You have Javascript disabled and this means that the dadcando website cannot function correctly. Research has shown how important YOU are to your children and how as a dad the things you do, and keep on doing, really count, whether you live with them, or you are a single dad and are only able see them once a month, once a week or more, what you do really matters.
Make this beautiful butterfly in about 5 minutes from any small scrap of old wrapping paper. When you've finished making the wings and spread them out, you can customise your butterfly as much as you want. Put together dadcando’s best dragonry projects with Sir Richard Baron’s fantastical adventure stories behind them and you get Dragonolia, the wonderful new book by Chris Barnardo. Sir Richard’s motto, Life is Your Adventure, is as true now as it ever was, so why not join him on this wonderfully nostalgic trip. The latest Mythical Beast drawing project series concludes with three horrible half human creatures.
It can’t come as a surprise to anyone visiting dadcando that as well as being passionate about the importance of dads in their childrens' lives, I have always wanted to write. The latest Mythical Beast drawing project series continues with three deliciously dark beasts. In the old days before computer games, before television and (if you can believe that there was a time before cinema) before the Movies, it was a big event when the circus train came to town.
After the success of our last Mythical Beast drawing project series, we have created a new set of original drawings perfect for developing your drawing skills, while making gorgeous greetings cards or illustrator's plates. A few months ago we put up a new project to make a steam locomotive from a collection of old junk. Instructions for making the train tender are like all dadcando downloadable instructions, clear and simple and beautifully illustrated.
Together with a dear old friend of mine, I have designed and developed this beautiful, magical wand that uses infra red remote control technology to bring the wizarding fantasy alive. The simple folds needed to make this lovely little origami box can be learned in a few minutes.
Painting a T shirt is so easy, it's a perfect way to spend a summer holiday afternoon and you have something great to wear at the end of it. Whizzing round the earth at 17,000mph (27,000kph), taking only 97 minutes to make an orbit, the 11 tonne Hubble Space Telescope has done for the 20th century what Galileo did for the 17th, that is, proved beyond any shadow doubt that we are not at the centre of the universe.
Long before the internal combustion engine (that's the engine a car uses) was around, the external combustion engine dominated public transport.
The summer holiday is here at last, and now you've got the kids under your feet, what could be better than letting them loose in the kitchen with some egg white and half a kilo of icing sugar? If you like the idea of making them and want to do something magical at this time of Harry Potter fever, then why not combine this project with our very own Wizard's Cake Box, There's three different boxes to choose from and any one of them would make a great gift when filled with home made sugar mice.
The world of Harry Potter has tapped in to the creativity of a generation and hooked into everyone's imagination. Since Victorian times, shadow boxes have been used as a great way to display precious memorabilia. As Father's Day approaches (21st June), we thought you might like one or two original projects to help you tell your dad how much he means to you. If you like the idea of making something original for your dad, then why not have a look at the rosette project, there's five colours of rosette to choose from. There was one piece of protective apparel that I have never been without; my Flare Resistant Glaremaster Goggles.
As promised, the last in our current series of mythical beasts to sharpen your artistic talents, while making gorgeous greetings card or illustrator's plates. Building an egg timer is a really neat experimental project because it has all the fun of making something and yet it is really proper science. This project shows you how to easily make a sand timer that can be used to accurately measure the time needed to boil an egg (three minutes). Valentine's Day is passed but you don't really need a special as an excuse to make and send someone you love this lovely heart shaped box.
Follow the story of Melros's discovery of the smallest dragon's eggs ever found; the tiny Wisp Dragon's Eggs. I have just published the story of how I came to own this gorgeous sample and a simple set of directions of the manufacturing process, whereby you will be able to fashion one of these elegant pieces for yourself. Easy to follow instructions and two gorgeous label printables help you make a perfect job of this beautiful Secret Box Book, which is big enough to store all your precious papers and trinkets. When my one of my best friends became ill, I was dispatched to a quaint little apothecary in Old Compton Street to find a cure. When I was a kid, one of my favourite projects was designing and drawing up a map of my very own country. Much has been said in the wizarding press and in almost any authoritative textbook you care to mention, of the importance of a choosing your wand carefully.
If you have made a wand (and we have a fabulous project for doing exactly that, here) and would like to present it and keep it safe when it is not in use then this project will be perfect for you and your first step towards becoming a master wandbox maker. Although I never reveal my age, people are often puzzled at how I can look so young and yet be able to describe my adventurous activities of more than 100 years ago as if the events were only a few weeks past. Originally designed and first used in Germany in the 15th Century after the birth of the moveable type printing press, bookplates are still in use today and antique versions are themselves the subject of many collections. Useful for school, useful for outings, useful for home; the jeans pencil roll is just about perfect for keeping your best pencils safe and organised at all times.
