With the worldwide pandemic ravaging the world, many people find more free time on their hands than they can remember. After all, going out is not really an option at the moment, and nobody knows when it will be.

But it turns out, idle hands are capable of incredible things. And thanks to the subreddit “Something I Made,” which has people sharing their most incredible pieces of work, we now have a full collection of handmade goodness for our eyes to feast on.

From an incredible dinosaur costume built from PVC pipes and foam and a "Game Over" cross-stitch piece, to pants purposefully constructed with pockets deep enough to fit a TV remote and beer, these are some mad DIY skills that may spark your inner go-doer and maker that has been deep asleep all this time.

#1

I Built A Backyard Treehouse As A Quarantine Project

I Built A Backyard Treehouse As A Quarantine Project

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Nash Nopper
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2 months ago

WOW!

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#2

I Made A Portrait Of German Shepherd With Soft Pastels And Pastel Pencils. What Do You Think?

I Made A Portrait Of German Shepherd With Soft Pastels And Pastel Pencils. What Do You Think?

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Nash Nopper
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2 months ago

love it!

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My Parents Planted An Apple-Tree When I Was Born. Sadly, The Tree Died A Few Weeks Ago, So I Made A Bookshelf Out Of It

My Parents Planted An Apple-Tree When I Was Born. Sadly, The Tree Died A Few Weeks Ago, So I Made A Bookshelf Out Of It

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Toko Danganronpa
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2 months ago

That's beautiful

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The worldwide pandemic which has been ravaging the globe has not been the brightest thing in recent memory for most of us. With so many people left jobless and struggling to find hope that everything will get back to normal eventually, it’s only normal to feel more anxious and low-spirited than usual.

But engaging in DIY activities can not only give your idle hands something to work on, it can have some seriously positive effects on mental health. To find out more about the positive effects DIY activities and art-making have on our minds, Bored Panda reached out to Liza Hinchey, a psychologist, art therapist, and a doctoral researcher at Wayne State University.

“Art-making has the special power of getting our minds into what’s called 'the flow state.' If you’ve ever been doing something and found that hours went by without you even noticing, you were in the flow state of mind! Research has shown that the more time people spend in the flow state, the happier they are on average.”

#4

My Mom Is Learning How To Sew. This Chair-Cover Cooking Set Is Her Latest Creation

My Mom Is Learning How To Sew. This Chair-Cover Cooking Set Is Her Latest Creation

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Aski Markup
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2 months ago

Aww, the kiddo is adorable.

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#5

I Run An All-Volunteer Trail Crew That Specializes In Good Old-Fashioned Technical Stonework. Here Is What We Make!

I Run An All-Volunteer Trail Crew That Specializes In Good Old-Fashioned Technical Stonework. Here Is What We Make!

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PandaJon
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2 months ago

Stairway to heaven

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#6

I Painted A Whole Bunch Of Rocks During Quarantine!

I Painted A Whole Bunch Of Rocks During Quarantine!

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NAS
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2 months ago

Omg! So beautiful.

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Moreover, Liza told us that art-making can reduce anxiety by “improving 'mindfulness'—known as a nonjudgmental awareness of the present moment.” It’s “because anxiety is often characterized by thinking about the future,” explained Liza, but “focusing on the present moment is a natural antidote to anxiety.”

The psychologist added that art-making activities that “involve repetitive, similar motions (like coloring or doodling a pattern)” are particularly helpful since they “can help reduce anxious thoughts and bring us back to the present.”

#7

My Mom Hand Cut And Stained All The Pieces For This Wall. I Think It's Beautiful And She Deserves Some Props

My Mom Hand Cut And Stained All The Pieces For This Wall. I Think It's Beautiful And She Deserves Some Props

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Phoebe Bean
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2 months ago

Lovely indeed!

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#8

I Am Groot

I Am Groot

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Jaekry
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2 months ago

This well look awesome in the right setting!

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#9

I Finally Finished My Giant Stained Glass Hippo And I'm Dying Because It Looks So Good!!

I Finally Finished My Giant Stained Glass Hippo And I'm Dying Because It Looks So Good!!

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Phoebe Bean
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2 months ago

That.Is.So.Cool.

