SKALLOPS

Card Building Set

Stack the deck

When Skallops inventor, Marshall Grinstead was just eight years old, he had an idea for how to make a better playing card house using little pieces of clay with notches carved into them to keep the cards in place. Fifteen years later, with the help of two college pals who had just started their own toy company, Marshall turned his childhood daydream into a reality.

Skallops are clever little clips that hold playing cards
together in any shape you can imagine. Laser cut, sanded and finished from high-quality birch plywood, Skallops let you turn an ordinary deck of cards into extraordinary structures. Silly hats, animal creations, floor-to-ceiling towers—you name it, you can build it out of cards with these handy little helpers at your fingertips.

Each set includes 52 Skallops and a deck of custom playing cards. Download and follow easy step-by-step instructions to build dinosaurs, birds, geometric figures, hats, and more or create your own original cards of art.

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Grommet Launch Conversation

  • Evan
    Evan

    Hello everyone! My name is Evan, and I’m here with Mike, Amy, Forrest, Katie, and Marshall. We’re excited to be here on The Grommet to show you Skallops, our construction toy that lets you build anything out of cards. Skallops are wooden clips that grip cards at a variety of angles, letting you create amazing 3D structures, from towers and bridges to hats and animals. Skallops are a fun hands-on activity for kids 5 and up, and they make a great creativity toy for grown-ups, too.

    We’re here to answer any of your questions today, AND we also want to issue a challenge!

    Post your ideas on this board for designs that you want to see built, and we’ll make them out of Skallops and cards here at our office. The Grommet will post all the photos throughout the day on their blog! At the end of the day, we'll decide a winner and they will receive a free junior kit!

    We can’t wait to show you how fun and open-ended building with Skallops is!

  • Evan
    Evan – Special Guest
    10/18/2013 12:11 PM

    Hi all! We're here and we're excited to see what building challenge you all come up with. Post an idea and we'll build it over here at Skallops HQ.

    Be sure to include your name in your comment so that we can credit you for the design, because at 6 pm ET, our panel of expert judges will pick a winner for niftiest design. The lucky winner will receive a free Skallops set, and we'll write up instruction on how to build the design!

  • Andrea
    Andrea
    10/18/2013 12:26 PM

    @Evan

    I would love to see your version of the MARS Rover. We had the chance to see the earthbound version of it this summer at the MARS yard at JPL in Pasadena and were so intrigued. I think it is a perfect fit for Skallops!

  • Robin
    Robin
    10/18/2013 12:50 PM

    @Andrea

    Hey Andrea! We're big fans of space stuff too-- Evan, Mike, and I are all Caltech alums so JPL is near and dear to our hearts.

  • Evan
    Evan – Special Guest
    10/18/2013 1:11 PM

    @Robin We have a mini Eiffel Tower here in the office, now, too!

  • Val
    Val
    10/18/2013 1:58 PM

    @Evan Would love to see a firetruck with aerial ladder!

  • Twyla
    Twyla
    10/18/2013 3:53 PM

    @Even Would love to see a Death Star out of cards! Or a Train for around my Christmas Tree !

  • Twyla
    Twyla
    10/18/2013 3:57 PM

    @Evan Thought of a few more..... Jack-O-Lantern, Turkey, Santa's Sleigh !!

    What a great idea you had !!!

  • Evan
    Evan – Special Guest
    10/18/2013 4:09 PM

    @Twyla Hey Twyla, this one took a while, but I think it's worth the wait: Embedded image permalink

  • Evan
    Evan – Special Guest
    10/18/2013 4:10 PM

    Whoops, the fire truck is for Val!

  • Evan
    Evan – Special Guest
    10/18/2013 5:24 PM

    And here's the Eiffel tower: Embedded image permalink

  • Deborah
    Deborah
    10/18/2013 5:46 PM

    @Evan

    All or Part of St. Paul’s and the Vatican (the dome and courtyard would be fun to see in cards!).

