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Homemade Magic 8 Ball
What you will need: * Small glass jar (I used a baby food jar) * Styrofoam or wet foam * Sharpie Marker * Foam Sheets * Clay or Play Doh * Glue gun
It’s super easy!
Clean out the small jar and fill it with water.
Cut a small square out of the styrofoam (about 1 inch.) I couldn’t find any styrofoam so I bought some wet foam in the gardening dept. It’s really easy to cut and works great.
Cute out 6 one inch squares from the foam sheets and write on them. You can write whatever you would like. We chose “yes, no, maybe, ???, for sure and ask later”.
Wrap the play doh (or clay) around the jar leaving the bottom of the jar exposed. You can use any kind of clay that hardens. I first bought the kind of clay you bake. That was a major bust. Not the baking part but we couldn’t even start to use it. It was too hard to kneed. And the other modeling clay at the store said it “never hardens”. That’s not a good thing for this project. So we just made our own play doh (see my post here ) and used that.
And you are set. Start asking it questions and see how much fun your kids will have. We ask it about dinner (should we have teriyaki chicken tonight?) or TV (should we watch iCarly right now?) It’s a hoot!
Thats awesome! So easy too 🙂
I’ll bet the kids love to play with this. Very clever. I need one to help me with important decision…it couldn’t hurt.
How cute and crafty! Repurposing is the best isn’t it?! My kiddoes would love this project! Thanks for linking up at PonyTail&FishScales!
What a cute craft idea!!! Where do you come up with such cool ideas???
So, I have to tell you that I love Sherrilyn Kenyon–One Silent Night. Ihave only read that one. It was so ggod. Also, check out Lara Adrian….so good!!! And no, you are not at all pathetic…if so, then I am totally pathetic too. Hope you like the ‘Kiss of…’ series…Have you read the new one by Stephanie Meyer…about Bree?? I haven’t yet, but I heard it was good.
Take care…Thanks for stopping by my blog. I’m so new to this. I felt like no one but me was reading…he he he Hope we can keep in touch!!!
Btw, so cool that you are middle school counselor. I am a teacher. High school history, but for now I am a substitute for a kindergarten class…two totally different worlds. I love working with seventh graders too!!!
Fabulous idea!!! I cant wait to try it out!
And once again I am featuring another of your awesome crafts at PonyTails&FishScales! Thanks so much for linking up!
Love this! What a great idea! I remember having one as a kid too and asking it silly questions..”does Bobby Smith like me?”..lol. It usually said no. He never did notice me..lol.
SO CREATIVE!!! I LOVE THIS ONE!!
Hi! I saw your link on the Just for the Joy of It linkup, and I had to stop by and see how to do this. I have a weekly post called Do-It-Yourself Monday, and I was wondering if you’d like to do a guest post with this project? It’s SUCH a great idea and a wonderful thing for moms to do with their kids. If you’re interested, please email me at stephanierosenhahn at yahoo dot com. You can also check out my blog if you want to know more about it!
Blessings, Stephanie Ten Talents…
Love the idea. Have to give it a try! 🙂
What a clever idea! This would keep the kids amused for hours!
What a great project for older kids, I love it.
Thanks for linking up to We Play 🙂
Wow how fun I can honestly say I’ve never seen a homemade magic eight ball! I love all the crazy designs.
I remember seeing these on the “circuit” a while back… so cute and fun! (A bit like the Paper Fortune telling game from Germany I have here: http://www.redtedart.com/2010/09/03/how-to-make-a-himmel-oder-holle-spiel-paper-fortune-teller-or-a-paper-puppet/ )
Thank you so much for linking up all your fab projects! So pleased to see them all 🙂
what a great idea-i’ll have to get some of these supplies for vacation next week-bet my girls would love them!
That is really a fun idea. Kids will definitely have fun with the homemade magic 8 ball (as well as the adults!) Thanks for the tutorial.
Oh my goodness, my daughter will LOVE this! I’m going to have to set up a playdate with some of her little friends this summer so they can all make one of their own.
Thank you so much for linking it up to my Summer Fun party ~ it will definitely make her summer fun!
Laura @ Come Together Kids
so cool – I LOVED playing with this growing up! What a hoot to get my girls doing this – we must try it.
Thanks for linking to the Sunday Showcase! Hope to see you again this week!
Thanks for linking up to my Tuesday Confessional party last week. You’ve been featured so stop by and grab a brag button! http://www.craftyconfessions.com/2011/09/it-is-almost-time-for-this-weeks.html I hope to see you at this week’s link party which starts tonight. ~Macy
this is an amazing, amazing idea! i loved my magic 8 ball when i was little, and doing one on your own you can even personalize it. i will definitely be doing this! thanks! 🙂 lisa
really cute idea! thanks for linking up to #kidsinthekitchen.
