Neon lights are incredibly hard to make and require specialized equipment. Thankfully, arts and crafts master Shmoxd came up with a way to effectively imitate that neon glow using polycarbonate tubing and electroluminescent wire.
Bay Area maker Joshua Tulberg is imagining you on the high seas with his kit for a 6′ long electric mini boat. Picture yourself building it with ease, thanks to marine-grade plywood and cable-tie and epoxy construction. Then imagine being the most popular fellow at the flotilla.
Bobby Duke headed down to his local Target store and picked up a few rolls of aluminum foil. He then demonstrated how even the simplest household items can be turned into art. We’re not too sure about the design aesthetic, but it’s still a cool idea that anyone can try.
Voltera’s machine lets you print two layer circuit boards right on your desktop. Its plotter lays down layers of silver-based conductive ink, making circuit prototyping and experimentation crazy simple. it can even prep, heat, and reflow solder for surface-mounted components.
Jackman Works shows us how he transforms old cargo pallets into sweet drink coasters by sanding, stacking, cutting, and laminating strips of their varied wooden slats into grid patterns. Show your appreciation for his craftsmanship, and buy a set of the coasters here.
Primitive Technology wanted to have a work space for large projects. So he built an A-frame hut – a roof built into the ground – complete with a tool shelf and a cot. But first he had to make the tools. And before that, gather materials. Laziness was fatal back in the day.
This wouldn’t be the first time we saw a machine gun that fires rubber bands, but this time out, we’ve got The Q showing us step-by-step how he built his from cardboard, wood, string, hot glue, and popsicle sticks. If you’d rather not DIY, you can buy a wood one here.
Telegraphs were once the fastest way to send messages over a distance. While they’re long since obsolete, DIYprojects decided to build a modern take on the paper strip telegraph, using an Arduino Mini, a motor, wood, and a pen to write down text messages. Build guide here.
My Self Reliance is an avid outdoorsman and loves doing what he calls “real life Minecraft.” Watch him spend around six months splitting wood and building a cabin all by his lonesome and using only hand tools. We’re both envious and tired after watching his time-lapse.
Looking to add some interesting analog effects to your photography? COOPH’s latest 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.
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Learn to build your own walking robot with the SunFounder Nano DIY 4-DOF Robot Kit. It uses a ultrasonic sensor to avoid obstacles, and programming is easy with the companion visual programming toolkit. You can get this fun kit for 16% off the MSRP in The Awesomer Shop.
Kiwamijapan loves to make DIY weapons and tools. But this one takes the cake. He took katsuobushi – dried and preserved tuna (aka bonito) – which is literally hard as a rock, and turned it into a knife. Get ready for a whole lot of soothing sharpening and filing sounds.
Artist and goofball Bobby Duke laminates together a few hunk of bass wood and carves them into the shape of a mug. But his craft project doesn’t end there, as he eventually transforms his creation into an awesome sculpture with the help of some colored pencils.
Prop maker David Guyton takes a break from making badass prop armor to present his take on a retractable license plate. His DIY solution is made from affordable materials and uses a simple scissor mechanism. You’ll have to figure out how to mount it on your car though.
Want to make a dessert that’s sure to be the talk of the party? Ann Reardon of How to Cook That shows us how to create a tasty salted caramel and chocolate cake that looks like a pot overflowing with popcorn. She makes it look easy, but we’re sure it’s not. Full recipe here.
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. Probably would make a good hot cocoa too.