At-Home Projects

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] My roommates and I became obsessed with finding new ways to reuse wax after joining Noelle's Candle Making Workshop. There was a lot of trial and error but I hope that you can learn from my experience. Here is guide of how to avoid a mess and take your candle making up a notch! If you are a beginner check out Noelle's workshop first. http://irl.depaul.edu/candle-making-at-home-kit/      DO   Lay...

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[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] Kendamas are a popular Japanese cup and ball game. When I first started at the IRL, I bought a ball and combined it with the physical grip of a 3D printed kendama  that my coworker Jake created for me on Fusion 360 . ** There are fully modeled free files on Thingiverse now from other creators now like:   https://www.thingiverse.com/search?q=kendama&type=things&sort=relevant     I recently cracked my print when I was practicing....

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[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]One of the most common problems you may encounter with older, worn out clothes is the issue of buttons falling off or being torn off easily. While it’s annoying to realize your favorite shirt or jacket is missing a button, you should know that it’s a pretty easy problem to fix! In this blog post I will walk through the steps of fixing a button....

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[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]What you need   1. 1 lb of Soy wax - included in kit 2. 1 wick - 15 included in kit 3. Glue - Hot glue preferably 4. A pot & stove OR a microwave safe bowl and microwave 5. A heat safe container - 2 jars included       Optional 1. Glitter 2. Old candles 3. Crayons 4. Stickers 5. Scents 6. Other jars/mugs etc       Instructions   For stove top   1. Prepare your jar or other candle holder...

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Spooky season is upon us, friends! In the spirit of October, I’m going to share a couple tasty ideas for how to use pumpkins. You can get a lot of things from one small pumpkin, believe it or not. In this case, I’m going to use one pumpkin to make pumpkin ice cream (no ice cream maker required!) and a batch of roasted pumpkin seeds....

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[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]An interesting technique for displaying photography (or any fun image you have) is to transfer it onto another surface using Mod Podge.       Mod Podge actually has its own product for this- “Mod Podge Photo Transfer Medium,” but you can use any regular version (I’m using plain matte finish Mod Podge). The essence of this project is to leave the ink of a printout on the...

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[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] Portable Charger How-To Making your own portable charger is inexpensive. Here is a step by step guide that doesn’t involve soldering or practice with electronics.     We used this instructables.com project as a guide. https://www.instructables.com/id/Altoids-Phone-Charger/     Materials:   Battery (2 AA’s) Battery holder or adapter (get the correct one that correlates with the type of battery) Tin (about the size of an altoid box - make sure there is enough room for the battery) Electrical tape   Usb...

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[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Make liquid chalk that has raised edges like puffy paint and strong enough to hold designs longer than regular chalk.     *Warning*  - if you have a brand new or a lightly colored driveway this has the potential to stain the driveway !     This makes enough for one bottle - use it all in one sitting because it is not intended to keep for longer       Materials:   Flour (1 cup)   Water (1 cup)   Dish-soap...

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