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Oct 13, 2015

Looking for a Unique Gift? How About a DIY Ring Made from Colored Pencils?

Colored Pencil RingWe all love to give unique gifts. The kind that are handmade but striking, and memorable enough to stand out next to that coffeehouse giftcard. Make this polished ring from colored pencils and you're sure to leave an impression.  

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May 09, 2013

Wyclef Jean and Jimmy DiResta Make a Functional Guitar from an AK-47 Assault Rifle

Something about this story really touches me. I've always been a fan of both Wyclef and Jimmy DiResta's work, and there's just something about the two of them talking about revolution that just presses all my buttons. 

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Mar 05, 2013

Life Advice from Ron Swanson: "People Who Buy Things Are Suckers"

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Ron Swanson - TV's favorite craftsman - offers some tongue-in-cheek inspiration for makers of all sorts. 

Click play to watch the video below:   

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Nov 19, 2010

How to: Build a Mini Catapult from Office Supplies

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Quick! Your co-workers are approaching with hand constructed miniature bamboo firing crossbows that shoot bamboo skewers. What do you do?

Why, duck behind your desk and quickly assemble this catapult, of course.

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Oct 26, 2010

How To: Make Your Own Chalkboard Paint

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Some bloggers and stylists have called out chalkboard paint as being a fad that's overdone and now out-of-date. But we think the objection here isn't a re-writable surface, but big gray walls in interiors where they don't really work.

So, it's totally awesome to find this tutorial, which allows you to make DIY chalkboard paint in any color you wish.    

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Jul 27, 2010

A DIY Daft Punk Space Helmet

0harrisonkrix2.jpgFrench electro-pop duo Daft Punk always perform live in space helmets, a nod to the playfulness and the electronic nature of their music.

Atlanta-based prop designer Harrison Krix decided he needed one for himself, and so created an amazing replica over a period of seventeen months!

And, he's created this killer video demonstrating the process that appease music and making-things fans alike.   0harrisonkrix.jpg  

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Jul 19, 2010

BigDog: The Car-Crushing DIY Bicycle Monster Truck

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Any urban cyclist can tell you - even the smallest, two-door coupes can seem monstrous while they're three inches from your handlebars and whizzing past you at forty-five mph.

So, the possibility of this 600-pound, four-person-powered bicycle (quadcycle?) that can roll over a car is certainly...interesting.

The Big Dog is "a wonderfully impractical assemblage of bicycle, go-cart, and golf-cart pieces and parts, drainage pipe, steel tubing, and patio chairs. This four-wheel vehicle allows four passengers to travel in minor discomfort at speeds approaching a brisk walk, for relatively short distances, on completely flat terrain."

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Jul 16, 2010

Spudnik: A Steampunk Mr. Potato Head

Spudnik by saritamarianyc.

Sarah received a challenge at her local design/craft swap - "old toy" as a material, and "steampunk" as a theme. So, she snagged a used, old-school Mr. Potato Head and created Spudnik using found materials from around her house. Wanted Poster by saritamarianyc.

Then, Sarah created an attached 'telescope' to house a series of clever, original documents that tell the story of Comrade Spudnik.  

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Apr 27, 2010

How To: Construct a Crossbow from Office Supplies

What do four pencils, tape, ball point pen, rubber bands, and a bamboo skewer equal? An obligatory safety warning, that's what.

Actually, it equals a mini-crossbow built from office supplies that COMES with an obligatory safety warning, which is simply this: don't be an idiot. Now to the fun part.

Straight from John Austin's Mini Weapons of Mass Destruction: Build Implements of Spitball Warfare, this office supply crossbow seriously looks like something that can actually stand up to some repeated (safe!) firings.

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Apr 16, 2010

How To: Make a Top Hat from Scrap Paper

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"When Zenith Interiors celebrated the opening of its Melbourne showroom with a top-hat-themed party this month, the staff of architectural firm ClarkeHopkinsClarke made an entrance with pleated toppers they cleverly assembled from their invitations with zero excess scrap."

Thankfully, the fine folks at Ecouterre have posted their very step-by-steps and shared it so we can recyclo-party down too. This design is extra cool in its pleated approach, which allow it to expand and contract to fit the donner's head exactly.

created at: 04/16/2010

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