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Twirligig~ Rainbow Paper Spinner Toy
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Yesterday I showed you how we made paper pinwheels , but today I have another kind of paper spinner toy to show you today. I’m calling it a twirligig. This is my made-up word combining the words twirly and whirligig. 🙂 I am so excited about this fun project!
What is a Twirligig Paper Spinner Toy?
You have probably heard of a whirligig before. A Whirligig, by definition, is any kind of spinning toy or object. In colonial times, they made whirligig toys out of buttons and string.
This twirligig spinner toy is made of strips of paper and a wooden skewer. It twirls as it spins and makes all kinds of beautiful patterns. It rounds out to a ball as it spins. They are tons of fun to play with!
Watch it here:
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How to Make the Paper Spinner Toy
To make this paper spinner toy (or twirligig), you will need paper (we used this colored paper ), a long wooden skewer , and glue. We used both a glue stick and a hot glue gun to assemble this.
Cut 8 strips of paper. I cut it from the long side of the paper, 11 inches long. They are just over 1/2 inch in width. I used 8 different colors to make it rainbow and colorful. But you can do it all from one piece of paper, too!
You will also need to cut 4 circles for attaching the paper strips. My circles are a 1 1/2 inches in diameter.
Start by rubbing glue from a glue stick all over one of the circles. Arrange one end of the paper strips evenly around the circle. Keep adding glue as they overlap around the circle. Cover the top with another circle to secure them in place.
Now you will do the same with another circle. This time bring the other ends of the paper strips up and attach them to the circle. Once they are all attached with glue, cover again with another circle to secure them.
Now you are going to put the wooded skewer through the center of both circles of paper. I started the hole with a pin, then pushed the pointy end of the skewer up through the center of the paper spinner.
On the top circle, cover the top with hot glue to keep it from moving.
Reach the glue gun in to the under side of that top circle and add some hot glue there, too. This will keep the whole top section from moving as the spinner toy spins.
The bottom hole will need to be stretched out just a little bit. Just move the skewer around in the hole to make it a little wider. This will allow it to spin freely.
Now you can play with your Twirligig paper spinner toy! Just roll the stick between both hands and watch it twirl!
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What is the science behind why it reacts this way when you spin it. Interested in the “ teaching implications “ for this activity.
Did you ever get a reply to this question? I am looking for a simply-worded explanation to go with this craft for littles.
I would try to explain the action of spinning as centrifugal force. Google a simple explanation of it.
Made the twirlygig this afternoon with my ten year old daughter – worked beautifully. Lots of fun..
Yeah! I am so glad to hear!
My kids had so much fun making these yesterday… thanks for the idea!
The skewer I used was the longest in the store, however too short for the project. I barely have room for hands, and the paper does not have enough room to twirl. What kind of skewers did you use? Please, help, it looks so fun, I want to make it work. Thank you.
I taped 2 heavy cardboard straws together so they ended up being almost 16″.
I am a Kids Church teacher and we made this craft to go along with Noah’s Ark and the rainbow. The kids loved it.
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How To Make An Origami Balloon: A Step-By-Step Guide
Looking for a fun and unique way to celebrate a birthday or special occasion? Why not make an origami balloon?! This step-by-step guide will show you exactly how to make an origami balloon that can serve as an awesome and festive decoration among other fun things! All you need is some paper, a few simple folds, and a little bit of imagination. Let’s get started!
How To Make An Origami Balloon Video Walkthrough
If you are a good video learner then the video I’ve made above should make it more than easy enough for you to create your first origami balloon! Feel free to be as creative as you want with this origami creation! Use any colored paper you want and even decorate the balloon once you are done with it. I want you to have as much fun as possible with this creation! Now, if you prefer a different learning method than a video then just keep scrolling as I have also put together a step-by-step illustrated guide on how to make the perfect paper balloon!
How To Make An Origami Balloon Step-By-Step Instructions
1. folding the paper horizontally.
Begin by folding the paper in half horizontally, creating a crease in the middle.
2. Folding the Paper in Half Again
Fold paper in half once again.
3. Opening the Indicated Flap
Open the flap with the clear arrow pointing at it.
4. Flattening the Opened Space
Flatten the space created as seen in the image.
5. Turning the Paper Over
Turn the paper over.
6. Opening and Flattening the Other Flap
Open the flap with the clear arrow pointing to it and flatten like you did on the previous side.
7. Folding Along the Dotted Lines
Fold in the dotted lines.
