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Geometric shapes are super trendy at the moment, and what’s cooler than a giant 20-sided icosahedron hanging from your ceiling? If you want to create your own bespoke and very unique ceiling light, then this is the DIY for you.

Tools & materials:

Wood
Tape Measure
Pencil
Table Saw
Digital Mitre Gauge
Wood Glue
Masking Tape
Drill
Ceiling Pendant

Cost, Duration and Difficulty:

We used free reclaimed wood for this project, however, should you need to buy wood, this project shouldn’t cost any more than around £15. The whole DIY took us no more than 2.5 hours to complete.

Step 1 – Cut Wood with an Angled Edge

For this project, we’re using some reclaimed wood, but you can use new planed wood if you choose. You want your wood to be around 1cm thick by 2cm width and you will need around 10m of this.

The first step is to put an angled edge onto one side of your wood. Using a digital mitre gauge, set the blade on your table saw to a 68.7degrees tilt with your fence 1cm away from the blade. You can then cut your wood lengthways along this set-up to add that angled edge.

Once you’ve done this, the side profile of your wood should look like this:

Step 2 – Cut 30º Angles on Either End

Now your lengths of wood have an angled edge on them, you’ll then want to cut them up into smaller pieces with a 30º cut on each end. These small pieces of timber will form a triangle when aligned together.

To do this, set your table saw mitre gauge to the 60º position and align your wood so the angled edge is on the far side away from the blade. Cut one angle and then flip your wood around and make the same cut in the opposite direction around 15cm down.

If you’ve cut these correctly the bevelled edge you added in step 1 should be on the longest side. You will need 60 individual pieces of these and they look like this:

Step 3 – Glue Wood into Individual Triangles

Now you have all your pieces, you can go ahead and begin to assemble the icosahedron shape. This is made up for 20 triangular sides so you will need to create 20 individual triangles. To do this, use some wood glue along each of the 30º cuts and firmly push together, wiping away any excess glue.

We recommend leaving this for a minimum of 24hours before moving onto the next step.

Step 4 – Glue Triangles Together

Once your triangles have dried, all you need to do is assemble them together. Apply some wood glue to the edges and push the triangles together. The angled edge you added in step 1 should ensure the shape begins to ‘close in’ as you do this.

You’ll want to wrap each glued edge in masking tape whilst it dries and we recommend only glueing 5 triangles together at one time to make sure it doesn’t become ‘too heavy’. Once they’ve dried, you can continue and add more.

Once you’ve glued all 20 sides together, it should now look like this:

Step 6 – Creating the Pendant Fitting

Now we have the shape fully built, we just need to turn it into a light fitting. To do this, we’ll need to be able to secure a pendant fitting into the centre on the icosahedron shape we’ve just made.

Cut a solid triangle shape from a thin piece of plywood. This should be the same size as one one of the triangles on its smallest side. Drill a hole through the centre of this, and cut the triangle into two pieces.

 

Step 7 – Attach Pendant Fitting

Slot the pendant through one of the triangles of the icosahedron shape so it’s positioned in the centre. Apply some wood glue to each piece to triangle you just cut and glue this to the inside of the same triangle. The hole in the triangle should slot around the cable of the pendant. Once this has dried, the pendant fitting will rest on this triangle when it’s secured to the ceiling.

  

Step 8 – Fit to Ceiling and Enjoy!

Now all you need to do is fit the light to a ceiling and enjoy your bespoke and unique geometric creation!

 

This article was written by Kerry, who’s blog you can find at kezzabeth.co.uk. Kerry is a DIY blogger who shares inspiration for home renovation, interior design and hacks for those on a budget!

 

 

Glass Bottle DIY – Bottle Cutter and Ceiling Light

How To Make A Plastic Bottle Concrete Pendant Light

 

Why take up so much of your time searching for you ideal dream wallpaper print when you could just make it yourself? This handy guide will give you all the tips and tricks to create your own design on a paint roller, to cover all the wallpaper you’ve ever dreamed of. You could even use a rolling pin or lint roller instead of a paint roller, so you’re guaranteed to already have most of the objects in your house!

The tools and materials you will need to make this DIY are as follows:

 

  1. Lay out your plain wallpaper on a flat surface, making sure that the corners are secured to the floor to avoid any movement or creasing.
  2. Start off by deciding on the design you’d like to create, depending on your wildest wallpaper desires. We would recommend a template similar to the one below, but feel free to get as creative as you wish if you’re feeling fancy! This geometric one is great as it’s straightforward to design and cut out with a ruler, so that you can be sure to have straight lines and neat edges.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Pentagon_with_half_dodecahedral_net.svg

 

3. In order to prep your design for your paint roller, use your pencil and ruler to trace the outline of the design on the tracing paper.

