Fruit leather purses are a thing now

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Now you can accessorize with cruelty-free "leather" created from discarded fruit, thanks to Fruitleather Rotterdam. Read the rest

Watch this rice-grain size motor clock over 100,000 RPMs

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This tiny motor is only a little bigger than a grain of cooked rice (4 x 12 mm), but it can generate speeds over 100,000 RPM. Read the rest

See Lego robot controlled by DIY exosuit

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Danny Benedettelli built a Lego NXT humanoid robot that he controls with a sensor-laden exosuit, known as a "waldo." For example, when he moves his arms, so does the robot. Read the rest

Homemade bumper harness saves blind dog from bumping into everything

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“Our dog Buddy has become blind because of cataracts. My fiancé has made him this bumper harness so that he can confidently walk around the house without hurting himself!” Read the rest

WATCH: Gentleman recovers old drone using new drone

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YouTuber Harrisen Howes made the mistake of letting a drunk friend crash his drone on a neighbor's roof. Solution? Use a new drone to save the old one. Read the rest

You're inflating your tires wrong. Here's how to do it right, and save up to $500 a year.

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Your tires? I want to PUMP! THEM UP!

Video: HOWTO make waterproof sand at home

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YouTuber IncredibleScience has a great at-home science project that's kid-friendly: making waterproof sand. Read the rest

WATCH: 8 great DIY smartphone photography tips

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Cooperative of Photography released a great video with 8 DIY tips to improve your smartphone shots, ranging from super-simple and cheap to fairly simple and maybe cheap. Read the rest

WATCH: Emergency moth surgery

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YouTuber Eric Nordrum found a beautiful cecropia moth being attacked by a robin, then used online instructions to repair the moth's damaged wing before releasing it. Read the rest

Sparkle Labs' Amy Parness on "pink girly engineering kits"

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I asked Amy Parness, the co-founder of Sparkle Labs, maker of fantastic educational electronics kits, to write a Medium post about gender and the business of being a maker business person. Her terrific essay calls out the problems with "pink girly engineering kits." From Medium: Read the rest

Geek out with this nerdy DIY soap

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Looking for a fun, geeky DIY project to smarten your favorite sink? How about some colorful Thing, Batman, Tardis and Hans Solo soaps? Inspired by their nerdy collection of ice cube trays, the folks at PopSugar show us how to make quick and easy soaps with microwaveable soap base. The only catch is whether or not your ice cube trays are worthy enough.

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Here are the ingredients: 2 pounds of soap base Liquid soap colors Read the rest

20 secret doors and sneaky hiding places you can make yourself

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From entire rooms to pocket-sized items, anything can be hidden in plain sight. All it takes is some imagination – and the right tools. Here are 20 cool stash-hiding projects, from small hidden spaces inside of playing cards, books, and the outdoor siding of your house, to large areas masked by bookshelves, drawers and cabinetry. Read the rest

Official case for your Raspberry Pi

For three years, makers have hacked together some terrific and janky DIY Raspberry Pi cases (like these). Finally, Ebon Upton and the Raspberry Pi Foundation have produced their own official Raspberry Pi case. Read the rest

Man builds impressively dangerous laser shotgun

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This fellow made a 40W laser shotgun that is quite powerful and, yes, ridiculously dangerous. Read the rest

Watch: 40 watt “LASER SHOTGUN!!!!!”

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The all-caps and the exclamation points are mandatory. Read the rest

DIY: 20 easy ways to hack and improve your garden

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Use a punctured water bottle to hydrate plants more efficiently. Turn a kids toy truck into a succulent planter. Spray paint chicken wire and then mold it into striking backyard decorations. With summer just weeks away, here are 20 visual ideas that will get you outdoors this weekend while creating a more efficient and beautiful garden. Read the rest

How to collect rainwater for gardening

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"Easier than it sounds," writes Old World Gardens. You'll need a barrel, a junction for your downspout, and some elbow grease. [via] Read the rest

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