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Have you got what it takes to earn a unique Guinness World Records certificate? If you think you have, get in touch with us!

And if you're stuck for ideas, you'll find five maker-themed records to apply for on this very page. Don't forget to share your creations with us on Twitter and Instagram using #GWR2019.

Good luck!

Rubber-band figurine

You can create colourful 3D sculptures using nothing but regular rubber bands. Get your friends making them too, and you could set the record for the Largest display of rubber-band figurines!

The building blocks for your figurine can be made by bunching together groups of about 20 bands. Secure these bunches with more bands, then repeat as necessary to make your figurine’s arms, legs and torso.

Make a classic rubber-band ball for a head and use more bands to tie the arms, legs and head to the torso. Keep looping the bands until the body parts are firmly attached. Keep in mind the proportions of the figure when you’re making it. The average human is around seven to eight heads tall, so your figurine must be about the same.

Click the 'apply here' button, below, to attempt the record and receive the full guidelines.

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Ring-pull necklace

Save up your soda-can tabs or raid the recycling and make this so–fizz–ticated necklace. And if you make it reeeeaaally long, you could earn yourself a Guinness World Records certificate!

Carefully remove the ring-pulls on soda cans and make a cut in each one with a strong pair of scissors. Next, link them all together to create a chain. Simple! Then, if you’re feeling really ambitious, why not have a go at linking together the world’s Longest ring-pull necklace?

You will need: ring-pulls (and lots of them… like, hundreds!), a strong pair of scissors (ideally butchers’ scissors or garden shears) and a tape measure.

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Balloon dogs

Master the fine art of balloon modelling by learning to make this balloon poodle. Once you’re up to speed, have a go at the record for the Fastest time to make three balloon dogs! Just don’t pop the pups!

The balloons used must be 260Q modelling balloons. They should be inflated and tied prior to the attempt. The balloons’ inflated length must be a minimum of 44.5 cm (17.5 in).

At a given signal, you may pick up the first balloon and begin modelling. Additional balloons are not permitted, so if any of them pop it’s the end of your attempt.

Once you have have completed your three dogs, give a clear and loud finishing signal.

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Origami cube

Don’t be square - have a go at the record for the Fastest time to make a modular origami cube. The challenge here is that it’s made from not one sheet of paper but six, inspired by a traditional Japanese design…

This record challenges you to make a cube from origami paper in the fastest time, based on a six-sheet “Sonobe” design.

You must have six identical squares of origami paper. Each square of paper must be used to construct an individual Sonobe unit. The paper may not be pre-marked or pre-folded.

You must begin the challenge with both hands and the paper flat upon the table. At a given signal, the time starts – and so can you! To end the challenge, drop the cube. Only cubes that remain intact upon landing will count.

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Paper banger

Annoy your teachers and frustrate your parents with a noisy paper banger. What’s the record? It’s the Fastest time to make and pop a paper banger three times - BANG!

Once the banger is made, it should be popped in such a way that a loud, audible “crack” is heard; after each “bang”, tuck the extended flap back into the triangle and repeat two more times. Only after the third audible bang does the timer stop.

If you use the right material, paper bangers are reusable many times. To achieve the “bang”, pinch one end and give a sharp flick of the wrist.

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