Laura Cochrane

Laura Cochrane

I'm a DIY editor at Instructables and I used to be an editor at MAKE and CRAFT. I like hiking, biking, rock climbing, and etymology.

Latest from Laura Cochrane

Jake and Computer at table

When his computer broke, "Grandpa Jake" decided to make his own replacement, out of wood. The keyboard has real housekeys on it and the printer is a piece of paper with a pencil attached. Read a bit more about this quirky and creative man who lives in a small town... Read more »

airplane halloween costume cardboard

Our friends Ingrid and Nick Dragotta of Howtoons made their son Leo an airplane costume this year: he wore a bomber jacket and hat, and the plane is made of cardboard and tape. The best part? The gauge is actually a peanut butter jar that has a trick-or-treating candy bag... Read more »

Quarter Circle Coasters1

1, 2, 3 Quilt, by Ellen Luckett Baker of The Long Thread, is a collection of 24 projects that are designed to hone your quilting skills. The chapters are organized by shape, the essential design element of any quilt. We are giving away 3 copies of the book! Just comment... Read more »


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 »