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Category: DIY + Hacks

This Fan-made TMNT Donatello Figurine is Insanely Good

This Fan-made TMNT Donatello Figurine is Insanely Good
A concept artist going by the moniker Embertwist recently shared their latest creation on Reddit. It’s a sixth-scale figurine of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle’s gadget expert, Donatello, but with a couple of slick twists. First off are the immediately noticeable purple Air Jordan 1 sneakers, but Don is also rocking a backpack that’s partly made from an NES.

DIY Speaker with Ferrofluid Display: Lava Amp

DIY Speaker with Ferrofluid Display: Lava Amp
YouTuber Dakd Jung recently shared a montage of them making a Bluetooth speaker with a one-of-a-kind visualizer. In front of the speaker is a small glass case with a bit of ferrofluid in it. Inside the speaker is a device that converts part of the sound signal into electromagnetic signals, causing the blob to react to the sound in real-time.

Max Keyboard Offer Custom Printed Keycap Sets: Goodbye Group Buy

Max Keyboard Offer Custom Printed Keycap Sets: Goodbye Group Buy
Mechanical keyboards have exploded in popularity in recent years, including swappable keycaps. You can easily find mass-produced keycap sets online, but if you truly want to stand out or have trendy or niche designs, your best bets are limited run or artisan keycaps.

Make Your Own Rubik’s Cube Inspired Wooden LED Light

Make Your Own Rubik’s Cube Inspired Wooden LED Light
Inspired by the classic look of a Rubik’s Cube, Instructables user blueboxes has created a step-by-step guide for building your very own mini light cube, a wood and acrylic cube that glows along all the seams between the smaller cubes.

Make Your Own Smoking Rocket Incense Burner

Make Your Own Smoking Rocket Incense Burner
Incense: if I burn enough of it at once it helps hide the fact that I haven’t taken the trash out in a while. And what cooler way to burn incense than inside a rocketship? Instructables user nomadecraftsanddreams created these detailed instructions for how to construct your very own leather rocket backflow incense burner.

DIY Wooden Security Camera Birdhouse: Big Bird Is Watching

DIY Wooden Security Camera Birdhouse: Big Bird Is Watching
Cleverly shaped like the sort of closed-circuit surveillance camera you might see on the side of a building, Instructables user JoopB1 has outlined step-by-step instructions for how to build your own fake security camera birdhouse out of scrap wood (in this case leftover 12mm plywood, but the dimensions can be adjusted for almost any thickness plywood).

How To Make Your Own Giant Dripping Cheese Pizza Slice Table

How To Make Your Own Giant Dripping Cheese Pizza Slice Table
Pizza: like never getting out of bed before noon, it’s a way of life. And what better way to celebrate that way of life than constructing your own giant dripping cheese pizza slice table and then eating pizza on it?!

3D Printer Hacked Into Sandwich Making Robot

3D Printer Hacked Into Sandwich Making Robot
Sandwiches: what would I do without them? Probably starve, or at least go hungry for lunch. Well, now mechanical engineer Yuto Kuroki of Meiji University in Tokyo has made the entire sandwich-making process easier, thanks to a 3D printer that’s been modded into a 3-axis robotic manipulator.

Make Your Own Light-Up D20 with 2,400 LEDs

Make Your Own Light-Up D20 with 2,400 LEDs
The brainchild of maker Greg Daville, this is an LED icosahedron crafted using a total of 2,400 LEDs, all placed individually by hand. Wow! I’m not sure if I would have had the patience for that, but I definitely don’t have the know-how to build an LED D20.

Man Builds Electric-Powered Ice Skates That Double as Meat Grinders

Man Builds Electric-Powered Ice Skates That Double as Meat Grinders
Because you don’t know until you try, and not trying may haunt you for the rest of your life, Simon Sörensen of YouTube channel RCLifeOn went and built himself a pair of electric-powered ice skates using parts from an electric skateboard.

VHS Tapes Repurposed as Planters: Captain Planet Would Be Proud

VHS Tapes Repurposed as Planters: Captain Planet Would Be Proud
Remember when VHS tapes were the gold-standard in movie rentals? Seems like forever ago, doesn’t it? And where are all those VHS tapes now? I mean, besides my packrat parents’ basement? Landfills? Well, Etsy shop niftyrecyclables is doing their part to reduce, reuse, and recycle by selling VHS tapes that have been transformed into little planters.

RadioGlobe: Spin This Globe to Listen to 2,000+ World Radio Stations

RadioGlobe: Spin This Globe to Listen to 2,000+ World Radio Stations
The brainchild of product design engineer and traveler Jude Pullen, The RadioGlobe is an internet-connected globe that plays a radio station from the area highlighted on the surface through its circular reticule. Just give the globe a spin to listen to the world.

An Automated LEGO Gift-Wrapping Machine: Move Over, Gift Bags

An Automated LEGO Gift-Wrapping Machine: Move Over, Gift Bags
Because wrapping gifts is hard work but building incredibly complicated LEGO machines is a piece of cake, YouTubers TheBrickWall constructed this ‘LEGO Wrapping Factory,’ an automated gift wrapping station built entirely out of LEGO. The machine is capable of scanning a package to determine its dimensions, then cut, wrap and tape the gift in a manner that can only be described as way better than I could ever do.

Voltron Castle of Lions PC Case Mod: Activate Interlock!

Voltron Castle of Lions PC Case Mod: Activate Interlock!
There are good ideas, and then there are great ideas. And modder Robdp82 building a gaming PC (mostly emulation with some light e-gaming) into a 1984 Voltron Castle of Lions playset transcends even a great idea, and we can only hope when aliens finally visit earth this is the first thing they see so they don’t just immediately death-ray us all.

Make Your Own Moonshine With This Copper Still Starter Kit

Make Your Own Moonshine With This Copper Still Starter Kit
You know, I was just thinking the other day maybe I should start making my own liquor. I was just going to use the bathtub, but then I saw this 5 Gallon Pure Copper Alembic Still built by Copperholic and available for sale on Amazon (affiliate link).

Man Builds a Gas Engine-powered NERF Blaster

Man Builds a Gas Engine-powered NERF Blaster
Because a NERF gun can never have enough horsepower, builder Peter Sripol modded a NERF Elite 2.0 Turbine CS-18 to be powered by a little four-stroke combustion engine mounted on top. Is that a good idea, or the best idea?

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