How To Build A Hand Cranked Mobile Phone Charger Out Of A Drill, Wooden Spoon And Mixing Beater.

Hand Cranked and MacGyver'd Emergency Mobile Phone ChargerSimple? Sort of.
MacGyver? Definitely.

If your power is out and you’re not sure when it’s coming back, maybe following the instructions and collecting the required materials (wooden spoon, drill, string, aluminum foil etc.) to “Make an Emergency Phone Charger – MacGyver Style!” isn’t that crazy. [Instructables via Neatorama]


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Adrian Candela’s DIY Furniture Made Out Of Cardboard.

Adrian Candela is building cardboard furniture out of the boxes used to ship our furniture. [Fair Companies]

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Jubbling Bowl: The Perfect Tortilla Maker VS Bottom-Side Of A Muffin Pan

This commercial drives my kids nuts! They’re not big fans of mixing up different foods or partial to eating out of a baked tortilla. But the Perfect Tortilla™ infomercial presents their product in such a “gotta-have it” way that it could end up on my kid’s birthday and Christmas list. It sells for $18 shipped and includes 4 Perfect Tortilla makers, some other crud and there is no way in hell I’m going to buy it.

Fortunately for my kids, there is a more Jubbified way of making tortilla bowls and you probably already own everything you’ll need.
Perfect Tortilla vs Muffin Pan Bottomside
It’s the bottom side of a muffin pan. The idea was originally posted February 2012 in the Emily Bites blog. Here’s how you do it:

Sprinkle each tortilla lightly with water and stack them on a plate. Cover the top with another plate turned upside down and microwave the tortillas for 1 minute or until warm. Mist each side of a tortilla lightly with cooking spray and center it in the space between 4 muffin cups, creating a bowl. Bake in the oven for 8-10 minutes at 375 degrees.

Save some $$$ and consume less by using the bottom side of a muffin pan instead of purchasing the Perfect Tortilla kit. It’ll be your mini-MacGyver moment that only you will understand and appreciate. [LifeHacker via Consumerist]

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Want To Learn How To Consume Less And Create Less Waste? Live In A Country With No Garbage Service.

Paraguay Waste - Image: Marta Escurra for Infosurhoy.comIn Western countries, trash service and waste disposal is easy to take for granted. Living in a country without government managed garbage pickup or septic systems that can handle toilet paper, forces people to develop MacGyver type solutions to manage their waste. Good posted an article by Megan Wood, “How Living in Paraguay Taught Me to Get Creative With My Trash,” on her experience conscientiously disposing of her personal trash. Ms. Wood dealt with her refuse by burning (toilet paper), reusing (wine bottles) and consuming less (no more Pringles) based on her situation. It’s a great article and her trash-reducing solutions and efforts to purchase items that are easier to dispose of are ones that can be applied in any country. [Good]

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Guitar And iPhone Amplifiers Made Out Of Hungry Hungry Hippos Game, Ghostbusters Thermos Etc.

Hungry Hungry Hippos iPhone Speaker

Hungry Hungry Hippos iPhone Speaker

Robert Brenne can turn just about anything into a guitar or iPhone/iPod amplifier. His website, Artistic Amplification,

[youtube width=”225″ height=”169″]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sMjbDU6XtQs[/youtube]

is loaded with previous amp projects and current ones that are available for sale. His guitar amplifiers for sale are built into a cigar box, Japaneses vase and a duck sculpture. iPhone/iPod speakers are also available and incorporated into a Super Nintendo console, Jack Daniels tin and a Ghostbusters 2 lunchbox.

Each amplifier produces a unique sound based on what it’s built into. Cool idea that could be big with street musicians. [Wired]

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Home Built From Junkyard Car Parts And Poplar Tree Bark.

[youtube width=”425″ height=”239″]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EwE1XkDWIUY[/youtube]
Thanks again Faircompanies.com for posting another Macgyver inspired video. This one is about a couple in Berkeley that built a house out of old cart parts and furniture factory waste tree bark. The builders/designers, Karl Wanaselja and Cate Leger, spent months searching their local junkyards for the right parts including the side windows of Dodge Caravans which became the awnings for their home. Car roof sections and Poplar tree bark was used as siding in this shining example of junkyard Jubbling.

Cate Leger and Karl Wanaselja designed their home in their backyard office that was built out of an old shipping container. Their goal was to use precycled material before it went through the energy intensive recycling process of getting melted down.

Watching the video of their completed house reminded me of a local home [pictured below] that had Cate and Karl duplicated, might’ve saved them quite a bit of time.

Boat House Washington

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