8. Folding the Dotted Lines Backwards
Fold the dotted lines towards the back.
9. Folding the Dotted Lines Inward
Now, fold the dotted lines inward, creating a new set of creases.
10. Folding the Dotted Lines Backward Again
Once more, fold the sections along the dotted lines towards the back of the paper.
11. Tucking the Flaps into the Pockets
Carefully tuck the flaps down into the pockets created by the folds.
12. Inflating the Origami Balloon
Blow air into the balloon through the opening indicated by the clear arrow in the reference image.
13. The Completed Origami Balloon
Congratulations! You have successfully created an origami balloon. Enjoy your final product!
You should be nothing short of a pro at making origami balloons now! I’ve provided you with two very simple and easy-to-follow guides on making this paper creation! Down below you’ll find the same instructions but in a downloadable and printable format just in case you want to keep it on hand to share with friends!
How To Make An Origami Balloon Printable Instructions
Now that you have mastered the origami balloon, why not check out some of my other origami creations? Keep learning the art of origami by following along with my tutorials! If you keep at it, you’ll definitely be able to create an even more impressive origami masterpiece than the origami balloon! Thanks for reading and I hope you enjoy this fun paper craft project.
Check out my other origami designs and sharpen your paper folding skills!
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How To : Make your own origami magic ball
Tutorial of how to quickly make and Origami Magic Ball! Get a piece of 20x40cm paper. Fold along side in 32 equal parts, by repeatedly folding the paper in half - using genderless folds. Fold the short side in 8 equal parts- using valley folds. Turn the sheet over and start diagonal folds - using valley folds into 32 parts. Roll paper out flat, and fold it zigzag following previously made genderless folds. At corner of paper, create a "water bomb" by pressing together previously made folds forming indents in the paper. Add another water bomb next to the first one, etc until one row is done. Proceed onto next row of water bombs, and do water bombs for every row on the paper. Tape opposite sides of the paper together, forming a ball. Follow these instructions and you too can have your very own Origami Magic Ball!
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too long and hard haha, that's what she said but seriously, takes forever
amazing i wuld like to learn please help
Since I do origami, this is really easy for me.
Where do u find/buy 20x40cm paper?!?! Thanks :-)
very awesome you make it look so easy
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Paper Ball Garland
This paper ball garland craft is perfect as a Christmas decoration and it will also look absolutely adorable at any birthday party (any time of the year).
Making this garland can be quite addicting to be honest, I could make these balls all day ha!
Simple paper garlands (and paper chains, got to love that) make the prettiest decorations if you ask me and they are frugal! You can make a garland like we did or even turn these into tree ornaments!
How to Make a Paper Ball Garland
What you need
- paper in many different colors
- scissors or cutting tool
Cut paper to small strips. The length and width of the strips is totally up to you – the longer it is the bigger the ball will be.
I cut mine across the width of a paper – strips being about half an inch / 1 cm wide.
Gently fold the strips in half so you get a crease in the middle.
Add a dab of glue in the middle and glue on another strip of paper forming a cross. Add two more strips (if your strips are longer you might need to add a few more).
Now fold them towards the top and glue on top to get a ball shape.
Make as many as you want and string them on yarn.
You can get even more creative and decorate these with little sparky gemstones or use Christmas lights instead of yarn to string them (just make sure they are led lights so they don’t heat up).
You can modify this to match any occasion – use all pink for a princess party (or white and blue if you’re going Frozen), red and black for a ladybug party, yellow and black for a bumble bee party… The sky is the limit!
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How to Make Humans in Infinite Craft
A little smoke, a little dust, and some help from the planet of love
Why bother with the four elements when you can have the very building blocks of society? Here’s how to create humans in Infinite Craft.
Infinite Craft is a game that lets you while away the hours while playing god. But if you’re wondering how to turn these basic elements into humans in Infinite Craft, you’ve come to the right place. To make humans, you’ll need to combine Adam and Eve.
There are plenty of recipes out there, including those that will ask you to make concepts like time and eternity. But the easiest way to make Adam and Eve, and by extension humans, is to craft the planet Venus . So let’s dive right in, starting from the beginning.
You’ll need to combine the following elements first.
- Earth x Wind = Dust
- Wind x Fire = Smoke
- Water x Fire = Steam
Next, we’ll be building Venus. Here’s what you need to do.
- Earth x Dust = Planet
- Water x Smoke = Fog
- Earth x Steam = Mud
- Planet x Fog = Venus
Now that we have Venus, we can create Adam.
- Venus x Mud = Adam
Now that we have Adam, we can create Eve.
