Mood rings use special thermotropic liquid crystals that react to the heat of your fingers. Makers Evan and Katelyn wanted to see if they could create a set of keycaps that change colors in the same way. It took a lot of time and trial and error, but the finished keyboard looks really awesome.
Fossil fuels come from decomposing plants and animals found in the earth’s crust. But is it possible to make your own gasoline from the grass in your backyard? Andy from How to Make Everything and CuriosityStream conducted an experiment using grass clippings to see if he could power a lawnmower with the fuel he made.
Ever since the SNES game Donkey Kong Country, Nintendo’s big ape has lived in a wooden house up in the trees. Inspired by a fan request, builder Studson Studio made a model of the treehouse, incorporating twigs, dirt, and rocks he found outside to add to the authenticity. The tiny bananas are a nice touch.
John Wick and Heath Ledger’s Joker have both proven that a pencil can be a highly effective weapon all on its own. But it’s makeITcool’s job to make things cooler, so they got to work turning a saw blade into a tiny sword that stows inside of the body of a No. 2 pencil.
There are lots of tutorials how to recycle paper to create handmade paper. XYZAidan shows how the pulp extracted from cardboard can also be molded into sturdy 3D objects. The resulting pieces are reminiscent of egg crates or Starbucks drink trays. You can download his 3D printable mold designs on Thingiverse.
This 208-page reference book is packed with tips and tricks you can use to build your DIY abilities. You’ll pick up skills like building your own metal forge, working with glass, wiring basic circuits, screenprinting, and more. It’s also got a section on organizing your workshop for efficiency.
Inspired by the antique fractal jaw vise that Hand Tool Rescue restored, Teaching Tech created a 3D-printed version of the fascinating workbench tool. Like the original, it can hold irregularly-shaped objects with its rotating grippers. Grab the STL files to print your own at Thingiverse, or play with the CAD file at OnShape.
RC aircraft enthusiast Troy McMillan spent countless hours planning, designing, 3D printing, and assembling a scale model of a jumbo jet. Here, he shares the time-consuming build process, its maiden flight, and tragic demise after a battery failure rendered his flight controller useless.
That iPhone in your pocket is as powerful as many earlier Macintosh computers, but iOS still doesn’t have all of the capabilities of MacOS. Ike T. Sanglay Jr. built this custom Hackintosh portable that’s capable of running MacOS Big Sur. It was built using a Latte Panda Alpha single-board computer, and has 8GB RAM, and a 240GB M.2 SSD.
Normally, if you want a Mercedes-AMG G63, you’re looking at a six-figure price tag. Not so if you’re King of Crafts, who fabricated a drivable replica of the rugged G-Wagon out of cardboard. It rides on a homemade steel tube frame and can hit speeds up to 25 mph. It’s even amphibious… sorta.
Weapon replica maker Blackfish shows us how he used various plastic medical syringes and a whole lot of glue to create a working replica of an M4A1 rifle. After pumping it up with air, it fires Airsoft BBs with quite some power. If you want to build your own, he’s provided basic templates for the design here.
Learn about electronics, soldering, coding, and more with this DIY DJ kit from CircuitMess. The mini DJ console can play and crossfade between tracks, control BPM, and apply equalization. It has a built-in Class D amp and two 5-watt speakers. Also available with a tool kit. Save 20% with code WELOVEDAD through 6.20.2021.
How to Make Everything has dedicated their YouTube channel to creating objects from scratch. They’re working on a firebox that can be used as a pottery kiln and eventually for hotter tasks like glass-blowing. Naturally, they even created their own firebricks. As their first low-temp test, they used it to cook (er, burn) pizza.
The curvy, oversized tower design of Sony’s PlayStation 5 has definitely been divisive among gamers. After building himself an amazing brass case for a PS5, DIY Perks decided to build something a little more subdued, re-wrapping the powerful gaming system inside of a handsome walnut wood and carbon fiber enclosure.
Inspired by a Tech Ingredients video that claimed that a couple of pieces of foam board and inexpensive audio exciters were the “World’s Best Speakers,” AmplifyDIY decided to put the design to the test. It’s hard to know how they sound in person, but he certainly was impressed at the audio that $60 worth of parts can produce.
Xyla Foxlin likes to build all kinds of things but has a special affinity for canoes and paddles. Using an existing canoe as a mold, she created a translucent fiberglass vessel that she wired up with strips of RGB LED lighting, making it the most vibrant and colorful boat on the water.
Backyard engineer Geng Ge loves to make things out of parts he finds in the trash. Using a mix of junk and new parts, he built himself a bubble-shaped electric car that can maneuver in tight places. It features a curvy, stainless steel shell, wheels that can turn in any direction, a backup camera and a 32″ TV for navigation.
With a little practice, tossing a boomerang can be a fun and rewarding outdoor activity. In this clip, boomerang expert Victor Poulin shows us how to make a boomerang that’s safe to toss indoors thanks to its paper origami construction. If you want a handmade wooden boomerang, be sure to check out Vic’s shop.
When you’re hiking or camping, it’s important to keep a bottle of water with you. Wrapping your bottle in paracord not only makes it look cool but improves its grip and gives you some extra cord in case of an emergency. The Weavers of Eternity Paracord shows us how to wrap a bottle in the versatile cord using cow hitch knots.
We’ve seen how chains are made and learned about of the different kinds of chain. In this short video, The Q shows an unconventional use for chain by building a bicycle entirely from the stuff. The main trick is to weld the chain links together to form a stiff structure for the frame. We’re not sure we’d trust it off-road though.
We love arcade machines. We even have a custom-built one here at Awesomer HQ. But they’re not exactly the kind of thing you’d put right in the middle of your living room. Maker Alexandre Chappel shows us how he designed and built a 2-player arcade machine that hides inside of a sleek wood cabinet that hangs on the wall.
We’ve seen a table that incorporates LEGO into its center before. But rather than using concrete, builder Nick Zametti made his table from two large slabs of burled wood and filled its center with LEGO bricks and a river of resin to hold them in place. We like how he created scenes and didn’t just pour in a bunch of random bricks.
NightHawkInLight built a homebrew mini-sandblaster that’s powerful enough to cut glass. With the help of some electrical tape and paraffin wax, he shows how to cut a perfect helix shape out of a test tube. If you plan on trying to DIY, be sure to follow his recommended safety precautions.
This pen-sized tool puts an electric drill in the palm of your hand. Designed for crafting and other small DIY projects, the Wowstick easily makes holes in resin, plastic, wood, clay, beads, aluminum and copper sheets, and more. It comes with eight drill bits and runs for up to two hours on a charge via its USB-C port.
Patrick Adair usually makes really cool custom rings. But in this video, he uses his skills to create something totally different. Starting out with a bag of shredded currency from the Bureau of Engraving and Printing, he cast the former cash in resin to create a unique conversation piece.