Project

An Educational Snowman

For Grades K-8

Our Doodle-Snowman Activity helps elementary school students understand how glyphs can communicate information. Challenge students to decode the personalities of their peers through this seasonal, critical thinking exercise.

See Project

Deck the Halls with Doodles

For Grades 9-12

Reward your high school students for successfully completing their exams with this fun Holiday Wreath Activity. Ask each student to draw a few leaf outlines on paper, Doodle over them, and then peel them off. Finally, have them attach their finished leaves together for a whole-class wreath project!

See Project

Calming Classroom Crafts

For all Grades

Want a stress-free, festive activity for your students? After completing a meaningful assignment, let your students decompress before the winter break by making a Holiday Gift-Tag for a loved one. What better than some creative downtime to finalize your lesson plans before you return in January!

See Project

Stock up on your 3Doodler supplies for the New Year

SHOP NOW


Research shows that Doodling can improve memory, enhance concentration, and reduce stress.

Happy Doodling!

Festive 3D Pen Crafts for Kids

Christmas crafts are a great way to keep your kids busy and happy on their winter break! Develop their creativity and motor-skills as they Doodle away at these projects. Parents are encouraged to join in on the fun. All you need is your 3Doodler Start pen, some plastic filaments, and the stencils for each project.

1. DIY Mini Christmas Trees

Make these adorable mini trees to decorate your mantelpiece or dining table. Print out this Christmas Tree Stencil and follow the video tutorial below to make your own set of trees in minutes! Add tiny ornaments to dress it up any way you like.

Download Stencil


Tips:
  • Add a loop on top of the tree to thread a string through, and hang it up as an ornament.

2. Snowflake Ornaments

Don’t these snowflakes look gorgeous? Guess what, they’re extremely easy to make. Just print out
this stencil, trace over it with your 3Doodler Start pen, add a loop to one end and thread a ribbon through. Hang them up to give your home that beautiful wintery vibe.

Download Stencil

Tips:
  • Draw your own snowflake stencils to make each one unique.

3. DIY Personalised Gift Tags

Add a heartwarming touch to your Christmas gifts this year with a personalized gift tag! Print this stencil and pick out your loved one’s favorite holiday object (Ginger-bread man, mistletoe, angel, etc.), outline the shape with your 3Doodler pen, write their name in the center, and Doodle to fill up the rest of the shape. Add a loop to the top of the tag to finish.

Download Stencil


Tips:
  • Hang these name tags on stockings or just write your friend’s name in 3D – you can use this all year round for birthdays, weddings and other gifting occasions.

Want more family Holiday craft projects? Check out our blog.

#whatwillyoucreate

Happy Doodling!

Handmade Christmas Cards & Decor Ideas (made with a 3D pen!)

Get in the holiday spirit with these fun and simple 3D Pen Christmas Projects! Grab your 3Doodler Create+ 3D pen and Doodle your own decorations and greeting cards with our free stencils. These projects are easy to make, and look absolutely fantastic!

1. DIY Christmas Wreath

Learn how to make a wreath with the video tutorial below! This handmade creation adds a welcoming touch to any door, wall or cozy fireplace. Print out this stencil and follow along with the video for a fun DIY evening! Add a flying reindeer for a cute Christmas touch, or customize it in any way you want.

Download Stencil

Tips:
  • Keep it simple with a variety of leaves or add some dangling stars and reindeers.

2. Simple Holiday Ornaments

These modern-looking ornaments are great for 3D pen users of any level. Simply trace over the outline of any shape from this stencil to make a frame. Then add a dot of plastic to one edge and start wrapping extruded plastic around it, circling your pen around the frame as you hold it in place. Finish by Doodling a loop on the tip of your frame and thread a ribbon through it.

Download Stencil


Tips:
  • Draw your own frames to make some unique ornaments for your home! Make ornaments with the initials of your family members, and hang them beside their stockings!

3. Handmade 3D Christmas Cards

Handmade cards always provide that thoughtful and unexpected touch. Try out this easy technique to add embossed details to your cards! All you need is a card, a 3Doodler Create+ pen, and some plastic filaments. Simply use your 3Doodler pen to draw out your design (like you would with a normal pen and pencil), and create a beautiful card with detailing that you can run your fingers across!

Tips:
  • You can also use a 3Doodler Create+ pen to add pop up elements to your card, like a star that pops out when you open the card.

#whatwillyoucreate

Happy Doodling!

How To Draw In 3D with a 3D pen

How do you make 3D objects with 3Doodler? The most obvious answer is to Doodle freehand in the air. But don’t stop there – there are also other techniques that you can try out to achieve the same, or even better, results. Who knows, you might even prefer these methods as you climb the learning curve towards becoming a 3D drawing expert!

In this guide to 3D drawing, we look at how you can assemble a three-dimensional object using Doodled 2D parts, a little like building with Lego blocks, as well as making your own molds, and more. Here are some basic techniques:

Build a cube

A great way to practice assembling your Doodles is by building a cube.

  • Step 1

    On a piece of paper, draw a 3x3cm square. Doodle to create six two-dimensional square pieces. If you are using a 3Doodler Start Pen, you can use a Start DoodlePad® as a Doodling surface.
  • Step 2

    Place the bottom piece flat on your work surface, then hold up a side piece so that it’s propped up against the bottom piece.
  • Step 3

    Apply a bit of plastic at the corners where the pieces meet to hold it in place. Then Doodle along the entire joint to secure it.
  • Step 4

    Repeat for each side of the cube, and you’re done! Now use the same technique to go beyond 3D cubes to create almost any structure.

Create a sphere

When creating a round shape like a sphere, we recommend using a mold to get that perfect 3D shape. Check out the 3Doodler Start Doodlemolds® Basic Set, make your own sphere mold out of some rolled up paper and masking tape, or use and recycle items you already have at home!

  • Step 1

    Get started by using your ping pong ball as your 3D mold and wrapping it with masking tape. Doodle a line around the middle of the ball, and work your way toward one end to create a semi-sphere.

    TIP: If you don’t have a ping pong ball, you can also use the balloon technique from this fairy lights tutorial instead.

  • Step 2

    Leaving a little space, Doodle another semi-sphere on the other side of the ping pong ball.
  • Step 3

    Use a nail file or small pair of scissors to slide around the inside of your semi-spheres and pop them off your ping-pong ball. They should come off easily once they’re a little loose!

    CAUTION: Adults should help children with this step!

  • Step 4

    Add some plastic to join the two semi-spheres together to form a whole sphere!

    Almost any object can be used to make a 3D mold for your creations. Try picking up a random household object and using it as a starting point for your next 3D masterpiece.

Make a figurine or animal

When making more complex structures like a figurine or animal, you can build your own molds with paper, masking tape, and a few household items.

  • Step 1

    Sketch out your character and draw simplified shapes onto each body part (e.g: a circle for the head, cylinders for legs, a rectangular prism for the body). Write down the rough measurements for each of these shapes.
  • Step 2

    Find objects that match these basic shapes (e.g. pencils or rolls of paper for legs, a ping pong ball for the head, a glass bottle for the body). If you can’t find the right objects, scrunch up some waste paper into the desired shape. Be sure to wrap each of your molds with masking tape before Doodling onto the surface.

    TIP: A 3Doodler Create pen can melt other plastics, so use surfaces like paper, glass, clay and wood to be safe. Always wrap them with masking tape to ensure easy removal of your finished Doodle. And you can also sketch out your Doodling onto the tape itself.

  • Step 3

    Doodle half of each shape and pop off the solidified plastic before Doodling the second half. Then join the two halves together using your 3Doodler to create each completed body part.

    TIP: If you are using scrunched up paper or other expendable material as a mold, you may want to completely cover the mold and leave the paper inside of your Doodle.

  • Step 4

    Assemble all body parts by Doodling them together. You can Doodle flat parts and attach them or simply add the basic shape to create protruding parts like ears and toes.
  • Step 5

    Add details like facial features directly onto your piece and play with textures for fur or hair. You can also use nozzle tips for fine details and finishing touches.

    TIP: Use the smoothing tool tip to scrape off mistakes and redoodle parts.

  • Step 6

    All done! Don’t forget to show off your Doodle by tagging #whatwillyoucreate!

An even more advanced way to make the base structure is to use ABS plastic to create a frame. With the frame built out, you can Doodle over it using either PLA or ABS to complete the shape. For example, to make the shape of legs, simply Doodle rings of incremental sizes, then join the pieces together. Finally, fill up the gaps by connecting the rings. See how 3D pen artist Heather Baharally creates her frames with the 3Doodler Start Pen to create a beautiful, realistic octopus.

Ready to create more? You’re going to love these tutorials and stencils that we’ve prepared for you.
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Simple 3D Pen DIY Halloween Costume Ideas For Adults

Whether your Halloween personality is scary, funny, or sweet, dressing up and making your own costume is one of our favorite parts of this holiday. You don’t have to spend megabucks on store-bought items to look awesome, instead, try out these easy-to-make 3D printed Halloween costume ideas for affordable, fantastic-looking outfits!

We know the thought of making a costume can seem overwhelming – but don’t worry, we’ve gathered only the easiest projects which use the 3Doodler Create+ 3D Pen and a variety of Create plastics.

Subtle but scary Halloween Jewelry:

If you don’t want to go over-the-top with your costume, but want something that achieves that spooky effect in a subtle way, this slit-throat choker necklace is the perfect accessory.

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Steps

Dress up as your favorite character

A sure-fire way to make realistic Halloween Star Trek™ costume parts is with the Star Trek Project Kit. Follow the stencils included, or design your own stencils to “3D print” any costume you like without investing in expensive 3D printers or complicated software.

Steps
  • Things you’ll need: 3Doodler Create+ pen, Create Star Trek Project Kit

  • Identify accessories or unique traits that your character possess (for example, for Spock it would be his ears).

  • Use a stencil to trace out the shape. The Create Star Trek Project Kit comes with Star Trek themed stencils, but you can easily draw your own for your character or find stencils online.

  • Add 3D details to finish.

DIY Halloween headbands

Dress up as a sweet and magical unicorn, stand out from the crowd with bats flying above your head, or go for a classic “arrow through the head” look with these DIY Halloween Headbands

How to make a Unicorn Headband

These ears and horn make a whimsical prop to complete your Halloween Unicorn costume. They would also make a wonderful party craft, or could even be handed out as party favors!

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Steps
  • Things you’ll need: 3Doodler Create+ pen, Halloween Headbands stencil, Create PLA plastic, paper, clear tape, headband.

  • Roll paper into the shape of the unicorn horns, then cover with clear tape.

  • Make the horn while spinning the paper cone using one hand and Doodling with the other. Add final details, then remove the Doodle from the cone.

  • Print the Unicorn ears stencil here, place a Create DoodlePad over the stencil, then Doodle over it using PLA plastic.

  • Attach the horn and the ears onto a headband.

How to make a Flying Bats Headband

This headband is fun, cool and festive – and it’s perfect for last minute Halloween DIY projects! You could even pair this with a witch hat for your flying bats to circle.

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How to make an Arrow Headband

Add some humor to your rustic Halloween look with this super easy and classic arrow through head prop!

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DIY Halloween 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!

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Steps

If these costumes inspired you, be sure to take a photo and share your creations with us via Facebook, Instagram or Twitter. Tag @3Doodler so we can see your work!

All of these projects are made using the 3Doodler Create+ pen and Create FLEXY plastic.

Happy Doodling!

Four Kids Halloween Costume Ideas Made With A 3D Pen

There’s something special about making your own Halloween costume. It’s unique to you, and can lead to lifelong family memories of creating costumes instead of purchasing store-made ones. With the 3Doodler Start, kids and parents alike can create 3D printed Halloween costumes, accessories, decor and even creepy crawlers that move across the room! Who doesn’t love a little tech with their creations?

DIY Halloween Glasses

Nothing says Halloween more than orange, black and white! Take the Make Your Own Eyeglasses Activity Kit and cover it in Halloween colors, for a fun accessory to wear for Trick or Treat! This project takes less than 30 minutes to complete, and is completely customizable!

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Steps

Make a Sassy Cat Mask

This project uses the Make Your Own Mask Activity Kit to DIY a Sassy Cat Mask for kids, but who says adults can’t do the same?

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Creepy Crawly Pins Craft Project

If you don’t want to dress up but would still like a hint of Halloween flair, this project is perfect for you! Decorate your plain t-shirt or hat with creepy spiders, cockroaches and other scary bugs.

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Steps:

Take this project to another level with the Make Your Own HEXBUG Creature Activity Kit, and make creepy crawlies that can walk around your house or yard as Halloween Decor!

DIY The Powerpuff Girls™ Costume

If you’re up for a more ambitious craft project, challenge yourself to make this Powerpuff Girls head, or any character head of your liking!

And if you want to PowerPuff Yourself™ while you’re at it, we’ve got a kit for that here.

Steps:
  • Things you’ll need: 3Doodler Start pen, a bowl, 3Doodler Start Plastic, a marker pen.

  • Find a bowl that fits over your head, a big salad bowl or a goldfish bowl might work.

  • Draw a line down the middle using a Marker pen.

  • Doodle onto one half of the bowl to form the shape of the head. Make extended parts for areas like the hair and other accessories your character may wear.

  • Remove the Doodle carefully from the bowl.

  • Then Doodle the other half repeating step 3 – 4.

  • Doodle to join both halves of the head.

If these costumes inspired you, be sure to take a photo and share your creations with us via Facebook, Instagram or Twitter. Tag @3Doodler so we can see your work!

All of these projects are made using the 3Doodler Start pen and 3Doodler Start Plastic.

Happy Doodling!

5 Beach Craft Projects Your Family Will Love!

Sun’s out, fun’s out! Nothing beats a sunny day at the beach with your family and friends. We’re adding to the fun with these beach craft projects, designed to help you decorate, fix, and create your very own beach essentials. Some of these projects are perfect for capturing those terrific summer memories, and can be displayed in your home all year round.

1. Beach Sand Molds

This project is simple enough for kids to do themselves, but adults are welcome to challenge themselves with more detailed designs too.

Print out this stencil or draw your own (think emojis, monsters, unicorns). Doodle over it, adding ridges along the outlines to create finer details.

Take them to the beach and make the most unique prints in the whole beach!

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Tips:
  • Press your finger on the Start plastic as you Doodle, for a smoother and faster finish.

  • After filling in the design, create a protruding ridge by Doodling along the lines a few times.

2. Sunglasses Strap

Never lose your sunglasses again with this super practical and stylish DIY project.

What’s great about this project is that you can design your strap to suit your style, so whether you prefer black and chic, or playfully colorful, the choice is yours.

Watch our Video Tutorial and follow through step by step to make your own.

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3. Summer Vibe Pins

Deck out your favourite beach bags, hat and clothes with these summery Pinterest-worthy Pins!

Print out this stencil, or go truly personal by sketching your own designs. Use clear tape to cover over your design, then Doodle on top.

Once the plastic has hardened, peel off your design and attach a pin to the back by Doodling. Your pin game is on point!

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4. Seashell Doodles

Kids love to bring home seashells of all shapes and sizes. Now you can transform them into adorable creatures or build a whole town to tell a story!

