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10 Really Cool DIY Gadgets That Will Take You no More Than 5 Minutes

by Kate on October 7, 2010 · 28 comments

in Gift Ideas

DIYDo-it-yourself is a popular topic online: there are hundreds of tutorials and how-tos. But most of them are too hard to replicate and require too much time, effort and skill.

This collection shares 10 cool things you can do at home with no more than 5 minutes spent: great ideas for DIY gifts and fun gadgets. Enjoy!

1. Old TV Book Shelf

Looking for some home decor inspiration? Add fresh insight with this geeky vintage design: recycled old TV book shelf!

Estimated time needed: 3 minutes (to find the old TV in the garage)

Old TV Book Shelf

2. Plastic Bottle Candle Holder

This one will come particularly in handy during these long winter romantic nights!

Estimated time needed: 2 minutes (to cut the plastic)

Plastic Bottle Candle Holder

3. CD Candle Holder

More great candle holders now: take a couple of old CDs, put them in a microwave oven for some time (no more than a couple of seconds) and add nice candles.

Estimated time needed: 10 seconds (provided you have nice candles)

CD Candle Holder

4. DIY Photo Holder

The concept is the most important here, not the material. You can elaborate further and use other stuff you have at home to hold the photo – the idea is GOLD. Enjoy!

Estimated time needed: 20 seconds

DIY Photo Holder

5. Plastic Bottle Box (Zipped!)

This one is probably the hardest of all but still easy… and so much fun! Your box does not necessarily need to have eyes by the way – the main thing is that it is zipped and thus makes a very useful gadget to store various tiny things in it.

Estimated time needed: 5 minutes

Plastic Bottle Box

Source: Plastic Frog Box and Plastic Bottle Box

6. CD Photo Frame

This one can make a great last-minute gift to surprise your beloved one – just make sure to choose a great picture of you two: quick and sweet!

Estimated time needed: 3 minutes (to glue the photo to a CD)

CD Photo Frame

7. Fedex Tube Wine Rack

Another timely thing for these holidays: and no effort needed!

Estimated time needed: 2 minutes

Fedex Tube Wine Rack

8. Rolled Newspaper Stool

It might be not that easy to roll all those newspapers tight together: but what an awesome thing to have out of nothing!

Estimated time needed: 5 minutes (especially if you get your kids or friends to help with rolling which also means great time spent together!)

Rolled Newspapaer Stool

Rolled Newspapaer Stool

9. Beer Bottle Romantic Light

Very often the sweetest and unforgettable moments you have are due to these tiny ideas like this one.

Estimated time needed: 1 minute (to cut the bottle nicely)

Beer Bottle Romantic Light

Source: Create Romantic Light from Beer Can

10. Vinyl Record Book Cover

A great way to make your favorite book’s life longer while recycling old vinyl record!

Estimated time needed: 5 minutes

Vinyl Record Book Cover

Post image by zappowbang

{ 27 comments… read them below or add one }

vipul chauhan October 7, 2010 at 11:38 am

wow what an idea ma’m :)

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Dirk Gardner November 19, 2010 at 10:37 am

Thanks for this. I especially love the plastic bottle candle holders as I live in a country where there is no recycling and this looks like a great way to use up plastic bottles.

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Charlie November 20, 2010 at 6:12 pm

You can actually make your own aroma therapy lamp, the same way as the beer can candle light… Just put the tin ‘cup’ from a tealight candle (unused.. You can save the stearin for the candle underneath, when its burned out – just remove the little tin thingie) on top of the up-side-down beer can. Add water and aroma oil in the tin cup :)

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Jordan November 23, 2010 at 9:51 pm

Wow…furniture more uncomfortable than and less attractive than Ikea.

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Coen November 26, 2010 at 6:54 pm

Nice! You really gave me some inspiration! :D

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Leonidas November 27, 2010 at 1:48 am

Perhaps you need to review the definition of the word “gadget” in a dictionary.

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johnn@yahoo.com December 2, 2010 at 4:33 pm

wow red green would be proud of you

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Iggy Pop December 3, 2010 at 2:07 am

Also look up the definition of “beer bottle”.

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Dam December 7, 2010 at 10:20 am

very very beautiful!

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Jimmy December 7, 2010 at 10:23 am

Your 5 minute estimation for the “8. Rolled Newspaper Stool” is off by at least factor 10.
And that is not me beeing slow but you lying about time needed.

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Pile of Pooh December 7, 2010 at 6:06 pm

Garbage chic. It’s okay if you’re young and poor, but I’ll stick with shopping at real furniture stores, thanks.

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GG December 27, 2010 at 11:42 pm

beer bottle? try can and also try dangerous with sharp edges in fact a number of your crafts have sharp edges on the finished product. FAIL!!

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GG December 27, 2010 at 11:44 pm

oh did i mention that over half of these would take well over 5 minutes? FAIL!!

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Angstgnome December 30, 2010 at 4:52 pm

DON’T DO IT
A candle holder that melts when the candle gets low is a serious fire hazard.

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Sylvie January 3, 2011 at 5:51 am

Great handmade arts …

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cg January 4, 2011 at 7:56 am

I don’t get why most of this comments are degrading to the author. These are all great creative ideas. Sure, they might not take 5 minutes. But it’s not like it is going to take several hours. Relax and stop being such pricks.

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Walter White January 4, 2011 at 9:41 am

Yeah,
and Nr.9. Beer Bottle Romantic Light can cook your Ice too.
Regards

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niki January 5, 2011 at 9:38 pm

Wow I love that bookshelf tv! But how did you get the glass out (safely)?

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Nicho..! January 12, 2011 at 5:48 pm

I have been using number 9 for almost 10 years now to cook up my herion. Get original..!

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charie January 27, 2011 at 12:00 pm

wow.. sooo amazing.. i’ll do one of those DIY…

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mentorlog March 4, 2011 at 5:38 pm

FEDEx Tubes looks great

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Nick April 19, 2011 at 4:00 am

The vinyl record cover is pretty slick. Would be awesom for a music / sheet book.

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Debasish Sarkar April 26, 2011 at 5:09 am

Great ideas, might be useful for millions of people across the globe. Critics will always be there and they are welcome too! For, it’s because of the critics, the strong people will become stronger. Remember, a negative thought or idea tells about that person’s mentality/attitude and not the mentality of the person who was criticized.

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M July 15, 2011 at 2:48 am

All of this looks like complete shit. These aren’t gadgets nor are they ‘cool,’ they’re garbage that any sane person would throw away. Vomiting in a fry pan doesn’t make an omelette, cutting up plastic pop bottles doesn’t make furniture.

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senthil November 29, 2011 at 12:56 pm

nice creativity of humans!

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mani February 19, 2012 at 2:06 pm

Awesome stuff man…I am amazed to see such useful things made from material which we think as “garbage”….very nice stuff indeed…

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Pahlaj April 12, 2012 at 1:32 pm

No

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