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Building mini Bob-ombs

We wanted some unique prizes to give away during this year's Mario Marathon, and really, what's more unique than something handmade? These custom Bob-ombs are individually hand painted works of art, err... um... something like that.

Mini Bob-ombs

Anyway, for a chance to win a set of these little guys tune in during Mario Marathon 4 June 24th. Can't wait to get your hands on them? You can make your own, we'll tell you how.

Supply List

Mini Bob-ombs

All of these supplies were found at our local craft store (Hobby Lobby) the total cost per Bob-omb is less than $2 bucks.

  • 1 - bag 1 3/4" Ball Knobs (6 pcs) $2.99
  • 1 - bag 3/4" Round Bead (8 pcs) $1.47
  • 1 - bag 1 1/8" Circles (12 pcs) $1.47
  • 1 - 1/8" dowel rod $0.29
  • 4 - Craft paints $.79 each

Additionally, you'll want the following tools.

  • Drill with 1/8" bit
  • Dremel, saw, something to cut wood
  • Paintbrush
  • Sand paper
  • Glue

Making the feet

Mini Bob-ombs

The small beads are used to build the feet of the Bob-ombs. To turn a round bead into a foot you need to cut it in half across the axis. A small cutting tool like a Dremel is probably the safest way to cut these small beads. I used a large miter saw and a clamp.

Once the feet are cut glue about a 1 inch piece of dowel rod into the hole, sand the foot and paint it orange / yellow. Repeat for each foot.

Building the body

Mini Bob-ombs

Start with your ball knob, and drill two holes into the bottom about 3/8" from the center of the bottom. Try to make the holes straight so that the legs line up, otherwise you'll have some wobble-ombs.

After the holes are drilled, paint the body with a few coats of black paint. Once the black drys paint on some white eyes. I used a paint pen to draw the eyes on.

Attach the legs with a bit of glue, we're almost there.

Fuse and Top

Drill a 1/8" hole in the center of one of the wooden circles then paint it grey. Cut about a 1 1/4" piece of dowel rod for the fuse, paint it white, slide it through the hole in the circle and glue it to the top of the body.

That's it! You're now the proud owner of a mini Bob-omb!

Mini Bob-ombs

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