Use the 3Doodler Start Pen to Doodle directly onto the seashell. You can add a head, eyes, legs, skin texture, the only limit is your imagination!

This is a very fun project to do with your kids, and you’ll be surprised by all the creative ideas they come up with.

Tips:
  • Gather shells of varying shapes and sizes for a more challenging and interesting collection.

5. Beach Gear Fix-it Hack

Sometimes we forget that the 3Doodler Pen is not just great for Arts & Craft projects, it’s also a fantastic tool for fixing things!

Whether it’s fixing worn and torn sandals, replacing a missing adjustment buckle on your goggles, or filling in a crack of a broken beach shovel, this versatile pen will do the trick.

Tips:
  • Be careful which surface you use the pen on, some materials may be dangerous when melted by the tip of the pen.

  • Test out which of our 3Doodler plastics stick best to the surface before you start your fix.

Making your own beach crafts with a 3Doodler Pen? Share your project with us, we’d love to see it!
#whatwillyoucreate

Happy Doodling!

DIY Projects For The Wedding Of Your Dreams

Creating your own wedding decor might seem daunting – and trust us when we say there are some things you can easily make yourself, and others you should leave to the experts. Designing 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?

1. Charming Love Doves Place Cards

It is often the details that make a wedding memorable. An alternative to traditional paper place cards, these Love Doves will allow you to get creative and display an elegant addition to your wedding centerpieces. 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.

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Tips:
  • 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.

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

3. 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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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.

#whatwillyoucreate

Happy Doodling!

Creating Functional Geometric Animals with 3Doodler

Geometric patterns are becoming increasingly popular, and can be seen in modern architecture, sharp-looking fashion items, and stylish home decorations.

When used in the right way, geometric patterns can be highly flexible, visually effective and sometimes even functional! 3Doodler is a great tool for making the lines and shapes that form geometric patterns. There are tons of stencils online which you can print out and then trace over with your 3Doodler pen, to create your own geometric art in 3D! Here are some Animal Geometric ideas you can try out to make different great looking and functional items.

1. Animal Head Coasters

Why have dull coasters when you can have these cute heads to add a pop of color to your table? Pick your favourite animal stencil and Doodle the outline in one color, then fill it in with a contrasting color for a playful and eye-catching effect. These make great gifts too!

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Materials:
Tips:
  • Repeat and alternate the same colors to make your coasters match.

  • Make your own geometric design by placing tracing paper over a printed photo and using a ruler and pencil to create the symmetrical lines.

2. Origami Crane Tassel Earrings

These dainty origami crane earrings are so popular right now, and here’s a chance to make your own! Cranes represent peace and longevity, add a tassle to make the cranes look like they are floating gracefully as they hang from your ears.

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3. Decorative Animal Ornaments

This project is oh so simple but adds a modern touch that instantly makes your living space look much more interesting and dynamic. Doodle the outline of your favourite animals, tie a string to the top (or Doodle it with Create FLEXY Strands), then hang them to your plants, windows, or even make your own baby crib mobiles.

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Materials:
Tips:
  • Use ABS Skyline Silver and a thick Create Pen Nozzle for a rustic, metallic look.

  • Use FLEXY Strands to Doodle around a roll of paper to create your own hangers.

We hope you like these super simple and stylish projects. Don’t be afraid to experiment with different geometric shapes using the same technique. You can make clouds, flowers, or even human faces. Share your project with us, we’d love to see it! #whatwillyoucreate

Happy Doodling!

Transforming Leftover Plastic Into Beautiful Jewelry And Decor Items

If you’ve been Doodling for a while and wonder how you could repurpose leftover plastic scraps, here’s a project for you!

Watch the video above to see how Grace Du Prez makes a colorful ring, coaster and bowl by repurposing leftover plastic pieces.

This project idea came from one of our brilliant 3Doodlers, Grace Du Prez . Grace Du Prez runs workshops teaching people how to use the 3Doodler to make jewellery, wearables, hats, and other unique creations. After each class, she’d collect the leftover ABS plastic filament and put them into a jar. As the jar filled up, Grace was keen to find a way to repurpose the filaments and transform them into something she could use. The process she shared in her video tutorial is one of her favourite techniques. Grace hopes that by sharing this with the 3Doodler community, it would inspire more people to give it a go!

We love Grace’s process because it’s easy to do, it uses materials you can find at home (or easily find online), and it allows you to create all sorts of display-worthy and giftable end products.

As seen in these photos, you can create and repeat simple shapes to make anything from a decorative bowl to a stylish cocktail coaster. You can even go a step further and separate your Doodled scraps to play with different color combinations for your own truly unique recycled creations!

Helpful Tips & Tricks

The tin moulds used in Grace’s process are called Petit Four Tins, which are used to make small tarts or cakes. You can find them easily from cookery shops or online. They are thinner than cookie cutters, so the plastic can melt faster. They are also non-stick, so you can remove the plastic easily from them.

If you are using a grill with temperature control settings, we recommend the following temperatures for the different plastic types*:

Temperature Settings:
  • ABS plastic: 220°C

  • PLA plastic: 180 – 200°C

  • 3Doodler Start plastic: 80°C

  • *Not recommended for FLEXY plastic

Safety First:
  • Work in a well-ventilated area.

  • Wear a dust mask at all times.

  • The equipment gets very hot so please wear oven gloves or something similar.

  • This process is not suitable for children to try on their own.

  • Once you have used the tools and equipment for recycling, do not use them again for food preparation.

Give this project a go and make your own jewelry, coasters, bowls, plant pots, photo frames, tiles, book-ends, keychains, and the list goes on! We’d love to see your creations, share your photos with us on Instagram or Facebook by tagging us @3Doodler.

Share this project with your friends and family!

Team Favourites: Best Doodles of the Year!

To end this year on a jolly note, we asked the team what their absolute favourite Doodle of the year is and why. Ready for some awe-inspiring, spine-tingling, heart-stopping Art?

Daniel, President & COO

Work: Casa Batlló mini
Artist: Cornelia Kuglmeier

Connie’s work never fails to amaze me. It’s hard to pick the best, but this one of the Casa Batlló is definitely one of my favourites. Despite being no larger than a hand, this intricate piece exudes the character (and curves) of the original. I also loved the way the photo was taken, supplanting it into an otherwise row of very geometric buildings to bring the whole scene to life!

More artwork by Cornelia Kuglmeier:

Kira, Junior Designer

Work: Flexy Black
Artist: Eden Saadon

Eden is an inspiring fashion designer that we just discovered this year! I love how delicately the dresses are Doodled with the same simple yet expressive line quality and the way she chose to present them. They remind me of one of my favourite contemporary artists Eva Hesse. To me they really are pieces of art!

More from Eden Saadon:

Kay, Customer Experience Manager

Work: Nissan Qashqai
Artist: Grace Du Prez and Team

Grace is one of the most creative and skillful Doodlers I know. I’m in awe of how this was conceptualized and executed to perfection. This creation brought out something NEW and BIG out there!

Other artwork by Grace Du Prez:

Faraz, Creative Director

Work: Hong Kong’s Skyline
Artist: Rachel Goldsmith

I love how Rachel used layers of Doodling to create depth both within each building and throughout the entire skyline itself. It’s as if the city is ‘alive’ and gives it a very organic feel.

More of Rachel Goldsmith’s pieces:

Erin, Junior Designer

Work: Galata Tower
Artist: Kalpten Dönmez

I love that Kalpten has turned her skills for wire art into something as flexible as these works with the 3Doodler. Looks like 3Doodler has given her the freedom to add different colors too. Also the amount of detail she is able to show in these small works are amazing. Her detail to light and dark is something to note.

More from Kalpten Dönmez:

Max Bogue, Co-Founder and CEO

Work: Ens Reale
Artist: Marc Buehren

Marc’s work is very cool and contemporary. I love how he uses the plastic strands to create a very drapey and mysterious looking effect for his work. His work tends to be formed of outlines, which allows the audience to look through it and see the shadow of the shape on the wall.

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Simple Christmas Craft Projects For The Family

We can’t believe it’s December already! Where did the year go?! We have shared with you lots of creative ideas for festivals throughout the year, but the general 3Doodler Team consensus is that Christmas Doodles are the ones we most look forward to making. And it’s just around the corner!

It’s The Best Time Of The Year

Whether you celebrate Christmas or not, the winter holidays is a perfect time for families to get together and craft the winter blues away. We’ve gathered some easy DIY ideas using the 3Doodler Start pen and DoodleMold™ Basic Set that are great for kids and adults alike. This video shows you how to make three Christmas projects using the different DoodleMold™ shapes.

Heartfelt Ornaments

You can never have too many. Give your Christmas tree a personalized touch with your very own handmade ornaments!

Festive Napkin Rings

Surprise your guests with these gorgeous Napkin Rings. These are super-easy to make and can be customized to your heart’s desire! Guaranteed to put a smile on your guests’ faces.

Angels Among Us

These sweet-looking angels are great for the centerpieces, table decoration, or even as an ornament. In fact, you can display them as decor any time of the year!

What are you waiting for? Grab your 3Doodler pens and give these projects a go!

For more Christmas Doodle ideas, check out:
Holiday Wreath
A Very Doodled Christmas

5 Craft Activities Your Kids Will Actually Love!

Become the coolest parent in the neighbourhood with these easy 3D printing pen projects!

We all know that spending some quality playtime with the family is crucial for kids to build better bonds with their parents, spark creativity, and more importantly for everyone to have lots of fun! Having said that, enticing kids to put down their digital devices and willingly take part in some good old craft projects can often be a challenge… Here’s a tried and tested tip: bring up the magic words “3D printing pens!” and voila, you’ve got their attention.

1. Bring bedtime stories to life!

Let your child be the creator of their own bedtime stories with these DIY flashlight stencils. The end result creates beautiful visuals that make storytelling so much more captivating and fascinating!

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Steps

  1. Print out the Stencils or find/draw your own.

  2. Doodle the outer shape and keep Doodling to fill it in, but leave the desired shape (e.g. the dragon’s head) empty.

  3. Position your Doodled Flashlight Stencil against a flashlight, turn it on and voila you have your shadow art!

Materials:
Tips:
  • We recommend Doodling inversely in the stencils.

  • Customize your stencils based on themes, such as Halloween, Christmas, favourite book characters, etc.

2. Bake sweet-looking treats

Baking is a great opportunity to engage everyone in the family. Involve your child in every step of the process, from Doodling your own customised cookie stamps to placing the imprinted treats in the oven. What better way to make fun memories and have a sweet result?

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Steps

  1. Print out the Stencils or find/draw your own.

  2. Doodle the shape first. Next, follow the lines of the pattern and Doodle several layers on top of the lines to create a protruding surface.

  3. Create a variety of stamps with different shapes and patterns using the same method.

  4. Roll out and flatten your dough, then imprint them using the cookie stamps.

  5. Carefully remove the extra bits of dough on the edges. Place your dough on a tray and bake!

Materials:
Tips:
  • Start Plastic is completely safe to use with food!

  • Doodle handles to the back of the cookie stamps to make stamping easier.

  • This project idea works best with sugar cookie dough.

3. Bring all the birds to your yard!

Build the best bird feeder in the neighborhood with this fun family-project. Did you know that bird feeding relaxes, educates, and is an excellent way to increase outdoor recreational activities for kids?

Watch Kelley Powerpuff Herself here:

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4. Make customized prints

Decorate your child’s t-shirt, bag and more with your own Doodled symbols, characters and phrases! With the versatility of the 3Doodler pen, the personalization possibilities are endless.

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Steps

  1. Print out the Stencils or find/draw your own.

  2. Doodle and fill in your desired shape (e.g. a star) to create a stamp.

  3. Dip your stamp in some fabric paint, then carefully stamp the shape onto your t-shirt/bag.

  4. Wait for the paint to dry.

Materials:
Tips:
  • It’s always best do some test prints on paper first.

  • If you decide to do a line drawing instead of filling your stencil in completely, make sure your Doodled lines are thick enough, to get a cleaner printed result.

  • Wash your stencils when you’re done and reuse them for other crafty projects.

5. Reach for the stars (and more)!

This DIY solar system project is not just educational, it’s also a great way to decorate your child’s bedroom. With Glow-in-the-Dark stars and Doodled planets, you’ll find your child marvelling at the beauty of the universe at night!

Steps

  1. Blow up some balloons into different sizes, to match the relative sizes of the planets in the solar system.

  2. Take one balloon, using a marker draw a line along the center and go all the way round the balloon.

  3. Doodle half of the sphere up to the line you’ve drawn, then peel off the plastic. Repeat with the other half of the sphere.

  4. Doodle to join the two halves together.

  5. Doodle some stars with Glow in the Dark plastic .

  6. Connect the star and the planet by Doodling a line.

  7. Repeat steps 2 – 6 with the other planets.

  8. Use Blu-Tack or Command Strips to attach the stars to the ceiling.

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Tips:
  • Play a space themed trivia quiz with your child. For every question they get right, they get to add another Doodled star to the ceiling!

We hope these projects sparked some inspiration for activities to do with your family! The most important thing is to use this opportunity as a way to spend more quality time with your children. Being entirely present with them and using these everyday moments as a way to help your children grow and learn will create priceless memories and a stronger bond between you and your child. The possibilities are endless.

Happy Doodling!

7 Idas for Day of the Dead

Day of the Dead, also known as Día de Muertos, is a Mexican holiday from Nov 1st and 2nd, to pray for and commemorate friends and family members who have passed away. It is believed that the spirits of the deceased children will reunite with their family on Nov 1, and Nov 2nd is when the spirits of adults are allowed to visit.

Colorful Altars for Colorful Lives

To welcome and honor the departed, altars are set up inside homes, displaying a Sugar Skull, flowers, candles, food, and once owned possessions. Inspired by photos of these beautiful and meaningful altars, our talented Artist, Cornelia Kuglemeier created an (almost) entirely Doodled version of it, made up of some of the most symbolic décor pieces for the festival.

For example, the Papel Picado is a form of Mexican paper cutting art, which is often seen during important festivals like Day of the Dead and Christmas. To make things even more interesting, you can try make a doodled version of it!

The Sugar Skull (Calavera) is another important symbol used in this Mexican celebration. Traditionally, sugar was used to form the mold because it was readily available and cheap. The Skulls are placed in the altar to recognize the person who has passed. The name of the deceased is written on the Skull’s forehead, then the rest of the surface is decorated with icing, ribbons, and other colourful adornments.

Here’s How To Make Them:

Papel Picado

1. Print or acquire a piece of grid patterned paper, or draw your own on lined paper.
2. Draw your designs.
3. Cover the paper with a layer of Masking Tape.
4. Use FLEXY plastic to Doodle on top of the tape, following your patterns and the grid pattern.
5. Peel the design off, and you’re done!

Sugar Skull

1. First, doodle over the Skull Canvas in Polar White ABS plastic.
2. Add some decorative flowers and “sugar” using a variety of colored ABS plastic. The more colors the better!
3. Use Glow in the Dark plastic on parts you want to make look extra spooky in the dark.
4. To make the doodles look like sugar writing, experiment with different Nozzles to achieve a variety of interesting effects.

