For those who think that few good things, if any, came out of the pandemic, let me remind you how we all became at least a little bit more mindful and self-reflective. After all, many people developed new hobbies (or at least tried them!) like knitting or baking, while others took on projects they never had time for, like renovating an old garage in their backyard.
And those who were especially dedicated have turned up with some seriously impressive results. Thanks to the corner of Reddit known as “Something I Made,” we have an amazing collection of DIY projects to get you inspired.
Think of a beautiful handmade gown, a Roman bust aquarium, iridescent stained glass—it seems like nothing was impossible for these creative people who gave their idle hands some work to do.
Psst! Part 1 of the article with more incredible stuff people made while in quarantine waits right here.
Giant Safety Pin Lamp I Made From Aluminium And 3D Printed Parts. It Turns Off When You Close The Pin And There's A Second Switch In The Point
I'm A Beekeeper And I Preserve Natural Pieces Of Honeycomb I Find Inside Hives With Resin Into Pendants And Art
Bored Panda reached out to one such Indiana-based artist that goes by the Reddit handle @weenphisher76, who has been sharing some amazing handmade vinyl stickers. You can browse through their portfolio of some funny, lighthearted, witty and inspirational stickers on the Etsy shop “WeenphisherStickArt.” We asked them how they found enjoyment in making sticker art and what it's like to make something by yourself.
I Created A Giant, Stormy Wave Painting That I Am Very Proud Of
Some Turquoise Glow Pieces I Made Using Precious Metals, Resin And Glow Pigment So It Absorbs Light To Emit Light
I Make Bumper Stickers That Challenge Stereotypical Narratives About Women
“I’m a clinical social worker and the stress of my job requires that I engage in creative endeavors to help me cope with the trauma that I am exposed to on a daily basis,” the artist told us. Moreover, @weenphisher76 added that they started making stickers in order to pay for the music festivals they love attending. “I sell the stickers in the lot and usually pay for my tickets.”
Someone Threw Out My Mum's Wedding Purse And It Was Ruined In The Rain. I Managed To Save It And Make A Keepsake Pillow. Hoping To Gift It For Her 27th Anniversary. What Do You Think?
I Painted A Watercolour Portrait Of A Pitbull Enjoying The Sun
I Make Backgammon Boards Out Of Pressed Leaves And Foliage, This Is My Favourite One So Far
“Eventually, this morphed into making stickers of other subjects. I opened an Etsy shop as a platform to sell my work,” the sticker artist recounted. However, during the turbulent election in 2020, @weenphisher76 became inspired to make not only lighthearted and fun stickers, but also ones that elicit conversation. “I usually choose subjects that are controversial or demand conversation. I like to offer a counter-narrative to the hegemony of American culture,” they explained and added that “I try to stay abreast of pop culture phenomena and political current events.”
White Oak Eagle Stump Job
Our Nursery...my Wife Had A Vision And It Deserves To Be Seen
When it comes to the whole process, @weenphisher76 said that “I make my stickers after I come home at night. I usually design a sticker in one sitting, that’s how I work.”
The sticker artist said that the support from people who appreciate their art is very important. “I love how my ideas and art have been accepted by many who have been suffering through the pandemic and need a laugh or feel that they are empowered and that they are not alone in this fight,” the artist concluded.
It’s worth noting that their bumper sticker which says “I like my women how I like my coffee… Strong and Valued in the workplace” has amassed 5k upvotes on the r/SomethingIMade subreddit, where people share all the DIY projects they create.