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Take a Hidden Picture

Make: Projects user kyleclements details how he built a piece of artwork that is seemingly a blank canvas, but actually, there are IR LEDs hidden behind the canvas. The IR LEDs are arranged in a secret design that is revealed by taking a digital photo. The digital camera sensors pick up the IR light that our eyes can’t see.

Speaking Hand Puppet from Recordable Greeting Card

Using a recordable greeting card, Michelle Min made a hand puppet for a friend’s 2-year-old nephew, living far away in Korea. When the puppet lifts its right arm, it says “Bosung!” (the nephew’s name) and plays some music.

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Solar Laptop Device Charger

Instead of buying a laptop charging case for $200, make your own using this tutorial from Make: Projects user Matthew.

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Cord Curling

“Coiling is a very elegant way of dealing with the problem of unsightly slack cables.” Sean Ragan explains how to curl cord using a heat gun and water.

Laura Cochrane

I’m an editor at MAKE and CRAFT. I like hiking, biking, and etymology.

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