Friday, December 31, 2010

Archive: December 2010

Happy Holidays and New 2011 Year from DRB!

Chocolate is addictive, and so is the spectacular imagery...

The Platypus: Nature’s "Swiss Army Knife"

This weird guy has webbed feet, lays eggs and sweats milk

Amazing Automatons: Ancient Robots & Victorian Androids

Industrious Little Clockwork Creatures!

Megastructures: Bigger-Than-Worlds

Super Colossal Planet & Astro Engineering

Modern Wild Looking Tables

Strange surfaces to keep your food from tipping over

Magnificent Motorcycles, Part 2

Vintage Beauties, Customs and Concepts

December 23, 2010 - Biscotti Bits

Mixed Links & Images

Incl. "The Gift" from Kremlin"

December 10, 2010 - Biscotti Bits

Mixed Links & Images

Incl. "Shocking the Crows!"

Link Latte #147 - Click Here

Link Latte #148 - Click Here

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Link Lattes

Tutorial - How to Fold a Paper Box

Better than a store bought one any day!

Folded Paper Box Tutorial at The Creative Muslimah
"Here's a simple yet handy craft tutorial for you all.
I've been making these since I can remember. The first memory I have of making these is probably from kindergarten. I just love making these because they are easy, and not time consuming at all, and they can be made with various materials, in various colors and in many designs!..." Read more

IKEA salad bowl sink

Materials: Blanda Blank

Description: When my husband and I remodeled our bathroom a few years ago, we wanted to make the most of a small space and stay within our tiny budget. He found an old drinking fountain assembly at a salvage shop, and thought we could retrofit it to accommodate a larger bowl of some sort. Voila, the 14" IKEA Blanda Blank serving bowl.

He drilled out the bottom of the bowl, mounted it to the drinking fountain wall bracket, added some necessary plumbing and we were in business. After four years it's still as good as new!

~ Pernille


Happy New Year and from the bottom of my heart, thank you for being a part of Ikea Hacker. It's been a great year filled with some wonderful hacks. My annual list of favourites will be out soon and you'll be able to vote for the Hack of the Year. But ... I am open to nominations, so, if you have a favourite which you want to see on the list, let me know in the comments below. ~ Jules

Temporary bar from IKEA Trofast boxes

Materials: Trofast

Description: How cool is that? A bar made of Trofast boxes? That’s the brainchild of designers Diogo Aguiar and Teresa Otto of Portugal who designed and built a temporary bar out of 420 Ikea storage boxes. At night the boxes were lit with LED and pulsated according to the music played. The bar was built for a competition organised by the architecture faculty at the Universidade do Porto in Portugal.


See more of the Temporary IKEA bar.

~ Rebecca Pasternack

Secret Passage and Fort for Kids Using Expedit Bookcase and Desk

Materials: Expedit

Description: I recently redid my little boy's room. Like everyone, we didn't want to spend a lot of money, yet wanted something that would last into his teenage years.

We decided to purchase the Expedit bookcase and desk since they would grow with him.  When he's an adolescent, he'll actually be able to use the desk as a desk, but while he's a toddler, the bookcase serves as a
toy/book organizer as well as a secret passage into his fort which is actually the area under the desk.

To create the fort, I took a shower curtain rod and a sheet to make the curtain that hangs under the desk. We added a rope light for a few bucks underneath and our little man loves it.

~ Amy W.

Redo of a jewelry drawer hack

Materials: Fira

I got the idea from the jewelry drawer hack. You can find pictures at my blog, and then the final results.

~ Elisa

Tutorial - How to Make a Christmas Mouse Pincushion Ring

Super sweet!

Christmas Mouse Pincushion Ring Tutorial at Villa Kunterbunt
"We need felt, a piece fabric 3,5 x 3,5 inch, needle, floss, polyester fiber, sewing machine and 2 black seed beads..." Read more

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Tutorial - How to Make a Double Layer Shirred Skirt

How adorable!

