20 Seriously Cool Items That People Actually Made From Scratch

There’s something truly rewarding about making something with your own two hands – whether it’s a practical item or simply some stunning décor. Unfortunately, we don’t all have an endless well of creativity. If you’ve found yourself in need of some inspiration, then, these seriously cool projects should help you rediscover that creative spark – from funky light fittings through to a technology-powered mirror.

20. This Iron Throne phone charger

Believe it or not, this ingenious dock is actually made from tiny plastic swords – the kind you’d find in funky cocktails. They’ve simply been glued to a base made from wood and foam and then painted silver. While it may have been a time-consuming project, the results speak for themselves, as we’re sure Game of Thrones fans will agree.

19. This D.I.Y. engagement ring

An off-the-shelf engagement ring is fine, but there’s something extra special about one you’ve designed yourself. And it isn’t actually that difficult. This guy simply designed it using computer software, and then he 3D printed a prototype for a jeweler to cast in platinum before adding the sapphire.

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18. This mini fridge

While you can always buy your own mini fridge, making one gives you the freedom to experiment. This fridge, for instance, opens from the top to minimize the loss of cool air. The catch? There are a lot of complex electronics and engineering that go into making a fridge. But the result is literally as cool as it gets.

17. This pineapple lampshade

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For what is effectively a bottle with some spoons glued to it, this pineapple-themed lampshade couldn’t look any cooler. All you need to do is snap the handles from plastic spoons, paint them yellow and then glue them in sequence to a plastic bottle. Finally, add the spiky spines using green card.

16. This bath shelf

Just when you thought baths couldn’t get any more relaxing, along comes this awesome shelf to prove you totally wrong. With inserts for a glass of wine, candles and your phone, it’s practically the perfect setup for an evening of complete and utter bliss. Excuse us while we go find some wood…

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15. This personalized Guess Who

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Playing Guess Who is way more fun when you’re trying to guess real people – especially people you know. First, gather pictures of their faces, and then glue or tape them on to wooden pieces. Attach those to a wooden base using hinges, and you’re good to go. For a finishing touch, you could even personalize the draw bag.

14. This penny floor

Look closely at this penny floor, and you’ll see that the coins all alternate between heads or tails and even face in the same direction. Whoever undertook this mammoth project must have the patience of a saint. Once they’d glued down the pennies, they grouted between the gaps and covered the entire floor in epoxy. The result is phenomenal.

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13. This portable videogame emulator

If your old Game Boy has given up the ghost, don’t worry – there’s still a way you can play all those classic videogames. Just find a cheap Android phone and PlayStation controller, attach them using a plastic stand such as the GameKlip and download an emulator on to the phone. Finally, you can hunt down Pokémon like it’s 1999.

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12. This PVC pipe clock

If you’re after some quirky alternative décor, this pipe clock may be right up your street. Just strip the mechanism from a clock, place it on to spray-painted cardboard, wire it to a battery holder and place the assembly in the end of the pipe. Finally, hang it on the wall and impress your guests with your obvious ingenuity and resourcefulness.

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11. This copper pipe lampshade

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It may seem like something straight out of a sci-fi film, but this copper pipe lampshade is actually very much in the here and now. And all it takes is copper piping and wire, an IKEA lamp and a little geometry. Once you’ve cracked the icosahedron shape, all you need to do is cut the pipe to fit and then thread it together with copper wire.

10. This Jurassic Park-themed jeep

Sure, driving around a toy jeep is super cool when you’re five years old. But turning it into a Jurassic Park-themed jeep is cool no matter your age. This awesome project involved more than just a coat of paint, however. You see, the jeep also packs in working lights, adjustable top speed and, of course, a remote kill switch, just in case.

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9. This Mario-themed planter

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Despite its glossy finish, this awesome Mario-themed planter is actually just made mostly out of wood and clay, with the pipe and question mark 3D printed for the finishing touch. And its vegetation is even on point, with red and yellow daisies continuing the Nintendo love-in by standing in for Fire Flowers.

8. This bottle rack

We’re not saying normal bottle racks are dull; we’re just saying that after seeing this, we’re totally over them. And it’s as simple to put together as it looks. All you need to do is cut the various wood shapes out and assemble them. It’s basically homemade IKEA furniture, but sometimes, the simplest ideas are the best.

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7. This Raspberry Pi-powered mirror

The possibilities are virtually unlimited when it comes to Raspberry Pi. Just take this mirror, for instance, which is actually a monitor in disguise. Yes, it’s just been stripped out and placed into a wooden frame, with an acrylic mirror on top. Pi’s program then displays the date, time, weather and, of course, a confidence-boosting compliment.

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6. This marquee sign

If you can get your hands on some 3D cardboard letters, then this DIY project should be easy. Just cut off one side of the letters and snip holes into the other side where you want the bulbs to go. Then, simply thread string lights through, tucking the wires inside the letters. Voilà: your own, totally customizable, marquee sign.

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5. These macaron charms

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If you’re looking for a quirky yet versatile craft project, try these macarons. You could use them as the basis for earrings, a necklace, a bracelet – whatever takes your fancy. Just make sure to mix your colored clay with white polymer clay to get those beautiful pastel hues before hardening it in the oven.

4. This dinosaur serving dish

Everyone loves dinosaurs, so it stands to reason that you’ll love this hilarious dinosaur serving plate. To make your own, just cut the head off a toy dinosaur, and then glue the two parts back together with a plate in between. You could also spray paint the entire assembly for a classier look, if your T. rex is posh like that.

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3. These paint-dipped alphabet magnets

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Not all D.I.Y. projects need to be ridiculously complicated. Some of them can be as simple as dipping some alphabet magnets in paint to give them a fresh look. These beautiful pastel colors are practically a work of art, but it couldn’t be easier to replicate them yourself at home. And who doesn’t love spelling things out on the fridge?

2. This donut rug

To turn a plain brown IKEA rug into this awesome, characterful donut, start by tracing around a dinner plate to cut out the center circle. Then tape craft paper around the perimeter to cover the outer two inches before spray painting the remaining visible area. Finally, create a stencil for the sprinkles with tape and spray those on too.

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1. This Tardis liquor cabinet

If you fancy getting your geek on while partying the night away, try putting together this awesome Doctor Who-inspired liquor cabinet. Simply draw up the measurements for the various wooden parts, cut and assemble them, and give it a coat of paint. Then, add some interior shelves and grab your drinks. Just don’t expect it to literally be bigger on the inside…

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