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Jan 05, 2012

Dog Sculpture Made from Wonder Bread Plastic Bags

created at: 01/03/2012

Problem: What do you do with the leftover bags from loaves of Wonder Bread? You could throw them away, or you could save them up and make some sweet art. Flickr user Ruby Re-Usable took a whole bunch of bread bags (as well as some tape and bubble wrap) and created this wonderful dog sculpture. I think it's fitting to name him Spot.… read more

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Jan 04, 2012

One Room + Thousands of Kids + Thousands of Stickers = Art

created at: 01/03/2012

I believe it's a scientific fact that kids love stickers. They'll adhere them to any surface they can get their little hands on. This past December, Yayoi Kusama constructed a large domestic environment at the Gallery of Modern Art in Brisbane, painted it entirely white and then handed out colored dot stickers to the children who visited the museum. The kids were invited to put the stickers anywhere they chose in the blank room, transforming it into a prismatic explosion of color and sensory overload.… read more

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Jan 04, 2012

Make DIY Long Exposure Light Paintings with LED Spray Paint

created at: 01/02/2012

Graffiti is fun and all, but spray paint can get messy. For those of you that have done long exposure light painting and have similar misgivings about the logistics of aerosol paints, then I've got just the thing for you: the Light Paint Can.… read more

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Jan 03, 2012

Jaw-Dropping Ceramics by Michael Eden

created at: 12/01/2010

created at: 01/02/2012

I've never really gotten into ceramics before…making ceramics, that is. I've long been a fan and have admired them from afar but the fragility of the material always made me a little nervous (heck, I even panic a bit when I'm looking at plates in Crate & Barrel). These mind-blowing ceramic pieces by Michael Eden, however, look so incredibly delicate that I can barely believe my… read more

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Dec 30, 2011

Incredible City Square Collage Photographs

created at: 12/30/2011

Photographer Adam Magyar captures bustling city squares teeming with crowds of people on the move....that don't actually exist. Instead, each work is a composite of photos of individual people, shot from only a few feet about their heads.

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Dec 30, 2011

How To: Make an 18-Shot, Ratcheting Triple Barrel Nerf Gun

created at: 12/29/2011

I don't care how old you get...you're never too old for a Nerf gun. Or a squirt gun, but that's different post.

The appeal, of course, is not that it's a gun, where you can work out aggression or make a statement on the person you're shooting, but that it's simply a way to engage your friends or family from across the room. It's like tossing a ball at them, or throwing a grape high in the air for them to catch in their mouth.

And when you're older, then you can do all kinds of fun stuff with 'em, like make this… read more

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Dec 30, 2011

What It Looks Like Inside Amazon.com

Over the holiday season, economists guessed that among folks who did any online shopping, more than 85% of them ordered at least one shipment from Amazon.com. In fact, the company hired 15,000 temporary employees, just to help with increased orders in November and December. Seeing as they employ around 31,200 folks during the rest of the year, that's a whole buncha jobs. And orders.

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Dec 29, 2011

How to: Make a DIY Wood Grain Skin for your iPhone (or iPod, iPad, or Laptop)

Hop on the internet, do a quick search or visit any sort of design or art online shop, and you'll most certainly find all sorts of "skins" - that is, safe ways to make clean and sleek gadgets like the iAnything or laptop a bit more personal. What you'll also realize is that a "skin" is just a big vinyl sticker, which means it's completely possible, easy, and not expensive to just make your own.… read more

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Dec 29, 2011

The Rise and Fall of the Goatee

Comic artist Jen Sorenson offers a history of the goatee, from its roots in an actual goat, through bohemian couture, and ending with the fact that its a trend that really, really needs to be done.

Please, let it be… read more

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Dec 29, 2011

DIY Idea: Hand Gesture Pop-Up Greeting Cards

created at: 12/29/2011

Sometimes, it only takes a single hand gesture to effectively convey what we want to say. So those of you that are more inclined to use non-verbal communication might want to buy (or better yet, make!) one of these hand gesture pop-up greeting cards.… read more

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