Category: DIY

Back to school lunch box notes meet cool science lesson

While looking around for cool printable lunch box notes for our back to school guide, I stumbled across these wildly awesome optical illusion flash cards at Mr. Printables. As a kid, I couldn’t get enough of optical illusions and now my own girls feel the same way so I know they’d just love them. Use them as actual flash cards, or for fun, tuck them into your child’s lunch box and you can follow up with a lesson on impossible shapes, paradox illusions, MC Escher, and peripheral drift patterns. Probably taught by your child.   Of course, scribble a thoughtful little note on...

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Photobrix: If you’ve ever imagined yourself as a LEGO portrait

Twitter isn’t generally the best way to pitch us, but when we get a Tweet like this, well…how can we resist?   @coolmompicks That’s an awesome profile photo, and even better in #LEGO by http://t.co/LK9Hyuz4UG pic.twitter.com/cQoriCzIFn — Photobrix Bot (@photobrixbot) August 3, 2014   Sold! If you’ve ever wondered what you–or your kids, or your home, or your pet ferret, or your favorite album cover–would look like as a LEGO portrait, you have to check out the Photobrix site which turns your favorite square photo into a LEGO mosaic. You can import directly from your Facebook or Instagram accounts, or just...

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DIY fabric iPhone covers: If you ever wanted to make them, you’re in luck

I am always impressed, a little fascinated, and sometimes scared by some of the DIY tech projects that we are increasingly seeing around the web. Identifying your phone charger with washi tape? Good! Turning a used remote control into a baby teether? Not so much. So I was definitely intrigued when I came across this video on Martha  Stewart’s website for DIY fabric iPhone covers. Their associate crafts editor Erin Furey takes you through what seems to be a not entirely impossible way to customize your own cases with pretty gorgeous results. Mostly what you need is a blank...

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DIY Tech idea: Using LEGO minifigs to organize computer cords

Even with all the DIY tech ideas and creative ways to organize cords we’ve featured here on Cool Mom Tech, plus all the LEGOs in our lives, go figure but using LEGO minifigs to organize computer cords never ever crossed our minds. Until now. As it turns out, LEGO minifig hands are the perfect size for charging cables, and combined with Sugru, a moldable rubber goo (that’s a technical term) that can do everything from fix frayed cables to hang pictures on your wall, you’ve got adorable and very handy DIY LEGO cord organizers. Sugru is easy to find, and if your house...

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5 printable Minecraft Valentine cards for the classroom

My kids will no longer settle for any old box of Valentine’s cards, especially now that they know how easy it is to dig up some cool printable Minecraft Valentine cards to hand out in class. Even for those of us who aren’t sure if the Sheep are good or why the green guy explodes all the time, it’s pretty clear that these cards would be the bomb with Minecraft fans.   1. 12 Free Printable Minecraft Valentine cards I love all the puns and large cast of characters found on Meet Penny’s free printable Minecraft Valentines. Her dozen different...

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8 awesome geeky Halloween pumpkins that you can actually make.

Halloween is made for geeks, as we’ve said before, and I think these awesome Halloween pumpkin carving ideas prove it. Yes, if you’re a professional artist with a shed-full of carving tools you can do some more complex designs, but I like these for the perfect combo of ease and coolness.   Pumpkin Pi (above) This might win on clever title alone. Nice job, MathManDan. Also? Faster than carving the actual digits of Pi. Minecraft Creeper Pumpkins The instructions are all at Alpha Mom. The trick is using gourds like green pumpkins and acorn squash–though you could probably spray paint...

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The ultimate in personalized, custom headphones

And in one of the more impressive–or insane, depending on your perspective–DIY projects, may we present this very creative craft-meets-tech tutorial? On the Etsy blog this week, Swedish crafter Lova Blavarg of Sweet Paul Magazine offers a tutorial for DIY embroidered headphones. It seems like what it takes are Urban Ears Plattan headphones, which already have a fabric band, embroidery supplies and a ton of time on your hands. Click over for the details and you’ll find the results are pretty stunning. If any of you take the time to actually make them, let us know how they turn...

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Fun DIY tech project: Braided cord covers

I’ve decided to spend a little energy styling my home office this summer, and first up, putting my excellent friendship bracelet-making skills (ha) to good use by covering a few of those unsightly cords with this cool tutorial. We’ve featured other DIY ways to save your frayed power cords, even ideas for how to use washi tape to decorate your cables, but I really love the way this DIY braided cord project looks in the end. With just a few supplies you’ve probably got in your house already and a simple knotting technique you might have even learned as...

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DIY Washi Phone Charger – crafty, techy genius.

I am so not a DIY type. But when it comes to this little bit of crafty tech genius, I’m on it. At Sew Trashy, I was thrilled to find this DIY Washi Tape Apple Charger project. Especially considering I’m in a household where there is much, um…discussion about who took whose cable. You can always invest in a color phone charger which, oddly, is not yet made by Apple and therefore doesn’t hold up nearly as long–but if you can buy a roll or two of washi tape and wield an X-Acto knife or scissors, you can just...

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Picture perfect papercraft cameras!

Whether you need props for your party photo booth, you’re throwing a baby shower for your favorite shutterbug, or you just need an adorable place to store your paperclips, these sweet papercraft cameras are just a click away! Well, and some cutting and folding and toothpick gluing. But that’s fun, right? We’re smitten with the sweet printable designs in Mel Stringer’s ‘lil Shop, girliepains on Etsy, especially the variety of camera designs. Each purchase gives you a PDF with instructions for cutting, folding, and gluing a piece of paper or cardstock into a 3-D camera. The Perfect Paper Polaroid...

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