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Enormous Cardboard Banana

Starting with a photo of a flattened banana peel, Cologne Institute for Architectural Design students Marc Over and Moritz Winkler created an enormous cardboard banana using Rhino for drafting and a Leica cutting plotter. When they finished...Show More Summary

Gift Singular: The Event Horizon

We hope you enjoyed our gift guide coverage this year and our Kit-A-Day Giveaway. We had some 20,000 comments/entries all total and well over 3000 social media reposts. We gave away 28 days worth of kits, including five MakerBots. Congrats to all of the winners.


the first chameleon I've ever seen in the wild in Beersheva, I saw this morning climbing the Etrog tree in my garden a healthy specimen--- naturally I confronted him with an unfair comparison he was utterly speechless

Teleporting Yourself to Dinner

Maybe we finally DO live in the future. I had to call my mother-in-law a few days ago to deliver the bad news that we wouldn't be able to make it up to New York/New Jersey for our annual post-Christmas dinner. "Hey, maybe you could send 3D print-outs of your heads," she responded

Paper Arduino Leonardo

This Arduino Leonardo clone by Inigo Zuluaga is the latest example of PaperDuino, where an Arduino is created using a paper printout as a wiring diagram, bill of materials, and construction pattern. [Via Dangerous Prototypes]

Make: Live Holiday Giveaway 12/14/11 (video)

Make: Live's holiday episode features some fun project ideas for this festive time of year! See a skirt light up when you dance, a brass rocking horse ornament,and connect your Christmas decorations to the internet. Above, Ben Light demonstrates his technique for these mini paper stars, which fit onto your Christmas lights to create a strand of festive glowing stars.

Origami DNA

This picture is from an entry by Instructables user General Eggs in their ongoing Hot for Teacher Contest. Eggs shows you how to lay out the template manually using a pen and a ruler, before folding. In point of fact, this is a common...Show More Summary

Working Lego Books

OK, so, they only have five leaves each, and the actual stuff on the pages is not made of Lego elements, but c'mon: Among challenging subjects to model in Lego, surely a functional book is near the top of the list. But then, we've pretty much come to to expect that sort of thing from artist Guy Himber, whose masterful MOCs we've featured here many times before.

Bicycle Wheel Animations

My friend Karen Nazor send me a link to this video of animations being created, phenakistoscope/persistence of vision-style, on bicycle wheels, using paper cut-outs in the spokes. Really nifty.

"Eyeball" series

I figured out how to do eyes properly from origami, and now am going crazy putting eyes on everything. Note the magnets--the lozenge-shaped thingies. I use those in places where clips can't reach, to hold surfaces together as the misted paper dries (the paper is pre-treated with methyl cellulose and a light ink rub, so it stiffens up nicely). Show More Summary

Solder Stencils via Electronic Craft Cutter

Spotted in the MAKE Flickr pool, some interesting process shots from user Shigeru Kanemoto, who's used a Craft ROBO brand paper-cutting robot to prepare a stencil for applying solder paste to a PCB in preparation for SMT assembly. Uppermost, the stencil freshly cut; immediately above, solder paste applied. Cool idea, with a few more shots in Shigeru-san's photostream.

Cardboard Periscope – Sylvia’s Mini Maker Show

Today we’re diving deep for an easy build you can do in an afternoon: your very own cardboard periscope. Let’s go!

How-To: 35mm Stickers

Actually, it's pretty easy: Shoot the film, have it developed (not mounted), cut out the exposures, and feed them to a craft-store sticker maker. And it's always a pleasure to see what the inventive photo-hackers at Photojojo will come up with next.

Core77?s Crayon Mold Design Trophy

Clever, clever idea from NY design studio Rich Brilliant Willing (a play on the three founders’ names, FYI), on contract for design blog Core77, which is giving these away to winners of its inaugural Design Awards this year.

How-To: Paper Iris Glasses

This is actually really convenient, because I've been needing a pair of these. I just didn't realize it until I saw them. Thanks, Instructables user art.makes!

Rubberized Origami

Neat off-the-wall idea from Instructables user blightdesign, who’s been experimenting with preserving folded paper by rubberizing it with Plasti-Dip. More pics in B. Light Design’s Flickr set.

The Blues of Joy

Origami isn’t only an art form, practiced by thousands worldwide, it’s also an Australian jazz trio. And they have an album coming out. This album comes in two forms: the now traditional digital download and as a physical CD with an origami CD cover. A rather attractive model, we think, one that may be familiar [...]

MAKE Flickr Pool Weekly Roundup

Leading off our Flickr pool round-up this week is a hot little red-headed astromech from Atlanta Mini Maker Faire, photographed by Chris Palmer. Other highlights include wooden gears, a homemade high-polish "dishing hammer," and some more workshop pr0n. Check it out!

New Paper Heads

A few heads showing off some of the latest technology. All are from uncut paper rectangles (Canson or Fabriano), pretreated with methyl cellulose and a light ink wash. The beard-nose-mouth uses a folding concept mostly worked out six months ago; the eyebrows and "wheat-sheath" motif I came up with in the last few weeks. Show More Summary

Papercraft Firefly Gun

Leo Firebrand wrote in with his papercraft Mal’s gun from the TV show Firefly. The first challenge was the wood grips both in painting and building. To achieve the curve shape of the wood I first carved the grip shape from floral foam and then stretched some lightly wetted paper over the form. Once the [...]

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