Projects for the Week

“Soda Bottle Planters”

This week’s projects will focus on the ingenuity of DIY and re-purposed material. For ,is this great little project that utilizes old soda bottles as planters. The instructions for completing this project, found at the brightestnest blog, looks pretty straight forward:

1. Gather several soda and/or water bottles
2. Carefully cut out a 6”-8” notch from the side of the bottles
3. Drill a hole in the top and bottom of each bottle (parallel with the notch the was just made)
4. Run a wire, or even fishing line (high test of course) through the holes
5. Glue a washer at the bottom of the hole to minimize leaks, to prevent the bottle from sliding down the line
6. Anchor the top and bottom of the line so that the bottle are suspended

Those simple steps should get you started on your collection of recycled planters that can works as an exterior wall covering, shading a balcony opening, or even covering an interior window.

“Wall Art”

This project is perfect for the aspiring woodworker or sculptor. It’s also a nice use for leftover wood pieces that might otherwise be tossed or burned for kindling. The contributors at have provided a nice step by step for creating spectacular wall art that provides a blend of colors, while also providing some nice depth. You can choose your color scheme ahead of time or make it up as you go along, either way it’s bound to add some life to your space.

“Lightbulb Vase”

The last project for this week’s reuse theme is simple, yet unbelievably creative. By simply using dissecting an old light bulb, you are able to create a functional planter that can be used at home or in the office. The instructional on Ready Made is thorough as usual, so there’s nothing that needs for be added on this project.



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DIY’er: HemLoft

Here’s a little DIY gem for your Friday, enjoy…….

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Website of the Week


The piece featured above is themed “Plants” and can also be found at Prosthetic Knowledge.

Ideation, a supportive artistic community, concept sharing, innovative design, musical exploration….what are you looking for? You may find it at, a non-profit artistic project that highlights the work of artists, musicians, photographers, and designers. The Rhizome project originally started in 1996 by Mark Tribe, an artist himself. The internet based art forum has since grown to host events, exhibitions and more recently the “Rhizome Commission Program”. The site is not only chock full of visually stimulating photography and engaging design, but the articles are also full of thought provoking content like the subject of distorted Google maps: “The Universal Texture”.

If you are looking to broadcast your artwork and are looking for a supportive artistic community, be sure to check out Rhizome’s site.

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Technique: Cardboard Art

Don’t know about Chris Gilmour’s cardboard art? Neither did I, but this is some pretty amazing stuff. The above photograph titled “BIKES” is at a 1:1 scale, and as you can see there is no shortage of detail. He uses standard cardboard to create his amazing life-like sculptures. Probably one of most impressive things about Gilmour’s work is that his craft is not accomplished with the aid of a machine, but rather true sculptural technique.

Why post this on a DIY site? Well there is a lot to be learned from Gilmour’s craft. In an age of 3-D printers and CNC machines, our ability to conceptualize and simply build a model from simple materials is being lost. Trial and error through conceptual model making is becoming a thing of the past. Yet when I see Gilmour’s work I see an idea from start to finish, especially through his understanding of scale and interpretation of material. So the next time you’re working on a new concept, sit down, sketch and build that scale model.

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Projects for the Week

“Table with a cooler”

What better way to bring picnics and alcohol together, then to modify a table so that it can hold ice and bottles. This DIY project comes from ManMade DIY projects which the contributors were able to find from a winery. I’m not sure the exact directions are available, but this looks like a pretty easy one to tackle. Aside from removing the wood from the center of the picnic table (provided you use an existing table), where the cooler is placed, the hardest part of the project appears to be modifying the metal insert. You may also consider using some plexi-glass and epoxy to give it a different look.

“Radio (batteries not required)”

Here is a great little project for radio enthusiasts, electronic tinkerers, or anyone looking to scan AM stations battery-free. This simplistic DIY project requires little more than a bottle, some small pieces of wood and, magnet wire, a germanium, and some headphones (not a complete list). And for those of you who ask yourself “how does Radio Shack stay in business”, well you may just find out why. As always, being a MAKE project they will walk through this one with no confusion. Enjoy.

“DIY Desk Fan + Heater”

Looking for a way to heat or cool your personal workspace? Want to show off your DIY skills in the office? Well this just might be the perfect project for you. What I like about this project is that it allows you to do a little electrical hacking, some wood working, and some part repurposing. It might be fun to play with the outside design of the heater/fan, perhaps a robot theme.

Good luck with the projects.

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“DIY Ipad Case”

Don’t have a protective case for your Ipad? No need to worry, why not just make a stylish and custom case? Thanks to ECAB (Eighteenth Century Agrarian Business) you can now follow this simple tutorial and make yourself a nifty little carrying case for your Ipad. Size it down and you could make one for your Ipod as well. Try exploring different materials (i.e. something waterproof, or re-purposed) and make your own graphic, like: “This really isn’t an Ipad inside”.

“Wine Bottle Glasses/Jig”

Here’s another good one from Instructables. If you’re not familiar with these glasses, they have grown in popularity and they’re pretty easy to make. The only problem is that the wine glasses are tricky to cut. Thanks to this tutorial you can simply lock the bottle in a jig and cut with ease. After that you can customize your glasses and fill them up with your favorite drink. Enjoy.

“Turn Signal Jacket”

If you’re an avid cyclist or just ride at night, you may find this project useful. Who wouldn’t want some extra lights to display themselves while dodging drivers and traffic in the dark? Well this DIY project lets you create your very own jacket to display yourself and more importantly it alerts others on the direction you may be turning. What is really nice about this tutorial is the video attached to give you a better visual.

Good Luck.

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Technique: Supporting DIY’ers and Makers

“Tinkering With Tomorrow”

I recently attended this event at the New America Foundation . You can watch the video attached to the link and the agenda of speakers is attached as well. Great stuff.

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