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How To: The Ultraviolet Nightlight and Message Board.

By: Chrisjob Jul 10, 2008

Give your soldering skills a workout with this glowtacular UV mini-message board and nightlight. Using safe near-UV LEDS, your eyes and flesh will be kept safe while under the soft neon glow of a message from your friends, sweetheart, or yourself, reminding you of that important appointment the next day.


1) 5VDC/300mA Unregulated Power Supply (Wall Wart)
PWR1258 @ $1.49 each from BG Micro

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Build your own mobile home with FREE vintage designs!

By: Diy maven Jul 10, 2008

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For the DIYer who has a penchant for vintage and wanderlust, nothing could be cooler than making your own classic trailer. Not to be attempted by the faint of heart, I’m guessing, but what a cool  project! I’m partial to the ‘lemon drop’, pictured above, but the ‘teardrop’ below is pretty sweet too. For links to these designs and others, visit Uncooped.


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Tentacle Building

By: Diy maven Jul 10, 2008

From the minds of DeviantArt's Filthy Luker and Pedro Estrellas, comes the tentacle building. Located somewhere in France, Filthy Luker's cheeky title for the building is, "Octo-pied Building: a house with tentacular cancer." Via.

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31 Cheap Decorating Tips

By: Diy maven Jul 10, 2008

Domino has put together a slide-show of 31 cheap and creative decorating tips. Some are easier than others, but all are inspirational. Two ideas that really appealed to me....


Lavanya put a softboard up inside the chimney of her non-working fireplace. She then wrapped wire around toothpicks that she slipped under the softboard. From the wires, she hung glass balls into which she placed tea lights. Lovely effect!

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The Solar-Powered Television!?!

By: Chrisjob Jul 09, 2008

Hmmm....Harnessing the power of outside to stay inside?  "A 26-inch solar-powered LCD television that can be powered by a thin-film photovoltaic panel! Sharp’s plan is to distribute the TV and solar module to areas that have no easy access to grid power. The triple-junction thin film solar cell module is the cost effective panel to date that is being mass produced by Sharp.... The television itself is an ultra… Continue Reading

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The $20 (Temporary) Bathroom Makeover

By: Lilybee Jul 09, 2008

created on: 07/08/08
I'm going to come right out and say it. I HATE our bathroom with a fiery passion. After living with it for a year-and-a-bit I decided that something had to be done.  Now my first choice would have been to rip it out, burn the pieces and salt the earth, cursing all the while. Trouble is this is a rental, and the agency might have a problem with that.

Here's the before and after shots:

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BMW's Kinetic Sculpture

By: Diy maven Jul 09, 2008

This mechatronic sculpture from ART+COM is exhibited at the BMW Welt in Munich. The 714 metal balls are suspended by strings that raise and lower the balls creating weightless shapes. Those shapes for this particular installation are BMW’s 90 year history of car shapes. Check out the video of this extraordinary creation. (The transitions from one shape to another are particularly amazing.) Via.

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Free Shoji-Paper Lamp Pattern

By: Diy maven Jul 09, 2008

Popular Woodworking has free directions, including a materials list, as well as a pdf assembly drawing for a lovely Shoji-Paper Lamp. It’ll give your drill a workout.

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How to Turn a Drop Cloth into a Fabulous Rug

By: Diy maven Jul 09, 2008

It’s hard to believe that this lovely rug began its life as a canvas drop cloth, but that's exactly the case. From the DIY Network’s B. Original, host Michele Beschen used assembled the following supplies and got down to business.

‘Canvas drop cloth
border webbing, fringe or other decorative trim
decorative upholstery fabric
medium-weight fusible web
sewing machine
paint (optional)’

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DIY Embossed Wall.

By: Chrisjob Jul 08, 2008

Here's a great idea from the happy homemaker: the DIY embossed wall. Simply make a stencil (dinosaurs are essential), and fill with spakle, then paint as you would. Provides a texture that's way more interesting than tone-on-tone, especially with a high gloss paint and hard surface, as in the photo.


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