    A Space Shuttle

    The international space station - would make a great mobile

    The Coliseum (Rome) complete with missing sections

    Any Da Vinci machine -you pick

  • Amy
    Amy – Grommet Team
    10/18/2013 12:14 PM

    Hello All - As you can see above, we're holding a little contest and the winner will receive a free junior kit at the end of the day. Just post a design idea here and we will be posting all of the photos on our blog throughout the day. At 6 pm ET, we'll announce the winner on our blog and have a re-cap of all the photos with ideas submitted.

    For more information on the contest, you can read the blog post here.

    In order to be notified via email if you win, be sure you are logged in with a valid email address when posting an idea.

    General contest rules: To enter, you must be a U.S. resident and at least 18 years of age. You must leave a comment suggesting a design for the Skallops team. No purchase necessary. Winner will be selected and notified via email. Employees, contractors, and the families of employees and contractors of The Grommet are not eligible to enter. Void where prohibited. Contest will end October 18, 2013 at 6 pm EST.

  • Luz
    Luz
    10/18/2013 12:19 PM

    @Amy

    How about a train? My 3-year-old loves trains!

    Thanks!

    [email protected]

  • Evan
    Evan – Special Guest
    10/18/2013 12:20 PM

    @Luz We're on it!

  • Michelle
    Michelle
    10/18/2013 12:31 PM

    @Evan My daughter once tried to make the Eiffel Tower with corks. I'd love to see that made with Skallops!

  • John
    John
    10/18/2013 12:33 PM

    @Michelle -- dang Michelle beat me to the same idea.

  • Robin
    Robin
    10/18/2013 12:59 PM

    @John @Michelle

    Ah the Eiffel Tower. A classic! You can see a version of a Skallop-y tower here (skip to about 3:20 in the video), though that one was built by our Canadian friends at Daily Planet for their Gigantic Week, and might take a leeeeeetle more than a Junior Pack of Skallops....

  • Evan
    Evan – Special Guest
    10/18/2013 5:24 PM

    Here's the train!Embedded image permalink

  • Kim
    Kim
    10/18/2013 12:29 PM

    How about a football stadium...? Right in the swing of high school, college and NFL football!!

  • Evan
    Evan – Special Guest
    10/18/2013 5:25 PM

    @Kim Here's a football stadium: Embedded image permalink

  • Cristy
    Cristy
    10/18/2013 12:34 PM

    How about the golden gate bridge. That would be a great architectual feat.

    Thank you

    Cristy

    [email protected]

  • Evan
    Evan – Special Guest
    10/18/2013 12:39 PM

    @Cristy We'll work on a real Golden Gate Bridge for you now!

  • Evan
    Evan – Special Guest
    10/18/2013 5:29 PM

    Here's our first shot at the Golden Gate: Embedded image permalink

  • Kate
    Kate
    10/18/2013 12:35 PM

    I would love to see the Sydney Opera House!

  • Evan
    Evan – Special Guest
    10/18/2013 3:31 PM

    @Kate This one turned out to be pretty tricky, but we think we got it! Embedded image permalink

  • Jill
    Jill
    10/18/2013 12:40 PM

    First thing that popped into my head was a peacock, or perhaps a turkey if you want to go seasonal!

    Good luck...Jill

  • Evan
    Evan – Special Guest
    10/18/2013 5:25 PM

    @Jill Here's a peacock! Embedded image permalink

  • Guest
    Guest
    10/18/2013 12:43 PM

    What about an animal like a horse? The War Horse live theater play uses a semi-realistic puppet (it has an obvious structure that looks sort of like a robot-horse) but any real animal would have to be a challenge since they do not have the mechanical angles of man-made architectural and machine structures.

    Can you build an elephant? or a mouse?

    Nancy

  • Evan
    Evan – Special Guest
    10/18/2013 5:26 PM

    @Guest Here's an elephant! Embedded image permalink

  • Michelle
    Michelle
    10/18/2013 12:47 PM

    How about a working model of Archimedes' screw?