- Adam x Venus = Eve
And to make humans:
- Adam x Eve = Humans
This isn’t the only way to get humans, of course. Combining Adam with Time, or Adam with Fire will also make Eve. And to get Adam, you can combine an Apple with Knowledge or Eve with a Mayor. The world is truly your ridiculous oyster.
What Can You Craft with Humans in Infinite Craft?
Once you have humans, the world really begins to open up. You can craft the concept of love, artificial intelligence, or even Dragon Ball Z. Here are some of our favorite human combinations in Infinite Craft:
- Mothman : human + moth.
- Alien : human + planet.
- Cultist : human + Cthulu.
- Thumb : human + hitchhiker.
- Fugitive : human + runaway.
- Centaur : human + unicorn.
- Phoenix : human + flame.
- Drunk : human + glass.
- Mummy : human + dust.
- Stripper : human + pole.
- Statue of Liberty : human + statue.
- Joker : human + clown.
- Frankenstein : human + shock.
- Dracula : human + vampire.
- Godzilla : human + kaiju.
- God : human + immortality.
- human + robot = cyborg.
- human + religion = priest .
- priest + human = pope.
- pope + cyborg = robopope.
That’s about all there is to humans in Infinite Craft. But to really get this ball rolling, I recommend you craft life and see how the world and all of its surreal possibilities open up.
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Geodesic Paper Disco Ball
Introduction: Geodesic Paper Disco Ball
I normally design pop-up cards , but lately I've been captivated by a 3D form which will not collapse: the geodesic dome. From lampshades, greenhouses, to massive event spaces, triangles carefully assembled together will create a deceptively simple sculptural form. In this instructable I am using a geodesic dome to make a paper disco ball with 320 facets -- but no worries, you'll only need to cut, fold and assemble 14 pieces to make your own disco ball!
This template can be made with 6 sheets of standard paper, and will create a sphere with a diameter of 20 cm (almost 8").
Template (download for free from www.makepopuocards.com)
Mirror card stock
High tech (recommended): digital cutter -- low tech: scalpel knife (aka Xacto knife ) and cutting mat .
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Step 1: The Geometry
Skip to step 3 if you just want to make the damn thing.
For me, the purpose of the exercise was to understand the geometry (one of the reasons I didn't use a dome calculator), so I'm including this step in case other non-mathematicians are interested in the process.
There are an infinite number of geodesic domes... One of the simplest, the icosahedron, is a volume composed of 20 equilateral triangles, is a bit angular for a dome, but it still qualifies (it's the globe you see in the background of the first photo). The more triangles which form the dome, the more spherical it becomes, and (important if you are making something big) the stronger its structure.
Domes are generally classified as frequencies 1V, 2V, 3V, etc -- names which refer to how many times the triangles which form it are divided (more details here) -- but I find it easier to think of the domes in terms of their underlying geometry.
Take the icosahedron (1V). Divide each of its 20 triangles in 4 (by halving each side). That's a 2V dome made of 80 triangles. Still a bit lumpy, but definitely a sphere. Do you want to do better?
Take that same icosahedron. Chop off all the vertices (pointy corners). You get a " truncated icosahedron ", also known as the classic soccer ball, a sphere formed of a combination of 12 pentagons and 20 hexagons. Turn the pentagons into 5 triangles, the hexagons into 6 triangles, and you've got yourself a 3V sphere, with two different sized triangles, coming to a grand total of 180 triangles. I used this structure to make a lampshade, but for the disco ball I wanted even more surfaces/facets/triangles.
So I started out with a different volume, the icosidodecahedron -- a sphere composed of 12 pentagons linked together with 20 equilateral triangles. At the hemisphere it is a decagon (polygon with 10 equal sides) which is helpful, because it makes it easy to set the diameter of your sphere. Also I'm very fond of this volume, and I've been wearing various versions of it on my face since the Spring of 2020... but I digress. Take those pentagons, divide them into 5 triangles, and then divide all the triangles into 4 (by halving each side)... and now you have your 4V sphere, made of 320 triangles of 4 different sizes! Now at the hemisphere you'll have an icosagon (polygon with 20 equal sides).
There is space here for some esthetic choices: when you split the 5 triangles forming your pentagons, you don't have to half them evenly -- for example if you want to emphasize the star pattern this form creates -- but for the disco ball I wanted my triangles to be as even and regular as possible so I split them exactly in half.
Then I needed to dust off my very rusty high school trigonometry skills to figure out the correct angles and dimensions of each triangle so they curve on the radius of the dome... the trigonometry itself is simple enough (thanks to online calculators, I will admit), the complicated part was figuring out which plane I was thinking about, what angle I was looking for. And there is no room for error. I thought I'd figured it out many times only to be crushed by a 3D model which didn't behave as I'd expected (picture #3). If you're off by 1/2 degree or a fraction of an inch it will look the same on your drawing, but multiply the error by 320 triangles and you won't have a proper closed volume.
