- 3:19 pm - Sat, Aug 16, 2014
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DIY HAND-CRANK iPHONE CHARGER FROM SCRAP COMPUTER PARTS
Last month, we told you about a fun contest from Sparkfun, all about reusing electronic components:
Build us something, anything! It can be a working piece of circuitry, or a wonderful piece of art, or both! It should be made out of at least 75% reused parts (though we encourage 100%!).
Well, there’s a winner! It’s a DIY hand-crank iPhone charger:
The power source is an AC turntable motor salvaged from a broken microwave. The project enclosure is a reused cardboard shipping tube. And many of the electronic components, such as a USB receptacle, were scrapped from old computer boards.
Read more about it — and other impressive entries in the contest — here.
A full video about the winning project below.
- 12:20 pm - Fri, Jul 11, 2014
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Dave Hakkens writes about his “Memo Blocks”:
I always have little pieces of paper and post-it’s laying around my desk. Filled with messages, to do lists and reminders. It’s messy and a waste of paper…
This little block can collect these things on one central place. Write it on with a whiteboard marker and wipe it of when it’s done.
It’s designed in a way that you can make one yourself, using materials around your house. Old cardboard is used for building the shape. Old plastic bags, sheet protectors or foil is used as whiteboard surface and some tape/glue to connect everything.
I made 3 different models, they can be downloaded with the instructions, for free!
More, including instructions, here.
- 3:40 pm - Mon, Jul 7, 2014
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Here’s a project to find give new life for those old, ignored, or doomed volumes by turning them into a pleasant source of illumination.
Open the Hardback Reading Light and it will provide a soft glow, perfect for reading your favorite volume. The Hardback Reading Light is a straight forward project that will take a few hours and about $25 in materials.
The pages of the book are replaced with a light box lined with LEDs. They’re powered through a plug in the spine and a switch in the corner turns it off when the cover is closed. It can be dimmed mechanically by simply closing or opening the cover different amounts.
(via Make your own: Hardback Reading Light - Boing Boing)
- 8:12 am - Mon, Jun 16, 2014
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DIY project idea:
Repurpose old spades and/or shovels as plant holders.
(Photo via Green Thumb Magic)
- 1:12 pm - Sat, May 31, 2014
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Now this is an interesting lighting idea via Decorator’s Notebook.
Perhaps with a lighting scheme such as this, the colanders/strainers could be removed from the wall and still used to, you know, strain things. :)
The idea makes me think of metal graters repurposed as light shades; we posted an example of that previously on Unconsumption here. (Other things repurposed as lighting can be seen in our lighting archive here. )
In a lighting installation like the one pictured above, do you suppose that battery-operated candles (or something else that’s non-flammable?!) are placed inside each colander/strainer to provide the lighting?
- 4:00 pm - Tue, May 20, 2014
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The cool thing — well, one cool thing — about this project is that the key element is the leftover paper from a sheet of sticker labels. Never had any reason to do anything with those … till now?
(Interesting Uncollection opportunities here, too … )
In what is one of the coolest photography hacks I’ve seen in a while, Steve Ramsey from Woodworking for Mere Mortals shows you how to easily create a print-transfer to wood using nothing more than your standard inkjet printer.
There are many difficult ways to go about putting your photos on wood, but if you’re looking for something quick and cheap, this method will probably turn into your go-to.
All you need is an inkjet printer, a non-porous surface (such as the left-over glossy piece of paper left behind from an address label sheet) a piece of wood (preferably light in color), and some lacquer to protect the image once transferred. It’s also worth noting that the wood used needs to be coating-free initially.
(via Simple Trick Allows You to Transfer Images Onto Wood Using Only an Inkjet Printer)
- 3:21 pm - Tue, May 6, 2014
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Friend of Unconsumption Mark Frauenfelder (you know him as founder of BoingBoing and editor in chief of Make), has a new book out today:
It’s called Maker Dad: Lunch Box Guitars, Antigravity Jars, and 22 Other Incredibly Cool Father-Daughter DIY Projects.
The books is focused on teaching girls lifelong skills — like computer programming, musicality, and how to use basic hand tools — as well as how to be creative problem solvers. The book’s twenty-four projects include:
• Drawbot, a lively contraption that draws abstract patterns all by itself
• Ice Cream Sandwich Necklace
• Antigravity Jar
• Silkscreened T-Shirt
• Retro Arcade Video Game
• Host a Podcast
• Lunchbox Guitar
• Kite Video Camera
Mark kindly had a copy sent my way, and the book is full of good DIY projects that could definitely be approached with an Unconsumption mindset.
More here, check it out: Maker Dad: DIY projects for grownups and kids - Boing Boing
- 8:49 am - Sat, Apr 5, 2014
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Plastic bottle caps = art.
These caps are nailed to a pole in Ellensburg, Washington, at the folk art site known as Dick and Jane’s Spot. Info about Dick and Jane, and the Spot, a.k.a. their home, can be found here.
See the "plastic" subset of the Unconsumption archive for more plastic-turned-art examples.
(Photo by woodendesigner on Flickr.)
- 7:20 pm - Wed, Mar 26, 2014
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An old boat used as a sandbox? Gotta say I like this reuse idea.
(Stating the obvious, but still: Be mindful of old things that may have lead-based paint on ‘em. If you do a little research, you probably can find a low-VOC, plant- or water-based product to apply as a finish on wood items.)
Photo: via Desire Empire