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And since art-making for many people brings enormous benefits for their mental health, art therapy can be useful for anyone. “While art-making outside of therapy has enormous benefits for mental health, creating art under the guidance of an art therapist can be especially helpful.”

Liza said “it’s great for small children who may not have the vocabulary to express their emotions yet, and can therefore represent them better through art; it’s used to treat trauma in adults, as traumatic memories are often most active in visual centers of the brain, so art can help people process these memories when talking about them doesn’t suffice (not to say that talk therapy is not helpful for trauma—it often is!); it’s used to treat anxiety, grief, depression, and so many other concerns.”

“One of the most powerful things about art therapy is that it can really be adapted for anyone, and requires absolutely no artistic 'skill.' The point isn’t to make a 'masterpiece,' but to explore yourself as a human being,” the psychologist concluded.

#10

I Made Sleeping Bengal Kitties Out Of Glass

I Made Sleeping Bengal Kitties Out Of Glass

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Toko Danganronpa
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2 months ago

Aaawwww

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#11

My Heart Was Heavy The Past Few Weeks And Naturally That Pours Out Into My Work And Made This Dress. I Hope Everyone Is Hanging In There Mentally, Change Will Come Here In Africa ❤️ #endinjustice

My Heart Was Heavy The Past Few Weeks And Naturally That Pours Out Into My Work And Made This Dress. I Hope Everyone Is Hanging In There Mentally, Change Will Come Here In Africa ❤️ #endinjustice

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Anne
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2 months ago

stunning dress!

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#12

I Paint With Bleach!

I Paint With Bleach!

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2 months ago

Yesss, those look awesome, I should try painting with bleach...

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Meanwhile, a study from Heather L. Stuckey, a professor at the Department of Medicine, Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine, and Jeremy Nobel from Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, suggests that crafting and engaging in creative activities may help decrease anxiety, stress, and mood disturbances, as well as improve well-being and quality of life.

Over the past decade, health psychologists have cautiously begun looking at how the arts might be used in a variety of ways to heal emotional injuries, increase understanding of oneself and others, develop a capacity for self-reflection, reduce symptoms, and alter behaviors and thinking patterns.

#13

After Searching For A Contractor For Months And Getting Bids At 10k Plus I Decided To Attempt This Myself With No Tools And Experience. Cost Me $2500 In Materials And $500 In New Tools. It’s Not Perfect But Am Super Proud Of The Results.

After Searching For A Contractor For Months And Getting Bids At 10k Plus I Decided To Attempt This Myself With No Tools And Experience. Cost Me $2500 In Materials And $500 In New Tools. It’s Not Perfect But Am Super Proud Of The Results.

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Stacy S.
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2 months ago

You inspire me!

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#14

I Wanted To Paint My Cat, But Doing All Of Her Seemed Hard, So I Just Did The Easy Parts

I Wanted To Paint My Cat, But Doing All Of Her Seemed Hard, So I Just Did The Easy Parts

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Phoebe Bean
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2 months ago

He he he. Clever.

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#15

My First Attempt At Making A Leather Handbag. The Hand Stitching Took Forever!

My First Attempt At Making A Leather Handbag. The Hand Stitching Took Forever!

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hobbitly
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2 months ago

very creative!

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Another study published in 2020 looked into the connection between arts and mental health, functioning, & life satisfaction. The study authors came to a conclusion that “frequent arts participation and cultural attendance were associated with lower levels of mental distress and higher levels of life satisfaction, with arts participation additionally associated with better mental health functioning.”

#16

An Origami Koi Fish That I Made With A US $1 Bill For My Tip Jar At Work

An Origami Koi Fish That I Made With A US $1 Bill For My Tip Jar At Work

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Phoebe Bean
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2 months ago

The "eyes"! Incredible!

Annabeth Chase
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2 months ago

And the scales!

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Uncommon Boston
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2 months ago

My pastor explained how much longer it took to count the money when bills were folded creatively. He asked that all sculptural donations be made with only $20 bills or higher. It was said in jest, everyone laughed.

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2 months ago

no way can that be 1 bill

Anastaysa Asyatsana
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2 months ago

...how?! So cool.

