Got Snails? Turn Them Into Artists With This Clever Plan

Remember when Jackson Pollock became totally famous for splashing paint on a canvas? Well these paintings have that kind of flavor with no brushes required. Filthy Wizardy blogger Lindsey has developed a unique spring craft that will have your home looking like a Jackson Pollock gallery and your kids excited about art and nature, while teaching them mindfulness and patience.

This Couple Spent 20 Years Building an Incredible Floating Island Home

If you’re going to get away from it all, this is one great way to do it. In 1992, Wayne Adams and Catherine King began building a floating home about half an hour by boat off the coast of tiny Tofino, British Columbia. Today that home has expanded to encompass 12 large platforms covered by living spaces, green houses, lush gardens and plenty of docks to tie up a kayak. Painted in bright magenta and teal hues, they call their self-built island Freedom Cove.

A Former Monk is Building this Giant Cathedral from Junk. He’s Been Working 52 Years.

In 1963 Justo Gallego Martinez began construction on the foundation for a grand cathedral in Mejorada del Campo, just outside of Madrid. Though he started with no architecture or construction training, the former monk has spent almost every day building his dream. Now 52 years later, his building towers 131 feet into the sky, far above the apartment buildings that surround it.

This Stunning Geometric TetraBox Lamp Was Made Out of Juice Boxes

Remember what an awesome day it was when you had a Hi-C juice box in your lunch box? Now think how many of these little boxes have ended up in land fills. In Malaysia, juice boxes are known as packet drinks and they are quite popular. Architect Ed Chew has found an awesome way to repurpose these little boxes, turning them into unique, geometric light fixtures. With just a pair of scissors and a lot of patience, he created this amazing TetraBox Lamp.

Try Making Your Own 3D Handprint With This Tutorial

Wondering how you’re going to keep your kids from uttering those utterly painful words “I’m bored” over the holiday break? Fret no more, handimania has come up with a tutorial that will keep them busy and they could even become DIY gifts for the kids to give everyone in your family. This awesome optical illusion looks difficult, but it’s quite simple, as you can see in the video below. Kids will love turning their hand into a 3D marvel and you will love not hearing them whine. It’s a win-win situation.

A Radical Wooden Roadster Built from Plans (in 1959)

If you were “the least bit handy with ordinary tools and not afraid to get your hands dirty” you could build the car in these pictures, read an article in the September 1956 issue of Mechanix Illustrated magazine. We’re pretty sure you’d need to be more than “the least bit” skilled to build this from the minimal plans, but we won’t fault the author on his choice of interesting cars. The extremely low-slung roadster was built like a boat, out of materials people would be familiar with: plywood panels covered with mahogany. Now that’s different.

Walk and Work in this Human-Sized Hamster Wheel

Study after study has shown that sitting down is killing us… but we still do it all the time at sedentary jobs with uncomfortable chairs. You’ve probably run across ‘treadmill desks’ at some point (no pun intended), but have you ever seen a human-sized hamster wheel? Instructables builders Robb Godshaw and wrdwise recently built a gigantic wooden one, and it’s large enough for a human AND their desk to fit inside. They launched their project with this spirited call to action (and production):

“Rise up, sedentary sentients, and unleash that untapped potential within by marching endlessly towards a brilliant future of focused work. Step forward into a world of infinite potential, bounded only by the smooth arcs of a wheel. Step forward into the Hamster Wheel Standing Desk that will usher in a new era of unprecedented productivity.”

FrankenCamera: 18-Year-Old Converts Vintage Rangefinder into a Digital Camera

For years I’ve been looking at vintage cameras, and seeing a world of possibility. What if you could transform those cool relics of the film age into something conveniently digital? It could combine the joy of a manually focusing digital rangefinder (something rare in the modern camera world) and the feel of something truly vintage. 18-year-old Ollie Baker wanted a “vintage digital” camera too, so with a lot of expert planning he built one – and it works!

Fantastic Stop-Motion Videos of Furniture that Builds Itself

Woodworker and designer Frank Howarth has a workshop with a life of its own – at least that’s how it appears in his addictive stop-motion construction videos. His YouTube channel features a collection of meticulously created videos that detail each step in the construction of bookshelves, chairs, and toys – only Howarth is completely missing from the workshop. Here, pieces of raw wood seem to cut and assemble themselves. How convenient!

A Secret Sculpture Garden on Isreal’s Sea of Galilee

The Sea of Galilee in Israel is world famous for stories about Jesus and his disciples from 2000 years ago. Also known as Lake Kineret, it is a beautiful part of Isreal and provides 35% of the countries potable water. On the Eastern shore of the lake, there is a large Kibbutz community that was established in 1937. It is called Ein Gev and out of the 273 existing Kibbutz communities in Israel, it is one of the most famous.