4. Flip over the tracing paper and then transfer the design onto your craft foam by going over the outline once again.

5. Once you have your outline on the foam, lay out your cutting mat and scalpel or craft knife and begin to cut the shape out. Use your ruler as a guide to achieve the straightest lines possible.

6. Cut out as many shapes as you wish and play around with how you’d like them to be positioned on your paint roller. Cut yourself some slack, they don’t have to be perfect! You could do them in lines or place them randomly, wall-ever works for you!

 

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7. Put some of your glue on the back of your cut outs and then stick them directly onto your roller of choice.

8. Once fully dry (don’t be tempted to skip this part or you’ll be heading for a wall of shame!), put some paint in your paint tray and use your newly designed paint roller in the tray, making sure to cover all your foam pieces.

Your roller is then ready to use! Paint your design on by rolling your paint roller vertically along your wallpaper. Make sure to pay extra attention when aligning your next line of paint to match up with the one before so that the patterns are symmetrical. Be sure to align your patterns with extra care!

 

Other methods

Alternatively, other methods of creating a design include cutting your pattern directly onto the roller for a more intricate pattern similar to the one below. If you were to choose this method, make sure you use a rubber paint roller or a wooden rolling pin as they are easier to cut through.

 

https://torange.biz/fr/wooden-rollers-print-patterns-48415

 

You can also use other objects to create patterns. Covering it with materials such as bubble wrap, and even slightly bunched up cling film gives a great effect, just play around with it, you’ll soon be on a roll! One of our personal favourites is to place lots of rubber bands around your roller and then cover it in paint, leaving you with straight lines like this.

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cbogidex-TI

 

This decoration hack saves you lots of searching time and money and can be adapted really easily to whatever design works for you. If you give this a go do let us know so we can see your wonderful creations ourselves and don’t forget to use the hashtag #ManoMaker, happy DIY-ing!

 

 

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How To Make Intertwining Box Shelves

 

If you fancy creating a summery beach style in your bathroom, why not have a go at making this upcycled pallet cabinet? The wood we’ve used is reclaimed from an old pallet and is sanded down to create a smooth driftwood-like finish. You can scale up the pallet cabinet to whatever size you’d like for your bathroom. We have used the sides and planks of the pallet to determine the overall size and this finished cabinet is 430 x 325 x 110mm.

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Pallet Cabinet DIY Tutorial

By Cassie Fairy

Tools and Materials

To do this DIY project you’ll need the following tools:

Hand saw
Wrecking bar
Hammer
Mitre box
Palm sander
Drill with drill bits
Router with cutting bits
Screwdriver
1 x Pallet (the width of these planks is 73mm, you will need to adjust your measurements if the slats of your pallet are wider or narrower than 73mm)
700 x 800mm x 3m plywood sheet
Assorted sandpaper to fit your palm sander in course, medium and fine grits
Wood glue
6 or 8 x 65mm corner braces with screws
4 x mirror corners with screws
2 x magnetic catches with screws
2 x 75mm Butt hinges
20mm nails

Cost, time and difficulty

The approximate cost of materials for this project is £15, depending on the tools you already have. You can access the shopping cart of some of the tools and materials used through this link.

This project is quite simple and is therefore suitable for beginners. Depending on your DIY skills, this project shouldn’t take longer 4 hours to complete.

Measurements:

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Step 1: Cutting the planks

Use a handsaw to cut the surface planks away from the sides of the pallet. Cut across the first plank parallel to the inner edge of the supporting beam at the side of the pallet. Measure 322mm from the first cut and mark a line across the plank. Saw off the plank at this point to create a piece that measures 322mm x 73mm. Repeat until you have 6 planks. Finally, cut one or two extra pieces at 270mm long to use as shelves inside the cabinet. Use a palm sander to sand down all the planks until the edges are smooth and it resembles driftwood.

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Step 2: Cutting the edges

Use a wrecking bar to prise the remaining ends of the planks off the supporting beam. This beam will become the frame of the bathroom cabinet so pull out the nails or hammer them in. From this piece of wood cut two pieces 325mm long and two pieces 430mm long. Use a mitre box to cut the ends at 45 degree angles with a handsaw. Use a palm sander to smooth all the surfaces.