Step 2: The Net
A "net" is the name of a pattern for a 3D volume, and even with a simple volume like a cube there are many options (11, to be precise) so you can imagine that with a volume with 320 facets there are quite a few possibilities! The colorful image above shows one such possibility -- not the one used here, but it's pretty. Plus it shows the 4 different types of triangles which form the sphere, which is harder to see with just the cut and fold lines.
Believe it or not, you actually can draw a net for this dome from one single piece... but it would be a pain to assemble, it would require a huge sheet of paper (with a lot of wasted space/paper) and some of the edges would not be glued together because the slits between the facets would be too small to allow a proper glue tab.
So I made a compromise between ease of printing and fabrication and assembly and structural integrity. I drew a net which can be printed on standard paper and is decently easy to assemble. You only have to cut and fold 14 pieces to make your dome... not bad considering you're making 320 triangles! It is reasonably intuitive to assemble, though gluing the last piece is a bit tricky.
Step 3: Cut, Fold, Glue
Download the template (for free) from www.makepopupcards.com. It is formatted for letter sized paper (8.5" by 11") but it can be printed on A4 or even scaled up to make a bigger sphere. You will need 6 sheets of mirror paper to make a whole sphere.
You can print the template multiple times to cut and make it by hand, with an Xacto knife and a cutting mat , or you can cut the pieces with a digital cutter. The download includes a printable template with instructions, and a second file with just the die lines so you can import the pieces into your digital cutter software.
If you are making this with a digital cutter, all fold lines should be made with a "kiss cut" -- a very light cut which goes through the mirror layer but not through the thickness of the paper, This will give nice sharp edges to the folds, and it will allow you to peel off the mirror metallic layer on the tabs, so you can glue the form together with regular white glue.
If you are making this by hand, it is more efficient to score the fold lines the regular way, by using a ball point pen to trace the printed lines on the reverse (and pressing down to make a dent in the paper). After you've scored all the fold lines you can flip your sheet over and carefully kiss cut the mirror layer only for the tabs.
Specific instructions on where to glue what pieces are included in the template.
Inevitably, you will smudge the mirror surface as you glue the pieces together. Don't worry about that, if you are using white glue it will wipe clean easily.
Enjoy making your very own geodesic dome paper disco ball!
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In Word, you can create a form that others can fill out and save or print. To do this, you will start with baseline content in a document, potentially via a form template. Then you can add content controls for elements such as check boxes, text boxes, date pickers, and drop-down lists. Optionally, these content controls can be linked to database information. Following are the recommended action steps in sequence.
Show the Developer tab
In Word, be sure you have the Developer tab displayed in the ribbon. (See how here: Show the developer tab .)
Open a template or a blank document on which to base the form
You can start with a template or just start from scratch with a blank document.
Start with a form template
Go to File > New .
In the Search for online templates field, type Forms or the kind of form you want. Then press Enter .
In the displayed results, right-click any item, then select Create.
Start with a blank document
Select Blank document .
Add content to the form
Go to the Developer tab Controls section where you can choose controls to add to your document or form. Hover over any icon therein to see what control type it represents. The various control types are described below. You can set properties on a control once it has been inserted.
To delete a content control, right-click it, then select Remove content control in the pop-up menu.
Note: You can print a form that was created via content controls. However, the boxes around the content controls will not print.
Insert a text control
The rich text content control enables users to format text (e.g., bold, italic) and type multiple paragraphs. To limit these capabilities, use the plain text content control .
Click or tap where you want to insert the control.
To learn about setting specific properties on these controls, see Set or change properties for content controls .
Insert a picture control
A picture control is most often used for templates, but you can also add a picture control to a form.
Insert a building block control
Use a building block control when you want users to choose a specific block of text. These are helpful when you need to add different boilerplate text depending on the document's specific purpose. You can create rich text content controls for each version of the boilerplate text, and then use a building block control as the container for the rich text content controls.
Select Developer and content controls for the building block.
Insert a combo box or a drop-down list
In a combo box, users can select from a list of choices that you provide or they can type in their own information. In a drop-down list, users can only select from the list of choices.
Select the content control, and then select Properties .
To create a list of choices, select Add under Drop-Down List Properties .
Type a choice in Display Name , such as Yes , No , or Maybe .
Repeat this step until all of the choices are in the drop-down list.
Fill in any other properties that you want.