Stacy S.
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2 months ago

Only $1 was used? Beautiful, but looks like at least $3 Used

DogPerson7
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2 months ago

That. Is. Fricking. Amazing.

Zena Marsh
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2 months ago

Clever you.

Doris Bennett
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2 months ago

Amazing!

Lisa Pockat Bork
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2 months ago

Amazing!

ZEFCAT
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2 months ago

This is damn cool good work! Let us see more of this...

Ashley Wright
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2 months ago

Wow....that took a lot of time! 👏🏻

savanna
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2 months ago

omg!!! awesome!!!

Roberto Durante
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2 months ago

amazing is it

Fieke Engelen
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2 months ago

Clever thinking. /wish you success

Jilly Von Dee
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2 months ago

I so love this!!!

Community Member
2 months ago

its haaaarrdd

Scarlet Johnson
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1 month ago

cat fish

Alex_cat lover
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1 month ago

Wow amazing

SweetQueenxxx
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2 months ago

nicoie

mr. t-rex
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2 months ago

BY WON PARK!!!! I started folding this. if you want one with 400 scales do Robert lang's koi.

CharliAnn Olney
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2 months ago

WOW! Just Wow!

Annie
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2 months ago

Wow! Magical!

Liz-ard
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2 months ago

😂 That is kinda cruel! The one you tipped is never going to have the hart to use it! But it’s hard to replicate 3D money. Maybe you tipped the Federal Bank Reserve of the next solution to stop counterfeit banknotes!

Bonnie Davis
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2 months ago

Only one dollar?? Incredible!!!

Morgan
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2 months ago

F*****g awesome! I want one!

Barb Braun
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2 months ago

Wow!

Lois Wisman
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2 months ago

Wow!!!

Yolande Labbé
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2 months ago

Exquisite. I hope that you put it in your jar and that it is bringing you more tips.

Jane Petersen
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2 months ago

Just... wow!

Barbar Stewart
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2 months ago

I think this is the best origami I`ve ever seen

MAKtheknife
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2 months ago

OMG! How did you do that?

CherokeeRose Miller
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2 months ago

Amazing!

Dana Barresi
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2 months ago

Awesome

Kelzbelz79
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2 months ago

Beautiful ❤❤

Patti Arnold
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2 months ago

WOW!! Make me one PLEASE!!!!

Rae the lemon
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2 months ago

People need to give more tips to workers! Some rely on tips. What is America? Do offense to anyone btw. It just sucks that it’s like that.

HooowlAtTheMoon
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2 months ago

Wowww, I love origami

Senna van Doesum
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2 months ago

Jammer van de money

ERIN W.
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2 months ago

AWESOME!

Lynne Dixon
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2 months ago

It's amazing, but it looks a lot more like fabric than paper?????

Community Member
2 months ago

ive made that before

Meghan Hirt-Gehr
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2 months ago

I printed out step-by-step instructions on how to make this exact origami. Not even close to figuring it out.

Bubbles
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2 months ago

Woah thats so cool

Logically Reasonable
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2 months ago

I've tried origami before, it's not easy!!! You definitely have the skill!!!

TheRandomBorger
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2 months ago

But- but HOW

Ms.GB
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2 months ago

I love doing oragami, I am now going to look this pattern up.

Olive Dubois
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2 months ago

ohhhh.... crazy

Shadow4523
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2 months ago

that is so cool, i dont know what to say

Eva Schmutz
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2 months ago

How did you make that?

Mark Serbian, PK&RG,W
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2 months ago

Damn ... that's awesome!

Laura Ford-Everett
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2 months ago

fabulous!

Missus Magoo
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2 months ago

I love this! ' Quickly looks at making origami for dummies books' :-)

Sportsgal
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2 months ago

Amazing...you should sell them! I would never unfold!

Lovely_hobi
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2 months ago

Just: WOAHHH

Katie
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2 months ago

Does America still have paper Money ?

jeanette scott
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2 months ago

How long until sometime steals it? I'll bet you a dollar its less than a weem

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#17

I'm A 16 Yr Old Blacksmith And I Forged This Whale Bottle Opener :) Hope You Like It!

I'm A 16 Yr Old Blacksmith And I Forged This Whale Bottle Opener :) Hope You Like It!

