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Latex Glove Bagpipes

Latex Glove Bagpipes

What do Kenny G and bagpipes have in common? Well if you watch this video by science and nature vlogger Charlie Engleman, you’ll find out. Along the way, you’ll also learn how to make your own bagpipes from a latex glove, two straws, and some appropriately Scotch tape.

DIY Cardboard NERF Rival Khaos

DIY Cardboard NERF Rival Khaos

The Rival Khaos is one of the coolest toys that NERF has ever made. The $200 shooter has a 40-round magazine and a quick-firing motorized mechanism. YouTuber Amr MCI shows off a fully-functional replica of the toy gun that he made mostly from cardboard, fiberboard, and glue, along with motors and springs to make it fire.

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DIY Cardboard Predator Mask

DIY Cardboard Predator Mask

Raphaël from Epic Cardboard Props shows off another awe-inspiring build – a replica of a Predator’s head made almost entirely from Amazon boxes, craft paper, and toilet paper. You can purchase the template to make your own Predator mask from his website, and you could be donning those dreadlocks in time for Halloween.

Making a Fat Tire Electric Bike

Making a Fat Tire Electric Bike

Totally Handy walks us through the process of building a custom electric bicycle from scratch. In addition to its low-rider style, it has an extra-fat car tire on its rear wheel for added stability. The second part of the video shows off a totally different build – a custom made branding iron made from a melted-down engine.

Making a Cardboard Parts Organizer

Making a Cardboard Parts Organizer

Carpenter John Heisz of I Build It typically makes things out of wood. But given the ridiculously high price of lumber these days, he decided to use cardboard boxes for his latest build. We appreciate the attention to detail he put into crafting this multi-drawer parts storage unit.

Teenage Engineering PO-80 Record Factory

Teenage Engineering PO-80 Record Factory
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This kit from Teenage Engineering and designer/musician Yuri Suzuki lets you create your own low-fi vinyl records. Once assembled, connect an audio source to its 3.5mm jack, place a 5″ vinyl blank on the turntable, and start it spinning to record monophonic sounds. Records 4 minutes a side @ 33 RPM or 3 minutes @ 45 RPM.

How to Shoot a Miniature Car Action Photo

How to Shoot a Miniature Car Action Photo

If you’re looking for tips and techniques for shooting great photos, look no further than COOPH. Their YouTube channel is packed with great tutorials like this one which shows how to shoot a photo of a miniature Ford Mustang launched off a ramp. This shot required multiple exposures to layer in the sparks, smoke, and dust.

Making an LED Party Table

Making an LED Party Table

Brad from Fix This Build That shows how he fabricated a coffee table that’s great parties. He built the table from cedar and MDF, and it packs a beer cooler, Bluetooth speakers, and recessed LED lights that animate to the beat of the music. He had a few challenges along the way, but the end result looks great.

Junk Yard Bubble Car

Junk Yard Bubble Car

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.

A Satisfying Waterfall Fountain Made from PVC

A Satisfying Waterfall Fountain Made from PVC

V. Idea shows off a fun and creative project they built using PVC pipe. The tabletop fountain pumps water over a spinning wheel which drive a couple of little plastic guys on the sides to make it look like they’re cranking its mechanism.

Making a Hidden 4-Player Arcade Cabinet

Making a Hidden 4-Player Arcade Cabinet

Arcade machines are lots of fun, but they aren’t typically living room friendly. Bob from I Like to Make Stuff shows off a piece of furniture that combines a storage unit with a Raspberry Pi arcade, and four sets of arcade controls in a hidden, slide-out shelf. If you’re feeling ambitious, you can buy the plans to build your own.

DIY PVC Pipe Pool Lounger

DIY PVC Pipe Pool Lounger

HomeMadeModern shows us how to create an eye-catching curved pool lounge chair from plywood and PVC pipe. The main trick was cutting notches for the pipes using a hole saw drill bit, then slicing through their centers with a jigsaw. After screwing all the PVC into place, he spray-painted it in a beachy green Krylon Fusion paint.

IKEA Wood Lamp Upgrade

IKEA Wood Lamp Upgrade

There’s a whole community dedicated to hacking IKEA products to make them look better or more useful. In this video from Woodboy, he shows us how he turned a cheap IKEA desk lamp into something that looks like it came from a high-end lighting store. All that remains from the original is the LED light bar and wiring though.

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Soda Can Batmobile

Soda Can Batmobile

Minimaus Crafts is an expert at making sculptures from soda cans. Watch as he takes 15 cans, some popsicle sticks, straws, and a few other household items to make a miniature replica of the Batmobile from Tim Burton’s 1989 Batman. His soda can Back to the Future DeLorean is pretty impressive too.

Building a House for Fish

Building a House for Fish

People who keep fish as pets can go overboard with their aquariums. Not one to ever be subtle, The Q got to work building a custom aquarium that looks like an actual house. The two-story home has art on the walls, glass tanks with a connecting tube, and a garage with a tiny BMW in case any fish learn how to drive.

Making a Wood Folding Chair

Making a Wood Folding Chair

While you could buy some cheap folding chairs, we prefer the modern design of Get Hands Dirty’s design, which has a clean, angular look, and is something that you can build for yourself if you’ve got the right tools and lumber. The wood shaving interlude was a nice touch.

DIY Soda Bottle Raft

DIY Soda Bottle Raft

2-liter bottles are pretty good at holding air, so they work well as floatation devices. Maker Chris Notap took this idea to the next level by gluing together 280 of plastic soda bottles with silicone sealer, transforming them into a totally legitimate raft. We wonder if there’s a limit to how large a raft you could make this way.

Fighter Jet Motorcycle with Water Guns

Fighter Jet Motorcycle with Water Guns

After taking a soaking in a water gun fight, maker Handy Geng decided he and his kids needed to step up their game. So he got to work building a ridiculous motorcycle that looks like a fighter jet and loaded it with high-power water guns and wing gunner seats for his kids. The other children don’t stand a chance.

Easy DIY Photo Filters

Easy DIY Photo Filters

Looking to add some interesting analog effects to your photography? COOPH’s handy tutorial video shows us eight ways to use common household items to create lens filters for any camera on the cheap. The plastic cutout ones are our favorites with their dreamy look.

3D-Printed Fractal Vise

3D-Printed Fractal Vise

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.

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DIY Air Horn Gun

DIY Air Horn Gun

If you want a loud noisemaker, you could always buy one of those compressed air horns, but if you prefer something that you can reuse over and over, check out HABU’s build – which uses a modded cordless power drill and a small compressor pump to blow air through a pair of horns.

Thor’s Hammer Toolbox Upgraded

Thor’s Hammer Toolbox Upgraded

There’s already a Mjolnir toolbox but it’s made from plastic and filled with junky tools. To celebrate the release of Thor: Love and Thunder, Jonathan at ShadowFoam built a much better version. He made the toolbox from a pair of metal cases, filled it with foam liners and quality tools and a sawed-off sledgehammer for its handle.

Popsicle Stick Chakram

Popsicle Stick Chakram

A chakram is a throwing weapon that first appeared in the 5th-century BCE in India. The original weapons were simply a sharpened circle, but video game versions have evolved to add deadly spikes around their circumference. In this video, DIYer The S shows off an awesome retractable-spike chakram made from popsicle sticks.

Popsicle Stick Kalimba

Popsicle Stick Kalimba

The kalimba is a small musical instrument that’s played by thumping your fingers on its springy metal keys. But the same idea can be DIYed using a bunch of popsicle sticks, screwed in place at varying lengths along a board. Mr. Mash shows off his homemade instrument, along with an abridged version of his how-to video.

The Big Book of Maker Skills

The Big Book of Maker Skills
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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.

Workshop Desk

Workshop Desk

With real estate prices like they are today, square footage is at a premium. If you live or work in a small space, this video from Handy Bear shows off a creative way to turn an ordinary desk into a tool and parts organizer, and keeping the desktop free as a work surface. (Thanks, Michel!)

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