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Step 3: Cutting the back and front

Measure out two rectangles on your plywood sheet. The back piece should measure 320mm x 422mm and the front piece should measure 260mm x 370mm. Use a saw to cut out these pieces and carefully sand around the edges

Step 4: Making the door

Lay out the driftwood planks side by side. Apply wood glue to the front piece of ply and place on top of the planks to create a door for the cabinet. Use small nails to hold the back in place and allow the glue to dry thoroughly. Once the glue is dry, drill a hole in the centre of the door to hold the router guide arm in order to cut a circle. Use the router to cut away a circle from the centre and sand down the inside edges.

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Step 5: Assembling the cabinet

Apply wood glue to the angled corners and use a metal brace in each inner corner to support the frame. You can add one or more shelves inside the cabinet frame using more metal corner braces to support them. Apply wood glue to the back edges of the frame and position the plywood backing before nailing into place.

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Step 6: Attaching the door

To finish the pallet cabinet, attach a square mirror tile (or use a recycled mirror from an old frame, like we have) to the inside of the door, behind the circle, using mirror corners. Add magnetic catches to the inside edge of the frame and add the magnets to the back of the door in the corresponding positions. Attach the door to the frame using two butt hinges.

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Finished pallet cabinet:

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This article was written by Cassie Fairy. You can find Cassie’s blog ‘My Thrifty Life’ at Cassiefairy.com, where she shares daily blog posts about her home DIY projects, upcycled finds, low-cost recipes and plenty of inspiration for living a low lovely life on a budget.

Check out our other pallet projects:

How to Make a Pallet Planter

Pallet Table DIY Tutorial

Eager to try out a different DIY project? Learn how to make clay yourself using simple household ingredients and start crafting! We have chosen the 3 easiest and cheapest methods to make clay, so make sure you try them all before choosing your favourite. Don’t forget to tag us in your clay creations online using #manomaker – we would love to see what you’ve been up to!

Go on, get making and seize the clay! 💪

How to Make Clay

How to Make Clay thehandymano hands mano mano cold porcelain

Cold Porcelain Clay

Ingredients:

  • 225 ml white glue
  • 125 grams of cornflour
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice/vinegar
  • 1tbsp baby oil
  • Optional glitter and food colouring

Find a microwave safe bowl and fill it with the cornflour.
Add in the remaining ingredients (excluding glitter and food colour) and stir well with a whisk or spoon until you reach paste-like consistency.
Put the bowl in the microwave and heat it for 1 minute 30 seconds, pausing the microwave every 30 seconds to stir the contents.
After heating, stir the mixture once more then leave to cool to a temperature you’re comfortable to work with.
Once cool, transfer the dough to a flat surface and knead until smooth.
If you want, now is the time to add lots of colour! (you can also paint the clay after it is dry) Add a few drops to the mixture and knead until the colour is even.
Once complete, roll the clay into a ball and wrap it tightly in plastic. You’ll have to leave this overnight to ‘cure’ before you can start sculpting! (Sorry about that..)

Sculpting:
We suggest putting some cream on your hands before you start sculpting, this will prevent any sticking and drying out!
Luckily, this clay air dries easily, so you don’t need to put it in any oven!

Happy sculpting!

How to Make Clay thehandymano hands mano mano salt based sculpt

Salt Based Clay

Ingredients:

  • 280g salt
  • 140g flour
  • 112ml warm water

Method:
Combine all of the dry ingredients in a mixing bowl and add glitter (if you want!)
Add a few drops of food colouring to your water if you want to make the dough coloured, and pour the water in the large bowl
Knead the mixture until it is smooth and dough-like
Start sculpting! If the mixture is still too wet, then add more flour. If it is too dry, then (you guessed it! 😉 ) add more water.

Sculpting:
Once you’ve finished sculpting, put the dough in your oven for 2-3 hours at 100 degrees to harden the designs.
If you haven’t perfected your design yet and want to try again the next day, then simply leave the dough in an air tight container with some flour to preserve it!

Cornstarch Based Clay

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Ingredients:

  • 180g baking soda
  • 65g cornflour
  • 170ml warm water

Method:
Add all of the ingredients into a pot and stir with a whisk until the mixture is smooth
Consider adding some glitter at this point, if you want to!
Move the pot onto the stove and heat the mixture whilst stirring it until it has a thick, smooth texture
Once the clay has thickened (and has a texture similar to mashed potatoes!) take it off the stove and cool
Once you are able to touch the clay without burning yourself, roll it out and start sculpting!

Sculpting:
Important note: You have to use the clay on the same day that you make it!
Once you’ve finished sculpting, let the clay dry overnight and voila!

Now you know how to make clay, get your hands on these other crafty DIY articles!

How to Make Slime

How To Make Glitter Paint