Note: If you select the Contents cannot be edited check box, users won’t be able to click a choice.
Insert a date picker
Click or tap where you want to insert the date picker control.
Insert a check box
Click or tap where you want to insert the check box control.
Use the legacy form controls
Legacy form controls are for compatibility with older versions of Word and consist of legacy form and Active X controls.
Click or tap where you want to insert a legacy control.
Select the Legacy Form control or Active X Control that you want to include.
Set or change properties for content controls
Each content control has properties that you can set or change. For example, the Date Picker control offers options for the format you want to use to display the date.
Select the content control that you want to change.
Go to Developer > Properties .
Change the properties that you want.
Add protection to a form
If you want to limit how much others can edit or format a form, use the Restrict Editing command:
Open the form that you want to lock or protect.
Select Developer > Restrict Editing .
After selecting restrictions, select Yes, Start Enforcing Protection .
If you want to protect only parts of the document, separate the document into sections and only protect the sections you want.
To do this, choose Select Sections in the Restrict Editing panel. For more info on sections, see Insert a section break .
If the developer tab isn't displayed in the ribbon, see Show the Developer tab .
Open a template or use a blank document
To create a form in Word that others can fill out, start with a template or document and add content controls. Content controls include things like check boxes, text boxes, and drop-down lists. If you’re familiar with databases, these content controls can even be linked to data.
Go to File > New from Template .
In Search, type form .
Double-click the template you want to use.
Select File > Save As , and pick a location to save the form.
In Save As , type a file name and then select Save .
Start with a blank document
Go to File > New Document .
Go to File > Save As .
Go to Developer , and then choose the controls that you want to add to the document or form. To remove a content control, select the control and press Delete. You can set Options on controls once inserted. From Options, you can add entry and exit macros to run when users interact with the controls, as well as list items for combo boxes, .
Adding content controls to your form
In the document, click or tap where you want to add a content control.
On Developer , select Text Box , Check Box , or Combo Box .
To set specific properties for the control, select Options , and set .
Repeat steps 1 through 3 for each control that you want to add.
Options let you set common settings, as well as control specific settings. Select a control and then select Options to set up or make changes.
Set common properties.
Select Macro to Run on lets you choose a recorded or custom macro to run on Entry or Exit from the field.
Bookmark Set a unique name or bookmark for each control.
Calculate on exit This forces Word to run or refresh any calculations, such as total price when the user exits the field.
Add Help Text Give hints or instructions for each field.
OK Saves settings and exits the panel.
Cancel Forgets changes and exits the panel.
Set specific properties for a Text box
Type Select form Regular text, Number, Date, Current Date, Current Time, or Calculation.
Default text sets optional instructional text that's displayed in the text box before the user types in the field. Set Text box enabled to allow the user to enter text into the field.
Maximum length sets the length of text that a user can enter. The default is Unlimited .
Text format can set whether text automatically formats to Uppercase , Lowercase , First capital, or Title case .
Text box enabled Lets the user enter text into a field. If there is default text, user text replaces it.
Set specific properties for a Check box .
Default Value Choose between Not checked or checked as default.
Checkbox size Set a size Exactly or Auto to change size as needed.
Check box enabled Lets the user check or clear the text box.
Set specific properties for a Combo box
Drop-down item Type in strings for the list box items. Press + or Enter to add an item to the list.
Items in drop-down list Shows your current list. Select an item and use the up or down arrows to change the order, Press - to remove a selected item.
Drop-down enabled Lets the user open the combo box and make selections.
Protect the form
Go to Developer > Protect Form .
Note: To unprotect the form and continue editing, select Protect Form again.
Save and close the form.
Test the form (optional)
If you want, you can test the form before you distribute it.
Protect the form.
Reopen the form, fill it out as the user would, and then save a copy.
Creating fillable forms isn’t available in Word for the web.
You can create the form with the desktop version of Word with the instructions in Create a fillable form .
When you save the document and reopen it in Word for the web, you’ll see the changes you made.
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Super Bowl squares: Rules, how to play and what numbers are the best − and worst − to get
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Want to make your Super Bowl party even more fun − and competitive?
Look no further than Super Bowl squares.
An exciting way to get everyone to watch the Big Game is with Super Bowl squares, a game where you don't need to understand football to play, and it could result in a big pay day, depending on how much money everyone is willing to pay for on it.
Don't know how to play? Don't worry, here are the basic rules of the game, as well as how to get the best chance to win some cash on Super Bowl Sunday:
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How to play Super Bowl squares
It starts with a 10x10 grid, with one side of the grid with the AFC champion (Kansas City Chiefs), and the other side with the NFC champion (San Francisco 49ers).
