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Toy Capsule Wall
How do you decorate your apartment walls when your landlord doesn’t let you paint, nail into, or otherwise modify them? Erika from Erikaceous used fishing line to hang vending machine toy capsules (“gashapon capsules” to be precise) from the molding. It’s a fun piece of decor that will help ensure you get your deposit back. [via Recyclart]

Matt Richardson

Matt Richardson

Matt Richardson is a San Francisco-based creative technologist and Contributing Editor at MAKE. He’s the co-author of Getting Started with Raspberry Pi and the author of Getting Started with BeagleBone.


  • Sean LaFianza

    This is straight out of the early days of Trading Spaces, except that Hildi would have hot glued them to the wall. :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/John-B-McCarty/1827647510 John B. McCarty

    Aside from working at a manufacturing plant where these capsules are made or collecting them from every machine you pass over the course of a year, where could one GET all of these?

    Cool idea though!  Very colorful!

    • http://www.erikaceous.org Erika

      We found several giant boxes filled with these capsules at a local recycling/reuse center. I often wonder where they originally came from!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/John-B-McCarty/1827647510 John B. McCarty

    Aside from working at a manufacturing plant where these capsules are made or collecting them from every machine you pass over the course of a year, where could one GET all of these?

    Cool idea though!  Very colorful!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1279528622 Lisa McLean

    Damn… I used to have hundreds (well, dozens) of these. My kids hated to throw them out so we chucked them in a box… and then, don’t tell the children, but we threw the box! What a great way to use them! 

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1279528622 Lisa McLean

    Damn… I used to have hundreds (well, dozens) of these. My kids hated to throw them out so we chucked them in a box… and then, don’t tell the children, but we threw the box! What a great way to use them! 

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1279528622 Lisa McLean

    Damn… I used to have hundreds (well, dozens) of these. My kids hated to throw them out so we chucked them in a box… and then, don’t tell the children, but we threw the box! What a great way to use them! 

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=500671262 Andrew Sayler

    I think it looks great, and is very clever.  I would worry a bit about what would happen in a fire, though.  Maybe filling every third one with baking soda would provide enough fire suppression :)

  • Anonymous

    It’s fantastic to see my very own living room on MAKE! Thanks for the post, and so glad you enjoyed the project.

  • Anonymous

    It’s fantastic to see my very own living room on MAKE! Thanks for the post, and so glad you enjoyed the project.

  • Anonymous

    As technology changed and civilization progressed, toys also changed.
    Whereas ancient toys were made from materials found in nature like stone, wood, and grass modern toys are often made from plastic, cloth,
    and synthetic materials. Ancient toys were often made by the parents
    and family of the children who used them, or by the children themselves.
    Modern toys, in contrast, are often mass-produced and sold in stores