Double Layer Shirred Skirt Tutorial at The Quick Unpick
"For a few days now I have had shirring on my mind... but I had an idea to do vertical shirring rather than the usual horizontal shirring. My vision was for a double layered skirt with the top layer being given a scalloped kind of appearance through the use of spaced vertical rows of elastic thread..." Read more

BYGEL Stiletto Shoe Rack

Materials: BYGEL

Description: I came up with a smart and cheap way to store a lot of my wife's stilettos, pumps etc. I call it the "BYGEL Stiletto Shoe Rack"!

It's made with six 55 cm BYGEL Rail from Ikea, that I attached to the side of our dresser, creating a vertical shoe rack with a storage capacity of 18 pairs of stiletto shoes.

The BYGEL Rail is very cheap and is perfect for shoe storage as the shoes don't get scratches and tears from lying up against other shoes and boots.

~ 3xL

Little desk and armchair

Materials: Rast

I took my idea from "Rast Sensory Table", so I thank its creator.

I bought two RAST nightstand for 9,99 €(one) and hacked them.
I screwed four shorter wooden board in a little armchair, and the longer ones in a little desk!

I also screwed a pink PS VALLO on the right side, very cheap and agreeble look, it contains papersheets, drawing pens, pencils etc.

Funny, cheap and usable!

~ remoxxx

Lift coffee table

Materials: VIKA AMON

Description: I made a coffee table lift (# 1) using a VIKA AMON plate and a trestle (in any hardware store) which I adapted some curtain rods to make it slide (# 3 and #4). So I can transform it into a table to eat (# 2)


Tutorial - How to Make a Vintage Suitcase Cat Bed


Vintage Suitcase Cat Bed Tutorial at Shrimp Salad Circus
"That's right - everything for the bed (except the nuts and fusible hem tape) came from Salvation Army, and it cost me a grand total of $14.87 for the curtain, table, suitcase, and pillow!..." Read more

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Link Latte 148

#148 - Week of December 29, 2010

Snow, Snow... Time-lapse and Art - [blizzard videos]
Even More Snow in Japan, and how to get rid of it - [wow video]
Snow Art Using Pencil (scroll down) - [wow pics]
Bizarre: Anatomy of Gadgets! - [weird art]
Abandoned Paris Metro Stations and Tunnels - [exploring]
Art Inside Cardboard Rolls - [wow art]
The Greatest Con Artists of the Wild West - [infographic]
"Soap Bubble" Supernova Photo - [wow space]
Art Deco Architecture in Argentina, more - [art, abandoned]
Unique Macro Photographs of Snowflakes - [gallery, click next]
Great Nostalgic Thread on Reddit - [1960s-1980s...]
Gear & Clothing from Everest 1938 Expedition- [design]
Red Mushrooms: Thread Art by Beili Liu - [art]
100 Most Beautiful Words in English? - [scroll down for the list]
Metal Objects as Fish Animation - [strange video]
Build Your Own Block Fjord Gateway - [art idea]
Fractal Table - [dreamy furniture]
Scary "Huge Building" Mural in Paris - [street art]
Shipping Container Restaurants, Giant Truck Art - [recycling ideas]
Best of Make: Online in 2010 - [great stuff]
Very Classy 3D Work by Joseph Kosinski - [architecture]
Fantastic Northern Lights Display - [mesmerizing video]
Side-Bike: Something Strange... - [wow video]
On a Car Inside Subway - [wow video]
"Robot Skin": Beautiful SF short - [wow video]
Kinetic Typography Extravaganza - [cool music video]
Hair: Very Weird Love Story - [fun video]
Camera on the Edge of a Sword - [vertigo-inducing video]
Top Universities Compared (including $$ Tuition) - [compilation]


Recipe - How to Make Snickerdoodle Cupcakes

Oh my gosh. I would totally choose a cinnamony dessert over chocolate any day!

Snickerdoodle Cupcakes Recipe at The Distracted Domestic
"A friend of mine, Katy, gave me this recipe. It's a huge hit with the non-chocolate crowd. I've changed it up a little bit because of my taste buds, but it's basically hers!! It's one of those ''box only better'' recipes. It's easy and yummy. She's makes real buttercream, but since I don't like it, I used premade vanilla frosting. Bad me!!
When you can buy the mix for 99 cents, it really saves money and time and it's big on taste!!..." Read more

Bonus cutlery light

Materials: Bonus and perforated steel tape

Description: I made holes in the Bonus cutlery and hung them in a frame of perforated steel tape and installed electric.

