Build a Miniature Hangout with a DIY Wooden Treehouse Kit
September 15, 2020

A new DIY kit transforms any ordinary houseplant into a miniature haven complete with mood lighting. Created by Australia-based British designer Lars Wijers, Tiny Treehouses feature multiple configurations, from an ornate gazebo to a multi-roofed structure resembling tropical architecture. Each is equipped with LED lights (batteries included!) and manufactured to hang from a branch or rest on a flat surface.
Back the project on Kickstarter—$1 from every treehouse will be donated to restoring Australian forests—and follow Tiny Treehouses on Instagram for updates on designs and buying options. More Continue reading

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Build Your Own Trick-Savvy Dog with This DIY Robotics Kit
September 4, 2020

The days of expensive training lessons for your dogs have come to an end. Thanks to Petoi (previously), you can build your own robotic pup that’s programmed to perform basic commands from the get-go. The agile canine, named Bittle, moves just like a live animal would and because of its spring-loaded upper legs, can navigate bumpy terrain and flip itself over when it lands on its back.
Fitting in the palm of a hand, the automated design is battery operated and can be taught new tricks by uploading new programs you can write yourself. More Continue reading

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The Best Candle-Making Kits for a Hands-On DIY Craft
July 18, 2020

It can be difficult to find the perfect candle. Once you’ve found an ideal scent, the container might be too big or too small or perhaps decorated in a way that doesn’t match your esthetic. Why not make your own? You can easily create and customize your dream candles with a candle-making kit, most of […] Continue reading

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Build Your Own Kinetic Engines With These Mechanical Kits by Morris Models
April 3, 2020

For those inclined to tinker, Morris Models offers DIY kits that save an unused blender or noisy washing machine from relentless disassembly. Part historical prototype and part kinetic sculpture, Morris Models’s six laser-cut engines range in complexity and difficulty. For example, the Single Cylinder is a 50-piece, two-hour build that’s comparable to a lawnmower motor, while the WWI Rotary Engine includes 500 parts, can take up to 30 hours to complete, and is inspired by the French Clerget aircraft series that was popular in the early 1900s. More Continue reading

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