Have a laugh at my expense as you read how I was tricked by a Shaman Hidemaster in to purchasing dragonhide a almost double its true worth. Back at the turn of the last century there was no email and as the world was still waiting for the Wright Brothers to make their first epic flight, there was no airmail either. In Victorian times, elegant withdrawing rooms up and down the land, would be stuffed to the gills with all kinds of knickknacks, seemingly poured out in a rich perfusion of ornaments, collectibles and memorabilia, arranged neatly to cover almost every available surface of the living rooms.
Secret Box Book, made from recycled real books which are cleverly hollowed out to make the ideal hiding place for your valuables like jewelry or that half bottle of scotch! It might look a bit lonely on my bookshelf though, and I suppose if everyone has the same book people (robbers(!)) will soon realise it’s a safety box!
This project is perfect if you are making your own greetings cards or just want to decorate your room with something pretty. You could wrap a small piece of pipe cleaner round the middle on the body to make a head, abdomen and thorax of the butterfly, or blob glue gun glue on the body and color it with marker, of stick beads or sequins on to give the appearance of those beautifully iridescent butterfly scales. Gorgeously designed to recapture traditional Victorian values of quality and story telling, Dragonolia is a collection of 14 short stories each one wrapped around a uniquely inventive craft project.
Dragonolia makes the perfect gift, bound in a rich traditional red cloth-covered hardback cover with gilt-edged pages and an authentic Victorian style layout. In one, the sleeper’s good dreams pass through the hole in the middle of the web while their bad dreams are caught in the thread and dissolve with the light of day, in the other, the opposite happens, and it is the bad dreams that pass through the hole and the good ones are caught by the web and able to pass down into the dreamer. If you don’t have any feathers you can easily buy some from a gift shop, or cut some out of fabric, but better still, you could plan a wild feather hunt. These beastly forms fascinated and terrorised antiquity, although it is certainly true that they were misunderstood. So it was not only an honour but also a dream come true when Guardian Books approached me to write a book about dadcando. The book itself is very high quality (like everything on dadcando) and if you like dadcando then you’ll love this book, but it also makes a great gift for anybody else who you think might like a bit of inspiration.
55 fabulous projects are mingled with some great top ten tips including articles on how to make your house a home and how to help your kids be creative. Drawing your own cartoon comic strip is not too difficult if you break it down in to a few simple steps. They are part of a group of animals called arthropods, that is animals that have the skeletons on the outside in the form of shells or carapaces. As you know on dadcando we love the fantasy angle and the whole way that myths and storytelling when combined with craft can bring wonder in to our (and our children's lives). Growing broad beans down into a clear, curved ploy-tube is an exciting experiment to do with your kids and will give you plenty of opportunity to discover together, what happens when a seed germinates and how plants grow. Crisp, new banknotes make beautifully detailed (and obviously valuable) boxes, and as there is no tearing involved, the money can be easily unfolded and spent; double the fun. Either you can paint the T-shirt for your children or they can do it themselves (which is more fun). The big fish chasing the little one, we know the little one will never get eaten because the handles are fixed to the cupboard doors, in any case he looks too quick and cheeky to get caught. In one ten day period in 1995, the Hubble stared at a tiny spot of space (about the size of the eye of a needle at arm's length) and took a picture of trillions of stars. For over 100 years the big, fire gobbling, spitting-hissing, cloud making, roaring steam engine, a modern day dragon if ever there was one, stormed up and down the country inspiring awe and wonder in the hearts children and grown-ups alike.


Sounds like a recipe for a huge mess and a whole load of fun and of course some really cute tasty little sugar mice. Making it could not be easier (you've probably got everything you need right now) and the results look every bit as good as real film props. The first project is a lovely little handmade booklet of vouchers for good deeds and favours.
Extremely lightweight, the originals automatically adjust their transmissivity, such that normal vision is maintained regardless of the viewing conditions.
This week there are three Draw and Colour Human Chimera to choose from: a mermaid, a centaur or the the wicked little faun. Some crafters nowadays prefer to buy and paint wooden eggs, but for me that takes away some of the magic of painting a real egg. Use soft, fine, dry sand and calibrate your timer carefully and you will find that it will quite accurately measure the time it takes to cook a perfect soft boiled egg.
This gorgeous Love Heart Shaped Box is really easy to make following our simple instructions.
