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How to: Purrfectly Simple DIY Cat Bed

by M.E. Gray

Make It! DIY Cat Bed

I love my cat. I'm not shy about admitting that (I even mention it in my bio). I'm also not ashamed to say I think she's the best cat in the world. Her name is Donut, but I also refer to her as "Angel Face" or "Precious Baby Kitty" (which drives my fiancé crazy, I'm sure). The cat drinks filtered water and has a basket full of toys. She's one of the more spoiled cats out there, and leads a pretty cushy life (as evidenced by this plushy DIY cat bed I made especially for her).          

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How To: Make Your Own DIY Dog Treats!

by Capree

In this post, you'll learn how to make dog treats that are healthy and all-natural. 

how to make dog treats

I'm known around these parts as "the crazy Schnauzer lady", but in truth, I'm crazy about ALL dogs... and think they deserve some tasty, homemade treats every now and then!  This simple, two-ingredient recipe can be customized like nobody's business, so get creative and have a little fun (while pampering your pooch) with this easy dog treat recipe!   

 

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How To: Make a DIY Modern Bird Feeder

by Chris Gardner

How To: Make a DIY Modern Bird Feeder

If I were a pet owner...buddy, my guys would be living in style. Mod dog houses, pet beds, Eames dot collars, you name it. After all, they'd have to go in my house, which doesn't contain a lick of traditional nor country.

But, I'm not a pet owner. I have quite strong allergies to most any creature, and so, my only option is to share the modernism with the little guys who live outside my house. And since there's no way I'm doing anything kind to the squirrels and bunnies who snatch at my veggies, I'm looking to give some style to the birds.

So, I made a nice, low-slung mod bird feeder that echoes the long, low houses of Eichler-era California modernism, and you should too! Here's how:  

Materials and Tools:

  • 5" candle plate (available at the craft or home decor store)
  • 1/32" galvanized aluminum sheet, at least 7 x 4 3/4"
  • 10-24 hardware:
    • 2" eye bolt
    • threaded rod or long bolt (with the top cut off)
    • 3x nuts and washers
    • 1x locking nut
  • 1/4" hollow aluminum tube (hardware store or hobby shop)
  • Saw for cutting metal: hacksaw, coping saw, angle grinder, etc
  • Ruler, pencil, and masking tape
  • Electric drill and drill bits
  • Pliers
  • Two-part metal epoxy, such as JB Weld
  • Spray paint and primer
  • Clamps (recommended)

Please note: My design was inspired by the by Marcel Wanders' bird feeder for Droog Design. It's a beautiful piece of work, but at $100, beyond my budget. Mine cost around $9.00.

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1. Begin by taking off the little feet from the candle plate. Mine snapped off easily with a little twist of some locking pliers. Or, I guess you could leave them on, if you wanted your feeder to sit atop a flat surface. Then, drill a 3/16" hole in the center.

To find the center of the circle, check out this helpful guide from our eBook, Make It! Mid-Century Modern. Which, you will note, is on sale for a mere $5.00!

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2. Cut the galvanized aluminum to it's final size of 4 1/2" x 7". I like using a hacksaw with a bi-metal blade to cut metal, but you could try tin snips, a rotary tool, or whatever you have. They even make metal blades for handheld jig saws.

Then, drill a 3/16" hole in the dead center of your roof. When drilling metal, go slowly and apply nice, steady pressure.

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3. Find a nice sturdy straight edge, like a table or a workbench, and use the edge to bend your roof to about a 50-degree angle, right down the center. Using scrap wood and clamps to provide even pressure is recommended if you have the tools, but if not, no worries. Aluminum is soft and easy to bend.

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4. So, as this point you have your base and roof, and they just need to be held together. Begin by threading a nut all the way up the eye bolt and placing it through the top. Then, add a nut to wedge the roof in place (don't go crazy with the tightening, you'll be epoxying it into place later), and figure out how far away you'd like the base to sit from the roof; mine was about 2 1/2". Cut your 1/4" tube to this length.

