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...
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.
"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...
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...
- Two dowel rods
- Spool of non-absorbent string
Click here for full instructions, including a recipe for bubble solution.
Oh my goodness, oh my goodness. I am totally impressed with these felt creations by Etsy artists Mrs. and Mr. Muju. I don't really know what they are, and that makes them all the more desirable. The detail is incredible, and the lines are near perfect. That's some fine scissor work, Mujus. Hooray for felt!
Designer Thorsten Van Elten created the 44" diameter "War Bowl" from melted plastic soliders. The $225 price tag warrants a DIY attempt: perhaps you could warm the army men in the oven, then flip the softened sheet onto a large bowl for formation? Thanks, BLTD!
"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.
Via and quote: Retro Thing.
Cut one piece of 12 x 24 cm paper into 8 - 5 x 4 x 3 cm strips. Fold and tape together in the sequence specified and voila, a paper transformer! Warning: the video’s fast, so you’ll want to watch it a couple times.
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.
Inspired by October's Curbly Challenge, I decided I'd like a couple candy friends floating around this autumn. You should make some, too.
- 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...
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.
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...
"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 sleeping again. The Anemone clock awakens a person by means of sound, light, movement, and interaction."
The goal, says designer Aaron Tang, was to "design a new type of clock/alarm clock that is fun, unique, and that would actually wake you up! For inspiration I choose sea life, primarily the sea anemone. From the sea anemone I would acquire knowledge that would inspire and contribute to the functions and aspects of this product. A collage was created for this purpose."
Check out Swalsh's Army Men Side Table, created for under $5.00 using supplies solely from the dollar store, plus a little glue, a few nails, and some brainpower.
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.
Check out InspireUnderground's collection of balloon sculptures.
The collection includes furniture, clothing, transportation, and more Disney characters than you can pop a balloon at.
You must check out KopyKat's digital Lite Brite.
Use it for wall art, t-shirts, greeting cards, book covers, and miscellaneous excellence.
Then capture your work using:
Command+Shift+4 (using the mouse to select the area) or the built-in Grab app. (OS X)
How about making an extra folded paper star or two for the four-legged friend in your life? Just toss one near your favorite feline and ten seconds later you will have one spit-soaked star and one very happy cat.