  • Michelle
    Michelle
    10/18/2013 12:51 PM

    When I was younger, my dad, an architect, made one out of a cardboard tube and toothpicks poked through the tube in spirals. He mounted it in a long rectangular box at an angle and would transport small marbles from the bottom to the top to demonstrate the model.

  • Evan
    Evan – Special Guest
    10/18/2013 5:54 PM

    We got an Archimedes screw working! Here's a photo, and we've got a video, and we're figuring out how to post it with The Grommet. Embedded image permalink

    Here's the video

  • Deborah
    Deborah
    10/18/2013 12:48 PM

    I would love to see an artistic rendition of the Niagara Falls, the horseshoe falls. The curves would be a neat test of how flexible cards can be.

  • Amy
    Amy – Grommet Team
    10/18/2013 12:49 PM

    Hi All!

    Keep the ideas coming - Skallops crew is hard at work and we'll be posting the first round of photos soon. We're loving what we're seeing so far.

  • Amy
    Amy
    10/18/2013 2:33 PM

    @Amy Hi Amy...another Amy here, I just posted an idea and I don't see it at the bottom of the screen (probably submitted it at 2:25 or so EDT); I wasn't sure if I'd messed it up or there is a lag or you are just moderating the comments so they don't pop up immediately.

    Thanks!

  • Evan
    Evan – Special Guest
    10/18/2013 2:51 PM

    Here's the Niagara Falls Embedded image permalink

  • Lisa
    Lisa
    10/18/2013 12:55 PM

    Well, my son's vote is for a Monster Truck and my daughter's vote is for a Horse! :-)

  • Amy
    Amy – Grommet Team
    10/18/2013 1:07 PM

    Hi All,

    The ideas are terrific but please submit one idea only so the team is able to get it built today!

  • Garry
    Garry
    10/18/2013 1:14 PM

    With multiple slits, a larger skallop could be used to attach compartments, such as with the ISS,(International Space Station). Experiment with different materials on your laser cutter.

  • Evan
    Evan – Special Guest
    10/18/2013 5:30 PM

    @Garry Here's that monster truck: Embedded image permalink

  • Evan
    Evan – Special Guest
    10/18/2013 5:31 PM

    @Evan And here's a horse!

  • Guest
    Guest
    10/18/2013 1:16 PM

    I vote you build a suit of armor. That would be pretty impressive. Sword and shield included of course.

  • Nic
    Nic
    10/18/2013 1:18 PM

    I vote we see a suit of armor. Sword and Shield included, of course.

  • Nic
    Nic
    10/18/2013 1:18 PM

    @Nic And then I double post. Fail.

  • Evan
    Evan – Special Guest
    10/18/2013 4:14 PM

    @Nic How about this guy? Embedded image permalink

  • Barbara
    Barbara
    10/18/2013 1:21 PM

    DNA double helix!! :)

  • Evan
    Evan – Special Guest
    10/18/2013 5:50 PM

    @Barbara That's one of our favorites:

  • Guest
    Guest
    10/18/2013 1:40 PM

    How about building a Taj Mahal?

  • Evan
    Evan – Special Guest
    10/18/2013 2:53 PM

    Here you go! Embedded image permalink

  • Dolla
    Dolla
    10/18/2013 1:50 PM

    A peacock! I'd like to see a peacock displaying his fanned tail!

  • Evan
    Evan – Special Guest
    10/18/2013 2:33 PM

    @Dolla - take a look at the thread above!