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5. Then, place the hollow tube onto the eyebolt in the roof, and thread the bolt or threaded rod through the circular base. Add a nut and washer, and thread as much rod (or long bolt) through until it meets the eyebolt in the roof. So, the ends of the eyebolt and the threaded rod will touch end-to-end, and the tube goes on the outside of those, like a sleeve, to cover up the threads. Add the thickness of you locking nut, and cut the threaded rod to that length. Then, attach the rod onto the base using a nut and washer on the top, and the locking nut to hold it in place. As my tube was 2 1/2", I cut the threaded rod to 2".

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6. Assemble everything for a dry fit. If it looks great, mixup some epoxy, and add to all of the fasteners. Put epoxy on the nuts on top and below the roof, and along the threads, and glue on the tube. Then, add epoxy to the nut and washer on top of the base.

So, you'll have two pieces:

  • The roof with the eyebolt on top, and the hollow tube hanging down
  • The base with the threaded rod sticking up

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7. Using clamps while the epoxy sets is a great idea if you have them. Which you should, cause they make every DIY project easier!

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8. When the epoxy has set, spray both parts with a spray primer, and then your colors of choice. When the paint has dried, mix up a bit more epoxy, and spread it along the threaded rod, and then slip it into the tube. Remove and excess with a damp towel, and allow to set.

Add some seed, and hang it up!

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Turn a Secondhand Night Stand into a Snuggly Dog Bed

by Chris Gardner

Turn a Secondhand Night Stand into a Snuggly Dog Bed

Jordan says, "I inherited a bunch of my grandmother's old furniture, but over the years (and several moves) I've ended up giving away or selling most of it. At this point, all I have left is a floral chair that I'm planning on recovering and a clunky side table that I've never found particularly useful (it has no shelves inside, so isn't really good for storing the kinds of small things you keep in bedside tables...and I don't have space for it anywhere else).

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DIY Cardboard Cat Chaise.

by Chris Gardner

1Apparently, cats have this thing where they like to install themselves in cozy spaces: spots like drawers, behind furniture, and if its available, an appropriately-sized empty cardboard box. So, take advantage of their penchant for nookery, and make them do what they do in style.

DIY Cardboard Cat Chaise.

Materials

  • Large sheets of corrugated cardboard
  • Hot glue gun
  • Markers
  • Utlity knife
  • Cutting mat or scrap surface

Begin by downloading the pdf pattern...

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"Let Sleeping Dogs Lie"

by Mod Home Ec Teacher

created on: 03/05/08

I submitted my DIY Project to Design Sponge on Sunday evening.

I'm not sure when it will be posted, but I'll get back with you on that.  Staying in line with all things dog-like, I wanted to post a picture of some of my favorite dog beds (hint of what my DS project is).  I especially love these two since the fabric is a houndstooth (get it?) check.  I'll be building a curved platform and headboard for the pink one, and will be donating it to...

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How To Change Water in a Fish Tank.

by Chris Gardner

I've got tremendous allergies to furry things, so fish and lizards were my only pet option. When cleaning or changing water, I, out of ignorance, apparently made a few mistakes, and the next morning, my dander-less friends were often floating atop the tank.

I was asked to help clean and change the water of an aquarium at a nursery with which I am associated, so this time I decided to do it right!  I found these tips from EHow to be of most use.

Mat...

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Hamster Powered Paper Shredder.

by Chris Gardner

Now even your pets can outfit their homes, DIY-style.

Hamster Powered Paper Shredder.
 

The all-analog Hamster Shredder, designed by Tom Ballhatchet, works just like your standard rodent powered office supplies. The hamster runs along the wheel, which in turn destroys your documents and cushions his tabletop penitentiary of happiness. 

Ballhatchet's work is currently on display in Milan.

 

On the other end of the spectrum is the not-nearly-as-cool USB hamster wheel, which I guess...

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