Join dadcando today and get thousands of hours of fun and creativity that will last you the whole year. As you know, I have been exhibiting the famous Dragon Filigree Egg Case for some time now, and it must be said that you have even made some wonderful examples of it, truly worth of one of my expeditions.
I hold you will take this opportunity to make this rare piece and help me unravel the mystery that has surrounded it since I discovered it over 60 years ago.
It's easier to make than you think with our illustrated instructions explaining every step and complete plans to make sure that your Secret Box Book looks as good as this.
The wise old pharmacist had just the right prescription, but it was not at all what I expected. It can not be denied that the wand maker's craft is an exacting one, but what is so often overlooked is the art of the wandbox maker. I can reveal however that I owe by longevity to a single brief encounter with Le Comte de Saint-Germain, whom I met by accident as I travelled across Europe on official business in the winter of 1898.
That's why a pencil roll is exactly what professional artists use to keep their materials organised.
Of course, you needn't purchase the hide, you can easily make it yourself, using simple instructions that you'll find here. Almost nothing is better than receiving an interesting looking parcel from a far off land, bearing exotic stamps. The traditional cast iron fireplace was certainly the focal point of any middle class Victorian home and a mantelpiece (more properly called a mantelshelf) without two or three statuettes, a candle holder or two and either a carriage clock or a glass domed display case, usually showing a stuffed bird or small mammal of some kind, would have seemed woefully empty and lacking in character. Besides swissmiss, she founded and runs Tattly, CreativeMornings , TeuxDeux and her Brooklyn based co-working space Friends (formerly Studiomates). Remember, you are half the reason your children exist and they need you whether you live with them or not. Dragonolia is suitable for children from about 8 to adult, with projects to suit any ability from children working alone to projects that will be fun to do together.
I have created a new set of original drawings perfect for developing your drawing skills, while making gorgeous greetings cards or illustrator's plates. They loved the idea of dadcando and believe wholeheartedly in the ethos of the site and the support it gives for dads, single parents in general and in fact anyone who wants to get the most out of the time they spend with their kids. The book has some of my favourite projects in it, actually 55 in all, including some lovely experiments and some 60 of my top tips for setting up and running a lovely home, and as always, being there for your kids. This great little project is easier than you think and is the start of making your whole great looking train set. This week there are three Draw and Colour Winged Beasts to choose from: a harpy, a hippogriff or the beautiful little faerie. The tender itself is built on a basic, junk-made train car chassis that will be the basis for a number of fabulous projects, which when all built up will be a gorgeous circus train. Although regarded as pests my many adults, insects are important to humans because they pollinate plants, and are endlessly fascinating to children on account of their bright colours, weird body shapes and minutely detailed features.
Dadcando's most successful project is the "Make your own Wizard's Wand", so what better way to celebrate that than by designing and making and selling a really magic wand.
Instead of being hidden in soil (as would normally be the case), this innovative project uses the magnifying combination of the water and a clear tube to reveal the beans' delicate root structures. What a great way to give a gift or leave a tip in a restaurant (budget permitting, of course). Yet the bold shapes and bright colours and the tension of the chase make these handles exciting, mesmerising and for your kids something wonderful to remember. Now you can make this quick and easy model of the Hubble, one of our greatest inventions and use it to open your children's mind to the vast wonder of the universe.
Only ten years after the first passenger train changed the world (in 1829), toy makers were cashing in on the transport craze, by making "carpet railways". All beautifully illustrated with clear instructions to make sure that you make the best models, toys and film quality props to play with and get immense fun from.
Make a fine collection of Dragon Scales coloured from all the dragon species you can think of. You can make it any colour you like, but here you can see how to make an antique looking one. Use the printables provided or design your own treats on the blank pages also provided in the downloadable.
Blinding flash flares from the nostrils of an angered dragon are instantaneously dimmed, yet by the same infernal mechanism, dark caves need no illumination, as the Glaremasters boost the available light in order to automatically enhance one’s vision, so as to render the carriage of lamps unnecessary.
Keep your finished work as a beautiful drawing, or use the simple instructions that come with each download to make a lovely greetings card.
I recently found an old photograph of my 1922 Dragon Hunting Border Pass (complete with the local currency deemed necessary to buy its acceptance). There is nothing quite like the feeling of painting on a real hen's egg that has been blown. Make it and give this as the gift, or make it and put something lovely inside it for the perfect present. Crispy on the outside, fluffy well risen on the inside, melt-in-the-mouth Yorkshire Puddings are a compliment to any roast and make a very nice dessert, and what's more they are very easy to make and make well.
Doing projects on dadcando together, is not only one of the most rewarding ways to spend time with your children, but it is also the perfect way to build your child's confidence, creativity and problem solving abilities, and therefore help them do better at school.