Candle Holder Skull

1. Cover the entire Skull Canvas with Masking tape.
Doodle over it with Clearly Clear PLA plastic, leaving a gap in the centre, so you can peel off the doodled skull in two halves later.
2. Doodle the entire Canvas leaving the top of the skull open, this is where you will put in the candle.
3. Remove the two parts of doodles from the Canvas, then join them together by doodling along the gap to join.

Flower Garland

1. Draw petal shapes on a piece of paper to use as a stencil, then doodle over them with ABS plastic.
2. Peel the petals off from the paper.
3. To give them a curvy shape, use a hot air gun or a hair dryer to gently heat the plastic, then shape it with your fingers.
4. Doodle to join the petals together to form a flower.

Flower Vases

1. Draw some patterns on a piece of paper to use as a stencil.
2. Roll up the paper and put it inside a Vase Canvas, then tape down the paper to hold it in place.
3. Doodle directly on top of the Canvas to make beautiful customised Vases!

La Calavera Catrina

1. To make the body, use a bottle as the base to build the shape of the dress.
2. Doodle two arms and attach them onto the body, positioning them so that it leaves a gap in the middle for the candle.
3. For the head, scrunch up some paper to make an oval shaped ball, then doodle on top of it to make the head.
4. Finally, add a hat on the head, then join all the pieces together.

Box Candle Holder

1. Use a Box Set Canvas as the base.
2.Measure one side of the Canvas Box, cut out a piece of paper, then draw some patterns (e.g. skulls and flowers) on it to use as a stencil.
3. Place the stencil inside the Box and tape it to one side.
4. Doodle directly on top of the Box, following the stencil outline to create a unique and interesting design.
5. Repeat on the other sides.

To create a balanced and Instagram-worthy display, place the shorter pieces like the Sugar Skull and Papel Picado in the centre. Then surround these with the taller pieces like the flower vases and the La Calavera Catrina. For some final touches, complete the altar with some food, a bowl of salt, and some scattered flowers. And there you have it, your own Doodled Day of the Dead altar.

Sources:
https://www.mexicansugarskull.com/support/dodhistory.html
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Day_of_the_Dead

Application of 3D typography

A few stunning examples from the 3Doodler team.

1. Grace Du Prez

Profession: Marketing Coordinator
Design style: Words that form the shape of the object it symbolises.
What I love about 3D typography: I love the freedom that 3D typography offers! With 2D typography, if I wanted to create a shape or shadow out of the words I chose, I can draw that effect, but ultimately everything is flat. With 3D typography, I can literally make the words take up the form of the shape, and even hold the typography in my hands or turn it into something functional (in this case, a crown!)
What I’d like to try next: I’d like to transform typography into more fun and functional pieces like book ends, bracelets, etc.
Tips for Doodled Typography: Don’t be afraid to explore the limitless possibilities of this unique medium. I would suggest to doodle your piece freehand instead of sketching it out first, as sometimes new ideas may appear once you start creating your piece in 3D.

2. Apple Ko

Profession: Marketing Coordinator
Design style: Words that form the shape of the object it symbolises.
What I love about 3D typography: I love the freedom that 3D typography offers! With 2D typography, if I wanted to create a shape or shadow out of the words I chose, I can draw that effect, but ultimately everything is flat. With 3D typography, I can literally make the words take up the form of the shape, and even hold the typography in my hands or turn it into something functional (in this case, a crown!)
What I’d like to try next: I’d like to transform typography into more fun and functional pieces like book ends, bracelets, etc.
Tips for Doodled Typography: Don’t be afraid to explore the limitless possibilities of this unique medium. I would suggest to doodle your piece freehand instead of sketching it out first, as sometimes new ideas may appear once you start creating your piece in 3D.

3. Kira Alba

Profession: Junior Designer
Design style: Small blackletter 3D mural
What I love about 3D typography: I like how having the ability to draw in 3D allows me to rethink the usual, two dimensional calligraphic process. Of course you could cut your letters out of paper to build the words in 3D, but the 3Doodler enables me to build without losing the element of ‘writing’ the letters. The process is unique because it feels like you’re both drawing and sculpting at the same time.
What I’d like to try next: I’d like to try the different nozzles and the smoothing tool for the Create pen and experiment with textures.
Tips for Doodled Typography: If you’re creating 3D letters with finer extruded elements I recommend using ABS filaments so your doodles can dry faster and provide a better hold.

4. Faraz Warsi

Profession: Creative Director
Creative outlet: Small blackletter 3D mural
What I love about 3D typography: I love typography. Who doesn’t? Designer or not, you have to appreciate the way people interpret and redesign our 26 letters of our alphabet. Usually whenever I’m hunting for inspiration I spend a good amount of time digging through typography examples… most of those cases, it’s usually through a screen or print. With the 3Doodler in hand, you’re experimenting in 3 dimensions. For the first time you can quickly experiment with depth, and in this example, literally bring your typography to life and bring your Doodles off the page!
What I’d like to try next: Textures and touch.
Tips for Doodled Typography: Experiment. There are so many possibilities and most of them haven’t even been thought of yet! Think about it this way, you’re one of the first people ever to experiment with typography with a 3D pen… There’s something special in that.

5. Erin Song

Profession: Junior Designer
Design style: Brush Script Calligraphy
What I love about 3D typography: As a designer I am obsessive about the use of typography. I work on a lot of print or web and I sometimes miss the handwritten element of traditional typography. The 3Doodler allows me to create a clean and sturdy 3D typography but still keeping that handwritten look and (literally) feel.
What I’d like to try next: BIG typography. You know those people who have nice quotes on their walls? I’d love to make that WITHOUT the paper and the expensive frame. It’s great that with the 3Doodler, there aren’t paper sizes to limit me!
Tips for Doodled Typography: It’s not only about how you write it, but also how you show it. I do a lot of photography on the side and I have to say that you can get really creative when you can actually hold and place the 3D typography you just 3Doodled! Make sure to think about the space, shadow and colors (we have over 60 colors for you to choose from)!

The New 3D Adult Coloring Book – Say Hi to Create Canvases

An easy starting point for beginner or seasoned Doodlers to create stunning results

I’m Kelley, Marketing Director at 3Doodler, and dare I say it, a timid Doodler.

Of course, like millions, I invested in the adult coloring book craze, the major draw being able to create something “artistic” that I was proud of – without fear that the final piece would fall far short of the creative vision in my head.

I’m not ashamed to admit that I am bit intimidated by a blank page. But armed with a template, where all I need to do is select colors and fill in the shapes, I have just the right amount of creative scope. And that’s OK.

It’s that same thinking that started us down the path to our new Create Canvas Series. What began as a brainstorm to help beginner users create complex items quickly and easily, soon led to a range of enticing ready-made shapes that could serve as a “canvas” to anyone’s unique creative potential.

In the lead up to launch we left some blank Canvases in the hands of a couple of seasoned Doodlers to see what they’d create – I think you’ll agree the results offer some decidedly non-intimidating and eye-catching ideas!

Cornelia Kuglmeier

Tell us about your design
My idea was to make functional items. I repurposed the skull Canvas into a popular symbol it represents – a pirate with a hat designed so the hollow pirate skull serves as a piggy bank – as pirates usually hide treasures.

For the Gnome, I transformed it into something unexpected, a dwarf queen! These would look cute in a group, with dwarf king, queen and maybe kids and citizens – create your dwarf community.

TIP:
  • To create a hollow skull or Gnome, cover the canvas with tape and Doodle the front and the back, peel these off, and then join them together.

What did you like about the Canvas Series and what would you try next?
What I like is that the Canvas provides a shape that you’ve got to make yourself otherwise. It’s neat and white, you can doodle directly onto it, and also add to the shape (like adding hair, ears, etc.).

I’d like to try turn the skull into a little self-portrait. I think that would look cool! As I wear glasses, I might make the skull in a way that it can serve as a storage spot for my glasses! I’d also love to use more colours on it.

Who do you think the Canvas Series is good for? 
I think the Canvases are perfect for new, young or hesitant doodlers. You can create decorative or useful (or both) items for your living room, your own little piece of art or customized presents. Also, for students it’s an awesome tool to work with – students don’t have to spend time making molds or shapes with paper and tape, but can start doodling instantly.

Grace Du Prez

Tell us about your design
The design I made for the Skull Canvas is quite simplistic but I’m really pleased with how it looks. I used clear PLA and it really sparkles in the light. A little bit of Damien Hirst, Indiana Jones and Elsa!

What did you like about the Canvas Series and what would you try next?
I like the Canvases because it’s really easy to use and you can achieve great results. The next thing I’d like to make with the Skull Canvas is a Halloween headdress. 

Who do you think the Canvas Series is good for? 
I think the Canvases are a great starting point to spark inspiration. They’re a perfect way to give a helping hand to an ambitious doodler.

Kira Albarus

Tell us about your design
The vase design I went for is a modern geometric pattern in a contrasting, simple color palette. I like this design as it looks pretty slick and fits well into any modern home.

The box set is also a minimal design approach with a simple color scheme of black, white, silver and gold. I liked the idea of using the boxes to separate different types of jewelry – they’re the perfect size for it!

TIP:
  • The Box and Vase Canvas Sets are made from a transparent material, so you can print or draw a design on paper, line the inside of the canvas and trace the outside surface with the 3Doodler.

What did you like about the Canvas Series and what would you try next?
Using a printed stencil on the inside of the Canvas worked really well with these two pieces! In the future, I would love to try something more playful and add more 3-dimensional parts to the canvas, maybe a scary Halloween skull with an eye-ball hanging out. 

Who do you think the Canvas Series is good for? 
The Canvas series is great for anyone creative who loves adding a personal touch to their home decor. It’s also a nice project if you are just getting started with the pen, as it doesn’t require building complex 3D shapes. 

#WhatWillYouCreate?

Watch How You Can Create it Your Way with 3Doodler Create Canvas Series:

The Create Canvas Series are available here as: Box Set, Skull, Vases, and Gnome.

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Ultimate College 3D Pen Projects That Will Transform Your Dorm Room

The ultimate guide to create 5 projects with your 3Doodler pen that are purposeful, creative, and ~aesthetic~ without breaking the bank!

Hi there! My name is Miribel, and I’m an intern for 3Doodler, the company who made the world’s first 3D printing pen.

I’m also a college student who is headed back to school in September. Like most, I live on a typical college student budget. However, I still want my dorm room to reflect my personal style without breaking the bank. One day, I had an idea. Why not use my 3Doodler Create 3D Printing Pen to create items for my dorm?

Here is the list of my favorite dorm projects to do with a 3D pen!

1. Easily organize all of your cords by creating your own cord holder!

Cord Holder

If you’re anything like me, there are always too many cords at your desk and there’s no way to keep them all organized. For me, I realized I could easily make cord holders similar to these with my 3D pen and stick them anywhere I wanted!

You can download a free stencil for this project here.

Cost of materials: $0.72
Retail price: $4.99 each
Saved: $4.27 or 86%

Extra tips
  • Color code your cord holders by using different colors of plastic.

  • Preferred plastics: FLEXY

2. Create the perfect accessory to hang all of your favorite photos!

Photo Hanger

When I originally saw this photo hanger at the store, I thought it would be the perfect addition to my room. This project has completely transformed my dorm, and I love using it to store all of my favorite photos and memorabilia!

You can download a free stencil for this project here.

Cost of materials: $5.28
Retail price: $21.51
Saved: $16.23 or 75%

Extra tips
  • Simply retrace the outer frame to add more sturdiness.

  • Use the holes on the corners to hang onto walls!

  • Recommended plastics: ABS

3. The ultimate project to add that ambiance you never knew you needed!

Lotus Flower Lamp

Your friends will be completely envious of your dorm with the beautiful DIY version of this lotus light! Just add an LED candle in the middle to add that perfect, laid back ambiance to your room.

You can view the video tutorial here and download a free stencil for this project here.

Cost of materials: $15.34
Retail price: $83.71 each
Saved: $68.37 or 82%

Extra tips
  • To create curved lotus petals, simply trace and Doodle over the stencil using a mason jar.

  • Preferred plastics: PLA

4. Never lose your keys or jewelry again!

Jewelry Tree

This jewelry tree is very simple to make, yet it’ll make such a huge difference in your dorm, adding both convenience and elegance!

You can view the video tutorial here and download a free stencil for this project here

Cost of materials: $3.84
Retail price: $20.98 each
Saved: $17.14 or 82%

Extra tips
  • Use the holes in the tree stencil to put your earrings!

  • If you want to Doodle a tree with a more circular base, simply use a bottle cap and trace around it until you get your desired tree height!

  • Preferred plastics: ABS

5. A project inspired for the Doodler who appreciates minimalistic vibes!

Orb Lights

If you want an item in your dorm that pulls everything else together and adds style to your space, this orb light project is perfect for you! Grab a friend and you can finish the entire project in no time.

You can view the video tutorial here.

Cost of materials: $14.38
Normal price: $39.99
Saved: $25.61 or 64%

Extra tips
  • If you don’t want to use the method shown here, you can Doodle on two halves of a tennis ball, and then Doodle them together to make one whole.

  • Preferred plastics: PLA

Overall, I saved a total of $132.09 (or 77%) on these 5 items!

Although I loved the fact that I was able to save so much money, what I truly enjoyed the most was being inspired by the things that I saw in stores and recreating my own unique version at home. I felt I didn’t have to sacrifice substance and style for price, and I’ve already had so many compliments about the items I created. I can’t wait to be able to Doodle more dorm decor in the future!

If you try this out at home, let me know know by tagging @3Doodler in your photos on social media and using the hashtag: #WhatWillYouCreate

Stay creative,

-Miribel

5 Reasons Why You Should Raise a Wimpy Kid

The story of Greg Heffley’s struggles has inspired millions, and it all started with a diary.

Research shows that active storytelling and creativity has long-lasting impacts on children’s development that carry on well into adulthood, meaning the stories they tell now can have a positive impact on shaping the adults they’ll eventually become.

Does your kid have what it takes to be a Wimpy Kid with great storytelling? Here’s why you should help them get there:

  • 1. Wimpy Kids Solve Problems

    Storytelling and engaging in creative fiction also helps children develop problem-solving skills for real-life situations. What happens in their stories may not be true, but by working through fictional problems kids’ brains learn to apply the same thought process to obstacles they may face in their day-to-day life.
  • 2. Wimpy Kids Get Along Better

    Children who engage in fiction—either from reading, writing, or having stories read to them—find it easier to understand other people. This helps them form better social connections earlier in life.
  • 3. Wimpy Kids Show Empathy

    By engaging with the reactions of characters in stories, kids develop the ability to grasp the thoughts and feelings of others. This means even outside of stories, kids can learn how to show empathy for those around them, whether on the playground or in the classroom.
  • 4. Wimpy Kids Create

    Aside from writing and making up new stories, creating tangible characters that kids can move and see interacting enhances stories for kids, and helps stimulate learning, engagement, and brain activity even more.
  • 5. Wimpy Kids Play

    Creating characters and writing their own storylines gives kids a head start for wide range of artistic pursuits, which plays a big part in being a well-rounded student (you can read more about how art plays a role in academics here). Kids can apply the thinking and engagement they get from storytelling to theater, movie-making, writing, or other art forms.

