This week’s roundup is all about rethinking the function of everyday things. A leather belt does double duty as a drawer pull, a skate deck is taken off road and transformed into a rope swing, and x-mas lights are shaped into illuminated wall art. Have you made variations on these themes? Post photos and earn bragging rights at Wired’s Design community!
1. Polaroid Pop-up Card
Give ho-hum greeting cards some much-needed pop. For a fun twist on the theme, Brit & Co created three templates for photo- and word-nerds. In the Polaroid card, the photo that pops out of the camera is any image you choose. Use the Shake It Photo iPhone app to add the white frame, and print. Ideal for wedding or baby announcements (your swaddled, red-faced old man will look great as a Polaroid). The site also offers two templates that work better with text (a typewriter and an iMac). Find the templates and how-to here.
2. Skateboard Swing
Outgrown your deck? Time to pass it down to junior. This skateboard tree swing is easy to make, budget-friendly, and a great summer project to tackle with kids. All you’ll need are a few dowels, a drill, and some rope. Learn how to make your own from Little Bit Funky.
3. Address Plaque
To add a little curb appeal to her new digs, photographer Chloe Moore stained a slab of wood and attached these modern $ 5 numerals from Home Depot. It’s an easy upgrade that can be finished in a day. Check it out at Chloe Moore Photography.
4. Illuminated Art
We’re loving the use of neon signage as art of late, but the price tag can be a bit daunting. So when we came across this bright idea by Rhode Island’s The Design Office on Apartment Therapy a while back, we asked designer Sarah Rainwater how she made it. “I did a faint pencil sketch of the word on the wall first and attached the lights with lots of clear thumbtacks (the wall behind is actually a white painted homesote that we use as a pinboard),” Rainwater told us. “The tacks weren’t very visible once it was complete. I originally installed it for our office holiday party last year and the table of food went beneath it (hence the “yum”), but we liked it so much we left it up!”
5. Outdoor IKEA Amp
Looking for a way to blast your tunes outside? Install an outdoor amp in a standard-issue kitchen cart (like Ikea’s Bekvam), stream playlists from your desktop to outdoor speakers, and chop veggies for the BBQ at the same time! Instructions can be found at TheNerdBoard.com. Hat tip to Ikeahackers.
6. Leather Belt Drawer Pulls
Taking inspiration from a clever belt reuse idea from Sally Schneider of An Improvised Life, Rikkianne Van Kirk of You Sentimental Idiot took this drawer pull project in different direction, literally. View the process shots at Apartment Therapy.
7. Photo Magnets
Instead of tacking up prints by their corners, turn your fridge into a proper Instagram gallery with this cut-and-paste project from the smart folks at Photojojo. The secret ingredient here is Modge Podge Dimensional Magic (a gooey adhesive available at most craft stores).
8. Plank Table
To assemble this handsome wood dining table, Ez of Creature Comforts attached eight 2×8 boards to Vika Lerberg Trestle Legs from Ikea. The whole project cost under $ 140. The design, he says, “is a mishmash of two different DIY table tutorials.” See his influences at Stylizimo and at Our Vintage Home Love.