What I made
456
days ago

Stylish DIY utensil holder made from recycled stir sticks

Stir stick DIY utensil holder containing a bag of ground coffeeMake magazine logo

1) The all-purpose stir stick container…

Stir stick DIY utensil holder

2) …great for storing coffee…

Stir stick DIY utensil holder shown holding a mix of kitchen utensils

3) …even better for tidying your kitchen utensils!

This stylish DIY utensil holder is a triple whammy of coffee coolness – it’s coffee bean shaped, coffee stained, and made from coffee shop stir sticks (Starbucks)! It’s the last of 4 projects I made for Make: magazine, and I think one of the coolest.

As far as DIY utensil holders go, it fits the bill perfectly, but I’ve actually used mine as a container for a bag of ground coffee, but you could use it to store other things such as sweets (candy) or craft tools. The technique I’ve used is not dissimilar to the technique I used to make my rustic twig and wire bowl except I’ve used beads to create the spaces, and the sides do not slope.

I hope it gives you some ideas.

How to make your own stylish DIY utensil holder from stir sticks

Easy to follow hand drawn instructions for making a stylish DIY utensil holder

Download printables and instructions›

Includes:
1) Collectable instructions – they look great stuck on the fridge!
50 downloads so far, thanks everyone!

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I recently discovered Kevin McGuires Playful Plans website – it’s full of unique, downloadable plans for wooden playthings. I got instantly nostalgic, I grew up making things out of wood in my Dad’s workshop – unfortunately I now don’t have space for a workshop, but if I did, first on my list of things to make would be this retro little red wagon! Go check it out.

What I made
931
days ago

Telescopic paper floor lamp made from Christmas LED lights

Telescopic paper floor lamp made from Christmas LED lights - shown closed

1) Compact and bijou…

Telescopic paper floor lamp made from Christmas LED lights - shown extended

2) …tall and proud.

I love making gadgety things, especially when they are engineered simply and from everyday things. This telescopic floor lamp (which first appeared in Make: magazine) is a good example, on one hand it has a counterbalanced mechanism that allows it to adjust to any height, on the other hand it’s made from nothing more than paper, cardboard, coins, a bit of wire and a string of Christmas LED lights.




Interestingly, during construction I was so focused on trying to get the counterbalance working I never really thought about it as functioning light. However, the effect, when I first turned it on was pretty cool. Oh… and an added bonus was that the Christmas LED lights came with a variety of flashing sequences, one for every mood! Check out the video above.

How to make one

If you are up for a challenge try making your own one, it’s a little tricky, but the detailed instructions below should help you get there. Good luck.

Easy to follow hand drawn instructions for making a telescopic paper floor lamp made out of Christmas LED lights and paper

Download instructions›

Includes:
1) Collectable instructions – print them out & put them in a folder!
96 downloads so far, thanks everyone!

Over the years I’ve made a number of different lights, most using candles as the light source – here’s a bit of a retrospective:

No.1: Coca light!
No.2: Elegant tin can tea light holder
No.3: Marble run candlestick timer
No.4: Exhaust pipe candlestick holder

What I made
1094
days ago

Beautiful recycled chopstick and soda can bird feeder

Beautiful recycled chopstick and soda can bird feeder - shown hanging in a snowy gardenBird feeder logo

I’m very excited by this craft project – mainly because it’s my first contribution to feature in MAKE: magazine (part of a new regular series) but also because I think it’s quite a neat project!

I made it during a snowy spell, after taking pity on a Robin that had taken residence in our garden (it’s funny how craft ideas often come from an actual need). I didn’t feel like braving the cold, so I made do with materials I found lying around the house – namely a few soda cans and some disposable chopsticks (salvaged from a meal out to a Chinese restaurant). I was quite pleased with the result, I thought it looked fairly elegant, which was my initial goal.

How to make your own beautiful recycled chopstick and soda can bird feeder

To make your own chopstick and soda can bird feeder follow the instructions below, or download them and print them out (link below). If you are struggling to find wooden chopsticks, just substitute them with good old fashioned dowel.

Easy to follow hand drawn instructions for making a beautiful recycled chopstick and soda can bird feeder

Download project files›

Includes:
1) Collectable instructions – they look great stuck on the fridge!
133 downloads so far, thanks everyone!

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While on the topic of bird feeders here’s some very cool ones made from traffic light lenses. If you know of any others made from unusual materials let me know, I couldn’t find many.

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