Recycled DIY Robot!

by Lilybee

Some questions are timeless and all important, for example, Beatles or Stones? Batman or Superman? Pirates or Ninjas? And perhaps the most important of all, 'would you rather have a Monkey or a Robot?' Well, for folks coming down on the robot side, there is this fellow:

created on: 12/19/08

The blurb says "Turn any empty metal can into a walking, wobbling bug-eyed robot! This Tin Can Robot Kit comes with pretty much everything you'll need to take recycling to a...

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242 bucks for a can of soup?

by DIY Maven

242 bucks for a can of soup?

Okay, Ingo Maurer’s canned light doesn’t actually contain soup. What it does contain is all the parts to make a lamp, parts we can probably find at any hardware or big box store. Those items include a reflector, socket, switch and a 60 watt halogen light bulb. The can itself measures 5.3" h x 3.4" d. A quick measurement of my Campbell’s Tomato tells me a regular-sized can measures 3.875" h x 2.5", which might be a bit small for a DIY job, but how...

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A Bin Bin Alternative

by DIY Maven

A Bin Bin Alternative

Check out Scandinavian Design Center’s Bin Bin wastebasket, which looks very much like the contents it holds. The John Brauer creation is clever, but I’ll leave it up to you to determine if the 331 x 330 mm receptacle is worth its 60 dollar price tag. As for me, a trip to my local fabric/craft store this weekend turned up a 250 x 220 mm plastic ice bucket, on sale for $2.50, which I’m now using in my craft room as a trash can. Sweet!

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My New Craft Room: How to ‘upholster’ a tin can.

by DIY Maven

 

My New Craft Room: How to ‘upholster’ a tin can.

This is a fun and easy way to make an ordinary can look fabulous. All you need to do it is a bit of fabric, a scissors, an iron, a hot glue gun and a can.

 

First cut your fabric to fit the circumference and height of your can PLUS a couple of inches in both directions. Press the top and bottom edges down/up. Press ONE SIDE of the fabric in. Center your can on the fabric. Roll the fabric around the can and hot glue the pressed finish edge over the...

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No Hands Garbage Can

by DIY Maven

No Hands Garbage Can

When you use a public rest room, do you avoid touching anything after you wash your hands? Do you use a paper towel to open the door, and then just before you slip out of the room you shove the towel in the garbage can, trying to escape contact with the flapper cover thingy? This last part is always the trickiest maneuver of your escape. Well, thanks to Touchless Garbage Cans, now all public and private bathrooms can have hands free battery...

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Paint Can Lid Conservation Continued

by DIY Maven

Paint Can Lid Conservation Continued
 

 

 

 

 

 

After living with my paint can lid coaster for a few days, I realized it only looked like a coaster when my coffee cup was sitting on it. Otherwise, it looked as if, somewhere, a paint can was missing its lid. So, in the spirit of beautification, I held the lid. I let it speak to me.

"Beads," it said.

"Perfect," I said.

Tarting it Up

I flooded the lid’s rim with my favorite tacky glue.

I sprinkled into the glue ring leftover silver and black...

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Paint Can Glam

by DIY Maven

Paint Can Glam
What You Need

Empty, cleaned paint cans. I used a quart sized can, but gallon sized cans will work too. (If you don’t have an empty paint can laying around, most hardware stores sell new, unused paint cans. A quart size will cost you about a buck.)

Drill

1/8" drill bit

A Sharpie

Metal or wood block to support the inside of the can

Sandpaper. Any grit will do.

Small jelly-jar-sized-jar (or larger jar for gallon sized can)

Votive candle (or larger pillar...

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