For a limited time, you can get a free 3D Diary inspired by Diary of a Wimpy Kid along with a free pack of 3Doodler Start Plastic with every purchase of a 3Doodler Start Essentials or Super Mega Pen Set and give your kids a guided way to help inspire them to create and tell their own stories, while creating touchable and permanent characters that they can use for endless future story combinations.

A Creative Wedding with a Personal Touch

When it came time for Geert de Coninck and Michelle Mortelmans to choose their wedding rings, they ran into a major problem.

None of the rings they saw were right for them. “We visited some jewelry designers but every visit ended the same,” Geert says. “They all only had standard rings that didn’t reflect our personality.”

As a creative designer, Geert and Michelle wanted their rings to be unique, and to symbolize their passion for creativity. “As creative people, we wanted to have a less conventional ring,” he says. And that’s when inspiration struck.

“I’d started to use the 3Doodler Create pen after getting it as a new year’s gift,” Geert says. “It’s a nice way to play around with shapes. Clients love to see the creations standing on my desk and play with them.”

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Looking at the creations he had made, Geert had an idea. “Michelle was following a course in jewelry design. I asked her if her course master could help us to translate a 3D-sketched ring into a gold version,” he explains.

The concept was to create their own rings in plastic using the 3Doodler pen, which could then be cast in gold using the lost-wax technique.

“We did not have any guarantee that this would work,” Geert admits, “but we all got excited about this and took the risk of not having the rings finished before the wedding.”

The couple used a cylindrical ring holder to create tests of their rings in the correct size. “We made a lot of prototypes because the idea was to avoid sharp edges and not have double layers to keep the size from getting too thick,” Geert says.

The result was perfectly cast rings that matched the couple’s personality, and were—quite literally—made with love.

“My ring is a little more chaotic and has more ripples,” says Geert. “My wife’s has multiple smaller rings and a more simple and clean look.”

The rings were ready on schedule, and provided the perfect symbol for a union built on creativity.

Fan Creations: Horns You Can Toot About

Passion inspires great artwork, especially in fans. That’s why we let fan creators loose with 3Doodlers for a project of their choosing.

Previously, we recorded Gina B’s initial impressions of the 3Doodler and the early stages of her project. Now, we take a look at the finished product!

Gina B wound up executing her vision of believably organic horns, complete with a headband to make them easily wearable. By mixing two shades of plastic she gave them a natural look and a more pronounced texture. She’s quite pleased with the outcome, but found that her project presented some unique challenges.

“It was more difficult and more easy for a couple different reasons,” Gina says of her project. “Using the device itself was insanely more easy and proves that all the issues I had with the first horn just came from my inexperience. I’d say that if you tinker about with it for a couple of trial pieces then you’ll feel a lot more confident when you venture out and try something on your own.”

In attempting to get the symmetry of the horns just right, Gina found some new wrinkles in horn production. “It was a lot more difficult in one sense because I was trying to replicate the mirror image of a geometric shape. I started out the same way as before, but the shape wasn’t exactly the same although I used the same pattern. I actually found it easier to follow the pattern, but the first horn kind of developed a shape of its own that looked really organic and natural.”

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That unintentional change in the first horn meant that the better execution the second time was actually a drawback. So Gina got creative.

“First I tried to build it up with extra plastic, to try to alter the shape, but the structure underneath was actually wrong. So I sat down, thought about it, prayed to the crafting gods, and had an epiphany: the whole thing is plastic, so what if I hit it with a low heat setting from my heat gun to make it bend to the shape I want?”

Gina experimented with different heat settings and was able to make the second horn malleable enough in the right sections to give it the same curve as its partner. A hot glue gun and some fabric to increase the surface area allowed her to easily attach the horns to a headband, making for a ready-to wear accessory for a horned character. Making, modifying and attaching the second horn took her two and a half hours, for a total project time of five hours.

After working with the 3Doodler, Gina is convinced that it is able to fill certain niches in cosplay design, with the potential for brand new use cases. “It’s something to explore, all new mediums have unique cases where they fit really well.”

Gina says she enjoyed exploring how to create a 3Dimensional shape that was largely freehand. In the future, she will look into using the 3Doodler in more fine-detailing roles.

Fan Creations: Fabricating Your Own Figurines

For some, the adventure doesn’t end when the book closes or the credits roll. Fan Creators take inspiration from their favorite movies, games, comics, and cartoons and make incredible things. To see what that passion can produce, we gave some hardcore fans the latest 3Doodler Create for two weeks.

Finding a 6-foot tall panther with alligator scales and an 8-foot tale that ends in a stinger is tough.

Jon Giordano should know, he’s looked pretty hard. Fortunately, he isn’t searching the wilds for a nightmarish cryptid, he’s looking for a miniature for his roleplaying game.

At work, Giordano is a “numbers guy.” He teaches math and is working on a PhD in the subject. But while roleplaying games are known for their dice rolls and probability tables, what attracts him to the hobby is the ability to tell stories. Creating and exploring fantastic worlds with friends is the heart of the hobby, and as he has ventured into more obscure role playing games, Giordano has run into a minor hurdle that has nothing to do with storytelling or imagination: a lack of miniatures.

Miniatures are an important part of many role-playing games. Conflict and combat are common themes in these games. “Players will often get into situations and have to fight their way out of it, and make use of markers to keep track of the complexities of positioning in combat. That way you can look at the board and immediately tell that those two people are fighting against the giant robot in the corner, and those two are ducking behind trees.”

“If I were playing a standard medieval fantasy game,” Giordano says, “I’d be able to find tons of useful figurines. Ditto for sci-fi.”

That’s why Giordano was excited to get his hands on a 3Doodler. He wanted to be able to create custom figurines that heighten the experience for players in his role-playing games, like one campaign based on Native American mythology. The 3Doodler struck him as particularly useful for games that feature obscure monsters and creatures that may not be sold in stores. With the original 3D printing pen in his arsenal, Giordano believes that he can create fantastical beings that are even more obscure than the dragons found in your typical dungeons.

One of the major advantages of table top roleplaying games is that players can encounter anything that the game master can imagine. Personalized galactic warrior? Magical talking flowers? Mystic double-headed swan? All things that could appear as adversaries, or allies, in a tabletop game. Unfortunately, finding figurines for the more outlandish creatures can be just as hard as defeating them in combat.

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Giordano was able to produce three figures with his 3Doodler. The first was a corrupted bird god, shaped like an egret but with plumage darkened by negative energies. As a sort of a counterpart, he also fashioned a Buffalo minotaur who watches over a herd. The Buffalo spirit was attached to a spare base from a standard miniature to provide more stability, but the bird could stand on its own. Lastly, Giordano created a mercurial river spirit by letting the “flow” of plastic from his 3Doodler define the initial shape.

Giordano was really happy with how the figurines came out, and is looking forward to incorporating them into a future campaign.

“You’ll get that wow moment that a description just can’t give, the 3Doodler will really let me show players what I’m imagining for them without relying on theater of the mind.”

The 3Doodler is a great solution for anybody who wants to add a bespoke character to an encounter, or even modify an existing figurine. With imagination and a steady hand, almost any small-scale figurine can be crafted. The potential for crossovers, custom variations on existing figures, or anything else a game master dreams up are almost endless.

A 3Doodled figurine also has a few unique advantages over other miniature options. Imagine the personal connection you can form with a figurine you or a friend crafted by hand compared to a store-bought one. While paper cutouts are another way to create one of a kind representations of fantastic creatures, they aren’t very durable compared to solid plastic. Combining pieces from multiple figurines in a kit-bash is another fun alternative, but if that’s your preference, being able to extrude extra plastic from a 3D printing pen may come in handy as well.

Even mainstream tabletop game masters might want to consider using a 3Doodler. Dungeons and Dragons has over 40 years of published materials describing various monsters and enemies for players to encounter. Even without getting into many of the supplemental bestiaries published by other companies, there are hundreds of different creatures and monsters described in official materials. Some of the more obscure variations have figurines that are almost impossible to find, if they were ever made at all.

So next time you are planning an adventure and want to show off an obscure monster you found in a forgotten bestiary, the 3Doodler might be the perfect way to wow your players by conjuring one by hand. Or better yet, create something entirely new and give it a physical presence to match your own description.

Facing the Future with Kim Hyun-Kyung

Kim Hyun-Kyung wanted to take her makeup artistry to the next level. “Of the various materials used in makeup, I was looking for something that could express a new and creative object.”

Hyun-Kyung, a 24-year-old makeup artist from Seoul, South Korea, turned to the 3Doodler. “I was able to create a three-dimensional design of various feelings through actual Doodling,” she says.

Using a 3D pen allowed Hyun-Kyung to explore more shapes and concepts in combination with visual effects and makeup. “It was interesting to me that I could embody the desired form in three dimensions without going through a complicated process,” she says, “and it was good that I could create a shape or figure imagined in my head as a solid itself.”

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But just as with any new medium, Hyun-Kyung’s first attempt with the 3Doodler wasn’t as smooth as her stunning beauty shots make it seem. “I wanted to follow the demonstration video making a 3D square, so I turned on the power and drew a square on the paper,” she remembers. “However, I was so unskilled and had to struggle ten times to get it to look good.”

Now Hyun-kyung has been using the 3Doodler for over a year, and there is no sign of struggle in her creative makeup combinations.

Taking inspiration from costume and runway shows, Hyun-Kyung felt that three-dimensional additions could take the drama of the catwalk to a new level. “I devised a makeup design according to the costume used in fashion shows,” she explains. “After understanding the atmosphere and color of the fashion show first, I chose an outfit that might be the most eye-catching when combined with the 3Doodler, and made the work after drafting a design with illustration.”

A look inspired by Iris van Herpen

Hyun-Kyung was especially inspired by bold designers who freely explore new shapes and dimensions, like Alexander McQueen and Iris van Herpen, a leading designer of 3D-printed fashion design.

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Inspired by van Herpen’s 2011 Fall/Winter collections, Hyun-Kyung created her first unique 3D-makeup look. “Looking at the costume reminded me of the feeling of splashing water in the bathtub,” she says. “It took about four hours to make this look, and I captured the outline with clear PLA to show the wavelength of the water.”

It’s one of the pieces Hyun-Kyung is most proud of. “It was a look that many people were interested in, when we were in the studio on the day we shot the 3Doodler makeup.”

For other designs, she found that the FLEXY filaments were the most practical for creating wearable additions to makeup. “It’s comfortable when attached to the face because the FLEXY material is elastic, so it’s possible to form it to fit the facial structure of a person,” she explains. “I like black FLEXY the most. Black is good for expressing a sophisticated, chic, and dramatic feeling.”

A look inspired by the 2016 earthquakes in South Korea

“But not all of my works are inspired by fashion shows,” Hyun-Kyung adds. In 2016, South Korea was rocked by a total of 470 earthquakes and subsequent aftershocks reaching up to 5.8 in magnitude. “Many people were afraid,” says Hyun-Kyung. “These earthquakes occurring one after another were judged to be a warning from nature that we take life for granted.” To reflect the worry and concern of these natural disasters, she created a custom design inspired by the quakes. “It shows the cracks of the earth to raise awareness for the environment,” she explains.

Hyun-Kyung sees 3D printing and 3D pens like the 3Doodler as the way forward for all fashion, whether in makeup, runway shows, costumes, or cosplay. And she wants to help lead the way in the 3D trend. For her next project, she wants to blend the line between fashion, makeup and art. “I want to continue to use the 3Doodler in makeup to express three-dimensional designs which can show a variety of feelings when seen from various angles.”

Fan Creations: Cosplaying with the 3Doodler

For some, the adventure doesn’t end when the book closes or the credits roll. Fan Creators take inspiration from their favorite movies, games, comics, and cartoons and make incredible things. To see what that passion can produce, we gave some hardcore fans the latest 3Doodler Create for two weeks.

We talked to well-known crafter and modeler of fictional costumes Gina B as she unboxed the 3Doodler, and then checked back in a week later to see how her project was going.

Few fans are as dedicated as cosplayers. They spend long hours perfecting costumes that can involve incredibly elaborate feats of sewing, sculpting, and design to show off their passion for their favorite media. And Gina B is one of the best.

With more than 37,000 likes on her Facebook page, Gina’s creations are hugely popular. That’s a testament to the care and attention to detail she uses in producing loving recreations of some of the most popular characters from comics, cartoons, and anime. Whether she’s producing an exacting replica of an ancient Korean pole-arm, or she’s putting her own spin on the outfit of a classic character, Gina is always looking for new ways to bring her work to life.

That quest for perfection has given her a wide range of experience with a diverse set of materials. “I have a lot of experience working in fabric, I do a lot of custom body suit work, as well as elaborate armor based outfits. That’s anything from complicated headpieces all the way down to belt buckles and breastplates. In terms of materials, I’ve worked with things such as foam, styrene plastics, as well as fiberglass, and I’ve even tried thermoplastic used in car dashboards.”

Gina B unboxing the 3Doodler for the first time.

As she first sat down with the 3Doodler, she says she thinks that the 3Doodler will offer her an opportunity to do the sort of fine-detail work that often relies on a 3D printing service to accomplish, and is excited by the prospect of accomplishing it with something that costs a fraction of a digital printer.

When Gina holds the unit, she immediately has ideas about what to make with it. “This has a very wide variety of use. It’s great for something small—if you have a detailed item like a belt buckle, it would lend itself really well. For existing armor, I could also do detailed overlay pieces. It would probably be easier than sanding out a product, like I usually do. Instead I could add a layer with this, since it’ll probably adhere to the plastic.”

“Ultimately, I think I’m going to make something that’s in the cosplay department but isn’t super frequently seen, which is a horn item. There are a lot of different styles, whether it’s like a ram horn or a goat horn, or something sanded down like with Hellboy. I think this will work great because what I’m making, it’s really organic and not perfectly smooth.”

A week and an extra package of yellow plastic later, Gina has a horn. It is hollow, and made out of two tones of yellow plastic, one matte, and the other glossy.

The hollow horn took Gina two and a half hours to complete, including some time to learn the ins and outs of using the 3Doodler. She says that compares favorably to the time it takes to produce the item with other methods.

"The 3Doodler has a very wide variety of use. It’s great for something small—if you have a detailed item like a belt buckle, it would lend itself really well. For existing armor, I could also do detailed overlay pieces." Share

To construct it, she used the bottom of a bowl to provide a curved surface. She doodled an internal structure, than stitched the sides together rapidly in what Gina calls a “spider like” fashion to produce a tight chain of strings. Once the initial curved shape was done, she was able to repeat the process, building upon each previously extruded section.

She’s pleased with the results. The horn is immediately identifiable, and has even had passers by asking if it came off of a ram. Making it by hand gave it a natural look Gina’s pleased with. “I think that it has a good organic swoop.”

But her project isn’t over yet. She didn’t make a unicorn horn after all. “The biggest issue now is: can I create a second one?”

Gina B's horn created with the 3Doodler

In addition to crafting a second horn, Gina also plans to use some advanced crafting techniques to enhance the horns. Sanding, priming, and maybe even painting will give them a more advanced and literally polished look. She looks forward to sharing the outcome of her work after she’s brought the horns up to her exacting standards.

