Learn Step-by-Step How To Hack Your Solar-Powered Garden Lights!


If you are an electrical nerd, you might actually like this project. And even if you are not that "electrically-inclined", still, you might want to give this project a try. Here`s how we do it: We`re gonna disassemble your solar garden light, "hack" it to change its light color.

The great thing about this project is that the solar lights are so cheap, you`re not gonna worry about the price. And they`re solar!


First, make sure your light is really functioning. Switch it on and see if the LED lights up. If not, you need to charge it for a while under the heat of the sun. Test again. If it lights up, then you can begin.

Unscrew the "body" of the solar light and carefully open the lid. Inside, you can see a PCB with LED, a Chip on Board (COB), a small inductor and a switch, and a small NiMh cell. Different solar garden lights may be different in looks but their inside is basically the same. The COB is the one responsible for charging the NiMh cell from a solar panel.  (You might want to research about it just in case you want to know more about its electrical flow or process.)



Remove the white LED from the circuit. To do this, heat the solder pads using your soldering iron, and pull the LED as the small iron extensions (leads) of the LED are melting. Take note of the polarity of the LED before taking it away so you won`t have a hard time when you connect it later. 



Remove solder remains on the holes with a fine braided copper wire soaked in resin, also known as desoldering braid.



Now get your new LED--a colored one--and insert it on the hole. Take note of its polarity as well. 



Solder one lead and adjust the LED to really fit in.



Test the light by turning it on while covering the solar cell. If it doesn`t work, then maybe there`s something wrong with your LED. You may have inserted in wrong. Desolder it and change its position. Solder one lead and test again. If it works, then you can solder the other leads and screw back the lid of the solar light.

And you have your new color solar garden light. 




And if you really want to expand your experiment, you can have two LED--or more. 



Hold the two LEDs, and connect the adjacent wires together using your soldering iron. Cut excess wire.



Solder one uncut wire to the PCB and do the testing. If the LEDs don`t light up, desolder and change the position. Otherwise, fit them into the hole and solder the other uncut wire.


And that`s it! Your hacked solar garden lights.



This project does not limit you to only two LED with the same color. You can have as many LED as possible with different colors.  

Enjoy your lights!

DIY: How To Make Beautiful Sisal Wrapped Recycled Cans


Do you have many left-over cans at home? What do you usually do with them? Most of us probably just throw them away just like that. But, wait! Before you throw those empty tin containers away, you might want to try this DIY project. Let`s see if you still want to throw them out after seeing the result.

 

What you need in this project are just clean, recycled can, sisal rope, and glue gun.


Position your can in a table and ready your glue gun


Glue the sisal at the bottom of the can. Wrap it around the can from bottom to top, gluing each turn to secure the sisal on the side of the can. And that`s it! Your sisal wrapped recycled can.

 

Use your can anyway you want such as a pot for your garden.


Or you can use it as a vase.


Isn`t it amazing how you can use your recycled cans in such many ways? Are you still gonna throw them away? I hope not.

DIY: Elegant Candle Holder / 3D Paper Lantern


Nothing spells relaxation better than kicking off your shoes at the end of a long and hectic workday, sitting comfortably on your favorite chair, listening to some soft music, and lighting some scented candles. There's something so calm and soothing being in a cool and dimly lit room, don't you think? What's even more relaxing is seeing your candles in such cute little candle holders like these, which also function as three-dimensional paper lanterns. Aren't they just gorgeous?


You can make your own beautiful candle holders / paper lanterns at home, and you'll only be needing three things for this project: drinking glasses or vases that you no longer use, paper, and candles!

Okay, before we proceed, make sure that the glasses you will use have straight sides (cylinders and cubes will work), so those Hello Kitty shaped glasses will have to go back to storage. For the paper, we recommend Neenah Exact Index Cardstock. It's the perfect thickness and firmness for this particular project, yet light enough to hold the shape. You will also need an X-acto knife, some double sided tape, and your design template that you wish to use for your glasses. You can download them here.



Using your X-acto knife, start by cutting out the leaves and the stems. Then proceed to cutting out the petals. Be careful when doing this because you don't want to completely cut them out.

