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How to Produce Less Trash

How to Produce Less Trash

While taking up Environmental Studies, Lauren Singer realized she was being a hypocrite by producing lots of trash in her daily life. Through judicious reusing, composting, purchasing bulk products, and DIY, she’s accumulated only one jarful of trash in the past two years.

How to Make a Root Beer Float

How to Make a Root Beer Float

After making a sandwich and a suit from scratch, How to Make Everything host Andy George shows us how to create a soda fountain favorite from raw ingredients. It only cost him $900 and took days of work, but at least he can call it “handcrafted.” Watch every step here.

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DIY Mechanical Standing Desk

DIY Mechanical Standing Desk

After designing his own expanding table, Scott Rumschlag came up with a mechanical wooden standing desk that’s much faster to operate than motorized desks and withstands over 250lb. loads. It uses two wooden boxes filled with nails and sand as counterweights.

Paper Dragon Mask

Paper Dragon Mask

Halloween may be over, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still wear this awesome papercraft dragon mask by RPS Creations. After printing out the template, you have about 8 hours of meticulous cutting and taping, but the end result is worth the effort. (Thanks Matthew!)

DIY Realistic Fake Blood

DIY Realistic Fake Blood

For its Halloween episode, HouseholdHacker shows us how to make realistic fake blood using off-the-shelf items. All you need is flour, corn syrup, red and blue food coloring and 60 seconds.

Dad Builds a Dinosaur

Dad Builds a Dinosaur

Jockeying for the title of “Coolest Dad of the Year,” builder Izzy Swan took his drill-powered walking machine and turned it into a 10 foot-tall T.Rex for his son. Its legs, mouth, and tail move. We think it should be named “Mechasaurus Rex,” but it’s simply known as “Bob.”

Building a Hut from Scratch

Building a Hut from Scratch

Primitive Technology shows us how he created a complete, heated shelter using nothing more than rudimentary handmade tools, trees, strips of cane and mud. He even made his own roof tiles from clay, using a kiln he made with similar techniques. The total build took him 102 days.

LEGO Coca-Cola Machine

LEGO Coca-Cola Machine

LEGO builder ElectryDragonite made this desktop vending machine using LEGO bricks, Mindstorms NXT controllers, and servo motors to dispense one of four different drink flavors, and has a working coin mechanism that rejects bad coins. It even keeps drinks cool.

Infento Constructible Rides

Infento Constructible Rides

Infento is kind of like an Erector set for wagons, bikes, trikes, and snow sleds. The kid-sized vehicles are constructed from dozens of supplied components using a hex key, letting kids and parents work together to build various new rides.

Hexagonal Cake Knife

Hexagonal Cake Knife

Carpenter Matthias Wandel decided that there’s no reason that cake needs to be eaten in wedges or rectangles, and created a special cutter that makes hexagonal slices of cake instead. We’d expect no less from the guy who built this.

The Scalpel Blade Frisbee

The Scalpel Blade Frisbee

Joerg Sprave continues to build out the deadliest DIY arsenal ever, adding to his collection the most dangerous flying disc we’ve seen. It’s like a more leisurely version of Oddjob’s hat. Not recommended for playing games of catch.

Never-Ending Slinky Escalator

Never-Ending Slinky Escalator

Instead of letting a treadmill do all the work, Matthias Wandel came up with a hand-cranked perpetual slinky machine. Actually he wanted to power it with a drill, but the crank makes it easier to control.

DIY Water Balloon Slingshot

DIY Water Balloon Slingshot

The King of Random shows us how to make a slingshot that can launch water balloons to over 150 ft. and can even fire three balloons at once. You’ll need PVC tubes and fittings, a resistance band and some duct tape. PDF guide here.

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Drill-Powered Walking Machine

Drill-Powered Walking Machine

Izzy Swan makes all kinds of crazy contraptions. His latest build is truly impressive – as it’s able to transport a passenger down the street using the power of a single Dewalt power drill which drive strandbeest-like legs and a wheeled platform.

1-Pixel Pac-Man

1-Pixel Pac-Man

Mike Szczys of HackADay shows off a neat trick using a grid of SmartMatrix RGB LEDs, a Teensy 3.1 circuit board, and a classic Atari joystick. The end result – a fully playable version of the arcade classic Pac-Man. Full build instructions here.

Mag-Vest

Mag-Vest

If you like the MagnoGrip, check out the Mag-Vest. It’s a flexible vest with large ceramic magnets that let you stick your tools in front of your chest. It also has a breathable mesh back, pockets and slots for pens and a hammer.

DIY Wall-mounted Beer Tap

DIY Wall-mounted Beer Tap

Redditor Blackl3ird made beer plumbing in his house. PVC pipes house the tubes that connect his homemade kegerator to a dispenser on his living room wall. Computer fans route the cool air from the kegerator to the pipes.

DIY Giant Twix Bar

DIY Giant Twix Bar

My Cupcake Addiction shows us how to make a giant Twix-like chocolate bar. It takes just 30 min., involves no baking or cooking whatsoever and uses just three ingredients: shortbread biscuits, caramel chews and lots of milk chocolate.

DIY Laser Guided Blowgun

DIY Laser Guided Blowgun

The King of Random Grant Thompson shows us how to make a hard-hitting blowgun that has a laser sight, a built-in quiver and different kinds of ammunition. We’re going to stick with the mini-marshmallows.

Uhu02’s Papercraft

Uhu02’s Papercraft

Uhu02 makes detailed papercraft models of ships and characters from science fiction. Many of them have prints and pieces for inner layers. His Apollo 13 Lunar Module is mind-blowing. The best part? He gives away his templates on his site.

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DIY Glow-in-the-dark Table

DIY Glow-in-the-dark Table

Instructables editor Mike Warren made a rustic glow-in-the-dark table using photoluminescent powder, clear casting epoxy and pecky cypress, which is cypress wood partially damaged by fungi. More at Instructables.

Brewie Automated Beer Brewer

Brewie Automated Beer Brewer

An all-in-one beer brewing machine. Newbies can simply order ingredients from Brewie and let the machine handle the rest, while experienced brewers can use their own ingredients and tweak Brewie’s parameters to their liking.

Moto Guzzi V7 Kits

Moto Guzzi V7 Kits

Moto Guzzi will be releasing four personalization kits for its V7 motorcycles. Each designed by a different Moto Guzzi builder, the Legend, the Dapper, the Scrambler and the Dark Rider evoke different decades. Available 1/15.

DIY Sugar Rockets

DIY Sugar Rockets

The King of Random makes high-flying rockets using sugar, potassium nitrate and kitty litter. It’s very cheap but also very dangerous, because the resulting mixture is combustible. Also use cardboard instead of PVC tubes.

Carvey 3D Carving Machine

Carvey 3D Carving Machine

Inventables‘ easy-to-use machine lets you upload designs from your computer and carves objects from a variety of materials. The bundled software can carve and cut in 2.5D, while you can use off-the-shelf CAM software for full 3D objects.

Fireworks Safety Suit

Fireworks Safety Suit

A fireworks maker approached mad scientist Colin Furze to make a promo video. Colin decided to make a steel suit so that he could stand in the middle of a fireworks display. Naturally. Tony Stark would be proud.

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