~ Peter Van Zoetendaal, Netherlands

Tutorial - How to Transform Socks into Wrist Warmers

Absolutely gorgeous! It will take minutes and you already have the supplies!

Transform Socks into Wrist Warmers Tutorial at Little Treasures
"When I saw these beige - gray speckled socks I knew I had to have them. They are kids' size but that was exactly what I needed for this project..." Read more

Eiffel lamp

Materials: Hyllis and perforated steel tape

I used the 4 legs of HYLLIS in combination with screws, nuts and perforated steel tape like meccano for creating a floor lamp.

~ Peter Van Zoetendaal, Netherlands

Upholstered Ikea Besta

Materials: Besta, hammer, upholstery nails, pen, ruler, paper

Description: We used Besta cabinets for this project.

1. Cut a piece of paper in a pattern that you like and trace it on the doors.

2. I then marked, with a pencil, where I wanted the nails to be.

3. Hammer down an upholstery nail on each marking

4. Enjoy!

See more of the upholstered Besta as well as her other easy and cheap DIY projects.

~ Tina @ Signed by Tina, Sweden

Tutorial - How to Dye Wool Felt with Kool Aid

Love the mottled colors and looks like a lot of fun!

Rainbow Dyed Felt With KoolAid Tutorial at Fiona Duthie
"Dyeing with food dyes, including Kool Aid is a great project for working with children, and can also be a practical way for anyone to get some lovely variegated wool felt into their stash! We dyed ours with Kool Aid, as a way to get a nice mix of colors, with just white wool felt, and some easy to find ingredients. Food coloring or cake decorating colors also work using the same principles- they all work as acid dyes on the wool fibers..." Read more

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Tutorial - How to Make a Shabby Chic Box

I hope this link works. She has a google translator button on her blog. I pasted the link to that.

The translation isn't great, but the results of the tutorial sure are! I love this style and I think that we can figure it out using the translation and the photos.

Shabby Chic Box Tutorial at Biljana Shabby
"My first tutorial for making shabby kutijice.Nadam, that will be understandable and concise..." Read more

Hang it up

Materials: Ung Drill Frame, Anno Sanela Panel Fabric, Hot Glue, Cork, Pins


1. Remove backside of Ung frame
2. Cut a roll of cork to fit in the backside of your frame
3. Hot glue cotton batting to cork
4. Wrap batting and cork with fabric. I happened to have leftovers from my Anno Sanela Panels and used this to upholster my cork/batting.
5. Place into frame and secure
6. Wrap ribbon and/or flower embellishments to create a more personalized look
7. Place pins as desired on board
8. Hang jewelry and enjoy!~

See more of the Ung Drill jewelry holder.

~ Erin Dayala

Tutorial - How to Make a No Snap Baby Romper / Sleeper

Cutie angel baby with brilliant mama! So smart!

No Snap Baby Romper / Sleepers Tutorial at Life on Willowdale
"So I'm forbidden from sewing pretty dresses for my son and I've already sewn a bunch of pants and a few sweaters but there is also the one piece sleeper left to sew and it can be infinitely cute and done so many different ways. But I don't want to deal with snaps or make a million button holes. So that's where this new no snap solution comes in. I thought of the idea, I tested it a few times. It works! It's brilliant! And it's not only easier to make than one with snaps it's easier to use!
I put a single zipper on the inside seam of both legs. So you still have to put the sleeper over the big baby head but you don't have to open it up all the way from the neck exposing little bellies during every diaper change like the zipper sleepers I've seen in stores. And the zip does up so much faster than all those fiddly snaps. Therefore I call it brilliant. And it's a great way to use old T-shirt..." Read more

Buffet Expedit


I took a "16 boxes EXPEDIT", and turned it to a buffet. I didn't put the 2 top racks on their places but I replaced them in other boxes (photo #1) with cleats (#2) to create smaller compartments where I can arrange CD or other stuff.

On the top, the left large place became a bar (#3). I just added a metal part (covered with adhesive wood grain) (#4 & #5) on one of the door to fill the hole (#6). Change the doorknobs into GLIRA and that's it!

~ Noëlle, Bourg en Bresse, France