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Category: DIY + Hacks

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.
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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?

Guy’s Creepy Facial Recognition Robot with Furby ‘Brain’

Guy’s Creepy Facial Recognition Robot with Furby ‘Brain’
Seen here looking like a typical nuclear family of the future, this is YouTuber LOOK MUM NO COMPUTER showing off a facial recognition robot (the one on the right). It appears to be powered by a Furby inside the clear plastic computer case, which is modeled after a classic Apple Macintosh.

Modder Upgrades Vintage Macintosh with iPad Mini Brains

Modder Upgrades Vintage Macintosh with iPad Mini Brains
Do you have an old Macintosh lying around gathering dust? While you might want to turn it into an aquarium, you could also update it to run a much more modern operating system. Modder Travis DeRose of Curiosityness shows us how he cracked open a Macintosh Plus and converted it into a permanent home for an iPad Mini.

This LEGO Hoist Can Lift Almost 500 Pounds

This LEGO Hoist Can Lift Almost 500 Pounds
I’ve said it before, LEGO is an amazing thing. You can build so many useful things with these little bricks and their accessories. Why are we not building more houses out of this stuff? This heavy-lifting system is a good example of how strong a LEGO structure can be.

Battle Mech Goomba Is Ready to Defend the Mushroom Kingdom

Battle Mech Goomba Is Ready to Defend the Mushroom Kingdom
Of all of the characters in the Super Mario games, I think the Goombas are some of the most innocuous and easy to deal with. But in the hands of toy customizer KodyKoala, one particular Goomba is a serious badass.

Someone Built a Guitar from Ramen Noodles

Someone Built a Guitar from Ramen Noodles
While I prefer my ramen noodles to be made fresh these days, there were many times back in college when instant ramen was as staple food, due to its incredible ease of cooking and budget pricing.

How to Use 7-Segment LEDs Not as They Were Intended

How to Use 7-Segment LEDs Not as They Were Intended
Those familiar red 7-segment LEDs are designed to each display an individual digit, or if you’re 8-year-old me, maybe to string together some letters, like “8008135” that I used to think was me being clever with my old Texas Instruments calculator.

Someone Made a Fence out of iPhones: iFence

Someone Made a Fence out of iPhones: iFence
If you’ve ever owned an iPhone, you know how expensive they can be. So you can imagine how much it would cost to decorate a fence with thousands of them. Apparently, that’s what one guy in Vietnam has done, embellishing the exterior of his house with iPhone after iPhone.

Printed Circuit Board Kits Turn into Magic Voodoo Robots

Printed Circuit Board Kits Turn into Magic Voodoo Robots
Normally, printed circuit boards are green and rectangular or square in shape. But these unique circuit boards come in colors like yellow, orange, and blue. Beyond being colorful, they’re designed to be taken apart and assembled into wonderful little robots.
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