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DIY Gear: Create Your Own Awesome

DIY Gear: Create Your Own Awesome
Believe it or not, Do-It-Yourself isn’t just the realm of Bob Vila and that dude Ty on all those Discovery shows. You can, in fact, do it yourself. With a helpful bit of inspiration and an almost complete lack of instruction (exactly how we like it), you can combine found items and a bit of know-how into some seriously awesome stuff for your home – without the obscene price tag that high designers and big box stores would charge you for similar items. Like any good vacation, the planning of any project starts with the destination. So here you go, here are your destinations. Disclaimer: Real life DIY doesn’t have a standby emergency team. This Hyundai sponsored post is about snapping out of the norm and creating your own awesome. Wall Lamp Like the functional Erector set cranes you used to build as a kid, this lamp combines a few pieces of wood, some nuts and bolts and electrical hardware to create one of the cleanest wall or desk lamps that you can save roughly $250 building yourself. Related:  More Projects

Father's Day Crafts Countdown: Comic Wallet Because you still have time to knock out a few Father's Day crafts before Sunday... Levi Brown, ReadyMade Every father has a secret place in his heart for Wonder Woman. But, you're not limited to the awesome heroine if you decide to undertake this easy idea for making a wallet from a comic book. The following tutorial calls for just folding, but you can reinforce the stress points (at the short ends of the wallet) with a line of stitching. Can't get enough Father's Day crafts? And for a more advanced Father's Day craft, watch this....

You Have Just Been Poisoned Step #1: Clean bottom of glass PrevNext Moisten a paper towel with rubbing alcohol and wipe the bottom of the glass squeaky clean. Step #7: Verify that the etch is complete When the glass is completely dry, hold it up to the light and inspect the etch closely to verify that you haven't missed any spots.If there are flaws in the etching, simply reapply etching cream and rinse as in steps 5 and 6.Repeat until the etch is complete to your satisfaction. Mine did not need any retouching. Altered thrift store art: Some personal faves Unknown, via Reddit. Banksy, via Flickr user goldenticket. It’s a simple idea: Find some bad art, whether original or a print, for a song at a thrift store, then modify it to make, if not “better art,” then at least something that’s more entertaining to look at. (Is it the same thing? Yeah, that sounds like a productive argument.) Anyway. Etsy seller loudxmouse. Banksy, via Flickr user Darrell Godliman. Reportedly Banksy, via Reddit. Banksy, via Flickr user poly_mnia. Banksy, via Flickr user SteeveeGee. Woodgill at Monocol’s Etsy shop. Did I miss a good one? Related

Secret Doors, Drawers & Compartments To make all of these Instructables, download this collection of How To’s as an ebook. Download » Bruce Wayne hid the entrance to the Batcave behind a bookcase, operated by a button hidden in a bust of Shakespeare. This guide features 16 projects built by our users made to keep your stuff safe and hidden from view. Instructables is the most popular project-sharing community on the Internet. Antique Light Bulb Organ - MIDI/OSC Controlled Create your own antique light bulb organ to add nostalgic ambiance to any midi instrument! 12 light bulbs correspond to the 12 notes in an octave (minus the octave note). The rectangular box unfolds to position the light bulbs vertically for display, while at the same time providing a platform for the keyboard in use. Playing a note on the keyboard directly via midi, or through the usb port illuminates the light bulb for a particular key. Releasing the note, releases the key. Pedal presses are also recognized and keep the bulb maintained. The light organ was built for and is currently in use by the band Future Dancing , see the video below to see it in action! Future Dancing - Telling Stories from Future Dancing on Vimeo.

Make a Free, Customized Desk-top Organizer during your lunch break!! all you have to do in this step is to take a few seconds to categorize all the stuff on your desk, writing utensils, rulers, stapler equipment, stamps (if you have), thumb tacks, paper clips, binder clips, glue stick, etc. once you've categorized all your things, you need to figure out how many boxes, trays and/or cups you'll need. this is what i figured i'd need: - 2 cups (1 short, 1 tall) - 1 box tray for stamps - 1 tray w/ partitions - 1 tray for my stapler - 1 tray for the staple remover i wanted my cups to be big enough for all my writing utensils, so i made them 3" in diameter each. remember that old formula we learned in math class, C = 2π (r)? well, if my desired diameter is around 3", the radius is going to be 1.5". so to get the desired circumference length, i want to calculate C = 2 x 3.14 x 1.5..... i wanted a tray with partitions so i could throw in my miscellaneous small stuff, like taks, pins, paper clips, etc. so i made a tray with these dimensions:Partitioned Tray: 7.5" x 6"

Upcycled NOW Watch--Picture Frame on Your Wrist! A friend of mine saw this "always exactly accurate" watch online for $50 and asked me "do you think we could make this out of an old watch?" This classy upcycled watch will inspire you to seize the day and fight any procrastinating spirit. "When should I ask that cute girl out on a date?" NOW. "I really should study for my test, but..." Stop procrastinating; NOW is the time! Even if you are not interested in making your wrist say "NOW," this instructable will show you how to turn your old, broken watches into wearable wrist picture frames.

How To Make a Secret Hollow Book: The first step into making the hollow book is to select a book. Make sure this is a book your own, and not one belonging to the library, or your family. I suggest rummaging through books at yard/garage sales. Make sure it is a hardback; otherwise you will cut all the way through the other side when you are cutting out the insides.You'll also need: Elmer's white gluea container to hold glue solution (I've chosen a film canister)X-acto knife, and/or box cutter. Mix a solution of white glue and water. Holding the remaining pages together, brush the edges with the glue solution - enough to soak in pretty well, but not too drippy. Allow this to dry, but use a spacer so the first couple pages, and the front cover don't get stuck. When dry, open the book to the first glued page. Draw out a half-inch boarder around the edge on all four sides. Using a strait edge and knife, cut out along the inside of the line. Continue cutting down through the layers. Remember that first page we saved?

Weekly Make It Challenge: Box Follow me to hear about all of the Weekly Make It Challenges. This Week's Challenge: Box! Boxes abound, especially after holiday festivities! Make anything that involves a box. Don't get boxed in with limiting yourself to just one type of box, there's plenty of room for interpretation! Deadline: All entries must be published and posted in the comments below posted by 11:59pm January 1, 2012 PST/ 7:59am January 2, 2012 GMT. Just in three minutes and 0$ Personalize your Gifts and go green with mother nature.Use your PET bottles and make cool boxes for gifts or whatever you want. If your like me, you have the greatest herbs in the summer... then in winter, no more fresh herbs for you. Personally I dont like when people rip off the Wrap paper of the gifts I give.So I decided to make a letter wapping the gift for my beloved Husband. Please vote for this in the Holiday Gifts Challenge by clicking the Vote button to the right of the banner near the top! I have 5 cats.

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