Tune in a few weeks from now to see the final outcome!

DIY Accessories to Customize Your Bicycle

At 3Doodler we’re always looking for new and innovative ways to try and DIY—Doodle it yourself. For our latest exploration into Doodled additions, we decided to take our show on the road.

Avid cyclist (and 3Doodler Marketing Director) Kelley Toy teamed up with 3Doodler Product Development Engineer Samson Wong to conceptualize and road test a series of Doodled solutions for two common cycling needs: a drink bottle cage, and an action camera handlebar mount. While these solutions were prototyped and tested on a road bike, all of the designs could easily be adapted for a mountain bike, touring bike, or daily commuter.

The Prototyping Process

“I started by borrowing a bottle cage from Kelley,” Samson says. In order to start the design process, Samson needed a jumping off point. Using common accessories that any cyclist might need was the first step to getting an idea for a customized design.

While a water bottle cage attachment may seem like a simple enough design concept, Doodling one from scratch is a more complicated task. Getting the tension and strength just right while having it fit the bottle snugly is important, all the while making a sturdy enough design that would hold up to actual use.

It was also important for Samson to understand how the piece would be attached to the bike. “I needed an actual bottle cage to trace the holes used for mounting it to the bike,” Samson explains. “I made a template based on the original so I could Doodle the holes at exactly the right measurements.”

For his first prototype, Samson used the same design concept as Kelley’s old bottle cage, with two “arms” coming from the mounting to grip the bottle. “After the first Doodled trial, I found that the arms were a bit too weak,” Samson says. His Doodled version needed the right balance of strength and flexibility.

"After the first Doodled trial, I found that the arms were a bit too weak." Share

In his next prototype, he knew better what improvements he needed to make. “The second design focused on reinforcing the two arms,” he says. “To make it strong enough I Doodled three layers of ABS, building up the plastic to be roughly 5mm thick.”

When choosing which filament to use, Samson had to consider the different properties of ABS and PLA. “ABS is a bit more flexible,” he explains. “PLA is strong, it’s rigid, but it’s a little bit brittle. So for this type of project, ABS is a better choice, because the cage has to flex a little bit to get the bottle in and out.”

Testing and Re-working

Once Samson had a prototype in hand, it was time for biking veteran Kelley to test it out. After taking the new Doodled bottle cage through a variety of terrains, Kelley was pleased with the results, but still felt there were more improvements to be made. “The cage performed well and there was no sign the bottle was going to launch at any point, and it was very easy to get the bottle in and out while riding,” she says. “But I heard a small crack the first time I loaded the bottle into the cage, and the fit around the bottle was not snug and this reduced contact area with the bottle.”

As an end result, Kelley felt a sturdier design was necessary. “The bottle flexes the plastic cage a lot, and I would ultimately not feel confident about the durability of the design,” she says. It was back to the drawing board for Samson. “I did some research, checking how other bottle cages look,” he says. “I found a few designs that had a whole ring around the bottle instead of the two arms.”

"At first I thought this design was going to be a fail, as off the bike it was tough getting a bottle in and out." Share

With Kelley’s feedback in mind, Samson thought this new design could provide the stability and tighter fit around the bottle that the first prototype lacked. “Molding the cage to the bottle, this one has got a lot of gripping power and a lot of friction, so the bottle won’t move anywhere when you’re riding,” he says.

“At first I thought this design was going to be a fail,” Kelley admits, “as off the bike it was tough getting a bottle in and out.” But Samson was confident this new design would be an improvement.

And Kelley was pleasantly surprised. “It is totally rock solid!” she says. “Once loaded on the bike—and with a small adjustment on my part on the angle—I loaded and unloaded the bottle while riding easily.” Kelley also found another bonus of the new prototype: “I also like the minimal look of this design on the bike.”

Creating concepts for practical DIYs requires a continual process of prototyping and testing, but Samson says that in the end you can wind up with some great results.

The first step, he recommends, is to copy. “Copy existing products, and then go from there,” he explains. “Modify it to fit your needs.”

Innovation for Creative Solutions

Samson used this same principal when creating an action camera mount for Kelley’s bike. After researching existing mounting solutions, he was able to better understand how he could begin to construct his own. “Some mounts have a hinge on one side for opening and closing,” he says, “but it’s kind of hard to make a hinge out of Doodled plastic, so I made a whole ring in one piece, and made it a little flexible.”

Adapting a commercial design for custom use was exactly what Kelley was looking for. “While camera mounts for round handlebars such as mine are commercially available, I liked that the mount was custom designed for my handlebars and therefore I could place it exactly where I wanted so it didn’t get in the way,” she says. “Also the Doodled mount is considerably less bulky and lighter than the commercial ones available, which is always important for weight-conscious roadies.”

When designing the mount, Samson was faced with a new array of issues and problems to overcome. During the prototyping process, he says it’s important to experiment and take risks to find solutions. In this case, Samson found that mixing materials was the best fix for the mount. “I had to use FLEXY on the inside of the ring to provide grip,” he explains. “The inside surface was too smooth, and when it grabbed the handlebar it would still move a little bit even when you screwed the bolt really tight.” When faced with a problem, finding creative solutions is key. “I put the FLEXY inside basically to act like a tire tread to grip onto the handle bar,” he says.

And road-testing confirmed his mixed-filament experiment. “The addition of FLEXY provided excellent grip, and meant there was no rotation even when riding on rough bumpy surfaces,” Kelley says.

With DIY projects like this, Samson says it’s all about adapting designs to fit what you can do, while getting the results you want. “It might not be the best looking product, or be good for selling to the public,” he says, “but if it works, then it’s a good DIY project.”

Making Models True to Life

Creating scale models is all about detail. To create stunning replicas that remain true to the original takes careful planning and precise execution.

Cornelia Kuglmeier knows just how detailed a Doodled model can be. An artist and teacher with a passion for architecture, Cornelia has successfully recreated several detailed models of world-famous buildings. In addition to creating a scale replica of the Sagrada Familia basilica in Barcelona, she’s also worked on miniature versions of iconic Modernist architectural masterpieces like the Farnsworth House and Fallingwater.

Cornelia says that when using the 3Doodler to create scale models, all it takes to get started is an idea, a steady hand, and a lot of patience.

Not Every Building Has Four Plain Walls

“You can choose any type of building you like,” Cornelia says, “or invent a new one!” Style, period, or complexity of the structure aren’t as important as your personal interest and passion.

If creating a unique building of your own design, Cornelia recommends making a draft of the building using 3D software first. “Make sure you have all the walls, the roof and the floor,” she says. “Show every side to have a good idea on what it will look like when it’s finished.”

When creating a replica of an existing building, it may be easier to know how the finished piece should look—but this also means execution must be precise. Cornelia says when making models of famous buildings, she always begins by finding a floor plan. “This is crucial!” she says. The floor plan allows for better construction, even if your main concern is how the outside of the building will look.

"You need a stencil for every side of every element of your building. Walk around it in your imagination and count corners and spaces for every floor. " Share

In addition, Cornelia says it’s important to find photos, plans or drawings for every side of the structure. “I also hunt for detailed pictures that show decoration or any other special things,” Cornelia reveals, as often these small additions can provide the key to capturing the essence of the architecture.

Detail may also determine the size of the model. “The more detail you want to show, the bigger your Doodled building will be,” Cornelia explains. “If necessary, simplify forms or leave out details that are less important.”

With floor plans, reference photos, and a concept of size and scale, you can begin to create your stencils. “You need a stencil for every side of every element of your building,” Cornelia says. “Walk around it in your imagination and count corners and spaces for every floor. Not every building has just four plain walls.”

Plain Edges and Clean Corners

When recreating any piece of architecture, an awareness of materials can be just as important as understanding the structure. “Dots, short strokes, thin, medium or thick plain lines, checkered spaces, zig-zag or chevron patterns—all result in different surfaces which can mimic different materials,” Cornelia explains.

Frank Lloyd Wright's Fallingwater

When creating a scale replica of Frank Lloyd Wright’s famous Fallingwater, Cornelia had to test a variety of techniques in order to achieve all the different textures which came from various construction materials and the natural environment around the house. The trick when creating a model is to experiment and test what your 3Doodler can do. “Choose what looks most similar to what you want to build.”

But precision is key when it comes to model building. “Plain edges and clean corners are essential to create fine rectangular buildings,” Cornelia says. “It helps to draw the outlines first and then fill in the spaces.”

For curved areas, Cornelia recommends finding something to use as a mould rather than attempting to Doodle free-hand. “Think about hot-airing a flat Doodled piece around a bottle, vase, or whatever you have that suits the size you need,” she says.

Time and Patience

When constructing your model, relying on a scaled version of the original floor plan can help ensure the form and shape are correct. Cornelia recommends working from bottom to top, and inside to outside, which is what she did when creating her scale model of the Farnsworth House, designed and constructed by Modernist architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe.

“Try as much as possible to Doodle your pieces together at invisible spaces,” Cornelia says, “from the inside, from underneath, and so on.”

Farnsworth House by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe

Cornelia says not to be afraid to use outside materials to clean up stray strands, like scissors, knives or other blades. When building any structure, having edges fit together is key to recreating an accurate portrayal of the final building.

But most important of all, says Cornelia, is time and patience. Precision is vital, and mistakes do happen. Enjoy the process, and keep the final result in sight.

If you’re looking to try your hand at creating scale models, 3Doodler will be releasing both of these amazing buildings as 3Doodler Create Project Kits in collaboration with National Trust for Historic Preservation and Western Pennsylvania Conservancy, so that anyone can re-create these eye-catching structures themselves.

Tiny Doodles Breathe Life into Tiny Spaces

Breathing life into an otherwise static scene is a challenge faced by every designer, architect or engineer in their daily work. “How can I convince my client that this town layout, building, museum or gallery will be enjoyed by real people going about their everyday business? And how can I bring hallways, auditoriums, and city streets to life with little more than an uninhabited scale model?”

To answer this question, Nikka Francisco, undergraduate at the Savannah College of Art and Design and 3Doodler design intern, takes us on a tour of a gallery teeming with Doodled life.

Blank Space

The gallery was created as a part of a course in 3D Design Form & Space, essentially a foundation course in how to think in 3D. The aim of the course is to think in different ways about installations and sculpture, creating models for presentation to others. Students have struggled to show how their ideas would work in reality, which prompted me to think a little differently, adorning the walls with the works of American Artist Alex Grey, and filling the gallery with a series of unique Doodled people.

Thinking Differently

Most of the time people purchase small sculpted models, but I wanted to make this my own personal work, even the people inside the gallery. The other problem with pre-made sculptures is that you can’t really change them – they are fixed and they aren’t designed for your specific space or experience.

Using the 3Doodler, things happen that you don’t always expect. You can’t always control the way the plastic flows, but that lack of predictability can often be more realistic. In some parts of the gallery it looks like the people are actually in motion, reacting to things, and it gave a better sense of relationship between the person and the artwork they were looking at.

All the right moves and all the right places

I didn’t plan out who would go where at the start. Instead I Doodled a small army of people and then placed them in different parts of the museum, in positions that fit best, moving them around until it felt right. On placing the people inside, it started to feel like an actual gallery, and that the space itself was possible.

You have the two people in the lift peering out through the glass; your typical gallery poses – some people striding by, while others sit and stare at a painting for hours; and then those taking a time out out in the Cafe. Most of the people actually look like they’re dancing!

When I presented the work the reaction was surprise, but positive surprise.

5 Lifesaving DIY Doodles for the Home

When it comes to the things we use most around the home, small breaks are bound to happen with the general everyday wear and tear of life. It’s unavoidable, but that doesn’t mean it’s not fixable!

With your 3Doodler in hand, you can DIY your own fixes and repairs for all sorts of breaks and damages that can happen around the house.

1. Broken Scissors Just Won’t Cut it

It’s tragic when an otherwise great tool is wrecked by one little bit of broken plastic. That’s what happened to these scissors. While the blades are still fine, they won’t work properly when the plastic handles are broken.

Fortunately that’s a quick fix with the 3Doodler! To fill in the cracks, PLA will create a strong, solid hold. You can also weld the plastic together with the Create’s hot tip. Using a combination of both will give a lasting solution that will make your scissors stronger than ever.

A bit of extra plastic and a little welding keeps your scissors snipping

2. Saving a Stand for the Kitchen

When this cutting board stand started to crack, it looked like the end for this handy storage unit. What good is a stand that won’t hold up?

Luckily all it took was a bit of repair work with the 3Doodler to make it like new – and possibly even stronger than before! With added PLA plastic which welded and reinforced the stress points of the stand, it can now continue to hold up under constant kitchen use.

3. Zapping a Problem Zipper

There’s nothing more frustrating than a broken zipper. Whether on a bag, jacket, purse or any other zip-able item, you need that zipper to do it’s job!

Fortunately, there’s this handy fix and video tutorial from Creative World to help you Doodle your way back to a fully functional zipper.

4. A Doodle DIY for Your Deck

A quick Doodled replacement makes this home repair a snap!
The plastic ring that hold the umbrella in place on this deck table kept breaking. And a wobbly umbrella can upset the whole balance, and ruin an afternoon outdoors!

Fortunately, all it takes is your 3Doodler and a bit of measuring, and you can create your own custom ring that withstand even more wear and tear than the original. You can use ABS or PLA to create the ring, and could even add some FLEXY around the bottom and inside to give it a non-slip upgrade!

5. A 3DIY Fix for Your 3D Prints

It’s the repair that sparked the whole idea for the 3Doodler: what do you do when your 3D printer misses a line, or a 3D print breaks or cracks? Fill it in using your very own hand-held 3D printer, of course!

The 3Doodler is perfect for fixing damages or accidents that can happen to your 3D prints. Don’t waste the time and effort involved in 3D printing, just make a quick repair and you’re good to go.


With so many options to fix and repair, the 3Doodler can save not only your tools and home items, but can also save you lots of money by avoiding costly replacements!

Not sure where to start when it comes to using your 3Doodler around the house? Check out our Hot Tips section to get insider ideas on how get the most out of your 3Doodler, and have you Doodling like a pro.

Show us your 3Doodler DIY fixes by tagging us @3Doodler and using #3Doodler and #WhatWillYouCreate

7 DIY Hacks to Doodle for Your Camera

Whether you’re a professional photographer, photo-hobbyist, or like getting the perfect shot for your Instagram, you’ve probably invested time and money in your cameras and equipment. As with any investment, you want to protect your kit and make sure you get the most out of it.

With that in mind, we’ve put together these lifesaving hacks that you can DIY with your 3Doodler to extend the life of your gear. From top-of-the-line gear or a single point-and-shoot, we’ve got the fixes for you!

1. Repair a Cracked Lens Cap

A Doodled fix can save a cracked lens cap
One of the most important components of any camera – and often the most expensive part – is the lens. Keeping your lens as pristine as possible is a necessity, but the lens cap can too often be lost or broken.

A cracked cap that no longer grips onto your lens is just as bad as a lost lens cap. That’s where adding plastic with the 3Doodler, while holding the pieces together saves the day – and possibly hundreds to thousands of dollars for a new lens.