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2 months ago

I like it!

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#18

My Goal For This Year Was To Finish This Painting, And I Did Took Me 3 Months. I Know It’s Not 100% Perfect But I’m A Bit Proud

My Goal For This Year Was To Finish This Painting, And I Did Took Me 3 Months. I Know It’s Not 100% Perfect But I’m A Bit Proud

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Izzy_
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2 months ago

Wow!! So amazing!

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#19

The Bridge, Another Cat Tree I Just Finished

The Bridge, Another Cat Tree I Just Finished

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Nash Nopper
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2 months ago

the doggo loves it, too! awww

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#20

Friends, What Do You Think Of This My Handmade Dress?

Friends, What Do You Think Of This My Handmade Dress?

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Toko Danganronpa
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2 months ago

I AM IN LOVE

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#21

I Made This Needle Felted Albino Bat

I Made This Needle Felted Albino Bat

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Toko Danganronpa
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2 months ago

If you are selling them I will buy them :)

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#22

I Made A Stained Glass Of My Friend's Watercolor Painting

I Made A Stained Glass Of My Friend's Watercolor Painting

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Phoebe Bean
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2 months ago

Both are incredible!

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#23

I Built This For A Family In Columbus Oh, But I’m 100% Going To Build A Full Sized One As My House Next

I Built This For A Family In Columbus Oh, But I’m 100% Going To Build A Full Sized One As My House Next

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Phoebe Bean
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2 months ago

My inner child wants this!

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#24

I’m Only 16 But I Built A Hardwood Desk Out Of 2 Sheets Of 4x8 Maple Plywood.

I’m Only 16 But I Built A Hardwood Desk Out Of 2 Sheets Of 4x8 Maple Plywood.

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Anne
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2 months ago

At 16 that's skilled!!

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#25

Made A Purple Ombre Wisteria Mobile Out Of Felt

Made A Purple Ombre Wisteria Mobile Out Of Felt

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Toko Danganronpa
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2 months ago

I cannot express how much I love this

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#26

Trash Fort With Green Roof

Trash Fort With Green Roof

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Phoebe Bean
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2 months ago

Great idea!

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#27

I Make Layered Animals Out Of Birch Wood. This Is 7 Layers. Hope You Like

I Make Layered Animals Out Of Birch Wood. This Is 7 Layers. Hope You Like

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Alma Mater
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2 months ago

i don't like it !! i LOVE it

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#28

My Wife Asked For A Gold Bicycle. I Bought An Old 70’s Ross Kids Bike And Turn It Into A Low Rider.

My Wife Asked For A Gold Bicycle. I Bought An Old 70’s Ross Kids Bike And Turn It Into A Low Rider.

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2 months ago

Wow!

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#29

Wire And Clay Whippet I Just Finished - With A Heart Of Gold

Wire And Clay Whippet I Just Finished - With A Heart Of Gold

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Mz Phit
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2 months ago

Gorgeous! I have a pit bull/whippet mix, (a "Bull Whip" ) and she absolutely has a heart of gold. You really caught the anima of this wonderful breed

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#30

I Repainted A Cabinet (I Got For Free!) And Wanted To Share

I Repainted A Cabinet (I Got For Free!) And Wanted To Share

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Phoebe Bean
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2 months ago

...and now it belongs in a palace!!! I love how the cabinet looks in blue.

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#31

My Husband Snores And My Daughter Rotates In The Bed So I Haven’t Slept Well In Four Years...converted The Closet In The Office Into My Own Personal Bed

My Husband Snores And My Daughter Rotates In The Bed So I Haven’t Slept Well In Four Years...converted The Closet In The Office Into My Own Personal Bed

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Izzy_
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2 months ago

Genius!!! Having the bed in the closet!!

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#32

I Made Something Horrible, Or Awesome. I Honestly Can't Tell

I Made Something Horrible, Or Awesome. I Honestly Can't Tell

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Anna Banana
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2 months ago

Definitely both!

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#33

My Daughters "Sally Witch" Costume I Crocheted

My Daughters "Sally Witch" Costume I Crocheted

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Izzy_
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2 months ago

That's amazing!