But ever since I found that beautiful Egg Case lurking in my attic, I have been searching for the Golden Dragon Embryo that I found near a Tibetan monastery over 60 years ago. Read the tale here and of course, mix up some of your own wonderful potions and label them with these beautiful antique apothecary labels; only on dadcando.
Drawing up a fanciful map is a great way to get children interested in a wide range of important concepts.
I tell you the tale of my meeting and thus how I came to own this lovely little bottle closure.
Now you can have fun making one of your own in a few minutes from an old pair of trousers, curtains or upholstery fabric. A few choice words tapped out in Morse Code by operators skilled in the art, and relayed from country to country via a network of telegraph stations.
Before I was old enough to go traveling myself, I had to be content with daydreams of fantastical places that were made a little bit more real by those strange stamps and their fascinating postmarks. As their dad, you have what it takes to make their lives successful and fulfilling no matter how often you see them. Or of course you could design and colour in your own using plain paper and felt tipped pens.
This great little project is easier than you think and is part of making your whole great looking train set. Keep your finished work as a set of beautiful drawings, or use the simple instructions that come with each download to make lovely greetings cards.
For the best results use a mixture of quirky personality traits for each of your characters, which will give you plenty of humorous potential. So why not make some in this super little project, Creativeman's Glue Gun Bugs inspired by dadcando member, Creativeman. Now you can see what I have been doing with my time over the last few months, while you've been waiting for a new project to appear.
Have a look at these gorgeous pictures and then go to the the Wand Company website, and check out the Kymera Wand phenomenon that has become the subject of over 250 blogs in the just last two months. The best part is that you can buy plain white T shirts incredibly cheaply, so painting on them is no more expensive than painting on a big piece of paper.
Who knows one day they might be the first generation that goes out and properly explores some of it.


Since then almost every child has at one time or another been fascinated by trains, whether it be Brio, Thomas the Tank Engine, Casey Jones or model railway sets. Ink pots and quills, dark secret books and even a wicked potions invite for all those Harry Potter parties. Make a pouch from a scrap of Chinese brocade material to keep them in or put them on display in an old Chinese painting set box, or even make a lovely Shadow Box, to really display them in style.
Although the company that made them no longer exists, you can make a pair yourself from our simple instructions and templates.
It's our newest, advanced project, but you'll find it quite easy once you get going and the result is incredible. Pale coloured outlines mean that you can draw over the image to get the best "I drew it myself" result.
The badly damaged photograph is only one of two pieces of evidence that remains of my last trip to Ngari, the highest point on the Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau, and one of the most beautiful places I have ever visited. The download comes with a couple of neat little gift tags both in full colour and drawn only with a simple light grey line, to make them easy for you to colour in to make this nest the perfect gift for somebody you love. It's so light, it's so delicate, it seems really special and fragile; in fact, it just has to be a real egg. Why not use it for a neat little Easter gift (you can fit one chocolate inside, or what about popping a Mother's Day present in side it. Find out why the real eggs must be securely locked away, and then write in and tell us of your own experiences with these little known but exquisite miniature artifacts. With a back catalogue of over 350 projects and project downloads and an exciting new one each week, there has never been a better way to spend ?9.95 and make the most of the time you spend with your children. Maps can be drawn with fanciful illustrations of features, such as would have been common in maps drawn hundreds of years ago, or they can be a little more modern, with contour lines and proper map symbols. However, unfortunately I am unable to offer you a recipe for the formulation of the amazing Universal Medicine of the bottle that it stoppered.
Start making your own library right now, and make sure you never lose another book again, right here.
You don't even need a sewing machine, because in this project we show you how to make this pencil roll using hot-melt glue gun glue instead of sewing thread.
Of course this was not much use if you urgently wanted to send a small package, or even a long letter. Victorian glass domed display cases can be picked up in second hand junk shops (if you're lucky) or more usually at antiques bazaars, but they are fragile and can be expensive, so why not make your own here. This project is the perfect way to display all your most beautiful holiday trinkets and the things that you make.
With the help of a long-lost relative, she begins to uncover clues and secrets--piecing together her family's history as she fights her way back to the present world.Meanwhile, back home, Cass is at the hospital in a deep coma.
This week there are three Draw and Colour Half Human creatures to choose from: the Troll, Dwarf or the sadly sneering Gollum, wringing his hands for you to colour in. This week there are three Draw and Colour Dark Beasts to choose from: the Hydra, a kraken or terrible three-headed dog, Cerberus, guard over the gates of Hell itself. Make this wonderful model, and the steam train, which together are perfect for hours of fun and enjoyment. The great thing about this project is that the resulting model train is satisfyingly big and therefore is not only fun to make and great to play with, but makes an attractive ornament.
