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How to: Make a DIY Modern and Minimalist Nativity Set

by Chris Gardner

created at: 12/18/2012

I have lots of great holiday memories from when I was a kid: listening to the Merry Christmas from Sesame Street cassette while driving downtown to pick up the ham with my dad, waking my parents up with my sister after totally having scoped the presents, and warming the handheld candles to make funny shapes with my cousins and uncle during Christmas Eve service. But nothing stands out more than this silly little wooden nativity set I set up...

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DIY Toy Kit for Adults

by Mod Home Ec Teacher

This DIY gift is sure to keep you and your tinkering-hungry significant-other busy during these cold, gray winter days. Not exclusively an adult gift, the box full of three simple building elements will also send a volt through the young tinkerer's creative wiring.  What you build is entirely up to you. That's a beautiful thing.

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Googly Eyes Clock.

by Chris Gardner

With one eye that rolls the minutes, and the other the hours, this simultaeneously bored/offended/interested/leery/tired plastic clock serves as a constant reminder of that thing they say about eyes and windows and souls. Oh, and what time it is.

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Jonathan Adler for...Barbie?

by Chris Gardner

One of the U.S.'s top celebrity designs has teamed up with, well, Mattel, to create a line for another U.S. fashion icon, Barbara Millicent Roberts.

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"Jonathan Adler's fresh, modern ideas about interior design have established him as a true design visionary. Introducing the Jonathan Adler Loves Barbie Doll, a modern doll embodying the Adler lifestyle brand. Stylish, adorable, and oh-so-chic, Barbie comes with miniature accessories inspired by real...

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Papercraft Owls to Download.

by Chris Gardner

Ho. Ly. Cow.

I have no idea what the going rate for actual tiny, adorable owls are, but at MidoStudio, the going rate is four for a mere £1.00. "At just £1.00 this downloadable/print-at-home-able kit means that before long you will be cutting and pasting your way to avian bliss. Simply make your purchase with paypal and you will be automatically sent the .pdf file with all 4 owl templates and instructions. The kit will be sent to your email...

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DIY Bubbles and Giant Bubble Wand.

by Chris Gardner

Welcome summer (it starts on Friday) with this easy and inexpensive bubble wand from Instructable member Egadsman. The materials only amount to $3, but I bet you could make them from ingredients you have about the house. The bubble potential promises diameters of two meters.

Materials:

  • Two dowel rods
  • Spool of non-absorbent string
  • Tap

Click here for full instructions, including a recipe for bubble solution.

Via and photo.

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The Brick Testament: The Bible Told in Lego.

by Chris Gardner

"When it comes to telling stories with Lego, Brendan Powell Smith isn't messing around.  He turned to the greatest story ever told for inspiration.  The Brick Testament is a collection of photos illustrating [Biblical narratives] using only real Lego pieces from the 60's to today."

In total, The Brick Testament has Legoed over 336 Biblical stories.

Click here to check out the Brick Testament Book on Amazon.

Via and quote: Retro Thing. 

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Atari Controller Candle Stick.

by Chris Gardner

" Candles are very seasonal right now - although this Atari 2600 controller candle holder is unlikely to appear on your mum's mantelpiece.

Shaped like the base iconic games controller from Atari's must-have console of the early 80s, it holds your candle - which uncannily looks like the stick.

I'm not sure what this is made of - but with a price of £50, I sense ceramic rather than plastic."

50 GBP? No sir. Go grab a busted controller from the...

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Build a Four-Story Tree Play House?

by DIY Maven

Forget the Victorian doll house; give me one of these! The Four-Story Tree House from Hammacher Schlemmer ($129.95) is about 4 feet tall and comes with a retractable ladder, bridge, trap door and a pulley and bucket elevator for hoisting supplies. Made of pine and plywood, I’m thinking this just might be DIY-able. Some wood, a faux sprig of greenery plus a little creativity and you’d have something even Tarzan--and Jane--would envy.

 

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How To Make A Candy Corn Creature.

by Chris Gardner

Inspired by October's Curbly Challenge, I decided I'd like a couple candy friends floating around this autumn. You should make some, too.

Materials 

  • Candy corn
  • Paper clips
  • Wire cutters and/or needlenose pliers
  • Pen or marker
  • Microwave (optional)

1. Select a prime piece of candy corn.

2. Give 'em a face. Mine is smiley, but yours doesn't have to be so glad. Invoke all your prime pumpkin-carving skills.

3. Use the paper clips to create arms and legs. Cut...

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DIY 3-D Viewmaster.

by Chris Gardner

An ambituous tinker dubbed Pyrofer has equipped a Viewmaster with twin LCD screens, which project the same image at varied spacing to mimic three dimensional viewing.

"The 3D object is rendered twice with the camera in a different position each time to simulate the spacing between your eyes giving different viewing angles. Each of these seperate images is sent to each of the LCDs, one for the left eye and one for the right. Sat next to each other...

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Amazing Lego Sculptures.

by Chris Gardner

Lego artist Nathan Sawawa was the guest last night on The Colbert Report. Stephen, of course, teased about nerdiness and a childish choice of medium, but I'm pretty convinced this guy's got it down. Of course, we've all seen email forwards of scales models of the Eiffel Tower, or life-size Darth Vader helmets, but Sawaya's work transcends such attempts. Those are really great Lego projects. Sawaya's sculptures seem more like art that happen to be...

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The Anemone Clock awakens a person with a little more personality.

by Chris Gardner

"Unlike other alarm clocks, this one challenges a person. When the alarm goes off, it rumbles intensely, making it a little harder to find the off switch. Due to the rumbling, the clock also bounces away from the origin, thus creating another challenge of getting out of bed and chasing it around the room (kind of like a pet). After the clock is captured, it rumbles the person awake. Alarm clocks are just too easy to turn off, which leads back to...

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Art a la the Rubik's Cube, and how to solve and build your own.

by Chris Gardner

Apparently, solving a Rubik's Cube is either something you can do, or something you can't: you either know the tricks, or you don't. (I can't, and don't.)

Fortunately, these toysters know the tricks, and can manipulate the simply colored blocks into large scale works of art.

(from art.blogging.la)
(from ws.binghamton,edu)
If you'd like to build your own Rubik's Cube, check out this DIY Magnetic Acrylic Rubik's Cube Instructable.
If you wanna learn...

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