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#34

After Being Laid Off In April I Spent The Last 2 1/2 Months Building This Playhouse For My Kids. I Have No Construction Experience, Just A Lot Of Youtube Tutorials. I’m Very Happy With How It Turned Out.

After Being Laid Off In April I Spent The Last 2 1/2 Months Building This Playhouse For My Kids. I Have No Construction Experience, Just A Lot Of Youtube Tutorials. I’m Very Happy With How It Turned Out.

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Nadine
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2 months ago

This is incredible!!

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#35

I Really Wanted Wallpaper In Our Bathroom, But I Couldn’t Afford It...so I Painted It! I Used Leftover Paint Samples From Another Project. I Hand Sketched The Flowers Based On A Marimekko Pattern

I Really Wanted Wallpaper In Our Bathroom, But I Couldn’t Afford It...so I Painted It! I Used Leftover Paint Samples From Another Project. I Hand Sketched The Flowers Based On A Marimekko Pattern

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Anne
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2 months ago

And this will be much more water resistant than wall paper!

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#36

I Made 3-Prong Wooden Hair Fork With Cat Ears Headband

I Made 3-Prong Wooden Hair Fork With Cat Ears Headband

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Evelína Zlá
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2 months ago

Or Batmann hair fork... :)

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#37

After 40 Hours And A Lot Of Black Embroidery Floss, I Finally Finished This Crow Embroidery!

After 40 Hours And A Lot Of Black Embroidery Floss, I Finally Finished This Crow Embroidery!

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2 months ago

Beautiful.

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#38

Partner And I Hand Made A Sliding Door Over The Weekend! What Do You Think?

Partner And I Hand Made A Sliding Door Over The Weekend! What Do You Think?

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Eva the Egg
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2 months ago

Gorgeous. The bathroom is so cosy too

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#39

Made This Beautiful Vintage Dress For My Engagement Photos And Just A Mini Shoot! Aiming To Make My Entire Wardrobe To Be Vintage

Made This Beautiful Vintage Dress For My Engagement Photos And Just A Mini Shoot! Aiming To Make My Entire Wardrobe To Be Vintage

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Eslamala
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2 months ago

It's lovely!

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#40

I Made This Cute Bernie Sanders Toy

I Made This Cute Bernie Sanders Toy

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R L
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2 months ago

The mittens :-)

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#41

A Little Weekend Project My Wife And I Just Finished

A Little Weekend Project My Wife And I Just Finished

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That is such an improvement.

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#42

I Made A Stained Glass Quilt!

I Made A Stained Glass Quilt!

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2 months ago

Wow.

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#43

I Made This Mini Lime Out Of Polymer Clay!

I Made This Mini Lime Out Of Polymer Clay!

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Toko Danganronpa
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2 months ago

Wow!

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#44

Made A Giant Squid Out Of Microfleece, 'Cause Why Not?

Made A Giant Squid Out Of Microfleece, 'Cause Why Not?

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2 months ago

Excellent.

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#45

Made These Glass Piano Jewelry Boxes A Bit Ago In Support Of Pride!

Made These Glass Piano Jewelry Boxes A Bit Ago In Support Of Pride!

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Jelly the Bean
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2 months ago

Oh my gosh I love them!

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#46

I Made A Phone Stand To Turn Your Smartphone In A Cozy Fireplace

I Made A Phone Stand To Turn Your Smartphone In A Cozy Fireplace

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Aski Markup
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2 months ago

Genius!

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#47

I Made This

I Made This

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Toko Danganronpa
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2 months ago

🤯

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#48

Bragging About My Mugs

Bragging About My Mugs

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Phoebe Bean
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2 months ago

These are the mugs Elves drink from!! I want one!

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#49

I Made A Dress Out Of The Leaves In My Garden. It Was Either This Or Rake Them All Up, Seemed A Shame For Them To Go To Waste.

I Made A Dress Out Of The Leaves In My Garden. It Was Either This Or Rake Them All Up, Seemed A Shame For Them To Go To Waste.

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Toko Danganronpa
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2 months ago

I would totally wear it

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#50

Finally Had Success With Resin Lacing!

Finally Had Success With Resin Lacing!

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Toko Danganronpa
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2 months ago

ooohhhh

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