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Laura Cochrane

Laura Cochrane

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

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Israeli maker Avi Solomon was looking to provide his 7-year-old son Uriel with a maker angle on the Jewish holiday, Hanukkah. Together, they built a menorah out of steel pipe and LEDs. Read more »

Peter the Cyber Pumpkin

Belgian maker Jan De Coster grew his own pumpkin, carved it, and built a pair of eyes that are controlled by an Arduino to move randomly. The result is cartoonish jack-o-lantern that's simple, yet full of personality. Read more »

picnic quilt

Susan Beal's new book, Sewing for All Seasons, is broken up into the four seasons: spring, summer, autumn, and winter. In each section, you'll find stylish and simple sewing projects that will inspire you to welcome in each season as it arrives. We're giving away 3 copies of the book... Read more »

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Austrian couple Benedikt Wurth and Rosi Binder have built the ideal sand art pen. Unlike sand pens already in existence, the Sand-Pen has a button which engages the built-in motor, allowing the sand to flow freely. Holding the pen close to a surface achieves fine line, while pulling the pen... Read more »

cereal killer2

We're getting close to my favorite maker holiday, Halloween. Do you have your costume ready? If not, I've gathered up some last-minute DIY costume ideas, with help from you guys! Please add your suggestions in the comments section. Read more »

A spike through your stomach. Classic.

The greatest last-minute Halloween costumes hit the trifecta: quick, cheap, and easy. We want to hear from you, esteemed MAKE reader: what are the best last-minute Halloween costumes you've seen? Please share ideas in the comments section of this post. Read more »

Ethan Schlussler is making steady progress on his northern Idaho treehouse — you may recall the bicycle-powered treehouse elevator post I put up about a month ago. He sent me some photos of the build process. Did I mention he mills all his own lumber? Read more »