  • Lindsay
    Lindsay
    10/18/2013 2:08 PM

    Very cool idea! I could see my family having quite a bit of fun with these - not only using cards, but all sorts of cut paper shapes. In honor of one of our favorite shows, we'd like to see a Perry the Platypus, complete with a fedora! I can only imagine what Phineas and Ferb would make with Skallops! :)

  • Evan
    Evan – Special Guest
    10/18/2013 4:08 PM

    @Lindsay Here's a platypus - he's making friends with Percy himself! Embedded image permalink

  • Amy
    Amy
    10/18/2013 2:28 PM

    Hi, I'm Amy and I think these Skallops are a really great idea. My 11 year old agrees; we were wondering if you could built a bird in flight (thinking Hawk/Owl ... something with a big wingspan.) Or, you know, an American Eagle since everyone loves those!

    (my son also was impressed by the Mars rover and he was wondering is when you make some of the creations if you fold/roll the cards so they aren't re-usable; or is the point that when you make a great design you want to display it an not re-use the parts?) Thanks!!

  • Evan
    Evan – Special Guest
    10/18/2013 2:40 PM

    @Amy Hi Amy, if you curve the cards a little bit, then you can usually re-use them a bunch of times. If you fold and crease them, they're probably going to be hard to use again.

    Skallops work with any sort of playing card or paper card, so you can use your own business cards or old decks of playing cards if you need more supplies!

  • Evan
    Evan – Special Guest
    10/18/2013 3:20 PM

    Here's an owl. We think he might be the cutest so far! Embedded image permalink

  • Amy
    Amy – Grommet Team
    10/18/2013 2:44 PM

    UPDATE: Some of the pictures can now be seen on the blog here. I'll keep updating the post as we get them.

  • Jessica
    Jessica
    10/18/2013 2:56 PM

    I would like to see a good old fashioned robot!

  • Evan
    Evan – Special Guest
    10/18/2013 5:27 PM

    @Jessica Our favorite robot is definitely the JPL Mars rover, Curiosity. Here's Curiosity hanging out with it's much smaller Skallops sibling.Embedded image permalink

  • Debra
    Debra
    10/18/2013 3:34 PM

    Awesome looking set, I think I could have fun with them =) I would like to see a PUMPKIN since it's so close to Halloween. All those curves, think you & your team can do it?

  • Evan
    Evan – Special Guest
    10/18/2013 5:33 PM

    Here you go, Debra! Embedded image permalink

  • becca
    becca
    10/18/2013 3:56 PM

    How about a castle with a drawbridge included.

  • Evan
    Evan – Special Guest
    10/18/2013 5:32 PM

    @becca Our favorite castle, from our instructions

  • Bettina
    Bettina
    10/18/2013 3:59 PM

    A polar bear please!

  • Evan
    Evan – Special Guest
    10/18/2013 6:13 PM

    @Bettina Here you go! Embedded image permalink

  • Laura
    Laura
    10/18/2013 4:06 PM

    The corn across the street is looking ready for harvest. How about a big John Deere Corn Harvester?

  • Laura
    Laura
    10/18/2013 6:49 PM

    :( I see you choose a winner without making all of the designs. I would have liked to have seen the harvester.

    These Skallops would be great for after dinner on Thanksgiving to keep the kids at the table a little longer.

  • Will
    Will
    10/18/2013 4:25 PM

    I'd like to see a support tower, for use on a desk, to raise a video-equipped smartphone to a good height for video chat. Basically, something about a foot high to turn my iPhone into a webcam. The big trick would be to make it stable without taking up a lot of desktop space.

  • Will
    Will
    10/18/2013 4:27 PM

    @Will BTW, extra points if you use tubular supports made out of standard printer paper.

  • Amy
    Amy – Grommet Team
    10/18/2013 4:49 PM

    BLOG UPDATE: More of the pictures can now be seen on the blog here. We're nearing the 6:00 hour so get your last minute design requests in now.

  • Amy
    Amy – Grommet Team
    10/18/2013 6:53 PM

    AND....We have a WINNER!

    Congratulations to Nic for his idea of a Suit of Armor with a sword and shield. It was unanimously decided that your idea was the most creative and cool. An email will be on its way to you soon with more information.

    On behalf of the entire Grommet and Skallops team, CONGRATS!

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