In the next couple of weeks, dadcando will be publishing some new craft projects, but until then I hope that this can keep your imagination alive, and if you're lucky, maybe you'll even get one.
You can’t beat personalising your own clothes, and it’s much more fun, so much cheaper and about 1000 times more personal than buying a slogan or branded T-shirt.
Bring some of that old fashioned magic back to life by making this great looking steam engine. Next week I will explain in detail how to make the scales as well, but for now, you can start making the box from our simple instructions and there are no end of things that you can put in a well made Shadow Box. My goal was the peaceful study and conservation of what was then thought to be the last remaining Tibetan Lung, but at that time the local ruling party was bent on their destruction and was only allowing dragon hunters to gain access to the region. Paint it carefully and you'll have something beautiful at the end of the project and something that needs to be handled with respect and kept somewhere safe.
As long as you use words that they understand, you’ll find that kids of any age readily grasp new concepts. And you don't just have to be a dad to join, half our members are women and we have thousands of grandmas, grandads, uncles and aunts and children as members. As a pair, the pieces are priceless, but regardless of that, it is wonderful to see them reunited again in the same display case. More than one map can be drawn showing different aspects of your land, say a political map, a rainfall map or an A to Z road map.
As usual, our beautifully drawn instructions explain, in simple steps, exactly how to get a result that looks just like this in only a few minutes. Based on a traditional design, these stamps will add that touch of beauty and realism to any model or package from a dark and distant corner of the ancient world. It will keep the dust off them and really show them off in a special way, and the best bit is, that it's a very quick little project, and all you need is some cardboard, a Christmas bauble or something similar and an empty, two litre soda bottle. Each card has a short fact about the winged beast in question, so you'll be learning some interesting classical facts as you draw. Keep the designs simple so that you can draw them over and over again in different poses easily. It looks much harder to make than it actually is, and as usual our instructions will help make you look every inch the train building hero. In fact why not make one for a father's day present and make a simple dioramas (that is small scenes) or an arrangement of objects that have a special meaning. There are nine creatures in all, so if you'd like to see more, go to the Doing Section where you'll find our new Colour and Draw project list.
I forged this Hunter's Pass to gain access to the plateau, so that I could study and perhaps even and rescue the precious beast. In 1896, an enterprising businessman started a regular International Dragonpost Service offering, for a modest price, to deliver parcels and letters within three days, to any address the sender desired, using dragons.
Or download them and cut them out and make a special Stamp album just for them to go with the rest of your dragonesk collectibles.
There are nine more creatures in the Draw and colour project list, so if you'd like to see more, go to the Doing Section where you'll find them ready to download.
Or, why not make your Big Fat Bean Race in to an even bigger experiment by adding different amounts of plant nutrient (or even different nutrients) to each tube and record which one does the best. The pass itself was lost on the trip, as you can find out in my story, here, but armed with this photo, I have had a replica made so that you can make a pass for yourself and retrace my steps, although you'll find all signs of the draco-beast have long since gone. You'll find that painting an egg is harder than it looks, but spraying the egg first with a bright coloured spray paint really gives you a head start.
But make sure you listen to what they are saying, when they are relaxed and having fun the things they talk about are a good window on how they are thinking and feeling..
When you’ve finished drawing the map, why not write a short story of how your map came to be found, or how you discovered your wonderful new country. The service was highly successful, but was superseded by airmail services after the invention of the airplane, due to the limited availability of suitably trained dragons and their aversion to flying over large cities.
Each card has a short fact about the Half Human in question, so you'll be learning some interesting classical facts as you draw. Each card has a short fact about the Dark Beast in question, so you'll be learning some interesting classical facts as you draw. And, thirdly, plan out your story lines, start by keeping them simple too, adding in odd little references to your own life to make them interesting. Use nice, glossy, quick drying enamels (which can be bought in very small pots) and most importantly, for the best results, design your egg before you start. Blank maps and instructions on how to make it look authentic can be found here, in the Dragonry. However, now you can recall those wonderful days by making your own recreation of the Dragonmail Airmail envelope label booklets, and Dragonpost franking postmark, that once was a common sight in post offices throughout the land, only here on dadcando.
There are loads of other creatures in the Draw and Colour project list, so if you'd like to see more, go to the Doing Section where you'll find them ready to download. As usual with our projects we have provided a neat template for you so that you can plan out your egg designs, and we have come up with a great way to help you keep the egg steady so that you can paint it more easily.



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