Participants then buy a square, for a fixed price that can be determined by whoever is playing, like $5 per square, to put in the pot. Players can also buy however many squares they want.
After all the squares have been bought, or everyone has bought their desired amount, whoever is in charge then randomly draws numbers across from 0-9, and assigns them to the top and side of the grid. Players can see what numbers their grid is assigned to, and then the game can begin with kickoff happens.
How to win Super Bowl squares
Winning typically involves the score by the end of each quarter. The numbers on each side of the grid represent the last digit of the AFC team's score and the other represents the last digit of the NFC team's score, and whoever has that square when the quarter ends, wins.
Example, if the score by the end of the first quarter is 49ers the leading the Chiefs 13-10, then whoever has the No. 3 on the NFC side and No. 0 on the AFC side is the winner of that quarter.
If the game goes into overtime, then typically the final score is used instead of the fourth quarter score.
How much money can be won in Super Bowl squares?
It depends on how much is put into the pot, and how players want to split up the pay.
The most popular ways are each winner gets 25% of the winnings so its split evenly by the time the game ends. Another way is rewarding the winners of the halftime and final score of the game a larger cut. Example is giving those winners 30% while 20% is given to the first and third quarter. Another way is giving the winner of the final score the biggest payout of the night, like 40% while the first three quarters get only 20%.
What are the best Super Bowl squares to have?
The best squares to have are 0, 1, 3, 4 and 7 because they are the most frequent last digit numbers, since touchdowns are worth seven points and field goals are worth three. In a 2013 blog post, the Harvard Sports Analysis Collective wrote that the single best square to have is seven on the betting favorite's axis.
If you are looking for the best squares, the ones with 7-0 and 3-0 have been picked 20 times in Super Bowl history, according the Print Your Brackets , the most of any squares. Second with 19 selections is 0-0.
What are the worst Super Bowl squares to have?
Hope you don't get 2, 5 and 9. According to the Harvard Sports Analysis Collective post from 2013, the 2-2 square and 2-5 square (two on the favorite's axis, five on the underdog's) are among the worst, because it usually takes some combination of safeties, missed extra points or other general strangeness to get there.
For even further evidence, Print Your Brackets says there's been 12 pairs that have never been a winner: 1-1, 2-1, 3-2, 5-2, 5-3, 5-4, 5-5, 6-2, 6-5, 8-7, 8-8, 9-0.
Download and print a Super Bowl squares
Ready to play? You can download squares for your own party here .
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How to Make an Origami Soccer Ball
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Soccer is a sport beloved by fans and players alike. And fortunately, you don’t need fancy equipment to get your footie fix. In fact, you can make your own ball out of paper using the Japanese art of origami. Fold the black and white pieces separately, then use glue to piece them all together. Goal!
Folding the Black Pieces
- This will make a life-sized soccer ball.
- You can buy paper that’s already 5 by 4 inches (13 cm × 10 cm) at a craft store, or cut standard-size sheets of paper into the proper dimensions.
Origami Soccer Ball Variations
For a standard soccer ball, use black and white paper.
To add a little extra flair, opt for bright colored paper or metallic foil paper instead of the traditional hues.
For a mini soccer ball, pick smaller sized paper. Just be aware that it will be harder to work with!
If you’re a beginner, stick with origami paper rather than cardstock or something heavier. Origami paper is thinner and easier to fold.
- The folded outside edges should line up just past the original center fold.
- Two of the folds should be facing one another on opposite corners. For example, 1 fold will be on the upper left and the other will be on the bottom right.
- The 3rd fold will be on a different side of the diamond.
- If the 2 corners don’t slide into place easily, you may need to refold them. They won’t tuck properly if the folds weren’t aligned properly originally.
- The tip of the corner should hit the opposite edge slightly off center.
- The edge of this fold should line up perfectly with the crease of the fold on the other side.
- Don’t crumple the paper as you tuck it into the pocket. Instead, slide it in flat so it rests neatly inside.
- The 2 creases that you’re folding into are the ones you made before you tucked the piece into the center of the diamond.
- If you don’t see the lines, you may not have creased the paper deeply enough. Re-fold them.
- Because you have so many folds in the pentagon, the paper may be difficult to fold. You’ll have to press down very firmly to make the final creases so it holds its shape.
- Set these aside in a safe place while you create the white pieces.
Making the White Pieces
- You can either cut standard sheets of paper into triangles with 6.5 in (17 cm) sides, or fold the paper.
- If you use paper that’s bigger or smaller to change the size of your finished soccer ball, make sure you always have equilateral triangle shapes, where all of the sides are the same length.
