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This Is How You Can Make Your Own Bowl With Plastic Army Men

This Is How You Can Make Your Own Bowl With Plastic Army Men

Unless you have children of your own, or you’re Jerry Seinfeld, you probably don’t have much use for your old green army men stashed away in your parents’ attic. Think again.

DIY website Instructables has managed to create a fruit bowl using nothing but the little green soldiers, a heat gun, and a metal bowl to use as molding. You also will need oven mitts to protect your hands from the heated metal, and paint if you want to get even more creative after creating your bowl. One last suggestion by user N36 is to use a combination of PVA glue and water upon completion to strengthen your creation.

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To begin creating the army man bowl, start small. Placing a few figurines in the bowl with their bases touching, use the heat gun to fuse them together. Continue this layering process carefully until the bowl is completely outlined with army men. You should take care to connect the bodies of the soldiers together, as connecting them by the arms or guns might weaken the structure and create unwanted holes.

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A few things to keep in mind when putting together your creation:

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  • Do this project outside! The plastic fumes are toxic, so make sure no one is breathing them in as you melt the figurines.
  • When heating, be sure to hold the heat gun a few inches from the soldiers to avoid overheating them. Also, only heat them for 5-10 seconds at a time so they don’t melt completely.
  • Make sure you wear oven mitts when touching the bowl! It can get incredibly hot, and will definitely burn your skin if you come into contact with it.

Comments have already begun pouring in on the Instructables page with suggestions for other creations. What would you like to see your favorite old toys remade into?

Featured photo credit: Instructables via cdn.instructables.com

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Last Updated on March 24, 2021

8 Smart Home Gadgets You Need in Your House

8 Smart Home Gadgets You Need in Your House

We’ve all done it. We’ve gone out and bought useless gadgets that we don’t really need, just because they seemed really cool at the time. Then, we are stuck with a bunch of junk, and end up tossing it or trying to sell it on Ebay.

On the other hand, there are some pretty awesome tech inventions that are actually useful. For instance, many of the latest home gadgets do some of your work for you, from adjusting the home thermostat to locking your front door. And, if used as designed, these tools should really help to make your life a lot easier—and that’s not just a claim from some infomercial trying to sell you yet another useless gadget.

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Take a look at some of the most popular “smart gadgets” on the market:

1. Smart Door Locks

A smart lock lets you lock and unlock your doors by using your smartphone, a special key fob, or biometrics. These locks are keyless, and much more difficult for intruders to break into, making your home a lot safer. You can even use a special app to let people into your home if you are not there to greet them.

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2. Smart Kitchen Tools

Wouldn’t you just love to have a pot of coffee waiting for you when you get home from work? What about a “smart pan” that tells you exactly when you need to flip that omelet? From meat thermometers to kitchen scales, you’ll find a variety of “smart” gadgets designed to make culinary geeks salivate.

3. Mini Home Speaker Play:1

If you love big sound, but hate how much space big speakers take up, and if you want a stereo system that is no bigger than your fist, check out the Play:1 mini speaker. All you have to do is plug it in, connect, and then you can stream without worrying about any interruptions or interface. You can even add onto it, and have different music playing in different rooms.

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4. Wi-Fi Security Cameras

These are the latest in home security, and they connect to the Wi-Fi in your home. You can use your mobile devices to monitor what is going on in your home at all times, no matter where you are. Options include motion sensors, two-way audio, and different recording options.

5. Nest Thermostat

This is a thermostat that lives with you. It can sense seasonal changes, temperature changes, etc., and it will adjust itself automatically. You will never have to fiddle with a thermostat dial or keypad again, because this one basically does all of the work for you. It can also help you to save as much as 12% on heating bills, and 15% on cooling bills.

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6. Smart Lighting

Control your home lighting from your remote device. This is great if you are out and want to make sure that there are some lights on. It is designed to be energy efficient, so it will pay for itself over time because you won’t have to spend so much on your monthly energy bills.

7. Google Chromecast Ultra

Whether you love movies, television shows, music, etc., you can stream it all using Google Chromecast Ultra. Stream all of the entertainment you love in up to 4K UHD and HDR, for just $69 monthly.

8. Canary

This home security system will automatically contact emergency services when they are needed. This system offers both video and audio surveillance, so there will be evidence if there are any break-ins on your property. You can also use it to check up on what’s happening at home when you are not there, including to make sure the kids are doing their homework.

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