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Making a Custom Catan Set

Making a Custom Catan Set

The standard version of Catan comes with a thick paper playing surface and tiles. Kevlar DIY shows off a much more impressive Catan set that he built using black walnut wood, resin, and a variety of objects to create the game’s iconic hexagonal playing pieces.

FindyBot 3000 Organizer

FindyBot 3000 Organizer

If you have lots of small parts in your workshop, it can be a challenge to keep them organized. Engineer Dustin Dobransky built a voice-based system using Google Home, IFTTT, a Particle Photon microcontroller, and LED strip lights to place and find items in unlabeled bins. Complete build details on Instructables.

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The Ultimate Zelda Playhouse

The Ultimate Zelda Playhouse

Once Upon a Workbench worked with his friends to build his kids one of the coolest playhouses we’ve ever seen. The build was inspired by Link’s house in the Nintendo Switch game The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. If you have similar ambitions, you can purchase the plans for $60.

DIY Mini Darth Vader LED Lightsaber

DIY Mini Darth Vader LED Lightsaber

Model maker Boylei Hobby Time loves to incorporate light into his dioramas. In this clip he shows us how he took an off-the-shelf 1/12th-scale model of Darth Vader and took it to the next level with a backlit metal base and a bright red lightsaber that runs on a flexible LED filament set inside of a cocktail straw.

Making Felt Panel Patterns

Making Felt Panel Patterns

Tired of the plain old boring walls in your workspace? Get Hands Dirty shows us how to use cut pieces of ReFelt recycled plastic felt panels to create bold and modern patterns for walls or ceilings which not only look amazing but can be used as a pushpin board and to improve acoustics.

How to Build a Giant Spider

How to Build a Giant Spider

It wouldn’t be Halloween without some creepy, crawly spiders, and when it comes to scary arachnids, the bigger the better. Paul Jones of Dead and Daughter shows us how he built a massive spider for his lawn using PVC pipe, bendy hair rollers, a bike helmet, duct tape, and wig hair among other things.

How to Wrap a Bottle in Paracord

How to Wrap a Bottle in Paracord

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.

Making a See-through Computer Screen

Making a See-through Computer Screen

See-through computer screens are a staple of sci-fi design. While they look really cool, they’re not the most practical way to view content. Still, makers Evan and Katelyn wanted to give it a try, set to building their own by modding a standard LCD screen, removing its LED backlight and polarizing filter, then building a new frame for it.

Star Wars Entertainment Center

Star Wars Entertainment Center

I Like To Make Stuff teamed up with The Smugglers Room to build a piece of custom Star Wars-inspired furniture that holds a large TV and server rack filled with audio and video equipment. The finished piece looks like something from inside of the Echo Base control room and would make a great design for an arcade cabinet.

Colored Pencil Bluetooth Speaker

Colored Pencil Bluetooth Speaker

Maker King Minhvuong shows off a really sweet design for a tabletop Bluetooth speaker. He built it using hundreds of stacked colored pencils set into epoxy resin, then cut, shaped, sanded, and varnished the resulting block to form an eye-catching enclosure.

8BitCADE XL

8BitCADE XL

This DIY handheld gaming system offers gamers an opportunity to learn about electronics. The system features a 2.42″ monochrome widescreen and comes with 200 Arduboy games pre-loaded into its memory. Advanced users can even program their own games for it. Available with or without a tool kit.

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.

Rainbow Parts Organizer

Rainbow Parts Organizer

There’s something so satisfying about a well-organized workshop. Maker Zack Freedman shows how he brought order to chaos by creating a wall of parts bins that create a smooth gradient when all the drawers are in their proper places. He 3D printed the faceplates using rainbow filament and laser cut the drawer labels.

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Building a Mini Shipping Container

Building a Mini Shipping Container

If you like the look of shipping containers, you can buy a tissue box holder inspired by their design. But if you’re a pro model maker like Adam Savage, and want something you can sit on, you build your own from scratch. You can get the digital files for printing the photorealistic vinyl stickers here.