Also cut off the excess paper after you measure it with the height of your glass.


After you're done cutting, you can now fold the petals so they will look like this. Simply tape the paper to the glasses using double sided tape.



If you can't wait until dark to see the result, you can close the blinds and turn off the lights to see just how pretty these things look!

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The Fun and Delightful Fibonacci TreeHouse


In our daily busy lives, how often do we still get to stop and smell the roses? Do we still take the time to stop in the middle of the street to marvel at that lone tree in the sidewalk, smile at that fluffy piece of white cloud that you happened to see looking up, admire that random flower bush with perfectly cut leaves? If you will just look closely, and I mean really closely, nature will astound you. Did you know that you can find the Fibonacci spiral in the spirals of random objects like shells, pine cones, and sunflowers?

This luxurious treehouse located in Spain was inspired by the Fibonacci spiral. The amazingly talented and creative designers over at Blue Forest, a British design firm, presented their client with this gorgeous and sprawling Fibonacci Treehouse, a house in the trees that is a perfect natural and modern hideaway.

 

The Fibonacci Tree comes complete with a kitchenette for entertaining, and a gorgeous patio deck to enjoy the sights and sounds of nature. It was designed to feel like you're still outdoors even from inside, hence, the floor-to-ceiling glazing and end-to-end sliding doors.


Connected to the patio deck is a 40-metre rope bridge that allows guests to enjoy and explore other parts of the treehouse. The Fibonacci Treehouse blends perfectly with the trees and even its copper-covered fascia edge provides a nice contrast.


Do you know what we love most about this treehouse? It's got a 23-metre long slide at the top of the tree deck that runs all the way down. Perfect for kids, and the kids at heart, of course!

Wouldn't it be amazing to live one day in houses like these which make use of the nature surrounding them, at the same time designed to still be enjoyable and contemporary? Learn and find out more here.

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Learn Step-by-Step How To Make a Nice Recycled Bird Feeder

 


It`s almost winter! Birds are on their way to look for foods for their survival. Help these birds survive by feeding them—even indirectly. How? This DIY project will help you. Aside from it`s an easy project, this is a fun activity for everyone during any occasion. And that great thing about it is not really the bird feeder itself, but the kind of seeds that you are going to put inside. It determines what type of birds will visit your porch. If you want to attract sparrows, finches or grosbeaks, you need to put millet and small seeds mixes. If you want nuthatches or chickadees, sunflower seeds are what they want. Otherwise, peanuts and corn will have you magpies, woodpeckers or jays eating from your bird feeder.

Materials Needed:
  • Clean, empty plastic bottle with cap or lid.
  • Washer or nut
  • Utility knife
  • Strong glue
  • Household twine
  • Bamboo skewer, or unsharpened pencil or wooden chopstick
  • Birdseed
First, poke a hole in the bottom and in the lid/cap of the bottle using your utility knife. Cut another hole with 1 inch diameter on one side of the bottle. Make sure this hole is not so high from the bottom, just 1.5-2 inches above the bottom. This will serve as your feeding hole.


Cut another hole below that feeding hole. Estimate the size of the hole to fit your skewer or chopstick or unsharpened pencil inside. Insert the stick. This is where the bird/s will stay while perching through your bird feeder. If you use larger bottle, you can make several feeding holes and "stick holes" so there will be more than one bird that can be able to perch in.


Cut a string of 20 inches long. Tie one of its ends around the washer. Insert the other end through the hole at the bottom of your bottle until you can be able to pull it from the opening of the bottle. Insert it through the hole of your cap or lid. Close the cap tightly. Pull the string and tie a knot on the top of the cap or lid.


Pour the birdseed into your bottle through your feeding hole/s. Hang it near your window or in a tree branch, or anywhere you want to watch your feathery friends eating on your recycled bird feeder.

DIY: How To Make a Candle-Pot Heater

  

Brownouts happen, more often than not, unannounced. Hence, we`re left unprepared. It`s during these times that we badly need light. And if brownout happens during cold season, we probably need some heater. This project, aside from it provides you light, serves as heater that can help you prevent hypothermia. You`ll be surprised how a candle light can heat up your room. 
 