- It doesn’t matter which direction you fold the corners in, as long as they’re all folded going the same way. For example, if you fold the first one up to the left, fold the next 2 to the left as well.
- Keep the paper smooth when you tuck the corners together so that the triangle lies flat. Avoid crumpling any of the corners or folds.
- If you don’t line up your corners in the exact middle of the triangle, the hexagon sides won’t be even.
- Try to keep each hexagon as close to the same size as possible.
Putting the Ball Together
- Don’t apply too much glue to the paper or it will become oversaturated and soggy.
- Put the glue on as you go so it doesn’t dry out before you need the piece.
- Don’t fold or smash the corners as you insert them into the white pieces. They should lie flat.
- Hold the 2 sides together until the glue is dry. If you’re using a glue stick, this should take 1 to 2 minutes.
- Half of the white hexagons will have all of their corners in black pieces. The other half will have all of their corners in white pieces.
- As you put the pieces together, they should naturally form a ball shape.
- A black piece should never be touching another black piece.
- If you need help visualizing where each piece should go, look up a picture of a standard black and white soccer ball online.
If you want a fuller ball shape, stuff the soccer ball with paper shreds. They’ll help the ball stay in a sphere instead of collapsing.
Things You’ll Need
- 12 5 in × 4 in (13 cm × 10 cm) pieces of black paper
- 20 pieces of white paper, cut into triangles with 6.5 in (17 cm) sides
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To make an origami soccer ball, fold 12 pieces of black 5x4 inch paper into pentagons. Next, cut 20 pieces of white paper into triangles with 6.5 inch sides and fold them into hexagons. Then, swipe a glue stick across the loose corners of the black pentagons and the white hexagons. Finally, insert the black corners into the open white edges, slide the white corners into the open black or white edges, and fit the shapes together so that each black pentagon is surrounded with white pieces to create the ball! For tips on folding hexagons and pentagons, read on! Did this summary help you? Yes No
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How much were 2024 Super Bowl tickets? See average, cheapest and most expensive prices for the game
By Kate Gibson
Edited By Alain Sherter
Updated on: February 12, 2024 / 3:10 AM EST / CBS News
A ticket to the Super Bowl in 1967 cost $10 , or just over $90 adjusted for inflation. That likely wouldn't have bought you a beer at this year's game. Read on to see average ticket prices for the 2024 Super Bowl , from cheapest to most expensive .
How much did the cheapest Super Bowl tickets cost for 2024?
Ticket sales to the matchup between the San Francisco 49ers and Kansas City Chiefs surged, with a fifth of tickets purchased in the last three days, StubHub reported. Sales rose 7% since Tuesday, and that percentage was expected to increase daily as Sunday drew closer, according to the ticket marketplace.
Super Bowl ticket prices typically jump immediately after the conference championship games, which were played on January 29, then fall as the game nears, according to ticket resale site Seat Geek.
The cheapest face-value tickets for this year's Super Bowl sold directly by the NFL were about $2,000. And that price was after fans, including season ticket holders, win the chance to fork over several grand to buy them via a lottery system.
As Mike Nowakowski, co-owner of Ticket King in Minneapolis, told CBS Minnesota , "The average Joe does not have a fighting chance of getting a ticket for face value."
Ticketmaster, which serves as the NFL's official ticket platform, showed the lowest price for tickets lately running at $6,500, while the cheapest on Stubhub were running at a little over six grand.
How much was the average Super Bowl ticket price for 2024?
Last-minute tickets to the Super Bowl were going for as high as $37,000 on the ticket resale platform StubHub Sunday afternoon, and $30,000 on SeatGeek. StubHub told CBS News last week that the average price for a Super Bowl ticket was $8,600.
Ticketmaster, which serves as the NFL's official ticket platform, showed the lowest price for tickets Sunday at $8,000.
How much were the most expensive Super Bowl tickets for 2024?
Resellers were asking up to $45,000 for a ticket on TicketMaster as of late Wednesday afternoon. The service put the lowest-priced tickets at $8,333 on Sunday.
How much is a suite for the 2024 Super Bowl?
CBSSports.com reports that a 20-person suite at this year's game would have run you a cool $1.8 million, including the cost of tickets as well as food and alcoholic beverages. A more modest 8-seat accommodation plus tickets and amenities was going for $330,000 , while a 4-seater could have been had for $150,000, according to Suite Experience, which was handling suite rentals at Nevada's Allegiant Stadium.
Super Bowl LVIII was broadcast live on Sunday, Feb. 11, from Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas, Nevada, on CBS and Nickelodeon and streamed on Paramount+ .
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Kate Gibson is a reporter for CBS MoneyWatch in New York.