2. Replace a Lost Lens Cap

Lost your lens cap altogether? Doodle a new one to custom fit your lens!

1. Hold the lens flat on a piece of paper and trace the circular outer edge.
2. Using ABS or PLA, fill the inside of the circle with 3Doodled plastic. Tip: Make it smooth and solid by moving your hand in slow, steady, and consistent lines. Hold it up against a light when you’re done to see if there are any gaps or holes that need to be filled in.
3. Place some aluminium foil over the end of the lens and Doodle around the outer edge using FLEXY plastic. Make sure that there are no gaps or holes in the cap so that no dust or dirt can get in.
4. Hold the flat circular piece you’ve created to the FLEXY ring and use some more FLEXY and Doodle the two pieces together. Add some FLEXY further down the sides of the lens to make sure that it stays in place. Tip: Be sure to add lots of plastic when connecting the pieces together, as you want them to be very solid and sealed up nice and tight.

3. Doodle Yourself a New Tripod

With a bit of patience there’s no reason why you can’t create a whole new custom tripod using the 3Doodler! We recommend ABS plastic for the best rigidity. We whipped up this smartphone tripod, with adjustable legs and FLEXY feet to keep it standing right in place.

A custom tripod matches any model phone.

4. Repair a Broken Tripod Adjustment Knob

Repair the grip, reattach the knob, or Doodle a new one.

Whether you’re using a DSLR with a telephoto lens or your smartphone, the tripod is an invaluable asset. With all the adjustable parts, a broken knob can be a real pain! With your 3Doodler and your choice of ABS, PLA, or FLEXY, you can fix a broken knob, repair the rubber grip like in the photo below, or if it’s fallen off just Doodle a completely new one right on to the end of the screw. If your new Doodled piece is loose, simply add a little extra plastic and adjust your tripod to the perfect angle for your next great shot.

5. Replace a Missing Tripod No-Slip Bed

FLEXY is perfect for creating a non-slip surface.

Got an old, but quality tripod with just a minor issue? Make it new again with a few Doodled repairs! The one below lost the rubber bed that the camera rests on – without it, the mounting screw won’t tighten and the camera remains loose. A fix that’s quick but lasting is to create a small washer with ABS or PLA plastic which works as a perfect spacer to hold the camera firmly in place.

Want to take this fix a bit further? Using FLEXY, recreate the original piece and affix it back onto the tripod for good!

Tip: Place a piece of paper over the top of the tripod and sketch a stencil outline to work from.

6. Replace a Strap Adjuster

If you’ve got one camera, two cameras, or a whole bag full of them, chances are you’re dealing with a few straps, each one of them with at least one clip or adjuster. Breaking one can seem like the end of the line, but with your 3Doodler you’ve got an easy way to DIY your strap as good as new.

It’s as easy as 1, 2, 3:
1. Doodle a letter “E” with horizontal lines as long as the width of your strap.
2. Slide the “E” over the strap so the prongs are arranged like they were with the original piece.
3. Doodle a straight line down, connecting the the three points of the “E” and securing your straps in place. Tip: Make sure to Doodle this piece nice and thick, and ensure that the plastic really melts to itself so that it is sturdy and holds the straps in place.

7. Repair or Reinforce Cables

Cables, cables, everywhere! Whether charging cables or the cords for your lighting setup, these are the veins that power your gear. Your gear can’t work without cables, and neither can you!

That’s why it’s crucial to give them support when they show any signs of wear and tear. A bit of FLEXY around the stem of a damaged cable can reinforce it and make it even stronger than before.

A bit of fLEXY does the trick to keep your cables from cracking.

Repairing and replacing parts with the 3Doodler also serves as a way of customizing and identifying your gear in no time at all! Then again if you’re looking to keep things on the down low, you can match colors or use black filament so that your repairs won’t even be noticed.

Show us your DIY hacks by tagging us @3Doodler and using #3Doodler and #WhatWillYouCreate

Creative Couture in 3D

"And now, I’m just trying to change the world, one sequin at a time."-Lady Gaga Share

Sequins may not be what 3Doodler is all about, but just like Lady Gaga we’re looking to change things – one strand at a time!

Our community has shown us time and again how 3D elements can mix with fashion design to create something new and wonderful for wearable art. And the entries we saw for our 2016 3Doodler Wearable Award presented a runway of fashion-forward Doodles unlike any we had ever seen.

"Playing dress-up begins at age five and never truly ends."-Kate Spade Share

Fashion is a form of creative and personal expression. This is exactly what Carolyn Laing showed us with her incredibly detailed Doodled bra. The hot pink and black color combination, along with the rocker-chic style really shows off the creative personality behind this bra.

"Fashion should be a form of escapism, and not a form of imprisonment."-Alexander McQueen Share

And what better form can escapism take than with masks? These delicately Doodled masks by Heather Baharally showed the many different faces fashion can take. Starting with one basic pattern, Heather showed how creativity and imagination can lead to so much more when you think outside the template. With a designers eye, fashion can be transformative – just like with these masks which transform the wearer into something else completely!

"People will stare. Make it worth their while."-Harry Winston Share

Erica Grey has shown us before how the worlds of fine art and fashion can blend with wearable works of art. For this year’s 3Doodler Awards, she showed us a different side to her Doodled collection. The golden headpiece and matching corset she presented looks fit for a queen, and is part of Erica’s new bridal collection. Wedding fashion is becoming increasingly daring as brides look for styles which reflect their own personalities, and Erica’s pieces show how customized 3D pieces can create the ultimate statement!

"In order to be irreplaceable one must always be different."-Coco Chanel Share

And different is always what we’re looking for. Seeing our creative community break boundaries and Doodle outside the lines is always exciting for us, especially when the results are as stunning as this.

Aikaterini Kedikoglou took inspiration from coral reefs, but the incredible necklace she created not only managed to capture the beauty of nature, but went beyond simple representation with it’s creative form and carefully matched colors. While each individual element may seem simple enough, the piece as a whole showed us a design and form we had never seen before – securing her the win for the Wearable Award.

"Fashion is not necessarily about labels. It’s not about brands. It’s about something else that comes from within you."-Ralph Lauren Share

Creativity and fashion can go hand-in-hand, and while you can always look to the world around you for inspiration, a true unique style can only come from you.

So get creative, and show us what your inner fashionista can do!

How the Living World Inspires Creativity

Nature has been a source of inspiration for artists, writers, architects and designers for centuries. As Henry David Thoreau once stated, “we can never have enough of nature.” And it’s clear that our 3Doodler community feels the same!

The entries for the Living World category for our 2016 3Doodler Awards showed us not only the diversity of our community, but also how each person can take different inspiration from the same concept. From the ocean to the air, our Doodlers showed us the best of what the Living World has to offer, and the variety of ways the spirit of each creature can be shown through artistic expression with the 3Doodler.

Under the Sea

Inspired by the hundreds of different fish species that can be found at the Great Barrier Reef in Australia, our Living World Award winner Yuval Mor showcased the thriving ecosystem that can be found beneath the waves.

Yuval wasn’t the only one who dove deep to find creative inspiration. Mindy Nam’s wireframe octopus took a more minimalist and abstract approach to capturing the spirit of her subject. With clean lines and the stunning addition of glow-in-the-dark details, Mindy’s octopus shows off the sometimes hidden side of nature’s beauty.

"… I have nature and art and poetry, and if that is not enough, what is enough?"-Vincent Van Gogh Share

All Creatures Great and Small

Our community of Doodlers showed us that size isn’t what matters when it comes to inspiring subjects. Even the smallest spider, like the one below from Yuval Mor, or this grasshopper and lady bug from Eduardo Pires can be a source for creativity!

But larger creatures can also leave a big impact. We saw many incredible creations inspired by the variety of life on land, like this elephant from Jonathan Breibart with artistic Doodled details.

"Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better."-Albert Einstein Share

Fowl is Fair

But our community couldn’t be limited by gravity of course, and many chose to let their creativity take flight with winged subjects.

Diogo Nunes de Sousa chose two iconic birds of the rainforest to celebrate the colorful diversity found with our feathered friends.

And Levittown Public Library showed us the power of creativity in education with a carefully constructed peacock, which they named Rajiv.

"Art is the child of nature in whom we trace the features of the mothers face."-Henry Wadsworth Longfellow Share

Gone but not Forgotten

Our world has been around for billions of years, and has seen creatures that may not be living now but were an important part of the history of life on our planet.

Paul Mahoney chose to take inspiration from the living world of long ago, with this Allosaur which he named “Allie”.

"To an artist, there is never anything ugly in nature."-Auguste Rodin Share

Inspiration is all Around

When looking for your next creative project, simply look to the world around you. From the ocean to the skies, our living world is filled with inspiring animals and creatures both in the present and the past.

Get creative, and find new ways to show the spirit of your subjects!

"It is the marriage of the soul with Nature that makes the intellect fruitful, and gives birth to imagination."-Henry David Thoreau Share

The 2016 3Doodler Awards: Winners

The 2016 3Doodler Awards saw some incredible entries across the board. All eight categories had fierce competition, and it was a tough order for the judges to choose the winners. We took votes from the 3Doodler team, along with input and votes from top members of our 3Doodler community to reach a decision on the final winners and runners up.

The 3Doodler Macro Award Winner: Cornelia Kuglmeier

Cornelia has always impressed us with her creative and carefully constructed Doodles, but this year she went above and beyond. This 50cm (19.5 inch) European Peacock Butterfly took Cornelia 40 hours to complete. She used different nozzles to great effect to get the exquisite detail of each hair, strand and scale on the butterfly’s wings and body. To Doodle such an incredible piece is no small feat, and was top pick for our Macro Award.

The 3Doodler Macro Award Runner Up: Jonathan Reycraft

Standing nearly five feet tall, Jonathan’s impressive marble tower shows incredible creativity and design engineering. The tower has two main entrances to drop a marble into, with five paths down the tower. “One path is a multi-level spiral route which passes through two separate funnels, the other winds around to a tiered steps dropping through each chute to the bottom,” Jonathan explains.

The 3Doodler Da Vinci Award Winner: Ala’ Fahmi Sawan

This Doodled robot which Ala’ Fahmi Sawan made for his daughter impressed our judges for its originality and creativity. Powered with a 9-volt battery, the robot has hand-made gears to make it move and propel it forward. We loved the innovation and completely unique design, giving it the edge as our Da Vinci winner.

The 3Doodler Da Vinci Award Runner Up: Eduardo Pires

Eduardo was inspired by the original Renaissance Man himself, and combined two of Da Vinci’s own inventions: the water wheel and the flying machine. “To make a Doodle that moves, I used the strength of the water to rotate the Water Wheel,” Eduardo explains. “The rotation movement is passed to the wheel axis. Coupled to this axis, a crankshaft is responsible for creating an oscillatory movement for the flapping of wings.”

The 3Doodler Micro Award Winner: Judith Tarres Benet

Judith’s adorable trio of tiny squirrels stole the judges hearts for our Micro Award. Not only did Judith manage to get a lot of detail onto her mini figures, she also set the scene with a stop-motion video showcasing the entire miniature scene.

The 3Doodler Micro Award Runner Up: Heather Baharally

Heather’s incredible miniature bee stunned us with its detail. So small it looks like it could fit on the tip of 3Doodler, Heather is queen bee when it comes to Doodling insects on the small scale.

The 3Doodler Start Fairy Tales Award Winner: Joanna Conant

For our first ever 3Doodler Start category, we saw some creative and whimsical entries. This dragon, named Roger, used both the Start Doodle-blocks as well as free-hand techniques to showcase how versatile the 3Doodler Start can be. Joanna even included a poem about her fearsome fairy-tale creation:

There once was a dragon named Roger

So brave and not frightened by danger

Then dozers barged in, and destroyed his garden

So Roger blew ’round lots of fire!

The 3Doodler Start Fairy Tales Award Runner Up: Heide Murray

Taking inspiration from Slavic folklore, Heide recreated the mythical chicken-legged house of Baba Yaga. This colorful recreation wonderfully captures the fairy-tale spirit and creativity of the 3Doodler Start.

The 3Doodler Interior Design Award Winner: Devin Montes

We saw some truly incredible entries in this ever-popular category. Voting was tight, but Devin’s creative use of a balloon to make a delicate and detailed lampshade with the 3Doodler Start put him on top. Devin’s eye for design and shapes helped him create a stunning lampshade that throws incredible shadows as it lights up the room, taking his creation to even further dimensions. You can watch how he made it on his YouTube channel.

The 3Doodler Interior Design Award Runner Up: Mindy Nam

Mindy’s impressive wireframe-style work is a great addition to any interior space. Blending nature with minimalist and abstract forms, Mindy’s tiger and bat wireframes show creativity, artistry, and a great sense of design.

The 3Doodler Living World Award Winner: Yuval Mor

For our most popular category of 2016, Yuval impressed us with an incredibly detailed coral reef. Inspired by the Great Barrier Reef in Australia, each fish is Doodled with care, along with the rock of the reef itself. Yuval has captured the movement and life of this reef scene perfectly, and coming out on top for our Living World Award.

The 3Doodler Living World Award Runner Up: Paul Mahoney

There’s just something about Paul’s Allosaur named “Allie”! Part ferocious, part adorable, Paul’s entry caught our judges eye. While we can’t know for sure exactly how dinosaurs looked or acted, we feel that Allie captures the spirit of imagination for the Living World.

The 3Doodler Single Strand Award Winner: Heather Baharally

We wanted to see just how far a single strand could go, and the entries for this category proved that just one strand could stretch even further than we imagined. Heather’s detailed golden flower ring showed off the detail and elegance that even one strand can give, earning her top spot for the Single Strand Award.

The 3Doodler Single Strand Award Runner Up: Yuval Mor

With just a single strand, Yuval created this simple and chic butterfly. We love the simplicity and clean lines, showcasing how sometimes less is more.

The 3Doodler Wearable Award Winner: Aikaterini Kedikoglou

The Wearable category is one of our most popular, and the entries are always a showcase of the incredible talent and creativity in our community. This year was no different, and Aikaterini stunned us with a Doodled necklace like nothing we had ever seen before. Inspired by coral reefs, Aikaterini used a repeating pattern in various shades to create an ocean-inspired work of wearable art.

The 3Doodler Wearable Award Runner Up: Erica Gray

We have featured Erica’s unique blend of fine art and fashion before, and for this year’s awards she impressed us yet again with this elegant Doodled bridal headdress fit for queen.

The 3Doodler “Doodler of The Year” Award

Cornelia Kuglmeier

Cornelia’s body of work throughout 2016 has been more than impressive. Her stunning origami crane got so much attention on social media, that she made a tutorial to show how it’s done. She Doodled a full scale model of the Sagrada Familia basilica, Gaudi’s unfinished masterpiece in Barcelona. She even Doodled us the full 12 Days of Christmas!

And while Cornelia’s European Peacock Butterfly entry into the 2016 3Doodler Awards made all our jaws drop, her Instagram feed of Doodled flowers and other creations continues to show her incredible creativity, artistry, and amazing ability to capture detail in Doodles.

For all of her amazing Doodles over the course of 2016, we are proud to name Cornelia “Doodler of the Year.”

Thank you to all who participated!