What you need:
  • 1 Candle in a jar
  • 3 different sized clay pots (small, medium, large)
  • 1 flat bracket
  • 1 large bolt (approx. 5")
  • 6 washers
 

Get your largest pot and turn it upside down. Thread the bolt through the bracket and thread it again through the bottom of the pot. Turn the pot right side up. Secure the bolt with a washer. Put on the next pot, thread the bolt and secure it with a washer and nut. Repeat the process with the last pot. Make sure you don`t break the pots by tightening the bolts hard.
 
 

 Get your candle in a jar together with several other non-flammable materials such as glass jars. These materials will serve as foundation or support for your layered pots so make sure they`re of the same length and strong enough to hold the pots and won`t make them fall. Surround the candle with the non-flammable materials. Balance the distance. Then, light your candle.

 

Finally, place your pots above the non-flammable materials in an upside down position. Make sure the candle is on the center.

And you`re done! Wait for few minutes to feel the warmth of your room.
 
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DIY: 11 Awesome Backyard Furniture on a Budget


I love home decorating shows and magazines. I always marvel at the sheer creativity of designers and how they are able to mix and match different styles and colors, and then make them all come together in a gorgeous and harmonious balance. I get even more blown away when I see something that’s obviously ready to go to the dumpster transformed into a new, stylish, and beautiful piece of furniture. I mean, how do they do that?

Now you can make or upcycle materials that would look amazing as outdoor furniture. Gone are the days when backyard furniture simply consist of a table and some plastic chairs. Because it’s nice to be outdoors, it’s only logical to have great-looking but functional and inexpensive backyard furniture. These DIY projects we have selected for you will test your creativity and let your personality shine through. They’re inexpensive but absolutely gorgeous, much like this Madcap Frenzy coffee table made from an old tire.

 
                                                
Got thirty bucks and a whole afternoon free? Consider making this beautiful log lounger brought to us by our friends from Homemade Modern. They’ve even shared tutorial photos and videos for your guidance. Can you see yourself now in that small bikini and lounging under the sun on this sexy baby?

                              
What do you get when you throw in together two spray painted flower pots and a pizza pan? You will get this beautiful piece of furniture. Love fresh and vibrant colors? You can choose to paint the pots in your favorite colors. This stunning flower pot table from Apartment Therapy will be a lovely addition to your backyard; perfect for those summer days sipping cold drinks and reading a good book. Click the link to find out how to make this lovely little table.

                                                 
These fashionable and expensive-looking daybed loungers from Vtwonen are not going to cause a dent in your wallets, we promise. Store up on wooden boards, planks and beams, screws, butterfly hinges and mini bolts, and then head over to the tutorial with a little help from Google Translate (original article is in German).

 
                                       
There’s a reason why DIY pallets are all the rage now. There’s something chic and fashionable about those wooden pallets, and they really look amazing when painted in a different color or matched with a gorgeous piece of fabric. A perfect example of this is Bridgman’s DIY pallet furniture set that’s sure to bring your garden or backyard a completely new look!

                          
Looking at this handsome bench, you wouldn’t believe that it came from an old fence board! This piece of furniture would look lovely inside the house, and would be perfect as an outdoor bench as well.

                               
Far Out Flora managed to turn this set of pallets into a fabulous succulent table, and they did a tremendous job with it! Really, really impressive stuff that will inspire anyone to make one, too.

                                
How about a repurposed crate storage table next to your favorite garden chair? Yes, sounds perfect! This exquisite piece of furniture from Infarrantly Creative boasts of a good-looking side table with drawers that can store your favorite knick-knacks.

  
Another must-have in your backyard is this cute and functional rolling cooler ottoman from Home Depot. If you like entertaining or just love to relax outdoors, an ottoman that can provide extra seating and double as a drinks cooler that you can roll away easily should be the next addition to your home!

How lovely is this deck bench? It’s made entirely from wood and stained to make it water and weather-proof. Although there’s no step by step instruction on how to make it, the pictures can help you get an idea on how it was made.




Last but definitely not the least, we have this promising DIY project for a magnetic pallet chair, a collapsible chair aided by magnets that you can easily store away as a pallet.

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