First off—Happy Independence Day! Since it's the 4th of July, let's make this week's roundup short and sweet, so you can all get back to your holiday festivities.
WonderHowTo is a how-to website made up of niche communities called Worlds, with topics ranging from Minecraft to science experiments to Scrabble and everything in-between. Check in every Wednesday evening for a roundup of user-run activities and how-to projects from the communities.
Below are the how-to highlights from the last week, as well as any current activities going on this week in the World communities.
Come join Christian Miller in the MacGyverisms World and help provide the World with ingenious solutions to random problems—on the cheap! Last week, Christian shared many creative MacGyver-friendly tricks, including a DIY steamer basket, cheap storage containers, and magnetic knife strips.
It's not easy to buy twist ties, but you can't help but end up having tons of them thanks to all of the bread and trash bags you purchase. Take them out of your junk drawer and finally put them to some good use. Yumi of Secret Tips from the Yumiverse illustrates 12 cool ways to reuse those twist ties. Also from last week, DIY kaleidoscopes and indoor gardening. Click on the images below to enlarge, or hit up the links directly following.
Due to some server downtime for maintenance, some of the challenges were extended, so you've still got time to enter your builds. The main Weekly Challenge for upside-down buildings will now end tonight (7/4). Also, the Replication Challenge for the Eiffel Tower has been extended (now 7/11). And the latest Redstone Competition has been extended until next week, too (7/11).
Last week in Mad Science, William showed a very useful Arduino hack for making a solar tracker—perfect for people who need as much sun juice as they can get for their projects. The other was a cool project for elementary kids to try out, turning trash bags into hot air balloons.
Ben's back in his NightHawkInLight World with a super shocking tutorial on making an elaborate static electricity generator. If you've ever wanted to give your friends a good jolt, this will give them about 7,500 volts just by touching them!
The King of Random submitted an awesome tutorial on building a solar scorcher out of a Fresnel lens from an old projection television. Plus, shows what it can do with its killer sun rays! Toastykitten gave a quick rundown of the new Google+ Events feature. And Byron Schmidt showed how to readjust the alignment of your kitchen cabinets doors.
There's a place for you here! There's tons of Worlds to submit content to and engage with. Looking to improve your photo editing skills? Check out the Photoshop World. Have a cool how-to on your favorite hairdo? Share it with the Hairstyling World. Got a question on what ammo you need for your newest sidearm? Ask it in the Firearms World.
There's literally a World for everyone here on WonderHowTo, so search for your community and get involved with other like-minded individuals. Can't find a World that meets your interests? Then create your own and start sharing your passion with the rest of us.
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