Monthly Archives: April 2013

Animation at the Edinburgh Mini Maker Faire

Visitors to Edinburgh Mini Maker Faire on Sunday 7 April may have come across the Craigmillar Arts and Environment Project and their fantastic Future Animation Workshop.

Here’s what they made!

You’ll find more examples of the project’s animation work with children and young people on their YouTube channel.

Sugar Sugar Skulls at Mini Maker Faire

Roll up and decorate a Mexican sugar skull. Get creative with this sugary sweet workshop – inspired by day of the dead.

Maker Mahala Le May is bringing her Sugar Sugar Skulls to Edinburgh Mini Maker Faire as a hands on workshop which encourages people to explore pattern and colour as they decorate their own sugar skulls. Sugar skulls are exactly as they sound – skull-shaped sugar – by far the most popular symbol of the Day of the Dead, the skulls are given as gifts to the living and the dead.

Mahala is a designer who creates fantastical eating experiences that engage, surprise and promote social exchange. By modifying spaces, utensils and edibles, she delivers bespoke events of many shapes and most sizes, providing a real treat for all who take part.

For more information check out her website –

Get Creative with Materialise

Create your very own unique cushion or lampshade at Mini Maker Faire with Materialise

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Choose to make a cushion – and they’ll talk through the basics of a sewing machine, how to wind a bobbin and thread the machine, how to pin fabric and sew straight seams. Or decide to make a bespoke lampshade and they’ll show you how to customise a drum lampshade using a wire frame kit.

The workshops are available for booking online now:

Make a Cushion – £10 

Make a Lampshade – £10


At the end of the Faire you can then give yourself a big pat on the back as you take home a beautiful cushion to rest your weary head on after a long fun day or a new lampshade to brighten up their home.

The workshops are being run by Materialise, the creative place to sew in Edinburgh – for further information check out their website –

Dinosaurs Invading Edinburgh…

A 10 foot dinosaur frame could be seen making its mark on the Edinburgh Skyline this morning, as it sat on the crest of Calton Hill drawing curious glances from Easter weekend tourists for a photo call organised to promote the Edinburgh Mini Maker Faire.


The raptor model was made in Glasgow by MAKLab, Scotland’s first open access Digital Fabrication studio. It will be one of a number of dinosaur models at Mini Maker Faire on Sunday 7th February where MAKLab will host DIY Dinos – a live-build workshop to prepare and build large scale (6ft+) dinosaurs from CNC Cut parts.

They will bring along their pet Raptor and you can help build a ‘T-Rex’ ‘Tricerotops’ and ‘Bronco.’ The workshop also offers visitors the chance to make a small model to take away and to win the large scale models in a prize draw!