What I made
1382
days ago

‘Night & Day': Interactive light switch cover craft idea

Night and Day dimmer switch dialNight and Day dimmer switch dial Light switch cover craft idea shown attached to switch. It's displaying a daytime scene.

Lights on: Day time

Light switch cover craft idea shown attached to switch. A hand is shown turning the dimmer knob.

Lights dimmed: Sunset

Light switch cover craft idea shown attached to switch. It's displaying a night-time scene.

Lights off: Night time

My latest craft project is a bit of an oddity – in fact, I didn’t really know what to call it, the best I could come up with is ‘Night & Day: an interactive light switch cover craft’. Basically, it’s a fun cardboard attachment for a rotary dimmer switch (the ones with a round knob). When the lights are fully-on the dial displays a rural scene with the sun high in the sky, as the lights are dimmed the sun begins to set and the moon and stars begin to appear!

The inspiration for this craft came from my love of pop-up books, you know, the books where you are invited to ‘pull’, ‘turn’ and ‘open’ things. With this in mind I wondered whether there were any household items that could be given the pop-up book treatment – this is what I came up with.

Anyway, I hope you like it, it was quick to make and actually worked very well. If you’d like to make your own, download the colour artwork and follow the instructions below. Good luck!

How to make your own ‘Night & Day’ light switch cover craft

Easy to follow hand drawn instructions for making a 'Night & Day' light switch cover craft

Please note: If you have any questions, or need help, just leave me a comment and I’ll respond as quickly as I can.

Download project files›

Includes:
1) Collectable instructions – stick them on the fridge
2) Colour artwork – just print them out and start making
211 downloads so far, thanks everyone!

Something similar: If you like this craft, and haven’t visited before, check out my Card/paper crafts and Focus on kids categories for other fun frivolous projects.

Something different: A couple of great craft blogs I just came across – Mini Eco and Red Ted Art. Both focussed on kids, they are definitely worth a look, go check them out.

What I made
1423
days ago

Treasure box craft idea for keeping ‘burglars’ away!

Snail soup decoy - the ultimate treasure box craft idea!

1) It’s a disgusting tin of snail soup…

Snail soup decoy revealing the inside concealed safe!

2) …but no, it’s a secret safe.

Snail soup decoy with the concealed safe opened revealing the treasure!

3) The perfect place to hide your treasures!

Every boy and girl has treasures they want to keep safe – pocket money, a stash of sweets, trading cards (their Nintendo DS games) but why hide them in a conventional treasure chest, when you can hide them in a ‘Snail soup decoy’ – the ultimate treasure box craft idea for security conscious children!

This sneaky device looks like a tin of yucky snail soup – but pull on the spoon handle and out comes a steel plated secret safe (yes, I know it’s only cardboard). Guaranteed to confuse burglars, it’s also perfect for keeping annoying younger brothers (and sisters) out of their older sibling’s valuables!

How to make your own ‘Snail soup’ treasure box craft idea

With a bit of care this could make a great Christmas present, so to help I’ve provided printable artwork for the snail soup label and the secret safe, just click the download link below and follow the instructions. Good luck!

Easy to follow hand drawn instructions for making a 'Snail soup decoy' - the ultimate treasure box craft idea!

Download printables and instructions›

Includes:
1) Collectable instructions – they are useful and they look good
2) Colour artwork – just print them out and start making
431 downloads so far, thanks everyone!

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In case this is my last post of the year, have a Merry Christmas everyone! I have some exciting projects planned for the New Year so please pop back, or even better, consider subscribing.

What I made
1446
days ago

‘Eggcellent’ DIY upcycled fork egg cup

Close-up of a DIY upcycled fork egg cup - shown placed on a plate with toast soldiers

1) An old bent fork, throw it away…

Side view of a boiled egg sitting in a DIY upcycled fork egg cup - shown placed on a plate and toast soldiers

2) …but wait, it’s an egg cup holder.

Top view of a boiled egg sitting in a DIY upcycled fork egg cup  - shown placed on a plate and toast soldiers

3) It makes your eggs even sunnier!

So here’s my latest upcycling craft project, a simple, yet attractive DIY upcycled fork egg cup made from a repurposed fork. I got the idea after coming across a coat hanger made from a bent fork – I wondered if something more intricate (but still useful) could be made from bending a fork, this was the result.

In many regards it’s a very simple thing to make, however, I really struggled with the fork I had chosen – it was like trying to bend an iron bar! I’d suggest choosing a fork that is not too thick.

How to make your own DIY upcycled fork egg cup

I have provided hand drawn instructions below, use it as a guide, if you have a well stocked workshop you may well find a better way to bend the fork. The most important thing is the shape of the base, you don’t want an egg holder prone to tipping over – if you follow the plan I have provided you should be all right.

Easy to follow hand drawn instructions for making a DIY upcycled fork egg cup

Please note: The ideal fork will have long tines (able to cradle an egg) and a handle long enough to form a stable base.

Download instructions›

Includes:
1) Collectable instructions – they are useful and they look good
475 downloads so far, thanks everyone!

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This toast rack, made from a paper coffee cup, will go perfectly with the egg cup (and it’s a lots less strenuous to make)! You can find it in my new book Made by Dad: 67 Blueprints for Making Cool Stuff, on page 50, you can have a look inside here.

A toast rack made from a paper coffee in the shape of a crocodile with a slice of toast in its mouth

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Enjoy breakfast!

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