Archives for August 2009

DIY Bottle-Cap Table

On: Sunday, August 30, 2009

Bottle-Cap Table

Here's a new (awesome!) way to put beer bottle caps collection to good use: make a cool bottle-cap table surface using al of them.

You will need about 160 lids for a not very big table. The core process is about gluing each cap to a surface and then pouring epoxy.

I applied a model-making super-glue to the edges of the caps, pressed them in, and waited a few hours for the stuff to dry.

    • Ikea Ingo table: $25
    • Beer: $6 to $10 per sixer
    • Super-glue: $3 to $7
    • Wood trim: $2 to $3 per piece
    • Paint (optional): $4 for 8 oz.
    • Paintbrush (optional): $1
    • Epoxy: $20 per pint

    Recycle Washing Machine Drum into a Pouf

    On: Saturday, August 29, 2009

    A washing machine has a stainless drum which you don't want to throw away after your machine is hopelessly broken. Instead, that's a really handy gadget that can be recycled in multiple ways.

    recycled washing machine drum

    This tutorial will show you how to recycle a washing machine drum into a cool pouf that has wheels and a lid.

    This drum can be used as a toy chest in a child's bedroom, or to store blankets and cushions in the living room. You can also use it in the bathroom as a comfortable, crafty clothes hamper.

    Stylish Napkin Rings Made of Cardboard Tubes

    On: Friday, August 28, 2009

    Napkin Rings of Cardboard Tubes

    If you like stylish celebrations and neat parties, if you pay attention to every tiniest detail to make your party perfect, this DIY is right for you!

    Merriment Design has a great tutorial on how to make some really cheap and easy table accents.

    A Stylish Lampshade Made of Negatives

    On: Thursday, August 27, 2009

    Lampshade Made of Negatives

    For this cool lamp you will need an old photo camera with photographic tape and a few minutes actually taking photos of anything.

    Now, just take a few seconds to picture to yourself what atmosphere this lamp creates when on.

    Lampshade Made of Negatives

    by Aleksi Pihkanen

    Build a Greenhouse of Plastic Bottles

    On: Wednesday, August 26, 2009

    Greenhouse of Plastic Bottles

    Some ideas just keep amazing me! Now you can put ALL your used plastic bottles to good use: build a greenhouse with them. What's more, the greenhouse stands on a foundation made out of recycled tires.


    DIY Reminder Lamp Made of a Plastic Bottle

    On: Tuesday, August 25, 2009

    DIY Lamp of a Plastic Bottle

    I have plenty of used plastic bottles at home and I love discovering always new creative ways to recycle them. Here is a cool instruction on crafting a portable lamp from a recycled plastic bottle.

    Here's a detailed instruction on how to create lamp by recycling a plastic bottle.

    DIY Sprinkler Made of a Plastic Bottle and Ball Point PensB

    On: Monday, August 24, 2009

    DIY Sprinkler

    Here's a nice tutorial on making a DIY sprinkler for under $5 to water your lawn. Materials needed:

    • 1 plastic bottle with cap
    • 1 universal male hose attachment
    • 15 used ball point pens
    • Plumbing contact adhesive and sealant
    • Electric drill
    The detailed instruction can be found here

    How to Make Cardboard iPhone Dock

    On: Sunday, August 23, 2009

    Cardboard iPhone Dock

    Geeky gadgets have come up with a cool way to create a cardboard iPhone dock. It won't take you more than 10 minutes actually!

    We have designed it so that the iPhone dock cable gives it extra stability, and it is easy to place and remove your iPhone from the dock, just like the real one.

    Download – The Cardboard iPhone Dock PDF (pdf)

    Cardboard iPhone Dock

    Recycle Spray Paint Can into a Stylish Lamp

    On: Saturday, August 22, 2009

    Spray Paint Can Lamp

    A street artist will find this tip especially useful: now he can re-use his empty spray paint cans! The lamp made of a can looks stylish and may be a great decoration for your desktop:

    The arm clips onto any tabletop or bookshelf surface and swivels for your ultimate viewing experience.

    You can also purchase it here

    Spray Paint Can Lamp

    Do It Yourself Cardborad Chair

    On: Friday, August 21, 2009

    Cardborad Chair is selling a chair made of cardboard. This way it is both a chair and a packaging in one!

    The good news is that it can be easily made at home: there is no need to buy it. Just buy 9 sheets of strong cardboard and you are done!

    Note: here's also cardboard stool if you are interested.

    DIY Headphones Organizer

    On: Wednesday, August 19, 2009

    Hadphones Organizer

    Have you ever noticed how difficult it is to make any sense of your headphones? My iPhone earbuds are always in a mess and I daily waste time trying to figure them. Here's a great way to keep your headphones organized: Owl Wrap made of laser cutter.

    Cool Computer Chip Trivet

    Computer Chip Trivet

    In case you a geek and have plenty of computer spare parts all over your home, this DIY will be incredibly useful for you:

    Create a cool trivet using computer chips! Apart from the old dead chips you will also need:

    • A big plain tile as a substrate for your work,
    • Atube of construction adhesive (either self contained or caulk-gun style),
    • A small box of sanded grout in your choice of color
    Here's the detailed tutorial

    Reuse a Floppy Disk into a Turnable Greeting Card

    Floppy Disk Greeting Card

    There are plenty of creative ways to reuse your floppy disk and I will never grow tired of looking for more! This guide is about making a nice greeting card which says "You Rock!"

    And here's what you will need for that:

    Floppy Disk Greeting Card

    The detailed instruction can be found here.

    DIY Atari Joystick Lamp

    DIY Atari Joystick Lamp

    Here's another lamp you can easily make at home. Al you need is:
    • 2 by 4-foot panel of MDF in each of the following thicknesses: 1/4", 1/2", 3/4"
    • one 2 by 4-foot sheet of 1/8' hardboard
    • a simple kraft paper lampshade from Walmart. In the instruction it was covered with images of classic Atari game box covers.
    Instructions can be found here

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