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Give Old Belts New Uses Around The Home

Give Old Belts New Uses Around The Home

Project materials can get expensive, and saving up old belts or using thrift shop finds is an inexpensive way to build a supply inventory. Find some DIY motivation below with these activities that incorporate recovered belts into useful pieces. Flooring and Surfaces Designer Inghua Ting has created beautifully installed flooring using tossed out men’s belts. First, any hardware is removed and the remaining leather pieces are cleaned by hand without using any chemicals. The leather surface is made by cutting the vintage belts into tiles and then adhering to the floor in a pattern or random application. They also make sturdy,… read more

How To: Build Your Own Electric Motorcycle

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DIY’ers, we’re back again with another awesome tutorial on how to build your very own electric motorcycle. This time around, it’s a fairly simple 3-Step process: Step 1: Watch the video. Step 2: Follow the steps from the video. Step 3: Motor around town on your wicked awesome electric bike and inspire a DIY eco-project following. But wait, there’s more! You’ll practically become a legend among the other town-folk who elected to go the simple route and actually buy their bikes. You’ll learn important practical skills, including electrical engineering, soldering, welding, and wiring, along with feeling a tremendous amount of self-accomplishment… read more

Conductive Paint Makes Electronics as Easy as Drawing

Conductive Paint Makes Electronics as Easy as Drawing

Teaching kids how to code and build their own electronics could go a long way toward enabling them to build a greener, more sustainable future, and what once required printed circuit boards or unwieldy wiring is now as accessible as picking up a pen. Goodbye, soldering iron. Hello, conductive paint. Bare Conductive offers a line of electrically conductive paint pens and kits, which are capable of producing electrical circuits on paper and creating interactive surfaces. “You can use Bare Conductive’s Electric Paint for a range of different applications ranging from creative to highly technical projects. It provides a great platform… read more

DIY Solar-Powered Bike Light

DIY Solar-Powered Bike Light

If you’ve got a solar garden light, an old deodorant stick, and some silicone, you’ve got all the ingredients to build your own solar-powered bike light. Using bicycles for transportation is not only efficient, but it’s also quite fun, with the added benefit of being a healthy activity for your body. However, cycling can be hazardous if you’re not visible to drivers or other cyclists, so adding lights and reflectors to your bike is one way to stay safer on the streets. And you don’t have to spend a lot of money to illuminate your ride, because if you’re the… read more

How To Convert Your Car Into An Electric Vehicle

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With bigger and better electric vehicles debuting on a regular basis, you’re probably starting to feel the pressure to upgrade to a more eco-friendly mode of transport, i.e. the Tesla Model S. Unfortunately for most of us with moderate budgets, going out and buying a new vehicle just isn’t an option, even with government subsidies. Luckily, there are tons of tools readily available to help us convert our own cars into environmentally-friendly street vehicles. And if the DIY scene isn’t your thing, take a look at our article on quick tips to green up your car. Here’s Part 1 of a series… read more

Build Your Own Electric Airplane Kit: $40K

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If you’ve ever wanted to build your own electric airplane, you’re in luck, because GreenWing International is offering their eSpyder in the US for just a touch under $40K. This experimental amateur-built kit features a quiet, clean, electric propulsion system putting out 32 hp to its single prop. “The Yuneec PowerDrive 24 propulsion system uses the best technologies to create an integrated system of: Motor, Motor Controller, Battery, and Charger to optimize performance, making electric flying simple and fun. The 24KW (32hp) powerplant quietly propels the plane while the Motor Controller efficiently delivers power from the battery. The eSpyder uses… read more

DIY Shirts To Skirts

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Are you looking for a new use for that old sweater you’ve got lying around? Would that tie dye shirt look better around your waist than your shoulders? This video will likely blow your mind, and open up your world to a whole new realm of possibilities.   Donating your unused clothing to charity is great and all, but if you can get a few more uses out of it, then why not? This project is simple, fun, and gives a whole new meaning to the word “reusability”. The best part? Zero sewing is required. Have a thought? Share it… read more

Top 6 DIY Resources

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For the weekend warrior, new projects are seen as a challenge to accept, and not a daunting task to accomplish. If you’re a hands-on type of person, then you love seeking out new things to make/build/craft, etc. We’ve provided 6 of our favorite resources for various projects you might be interested in. The Big Book Of Hacks From Popular Science, this book is an amazing resource for technophiles seeking their next computerized gadget to make. Home improvements, cellphone efficiency boosters, ways to bring old computers back to life, etc. Everything you might want to make is most likely in this… read more

Robots Set To Innovate The Agriculture Industry

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Robots have become intertwined with just about every facet of living nowadays, even though they’ve yet to become the advanced A.I. units depicted in films such as iRobot and Terminator. In another step forward for the robotic industry, several new sets of robots were created in Silicon Valley specifically to handle farming tasks. This will undoubtedly provide farmers more time to care for their livestock, distribute their crops, and more. A new ‘Lettuce Bot’ is able to “thin” a field of lettuce in the same timeframe as 20 field workers would take. A strawberry harvesting robot, with 24 arms and… read more

Bottle Caps: DIY Perfect

Bottle Caps: DIY Perfect

The bottle cap technology was invented in 1892 when William Painter, who was in the beverage industry, was searching for a better way to package products. The bottle cap has been around ever since and is popular among collectors and bottled beverage lovers alike. However, this everyday item isn’t just reserved for the display box. Their durable, colorful quality makes them the perfect go to material for do it yourself projects. Bottle caps often come with an already printed or colorful display, but they can also be primed and painted to achieve any hue. One super easy idea to incorporate… read more