Tuesday, January 15, 2013


Make this simple but useful micro wave dish cover from large paint strainer and a few small buttons. I have some of these I made 2 years ago and they are still being used . Reduces micro wave cleaning!
1 large paint strainer from hardware store.
8 to 10 buttons
Jewelry glue or thread
7, 9, 12 inch diameter dish covers.
scissors and pencil
1. Lay the 3 dish covers on the paint strainer and trace with pencil(see 2nd photo below).
2. Repeat step 1 on the other side of paint strainer.
3. Cut out the 6 circles from the strainer.
4. Glue or stitch buttons evenly around the outside of the circles(see 1st photo below).
5. Place correct size circle over the top of dish in the micro wave and prevent splatter of food.

Thursday, January 10, 2013


This unique lamp is made with old CDs and PVC Pipe.

Materials(see 1st photo below)
12 old CDs.
1 clear plastic bowl.
7 PVC Pipe Couplings 3/4".
6 length of 3/4" PVC Pipe 1" long.
3 cardboard washers.
1 lamp kit.
1 lamp shade.
Super Glue and Metalic Blue Spray Paint.

Drill and 1" drill bit.
Compass and scissors(to make washers).
Handsaw and sand paper.
Dremel with 1/2" sanding drum.

1. Glue 12 CDs together label to label with super glue.
2. Trace around piece of 3/4" PVC pipe on center of joined CDs.
3. Grinded out center of joined CDs with Dremel & drum attachment( see 2nd photo below).
4. Drill 1" hole in the center of the bowl bottom(finish hole with dremel to fit pipe).
5. Grind a small notch in the top edge of the bowl(for electrical cord).
6. Make cardboard washers to equal the hight of the ring on bowl bottom(see 3rd photo below).
7. Spray paint 6 PVC couplings metalic blue, and cut 6 pieces of 3/4" PVC pipe 1" long, sand edges.
8. Super glue 1 pipe into 1 coupling leaving pipe extending out half way.
9. Place the bowl bottom side up on flat surface and place washers on bowl(see 3rd photo below).
10. Put coupling/pipe assembly through the hole in bowl bottom and glue half of unpainted coupling onto pipe end of coupling/pipe assembly(see 4th photo below).
11. Place bowl/coupling assembly on flat surface with coupling up and glue pipe into top of coupling.
12. Place 1 CD over pipe and glue next coupling/pipe assembly into the bowl/coupling assembly(see 5th photo below).
13. Continue step 12 until all the CDs and couplings are assembled(see 1st photo above).
14. Assemble light socket, 1/8" pipe nipple, and top plate from lamp kit and glue to the top of last coupling(see 6th photo below).
15. Run electrical cord from lamp kit up through lamp assembly and wire up light socket( follow lamp kit directions).
Attach lamp shade, bulb, and try your new light with all the rainbow colors.


Wednesday, January 2, 2013


This is a simple project out of ABS Pipe that creates a nice set of tea candle wall holders.
2 piece of 3" ABS Pipe and a 1/2" by 3/4" stripe of pipe.
2 ABS Couplings 1 1/2".
Super Glue.
Spray can of Metalic Blue Paint.
2 candles.

Dremil with sanding drum.
Saw and sand paper
1. Cut 2 pieces of 3" ABS Pipe 3" long.
2. Cut the 2 pieces in half(see 1st photo below)
3. Cut a small piece of the pipe 1/2" by 3/4" and drill 3/16" hole at one end.
4. Place the coupling over the edge of 1 half piece of pipe lapping 3/8", trace coupling with pencil(see 2nd photo below).
5. Repeat step 4 for 2nd holder.
6. Grind out marked area with dremel(see 3rd photo below).
7. Sand all pieces until smooth.
8. Super glue 1 ground out piece to a solid piece of pipe half making sure 2 halfs are aligned(see 4th photo below).
9. Grind a flat spot on the edge of the coupling and glue into bottom of holder with flat spot glued to top piece.
10. Glue the small piece of pipe to the back of the top part of the holder(see 5th photo below).
11. Spray 2 coats of Metalic Blue paint on each holder.
12. Place a candle into the coupling and hang on the wall.