We loved each and every entry for the 2016 3Doodler Awards, and can’t wait to see what our talented community will bring to the table for next year’s awards!

Learn more about the 3Doodler Awards

A Very Doodled Christmas

We’re kicking off the Christmas countdown with a specially Doodled 12 Days of Christmas made with the 3Doodler Start! Sing along and get in the holiday spirit as we Doodle our way through this classic carol!

ON THE FIRST DAY OF CHRISTMAS, MY TRUE LOVE GAVE TO ME:

A partridge in a pear tree!

ON THE SECOND DAY OF CHRISTMAS, MY TRUE LOVE GAVE TO ME:

Two Turtledoves, and a partridge in a pear tree!

ON THE THIRD DAY OF CHRISTMAS, MY TRUE LOVE GAVE TO ME:

Three French hens, two Turtledoves, and a partridge in a pear tree!

ON THE FOURTH DAY OF CHRISTMAS, MY TRUE LOVE GAVE TO ME:

Four calling birds, three french hens, two Turtledoves, and a partridge in a pear tree!

ON THE FIFTH DAY OF CHRISTMAS, MY TRUE LOVE GAVE TO ME:

FIVE GOLD RINGS!

ON THE SIXTH DAY OF CHRISTMAS, MY TRUE LOVE GAVE TO ME:

Six geese a-laying!

ON THE SEVENTH DAY OF CHRISTMAS, MY TRUE LOVE GAVE TO ME:

Seven swans a-swimming!

ON THE EIGHTH DAY OF CHRISTMAS, MY TRUE LOVE GAVE TO ME:

Eight maids a-milking!

ON THE NINTH DAY OF CHRISTMAS, MY TRUE LOVE GAVE TO ME:

Nine ladies dancing!

ON THE TENTH DAY OF CHRISTMAS, MY TRUE LOVE GAVE TO ME:

Ten lords a-leaping!

ON THE ELEVENTH DAY OF CHRISTMAS, MY TRUE LOVE GAVE TO ME:

Eleven pipers piping!

ON THE TWELFTH DAY OF CHRISTMAS, MY TRUE LOVE GAVE TO ME:

Twelve drummers drumming!

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from 3Doodler!

Show us your festive Doodles by tagging us and using #3Doodler and #WhatWillYouCreate.

A New Way to Knit

‘Tis the season for hot chocolate, snuggling close to the fire, and of course festive holiday sweaters!

But being the best dressed during the holiday season doesn’t just end with the knitwear you pull out of the back of your closet once a year.

This year, extend your festive fashion to your best accessory. Now you can “knit” your phone its own seasonal sweater with the 3Doodler Start, a 3D printing pen that’s safe to use on electronics because it has no exposed hot parts. And the specially engineered Eco-Plastic is not only environmentally friendly, but won’t stick to or ruin your phone!

These phone cases are designed in the style of traditional Fair Isle knitting patterns, so they’ll fit right in with you festive cold-weather clothing!

All you need is the 3Doodler Start, some of the Eco-Plastic in holiday colors, and your phone.

And if you don’t know where to start or don’t want to go through the trouble of making your own pattern, 3Doodler helpfully offers 5 patterns ready to print and sized to fit your phone!

Because it has no exposed heating elements, the 3Doodler Start is totally safe to use on your electronics. So you can create a 3D printed, free-hand phone case customized to fit your phone perfectly.

And because the Eco-Plastic won’t adhere to the plastic or metal on your phone, when you’re done you can snap the case off easily so you can switch it out or pass it around so everyone can admire your handiwork.

You can find the full set of instructions on the 3Doodler website, along with other helpful tutorials.

If you want to see more 3D printed creations and ideas, be sure to sign up for the 3Doodler and newsletter!

Forward Thinking Fashion

You may have seen the new video from 3Doodler, the maker of the world’s first 3D printing pen:

The video features a pen that can draw into the air.

And as it shows, you can make all sorts of neat stuff with it, from phone cases…

to planets…

to adorable doggie gifts!

But what everyone is talking about is this:

An entire dress made just from drawing with the 3Doodler pen!

This gold dress (made by an Australian artist specially for the ad) is certainly a head-turner.

But it turns out that dress is just the beginning! Fashion designers and artists all over the world have started turning to 3Doodler to explore new ways to introduce 3D printing to the catwalk.

Most 3D printed dresses look great, but aren’t very practical.

But with the special FLEXY plastic from 3Doodler, 3D printed additions (or even entire pieces of clothing) can bend and move just like fabric! This allows designers and fashion-forward artists to create stunning outfits that can be functional too: something you can wear, wash and zip up – just like any of your other clothes.

Other artists are hitting the runway with their 3Doodler designs.

Amanda Sekulow of Nashville, Tennessee, added 3D printed touches with the 3Doodler pens to her graduation collection, “Melt Into Spring”. Each dress had additions ranging from bold to subtle all made free-hand with the 3Doodler. The final showstopper – which featured 85 Doodled flowers and 119 crystals – took over 100 hours to complete.

These 3D details are to die for!

The talented Kitty Wong, from Hong Kong, recently graduated from Polytechnic University after creating a series of 3Doodled fashion masterpieces.

Kitty’s dresses have been worn by top music artists and and models on TV, as well as at other media events. Her work is focussed on the relationship between the natural and the digital, with 3Doodled embellishments specifically used to create eye-catching textures and shapes.

And these dresses are walking off the runway into the real world!

Hong Kong fashion house duo SHIGO took 3D printed dresses to the next level with a fully formed gown made with the 3Doodler.

SHIGO designed a dress based on seashells, weaving the shapes together with the 3Doodler to create the final piece. The dress is ‘split’ at the sides, with buckles, allowing it to slip on like a coat of armour. Their innovation made headlines and opened up 3D printed fashion to a new world of possibilities!

Now SHIGO is looking to release a line of clothing for retail with 3D printed additions.

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Gaudi’s Sagrada Familia with Cornelia Kuglmeier

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.

The Sagrada Challenge

“I like big challenges,” says Cornelia Kuglmeier. A school teacher from Germany, Cornelia has worked with 3Doodler on incredible artistic pieces in the past. But earlier this year, Cornelia completed her largest and most detailed project to date: a scale model of the Sagrada Familia.

Laying out the facade

Designed by Spanish architect Antoni Gaudi (1852-1926), the Sagrada broke ground in Barcelona in 1882 and remains unfinished to this day. In addition to the immense complexity of the building, the completion of the Sagrada was made even more difficult with Gaudi’s sudden death, after which his notes were lost for many years and then later partially destroyed by anarchists in 1936.

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To recreate the Sagrada, Cornelia researched Gaudi’s design plans extensively as preparation for creating her model with the 3Doodler.

“I’m a big planner. I just don’t Doodle without a clue on how to begin and how to move on from each point,” Cornelia says. “So I first did some very long and some very detailed research. Then I made myself stencils where I counted on heights and relations on the different parts, and even drew in some decorations to see how much space it would take.”

Immense Complexity

“Gaudi had a very unique idea of building and architecture,” Cornelia explains. “You basically have the outer structure of a Gothic church in the Sagrada Familia, but the sustaining structure on the inside is completely different from what we know of the Gothic epoch.”

Gaudi's hanging chain model

To add to the complexity, nearly every aspect of Gaudi’s architectural design was new and unheard of. “He designed the curved towers by building what he called a ‘hanging model’,” Cornelia says, describing how Gaudi hung ropes weighed down with sand bags to create curved lines for the shapes of the towers. “Their shape, modelled on parabolas, was Gaudì’s way of creating self-supporting structures that would overcome the faults of Gothic architecture.”

Innovative aesthetic twists also provided special challenges to the original builders. “The most difficult part of construction on the real Sagrada was the sustaining structure in the naves holding the roofs and towers,” she says. “Gaudi wanted the pillars inside the church to be shaped like trees with branches, supporting the arches and symbolizing the leafy roof of a forest. Such a system of pillars and arches had never been built before.”

Unwavering Perfectionism

Gaudi’s genius and innovation meant a slow construction process. “I think one of the reasons it is not finished now is because the technique was very different and they had to go step by step to invent it,” Cornelia says. “And it’s huge. It’s meant to be the tallest Christian church when it’s finished.”

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But Gaudi was never in a rush to see the Sagrada Familia completed. “It was obvious back then that he would not live to see his project finished,” explains Cornelia. “But when they told him that, and asked if he wanted to simplify some things or stick to knowledge they had already about architecture, he said he wouldn’t change anything because his client had all the time to wait, and wasn’t in a hurry. He meant God of course.”

144 Years in the Making

While the Sagrada Familia is planned to be completed in 2026 (144 years after it first broke ground), Cornelia’s Doodled model took only four months – although with its own unique challenges.

The first major challenge was researching the plans of Gaudi’s original design so the model could stay as close to his vision as possible. “The original ground plot and floor plan was essential,” she says. “Without it, assembling and planning would not have been possible. The main structure is a so-called “latin cross”, the church itself is some sort of modified Gothic style. As those are very strictly planned, the original ground plot studies were very helpful.”

But other parts of the design plans were more difficult to research.

Constructing the Facades

The finished Sagrada will have three detailed façades depicting different chapters from the life of Christ. Cornelia wanted to include as much detail on each façade as possible. “This was complicated though, as only one façade is fully built, the Nativity Façade,” she says. “I could not find a photo of the fully built Passion Façade, so I had to stick to models, which are sometimes slightly simplified.”

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“The Glory Façade was completely built after model views. What made my work so difficult was that there are actually at least two models; one very colourful, highly decorated model, supposed to be made by Gaudi himself, but only available in very small picture sizes; and one white, rather even and slick 3D-printed model.”

assiduous attention to detail

Staying True to Gaudi’s Vision

Sagrada Pre-assembly

Cornelia decided to rely as much as possible on Gaudi’s own model. “I chose to use green for the turrets in the Glory Façade instead of brown, as the model made by Gaudí himself showed the turrets in green,” she says. “I tried very hard to give every façade as much decoration as possible to give it its typical look; I also tried to put as much decoration as possible onto the towers, but this was limited with both, as the figures were so tiny. All in all I had to simplify some areas, and reduce others. Some things I had to invent, like the decoration of the apse – it’s not built yet, and there was no picture to be found that depicted it big enough.”

1,050 Strands, and Countless Hours

Working up to 10 hours a day, and eventually using 1,050 strands of plastic, Cornelia’s Sagrada Familia model began to take shape.

“I didn’t count how many times I wanted to throw it against a wall,” Cornelia admits. Even when working with stencils and detailed research, mistakes can still happen, and with a project as precise as the Sagrada Familia, even a millimetre difference could throw off proportions and make assembly difficult.

“I Doodled all the parts first, put together the towers, the facades and the church naves and then started assembling from the middle – Christ’s tower – in each direction,” Cornelia says. “Having them all at the right height, sitting straight and at the right angles was very difficult; besides, as organic forms meet geometric forms, putting the pieces together was not always easy, or the form itself grew so edgy that my hand with the pen almost didn’t fit in.”

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And sometimes Cornelia had to get creative to make sure the church came together properly. when assembling the towers, she found space too tight to Doodle from the outside, and the structure was too delicate to lay it on its side without risking damage. “So when I had to assemble this part, I gently pushed it half over the edge of my table – just enough so it wouldn’t fall down – and I kneeled under it and Doodled the whole thing upside down, like Michelangelo painting his Sistine Chapel,” she says. “It didn’t take me as long as Michelangelo though, and I didn’t go blind,” she adds, laughing.

Oven-baked windows

The Devil is in the Detail

For Cornelia, the most important part of her Doodled model was making sure to include as much decorative detail as she could, even when it came to creating the angels on the facade. “It wouldn’t have that impact if it was just plain or only had bits and blobs,” she says. “That was the most delicate work. I was sitting there and forming the hot plastic with pincers to make them even thinner or make some sort of gap between the head and body to keep them as small as possible but visible.”

“I also oven-baked the windows, trying to give them their real colors, making them smooth and shiny in contrast to the brown and rough appearance of the church’s walls,” she says.

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Despite the frustration and hours of dedication to both research and construction, Cornelia says that once the pieces began to come together she felt the whole ordeal was worth it. “I wanted to finish it. It was a big challenge, and I like big challenges,” she says. “I saw it growing, and it was not in vain.”

The Finished Sagrada Familia 3Doodle

To learn more about Cornelia, check out her profile at 3DoodlerPRO.com. For more images head to this fantastic piece on designboom.

A Qashqai Creation with Grace Du Prez

Over the past few weeks, we have featured artists who have used the 3Doodler as a creative outlet, made works of fine art, and even high fashion. Grace Du Prez went beyond anything attempted before when she led a team of 11 artists in creating a life-size Doodled Nissan Qashqai – the largest Doodle ever made.

Grace Du Prez

Grace Du Prez is not new to Doodling. “I first started using the 3Doodler about 3 years ago when I was commissioned by Maplin Electronics to make a hat for Ladies Day at Ascot,” she says. “I then got in touch with 3Doodler directly and made a few pieces including jewellery, a vase and some lampshades.”

But her latest project was bigger and more complex than anything Grace – or anyone else – had ever done before.

Grace was contacted about an ambitious new idea – to use a 3D pen to create an entire car. The project would be to Doodle a full-size Nissan Qashqai. “I was really excited as nothing had ever been made this size before and it sounded like a really fun project.”

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Based in London, Grace assembled a team of 11 artists and designers from the UK, and students from Kingston University. But before they could begin, they needed a plan.

“The initial conversations were mainly about feasibility and trying to estimate how long it would take,” says Grace. “We then had to plan all the logistics of how to make it and what the design would be.”

Stitching It Together

With multiple artists, there were many different visions and ideas to consider, and different elements that had to be decided. “In the beginning planning stages, we discussed how it could be made and what the surface might look like. There were lots of meetings to discuss the different options,” Grace explains. “The whole planning took a couple of months.”

When it came time to start constructing the car, Grace showed the team how to use the 3Doodler. As Grace teaches regular workshops for how to use the pen, she was able to get the team Doodling quickly.

But when 11 artists are working on the same project, everyone needs to be on the same page. “Everyone had a slightly different style of Doodling – just like everyone’s handwriting is different,” Grace explains. “So to keep it consistent across the whole car we would get everyone to swap places every so often.”

And it was crucial to have open lines of communication throughout the project. “At the start of every day we would all have a chat and make a plan for which bits we were going to do,” Grace says. “We started off getting all the key lines, which were quite thick to give a bit of structure and support and also highlighted the design features of the Qashqai. Then we could start filling in the bigger areas with more of a web-like surface.”

No one had ever before attempted making a structure of this size using a 3D pen. “That was the biggest challenge for me; as it had never been done before, there was a little element of the unknown,” says Grace. “But that just added to the excitement of it.”

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And Grace and her team were prepared for the challenge. “I was always confident as we had planned it really well and thought of every eventuality,” she says.

Working 800 hours over 17 days, and using over 8,000 strands of PLA and ABS plastic, this massive-scale project moved from concept to reality. “Seeing the final video for the first time, I was so proud of the team and how hard everybody had worked,” Grace says. “Seeing the Doodled car next to the real life Qashqai really shows what an amazing achievement it all was.”

