Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Custom Lid for Resealing Canned Food



There isn't really a good way to reseal canned food. I usually just end up covering the opening with a sandwich bag and a rubber band. To solve this problem I made a custom silicone lid that perfectly fits a can. I took some silicone putty and covered the top of a can. When it cured, the inside was the exact shape of a can. Now, I can use it to make a tight seal around a can. This helps to keep the contents fresh for a few extra days in the fridge.

For detailed step by step instructions, check out the instructable:
http://www.instructables.com/id/Custom-Lid-for-Resealing-Canned-Foods/

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Rapid Fire Mouse Button



Many computer video games involve a lot of rapid mouse clicking. But there are limits to how fast your finger can click and how long you can keep it up before your hand starts to ache. So I modified a mouse to add a rapid fire button to it. That way you can rapidly activate the clicking function by simply holding down one button.

To do this, I connected a 555 timer circuit to the terminals of the left mouse button. When the rapid fire button is pressed, the timer circuit sends a series of pulses to the controller that simulate the button being clicked. This circuit lets you click up to 800 times per minute. A similar circuit could even be used for console video game controllers.

For detailed step by step instructions you can check out the instructable:
http://www.instructables.com/id/Rapid-Fire-Mouse-Button/

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Children's Nightlight from an Old Garden Ornament


When I was putting together my son's nursery, I decided to do something a little different for the nightlight. I found an old garden ornament in the shape of an owl. This owl fit perfectly with the other decorations in the room. So I added a small LED light to it and turned it into a nightlight.

For detailed step by step instructions for this project, you can check out the instructable:
http://www.instructables.com/id/Make-a-Childrens-Nightlight-From-a-Garden-Ornament/

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Poseable Flower Arrangement



Many people will be giving or receiving flowers this Valentine’s day. But there is no reason why you have to put the flowers in a boring old vase. Why not put them in a poseable flower setting. It only takes a few minutes to set up and it lets you arrange the flowers in an unlimited number of ways.

For detailed step by step instructions, check out the instructable:
http://www.instructables.com/id/Poseable-Flower-Arrangement/

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Magnetic Kissing Stuffed Animals



Stuffed animals make great Valentine's Day presents. But you can make them even better by just added a couple of magnets. If you place a small magnet inside the mouths of a pair of stuffed animals, they will pull towards each other and kiss whenever they are close to each other. This is a simple project that just takes a few minutes. It is great for people who are just learning to sew. So here is how to make magnetic kissing stuffed animals. 

Get detailed step by step instructions here: http://www.instructables.com/id/Magnetic-Kissing-Stuffed-Animals/

Intercom From Old Corded Phones



In this project, I show you how you can make a simple intercom system from a pair of old corded telephones. The phones already have all the circuitry that is needed for processing a voice call.  All you need to add is a 9 volt battery and a resistor. This is an easy electronics project for beginners and it is great to do with children. Try it out and have fun.

Get detailed step by step instructions here: http://www.instructables.com/id/Simple-Intercom-From-a-Pair-of-Old-Corded-Phones/