How to Make an Alien Abduction Nightlight

How to Make an Alien Abduction Nightlight

Artist jedrek29t makes all kinds of neat dioramas by embedding objects into resin. Watch him build a scene of a miniature UFO as it hovers above a grassy field and starts vacuuming up cows in its tractor beam. He also integrated an LED into the spaceship so it works as a nightlight.

DIY Cardboard T.Rex Head

DIY Cardboard T.Rex Head

Raphael of Epic Cardboard Props has built some pretty amazing things out of cardboard boxes and hot glue. This time, he went all out, and created a huge sculpture of a T.Rex head, inspired by the killer dinosaurs in Jurassic Park. Want your own paper dino? Buy the template and follow along with the video tutorial.

DIY NeoPixel Infinity Mirror

DIY NeoPixel Infinity Mirror

Adafruit Industries produces some really nifty components for making electronic gadgets. In this video, they show how their NeoPixel LED strips can be used with a one-way mirrored sheet, acrylic, and some 3D-printed bits to make an infinity mirror you can toss in your pocket. Build details and parts list here, and the source code is here.

“Invisible” PC: Part 2

“Invisible” PC: Part 2

After building a high-end gaming PC into a desk, Matt of DIY Perks realized the illusion is completely ruined when placing a monitor on top of it. So he made a hidden ultrawide display that stows inside of a matching wood veneer and aluminum bookshelf. Now he just needs an invisible keyboard and mouse.

Cardboard Computer Keyboard

Cardboard Computer Keyboard

Using an ordinary computer keyboard as a starting point, maker SKM managed to create a fully-functional keyboard that’s made out of cardboard and popsicle sticks. We’re not sure how long it will last, but it’s definitely more functional than his cardboard mechanical typewriter.

Metal Earth Star Wars Figures

Metal Earth Star Wars Figures

Why buy off-the-shelf Star Wars figures when you can build your own? These flat-pack metal models aren’t easy to assemble, but the resulting sculptures will be worth the effort. They come in Darth Vader, Stormtrooper, Boba Fett, C-3PO, and R2-D2 variants. Patience and tweezers not included.

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Building a Record Player Cabinet

Building a Record Player Cabinet

We love how builder Laura Kampf is creates objects that are both thoughtful in their function and design. Her latest project is a curved wooden cabinet with a turntable and amplifier shelf, plenty of cubbies for storing records, and spaces for speakers that tuck neatly behind grille cloth.

DIY Cyanotype Prints

DIY Cyanotype Prints

Looking for another fun project to do at home? Artist Mathieu Stern shows us how to use digital photo software plus a couple of specialty chemicals to make your own unique cyanotype prints at home. You can get the chemicals or pre-treated fabric sheets on Amazon or Blick Art Supplies.

Building an “Invisible” PC

Building an “Invisible” PC

At first glance, this looks like a modern and minimal desk. But DIY Perks wouldn’t show off something that basic. This table conceals a high-end Windows PC beneath its hardwood veneer surface. He had to spread out the components and get creative with the cooling system to fit everything inside of something so thin.

Bamboo Skewer Chopping Board

Bamboo Skewer Chopping Board

Pask Makes shows us how wood skewers are good for more than serving kebabs. By stacking, cutting, clamping, and gluing hundreds of sticks, then planing and sanding the result, he was able to create a beautiful cutting board we’d love to have on our counter.

DIY No-Dip Bubble Wand

DIY No-Dip Bubble Wand

Normally, if you want to blow big bubbles, you need to dip a bubble wand in a pool of soap bubbles. But designer pojken shows off a fun and easy gizmo that uses a pressurized garden sprayer, a wand, and a string frame to continuously feed giant bubbles on demand. Learn to build your own on Instructables.

Mini Concrete Mixer Coffee Stirrer

Mini Concrete Mixer Coffee Stirrer

Maker W&M walks us through the process of turning a couple of muffin tins into a miniature concrete mixer, complete with a motorized stirrer. Though in this case, its purpose is to smoothly blend instant coffee with water. It probably would make a good hot cocoa too.

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