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Hosting a Halloween party? You don't have to go to Guitar Center and drop fifty bucks on a fog machine; if you're on a budget, you can cobble together a good-enough fog machine using a large candle, an aluminum pie plate, a soda bottle top, a gallon of distilled water, and a small bottle of glycerin. The video above from YouTube user Household Hacker gives all the details: mix a solution of one part glycerin to three parts distilled water—this is your fog juice. You should be able to find glycerin at your local pharmacy for a few bucks, but it's also available on Amazon . For the fog machine itself cut the top off a 2-liter soda bottle and tape to a small aluminum pie plate.
A few weeks ago I was down in DC and had a chance to spend some time with my college roommate. Since she had witness a lot of my crafting first hand she was curious about the lights I’ve been making, and we spent a while brain storming what sort of materials I could try using next. I don’t remember exactly what made me think of it, but suddenly all I could see was the tabs from soda cans, layered like chain mail, hanging from a drum shade! Of course I had the small hiccup that I don’t actually drink things that come in cans (I hate carbonation so no soda, and no beer) but of course once again Etsy came to my rescue!
Last year we explained how to turn spare parts from an old DVD drive into a macro lens for your camera phone . We had a spare DVD drive and decided to show you how effective this simple DIY is. The original hack came to us courtesy of MAKE magazine . We were impressed with the photos they took and finally had a donor drive on hand to sacrifice for an in-house experiment. It's super easy to do, you'll need an old DVD drive (doesn't matter if it's a burner or just a standard drive), some basic tools like a screwdriver—we used tin snips, because we're impatient—and a razor blade to slice through the glue around the lens mount. Watch the video above to see the setup and results of our experiment including macro video shots of everything from bullets to pencils.
I'll admit, Super Macro Your Cell Phone Camera With A DVD Lens is one weird title. However, if you just moved to a blu ray DVD player and you're looking for some good use for your old DVD, cnflikt (who also took the shots for this tutorial) came up with a hack to enable you to take super macro shots with your cellphone. Of course you'll need a camera phone for that. cnflikt uses the notorious, yet old-skooled K800i , but any camera phone will work here. First thing is to get a lens for your camera phone. Make sure your old DVD player is not connected to power.
How about Orange presents one of the infinite possibilities of the Washi tape or masking tape, in this case applied to plain ceramics. The good thing about this kind of adhesive is that it is easily removable and can be withdrawn at any time for a replacement to suit with our home decoration. If you want to know other many uses and applications, we strongly recommend that you visit the week of posts of Ishtar Olivera dedicated to Washi Tape: So you know how to but, where can you buy this fantastic tape? Don't miss these links: Little Happy Things , Happy Tape , Cute Tape , Pretty Tape ot UGUiSU . Images: How about Orange .
Loom Knit Mesh Bag by Kristen at GoodKnit Kisses 41 peg (or new 40 peg in pink) Knifty Knitter Extra Large Round Loom - Yellow 3 pegs of Spool Loom Skill Level: Beginner, level up Uses: Personal size Mesh bag for the beach or shopping.
First of all, thank you so much to all of you who voted on the first round of So You Think You’re Crafty . Weren’t the projects fantastic? I have my work cut out for me in this competition! My animal bookends didn’t quite take first place, but I was ecstatic to see how many people liked my project the best. Besserina’s adorable Flour Sack Outfit received the most votes and for great reason.
Cool project by Alan Parekh, here to detailed instructions on how he made it . There is also a ready-to-build kit available at his store . Well, it is not something $20, but is definitely a cool gift for a geek. Check also other some $20 gifts here . @ haha.nu
I recently saw these Chalkboard Rocks from Pottery Barn that you can write on with chalk and thought…”I can make those!” So I did! I had been wanting to paint something with chalk board paint (which has been all the rage on the craft blogs the past several months) to try out a homemade chalk paint recipe I found while browsing Martha Stewart’s site a while back. So I set out to make chalkboard paint. Home Made Chalkboard Paint
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I saw a lampshade made out of the shape below at a friend's house, so I traced the shape and made my own. the lamp i saw used thin plastic for the pieces. I believe the original design for this lamp was done over 30 years ago by the firm Iqlight , they sell pre-cut parts in case you do not want to make the parts yourself.
Left: The actual house, Right: The paper diorama I always ALWAYS forget to photograph these before I put them under glass. Then I have to deal with the ever present glare and reflection of myself in the glass. Erg. Sorry.
I'm not using any computers for this one and definitely not a laser cutter. I heard that someone at IDEO passed out from the fumes while trying to laser cut vinyl so I'm hoping to avoid that mistake. The cuts here are all about circles with gaps in them. Here, I'm drawing eight lines across the record, four for each orientation of the cut circles. Also, I picked records based on them having songs that have equal length and thus regular circles for the dead air between songs. Why not use the medium to its advantage, eh?
For less than $10 you can make a one-of-a-kind lamp that commemorates your personal history or other past events. Creative lighting aside, this quick project also finally finds a use for those old 35mm negatives you have lying around. This DIY lamp project couldn't be much more straightforward. Basically, you coat a $7 Ikea Grono lamp (or other similar lamp), with Mod Podge (or other decoupage glue) and carefully place your strips of negatives onto the lamp. There are some important tips for making the lamp on Poopscape , so hit up the source link for the full instructions, but that's the basic gist of this clever and quick Ikea hack .
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