Styro Mountain Marble Slide

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Getting Started

Always use your imagination and be creative when building this project or any others. It's your creation, so be inventive when looking for building supplies you just may be surprised! When building your project, experiment with new and different ways of putting it together. The most important thing is to have fun!

Find these or similar supplies!

• Toilet paper tubes
• Paper towel tubes
• Old popsicle sticks or tongue depressors
• Glue gun or tape
• Styrofoam packing

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1. Gather your TP tubes!

This project is very fun and easy. You can make your marble slide however you’d like, there is no wrong or right way. Just start building and see what you end up with! Start out by cutting most of your toilet paper tubes in half (lengthwise). You can make this project as big or small as you want, so try to judge how many T.P. tubes you’ll need before hand.

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2. Start from the bottom!

I decided that the easiest way to build a marble slide is bottom up. Pick the spot you want your marble to come out and start from there. To make your slide you layer your T.P. tubes in an upward angle. I chose a large piece of styrofoam  packaging for my base because it gave me a nice foundation for a big marble slide. You could use any box or container.

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3. Build it up!

As your marble slide gets taller you will need to start building a mountain. Glue large chunks of styrofoam in the middle for your mountains base. I broke pieces of styrofoam up and glued them in place around the sides. This is the visual part of your mountain so get real creative!

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4. Make curves and straight runs!

Curves can be a little tricky, but feel free to trim your tubes. Don’t be afraid of using extra glue or tape! I like to use the larger paper towel tubes for the straight parts of my slide. You could build a really long slide instead of a spiraling one!

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5. Make your supports!

I added supports using pieces of styrofoam as I built my marble slide higher and higher. Its amazing how easy it is to build with some glue and old styrofoam. The toilet paper and paper towel tubes are very light so don’t worry about making your base too sturdy (just no wobbling).

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6. Shape your mountain!

After building your Styro Mountain Marble Slide you can chip, scrape and shape it however you like. I got a bit carried away with mine and experimented with chipping pieces off with my hands to using an old butter knife to do my scraping and shaping. WARNING this was the messiest project that I have ever, ever, ever done!!!! But it looks real cool!

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7. Patch it up!

To fill in all the crack, gaps and to ad some depth to my Styro Mountain Marble Slide I used some school glue and then simple sprinkled broken up pieces of styrofoam onto the glue. You may want to rub it in in some areas. This was also very easy but MESSY!

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8. Final touches!

The final touches are all that’s left! I decided to make some Railings, struts and a sky lift out of a few old popsicle sticks and bamboo skewers. VOILÀ! an awesome Styro Mountain Marble Slide!

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You can do any theme here, maybe your slide will be a roller coaster, a jungle, or a cool water park. Use your imagination and have fun!

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