The completed Doodled Qashqai is being transported to the Brand Innovation Centre in Barcelona, where it will be on display to the public.

“Working on the Qashqai in a team and creating something large scale as a group was a great experience,” says Grace. “I feel like now we have done this anything is possible so I’m looking forward to what the future has in store!”

See more of Grace’s incredible work here.

90’s Back In Style

Last week we looked at how 90s Nostalgia is in full swing, and could also be contributing to a new wave in creativity.

So we decided to get creative as we look at 90s inspired trends making it big in 2016! The 90s are back in style, and we’ve put together three Doodled outfits combining the best of 90s-chic, and modelled by our stylish trio of mannequins.

Just Jelly

Get The Look: killer shades, cropped sweater, mom jeans, and jelly shoes

“Mom jeans” got a bad rap after their heyday in the 90s, but 2016 is bringing comfy-lazy-chic back into fashion! Get creative and pair your mom jeans with a cropped sweater, baby-doll T or spaghetti-strap tank. Finish off the look with a shimmery pair of jelly shoes and killer shades for a total 90s throwback.

Overall Fashionista

Get The Look: striped shirt, overalls, platform shoes

Every 90s cool kid remembers rocking overalls. Now the fashion world’s most utilitarian way to dress is back on trend! This is easily the most creative trend to get behind. Overalls are an artist’s dream, making easy cover-up for paint splatters and still showing your easy-going nature! Slouchy style, easy to match, and loads of pockets – overalls are leaving last year’s romper trend by the wayside.

Grunge Chic Cute

Get The Look: fabric bow headband, Ray Bans, plaid shirt, ripped jean shorts, Dr. Martens

The 90s were when fashion-conscious grunge rockers discovered that Dr. Martens are the perfect shoe for ANY outfit! Tortured musicians and other creatives know that whether it’s a plaid skirt, cute sundress, or even ripped jean shorts – there’s no better shoe for bringing back that 90s grunge style. Pair with a plaid shirt, and make it cute with a scrunchie or fabric headband!

Doodle up your favorite 90s trends in 2016 and be sure to tag us @3Doodler and use #3Doodler and #WhatWillYouCreate!

Picture-Perfect Party Decorations

Everyone wants to throw a picture-perfect party! We’ve chosen 5 party ideas and upgraded them with Doodled variety to take your decorations to the next level. Doodle-IY your way to throwing a uniquely epic party.

Fresher Fruit Refreshments

Decorated mason jars are all the rage for a summer themed party. We’ve seen watermelon decorations all over! But why just stop with watermelon? Bring on a variety of fruity fun and vary your flavors with Doodled additions!

If you’re going to be Doodling onto glass, PLA and FLEXY are the plastics to choose! Both stick great to glass surfaces, so you can upgrade your glassware with any Doodled design you desire!

All That Glitters

There’s something about gold that gives a party that upscale, glamorous feeling. In our Doodled versions, the details really shine and you can show off your skills not only as host but as artist as well! Float like a feather, or make hearts flutter by adding some accents of color with a butterfly napkin ring with FLEXY flying wings.

If you’re looking to add some glitz to your Doodles, check out the FLEXY gold and Gangsta’ Gold PLA.

Stir Things Up

Customized drink stirrers are full of class and elegance. And with your 3Doodler in hand, you can create your own and personalize them to make your party unique! Get specific with sayings perfect for your party theme, or Doodle ones with your guests’ names for an unforgettable party favor!

Looking for ideas on how to improve your Doodle writing? Be sure to check out our Hot Tips section for loads of quick ideas on how to get the most out of your 3Doodler!

Go Wild

When you’re looking for cuteness overload for your next party why not take inspiration from nature? Doodle up some animal details and dress up your fruit! Not only do they make adorable decorative accents, but these awesome animals can do double-duty as a healthy snack for your party-goers too!

All of our plastics are biodegradable and recyclable. Our new 3Doodler Start eco-plastics even biodegrade in your home compost!

Let Your Imagination Take Flight

We love the idea of taking something ordinary and making it extraordinary with Doodled additions. With that in mind, we decided to wing it and created a flock of flawless cupcakes, complete with flamingos, swans, and peacocks!

If your next party is picture-perfect with Doodled decorations, be sure to show us! Use #3Doodler and #WhatWillYouCreate when you post!

Forming High-Fashion

As a hand-held 3D printer, the 3Doodler opens up a world of possibilities, uses, and applications. This week we look at how the 3Doodler hit the runway with high-fashion wearable forms.

Artist and creator Erica Gray’s Forms Organic demonstrates how free-hand constructions with the 3Doodler can lead to incredible and unique creative fashion.

Forms Organic

Forms Organic was made using the 3Doodler and ABS plastic in combination with other materials to create a masked headpiece and torso section. The wearable sculpture is a bespoke one-of-a-kind artwork. The piece is inspired by organic figures and animalistic imagery, expressed using a skeletal structure, tails, teeth and claw-like elements.

“It took a few weeks to produce,” explains Erica. “I had a model booked and a deadline to work towards which helped me really focus.”

Creating a large-scale high-fashion piece was a new step for Erica. “While my work is essentially art based, Forms Organic is also a wearable piece, which meant it took a little longer getting the intricacies of the fit right for a moving subject,” she says.

Every aspect of Forms Organic was constructed by hand. “I pre-selected the elements I wanted to utlize within the piece,” Eric says, “such as the polymer teeth, claws and nylon tail – which I also sculpted from scratch.”

Forms Organic

Once the additional pieces were created, Erica then got to work with her 3Doodler. “The main bulk of the piece is then 3Doodled around, through, or within those elements,” she says. “I used roughly sketched stencils for some of the joins, and once those parts were ready I just assembled the form, building up layers of filament over select areas to exaggerate and construct the skeletal ridges.”

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Erica was working only with a loose plan of where to go and how to proceed. “I usually work from sketches, however in this case I just let it evolve,” she explains. It was a process fitting for the nature of this piece and helped inspire the title of Forms Organic. “My sculpted works are often themed on organic forms and animalistic imagery, and this piece captures those fluid forms as well as some more rigid skeletal sections.”

Erica says the process helped inspire her for future works and opens up a new realm of possibilities for wearable, high-fashion projects. “I usually produce wearable pieces that stand as a whole, encompassing any accessories as a part of it’s whole,” she says. “Saying that, while I am not actively pursuing accessories as a direction it does have me intrigued. The idea would be to design individually stylised, fluid plastic pieces for arms, legs, shoes, collars – art as accessories.”

World’s First Solid Gold Doodles

It all started with heart. “My friend Michael Husted sent us a heart made with the 3Doodler and asked me ‘David, do you think this will cast?’ The result of that piece is what launched us into the exploration of using the 3Doodler for designing more jewelry,” says David Cunningham.

David owns New York-based DGC Jewellers, and has had incredible success using the 3Doodler in an unexpected way: casting Doodles and turning them into pieces of fine jewelry.

After experimenting with his friend’s Doodled heart, David found it was not only possible to make casts of Doodles, but the results were organic forms that opened up a new realm of possibilities.

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“There was a relatively short learning curve in learning how to control the pen,” says David. “But the challenge wasn’t in how we were going to make it, but rather what we were going to design with it.”

For his first piece, David decided to try a pendant design. “It was a kind of work in progress,” he says. “I used the triangle tip and printed almost like I was decorating a cake with frosting. This gave me a shape that I really liked, but I didn’t know what to do with it.”

As David experimented with the shapes and forms, the end result began to take shape. “I printed the swirl wire around it and cast it, but it wasn’t until I was looking at the cast piece that I decided to antique the pattern, and set an onyx bead at the bottom that completed the look,” he says.

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Working with brightly colored plastic made it challenging to visualize how the final piece would look once cast with metal. “We were surprised on several occasions how different the pieces looked after they were cast, compared to how they looked in green, yellow, pink, and blue plastic!” David says.

What David was really looking for when using the 3Doodler was innovation. “We really tried to focus on what we could make with the 3Doodler that would be difficult or impossible to make using traditional methods of jewelry manufacturing,” he explains.

Of course creating the actual jewelry relies on traditional methods of casting. “When we have the piece ready for casting we invest it [surround it in plaster], then burn it out overnight, and then cast it the next day,” David says. “So this is a two-day process.”

Investment casting is a process all on its own, and David works with jeweler Rob Oakley to bring it all together. “We attach wax sticks (called sprues) to the pieces and attach the sprue to a large wax base called a button,” David explains. “The button is attached to a rubber base that a steel cylinder (called a flask) will fit into.”

Once everything is set into place, plaster is poured into the flask around the Doodled piece. Then when the plaster is set, it can go into the burnout oven, where it’s heated overnight up to 1550° Fahrenheit.

“When the burnout schedule is complete there is a negative cavity in the plaster in the shape of the Doodled piece, and the flask is held at 1000°F for casting,” says David. A special casting machine is used to inject molten metal into the space left in the plaster mold, taking the form left from the Doodle. “The cast piece then has to have the sprues cut off and cleaned up, sandblasted, tumbled, polished, and stones set if the design requires it.”

How long the finishing touches take depends on the complexity of the piece. “With most of these pieces we cast several of them at once and spent three to four days from start to finish to complete a group of them,” David says.

While David was using a blend of old techniques and new technology, using a new tool meant it was important to find a distinct look that made the pieces unique. “We made a few pieces that we liked, but we decided that they could be easily made with metal wire or wax wire,” says David. “So we went back to the drawing board with them.”

What ended up making distinguishing the Doodled pieces ended up being the flaws in the process. “The organic look and variation of thick and thin, and even some of the little mistakes add to the interest and appeal of what we make with the 3Doodler.”

Exploring Space with the 3Doodler

“In my artistic work I am primarily concerned with the question of space,” explains design undergraduate Oktavia.

For Oktavia, the concept of “space” is at once familiar and nebulous. What she really wanted to focus on was how to create a clearer definition. “Is our environment created only with our perceptions in mind,” she asks in her undergraduate thesis, “or does it exist independently of us?”

“In my work I am looking for ways to visualize spatial ideas and create a wide range of works on this topic,” she explains. “Materiality and abstraction play just as important a role as variety and spontaneity do.”

When looking to expand on this concept and delve deeper for her thesis, Oktavia looked for new tools to help demonstrate her line of thinking. “When dealing with space, which is generally defined as consisting of at least 3 dimensions, the question arises, where do the limits between 2 and 3 dimensions lie?” she says. “Through this specific question, I came across the 3Doodler as a futuristic tool that could help me further.”

Unlike other more precise drafting or modeling tools, Oktavia was drawn to the imperfect nature of Doodling. “I determined relatively quickly that it was not always possible to draw with exact precision with the 3Doodler,” she explains. “But that’s exactly what makes the objects created with the 3Doodler so exciting. The small elements of coincidence make the difference. So I deliberately tried not to be the best technical Doodler, but to let myself be guided by the characteristics of the tool, making those elements the focus of my thesis.”

As she experimented, she found the 3Doodler was able to add structure and variation to her concept in a way no other tool had. “Because the lines of the plastic thread seem uncertain, the 3rd dimension works to ‘dreamify’ the space-filled graphics,” she says. “The jump between drawing on the wall or canvas and drawing in space creates something fantastical and offers the viewer the opportunity to dream about further dimensional jumps.”

3Doodler for DIY

While the 3Doodler can be used to make incredible sculptures and works of art, it’s practical applications can’t be overlooked.

With a tool as diverse as this, the DIY options are endless. Here’s eight examples of simple fixes or DIY ideas for your 3Doodler.

1. Give Your Phone an Upgrade

Looking for a style switch up? Doodle yourself a new phone case. No need to look like everyone else, make yourself a case that will give your mobile phone some personal flair while keeping it safe.

2. Make Your Own Doodled Clock

Make a statement with your home decor and create your own interior design pieces with personal flare. For wall pieces, hard-setting PLA works great, and will help you Doodle pieces that will last.

3. Repair Snaps in a Snap

Instead of buying a new pair of glasses, fix them with your 3Doodler. PLA adheres to metal better than ABS, so it works great for quick fixes like this one. Simply join the two pieces and Doodle around the break point. This little fix makes for quite the talking point too!

4. A DIY That Holds Water

Repairing cracks in plastic cups or soap dishes is easy with your 3Doodler. Both ABS and PLA work well for this kind of quick fix. ABS is excellent for plastic-on-plastic Doodling because of its higher melting point which helps weld plastics together, and PLA has naturally strong bonding properties. The PLA Clearly range also makes for more discreet fixes!

5. Doodle Your Own Wallet

Use FLEXY to create a hand-made plastic wallet of your very own! For a more fabric-like look, push the nozzle of your 3Doodler flush with the surface you are Doodling on, moving it quickly to form a thin film of Doodled plastic.

6. Repairing Your Home Appliances

3Doodler came to the rescue to fix the shell of this broken vacuum cleaner. A simple repair saves time and money, and gets your back on track with minimal fuss!

7. Lighten Things Up

Get creative and make your own lampshade. This lampshade was constructed for our display window at the MoMA Design Store. Made from over 50 small triangles, the pieces were welded together like a mosaic to produce this stunning lampshade. Pick your own colours and style – it’s simply a matter of joining the pieces.

8. Mix Doodling for Dynamic Projects

Louis DeRosa was able to combine a passion for electronics and the 3Doodler by using it to help make his own Hexacopter. As you can see, when you start to apply your imagination to 3Doodling, the sky really is the limit!


With so many options to fix and repair, the 3Doodler is your go-to DIY tool for any occasion!

Not sure where to start when it comes to using your 3Doodler for DIY? Check out our Hot Tips section to get insider ideas on how get the most out of your 3Doodler, and have you Doodling like a pro.

Show us your 3Doodler DIY fixes by tagging us @3Doodler and using #3Doodler and #WhatWillYouCreate

Making Patterns with Plastic

Fashion-forward creatives have been finding new and exciting ways to incorporate 3D aspects into their designs. But Hong Kong fashion art house SHIGO went beyond Doodled additions and constructed an entire dress made entirely with the 3Doodler.

SHIGO love to break from traditional thinking and try new things. Led by two young Hong Kong fashion designers, SHIGO is meant to serve as a platform to express creativity and ideas through fashion. “No one has used the 3Doodler to produce clothing made completely from plastic,” say SHIGO’s co-founders, who set out to do what no one had done before—make Doodled clothing a reality.

The duo began with a concept based from seashells. Taking two types of shell patterns, they wove the spiralling designs together to create an intricate design.

With this textile-like pattern, SHIGO then adapted the design to create a lace-like concept for the dress. The pattern was printed and applied to a base layer of heavy paper to test and fine-tune the form and placement before beginning work with the 3Doodler.

Using Blue Steel PLA and Diamonds & Pearls PLA, the final dress had a subtle shimmer which added elegance, sophistication, and enhanced the impressive 3-dimensional nature of the construction.

The final Doodles were peeled away from the paper base, leaving an intricate lace-like shell made of fine strands of surprisingly sturdy plastic.

The dress was left split down one side, with buckle attachments to make it easier to put on and take off.

The end result was something completely new in both the worlds of fashion and 3D printing. With the free-hand nature of the 3Doodler, SHIGO had created the world’s first entirely Doodled dress.

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