Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Handheld Confetti Cannon

Confetti is a great way to add to a celebration. But just throwing a hand full of confetti in the air is boring. You should fire it out of a confetti cannon. All you need is some PVC pipe and a few fittings. You can use it to shoot confetti, rice, bird seed, flower pedals or even candy. It is perfect for parties, parades and weddings.

For step by step instructions, check out the instructable:

Monday, May 26, 2014

USB Powered Drill

I like to keep a small tool kit in my car in case of emergencies. In it I have a small 4.8 volt drill. It is small and portable but there isn't a convenient way to charge it in my car. So I made a simple USB charger cable for it.  I cut open a USB extension cable and connected the red and black wires to a DC power connector that matched the drill. This let me charge the drill from any USB port. So I can now charge it from the phone charger in my car.

Mini Rice Cannon

Tossing rice at a wedding is an old tradition. But it is much more fun to fire rice out of a mini confetti cannon. Most party supply stores sell hand held confetti blasters. Despite what it says on the label, these are reusable. Just fill one of these confetti blasters with rice (or bird seed) and take it to a wedding. Then you can fire rice out of your own mini rice cannon.

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Baking Soda and Vinegar Cannon

Air cannons are an iconic DIY project. Here at Make: we have featured potato cannons, T-shirt cannons, burrito blasters, taser activated cannons, and even a potato Gatling gun.

But in this project, we are doing something a little different. We are going to make a baking soda and vinegar cannon. This is very similar to the baking soda and vinegar volcanoes that we made as kids. I have just scaled up the reaction so that it can be used to send a potato flying through the air. Proceed at your own risk.

Monday, May 5, 2014

Keyboard Refrigerator Magnets

Whenever I upgrade my computer equipment, I try to find a way to reuse the old parts. In the past I have made a Rapid Fire Mouse Button, Jewelry, a Bench Power Supply, and External Keyboard Buttons. This time I made a set of refrigerator magnets from the keys of my old keyboard.

First pry off the keys. Then use a pair of pliers to break off the mounting tabs on the back. Next, find some magnetic business cards or advertisements and cut them into sections that are just smaller than the keys. Lastly, attach the magnets to the back of the keys with hot glue.

For step by step instructions for this project, check out the instructable:

Homemade Honey Sticks

Honey sticks are a fun little treat. They are small, portable and have a long shelf life. To make them all you need is a straw, some honey, a pair of needle nose pliers and a lighter. Squeeze the honey into the straw  and let is move down the straw so that there is a small gap on each side. Then pinch the end shut with the pliers. Hold the end of the straw next to the flame and it will melt the end of the straw closed.

For step by step instructions, check out the instructable: