Category Archives: Re-use

Bike Hack – How to Make a USB Charger for your Bike!

If you are like me, you are probably very familiar with bike lights that use the power of the pedal to keep your eye-sight bright when riding at night.  Well, here’s a great idea that uses that same power, except to power your USB gadgets such as iPod, iPhone, or whatever.

We initially theorized the development and feasibility of a regenerative braking system for use on bicycles. This system would create a mobile power source to extend the battery life of portable electronic devices carried by the rider.

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Eco DIY – How to Make a Laptop Stand with your Shipping Box!

When I buy new laptops, I usually save the box for the future but here’s how to make a laptop stand with it if you must.

Did I mention it’s super easy to make?  I originally found this idea at Thingiverse.com, where Erik Skiff whipped up a pretty cool acrylic stand.  I didn’t have any acrylic and more importantly I didn’t have a lazer cutter make the cuts, so I did it on cardboard.  I modified the design a little so the pattern would fit on a regular letter sized sheet of paper.

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Solar DIY – How to Make a Solar Powered Roof Gutter Water Barrel!

Here in California, it’s freakin’ sunny as hell during the summer and in the winter, it rains like a mothufooko.  Anyways, I’ve been working on my friend’s lawn and they have no lawn sprinkler nor do they want to spend the money on it.  Every summer, that lawn gets dried up like crazy and I’ve always thought there’s gotta be a good way to re-use the water that you get during the spring, specifically the water thats coming down your roof gutter.

Well, I am in look as I found this awesome DIY that shows you how to make a solar-powered roof-gutter e

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#EcoMonday – Fun Things You Can do with a Dumpster!

It’s #EcoMonday and here’s some fun things you can do with a dumpster including a dumpster swimming pool, garden, and ping pong table.

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Earth DIY – How to Make a 55 Gallon Plastic Barrel Chair!

You have to agree that more and more people are looking towards recycling, re-making, and using more sustainable materials for DIYs and this DIY is not an exception.  Learn how to make a 55 gallon plastic barrel chair that looks cool enough for your colorful livingroom.

Today, we are going to make a surprisingly comfortable chair using only six small bolts, nuts and washers, six drywall screws, simple hand tools, a little ingenuity and a recycled 55-gallon plastic drum. Why? Well, that is a good question, partially because it is in our nature to m

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400 Watt Wind Generator for Your Home!

If your house gets a lot of wind, (let’s say for example you live near the beach) you might benefit from installing these 400-watt wind generators to power your 12V garden gadgets.

For do-it-yourselfers, this is a perfect wind generator to get started on re-using the free wind power that’s floating around your home.

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Tin DIY – How to Re-Make Holiday Tins!

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For those of you with holiday tins stacked up in your garage, here’s a great way to re-make and rejuvenate your holiday cans into usable, colorful tins.

Tins are always great for storage. You can decoupage them with colorful paper to match your craft room or even with pictures of whatever you plan to store inside. Or, if y

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DIY Waste Paper Basket Made From Waste Paper!

Why didn’t we think of this like a decade ago?  It’s a waste paper basket made from waste paper!  What a neat idea for recycling and re-making all that waste paper, especially think of having one of these next to a regular metal waste paper basket just for recycling waste paper.

Okay, you get the idea, I do a sorta-similar thing with paper bags I get from the grocery store and use them as recycle basket for recycleables.

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Gift DIY – How to Make a Fruit Basket!

I am not buddhist but my girlfriend is and I had the chance to go to a Thai Temple here in SF Bay Area.  Of course, you are supposed to give the monks a gift basket, filled with stuff they would need such as fruits, shaver, toothpaste, etc…etc…

Well, I just happened to see a cool DIY on how to make these cool fruit baskets out of newspaper, maybe I will make one for my girlfriend who can then give it to the monks and keep our karma happy.

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Home DIY – How to Make a Concrete Lightbulb Wall Hook!

here’s an awesome DIY that shows you how to make a concrete lightbulb wall hook that you can make from used lightbulbs and make your home looks even more stylish with greyed-out lightbulbs that can hold a lot of pounds.

I’ve been playing around, trying to make a concrete lightbulb. Why? Because I find the contrast of blending a new material like concrete in an everyday shape like a lightbulb to be a great design element. So while messing around with these guys, I realized this would be a great excuse to drive lag bolts into my wall for

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