Awesome DIY Inspiration: Branch coat rack

DIY branch coat rack - wooden coat rack from a branch! #product_design #furniture_design

Wow! This DIY branch coat rack is an incredible example of repurposing/recycling a natural object for a stunning effect in the home that’s also a really useful piece of furniture design!

The designers have taken a natural branch of the right height and strength to create a floor-to-ceiling coat hanger and bag holder for the home entrance. They have painted the branches white to match the walls, which emphasizes the shape and shadow effects. I would love to have this branch coat rack at my front door!

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By the way – have you seen the branch coat rack below? It’s made from recycled mangosteen wood and is a great idea for those looking for the above effect but with something a little less permanent (helloooo, renters like me!). You can buy it here and here.

Branch coat rack // wood coat hanger entryway organizer #furniture_design #product_design

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Awesome Products: Make Japanese fish shaped pancakes with this taiyaki maker

Japanese sweets - Taiyaki maker // pancakes that look like little fish! Super kawai! #product_design

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When I first saw this picture of a Japanese taiyaki hot cakes, I was immediately captured by how detailed and delicious these traditional sweets looked. I have eaten something similar in Hong Kong, where the edge of the mini pancake is crispy and crunchy to bite into, but the batter in the middle is still soft, sweet and dewy. But the ones in Hong Kong are more like round like little balls, I have never seen the fish shaped pancakes until now. And of course, I’m hungry just looking at them… anyone else craving to have a bite of a fish shaped pancake, like I am now?

If you want try making your own at home, you can buy a Taiyaki maker here.*

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Awesome DIY inspiration: A light up fairy garden tulle maxi dress – DIY light up dress tutorial

Awesome DIY inspiration - a light up fairy garden dress tutorial! #product_design #design_inspiration

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Oh my goodness – would you feast your eyes on this amazing DIY project made by super talented teen Angela Clayton? It’s a light up fairy garden tulle maxi dress with real LED lights inside! Amazing! In fact, Angela has made an entire tutorial of her design and work so that you can also make your own DIY light up dress. Read about it on her blog here.

In part two of the DIY tutorial, Angela shows how she made a bodice to complete the dress.

Awesome DIY inspiration - a light up fairy garden dress tutorial! #product_design #design_inspiration

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Don’t you agree that this project looks incredible? I want a light-up dress now, too!

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Awesome Products: Post It Note Pillow

Yellow Post It Note pillow - write and erase all you want on this cushion! Clever! #product_design

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This yellow “Note Me” Post It Note pillow is a fun way to get someone’s attention with a personal message! You can write and erase all you want! What an awesome home decor idea that can change with your style. You can write messages, reminders, love letters or your favorite quotes onto it. Very clever. Want one for yourself? You can get it here!

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Awesome Products: Copco Bag Cap keeps your packaged foods fresh

Copco Bag Cap - Seals in the freshness of bagged foods without removing the item from the original packaging. Genius! #product_design

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The Copco Bag Cap seals in the freshness of bagged foods without removing the item from the original packaging. Absolute genius! I could use a few of these in my pantry. It’s basically a lid that you affix to the top of chip or crisp packets, sugar bags, snack packets, or any kind of packaging to keep the contents fresh and easy to dispense without having to transfer your food to another container. I’m impressed by the smart design, and have even seen the variation of a coffee bag cap with scoop available on Amazon as well as the small and medium sized bag caps.

Have you discovered any awesome products lately?

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Awesome Products: Incredible 2-in-1 fish tank dog house

Custom 2-in-1 fish tank / dog kennel - incredible! #product_design

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This custom 2-in-1 fish tank / dog kennel is simply insane! Apparently, the story goes that the photographer went to their local vet clinic to drop off their dog for surgery and was surprised to see this awesome fish tank dog house. This is a great example of the designer combining two unrelated products in an unexpected way to create something new and eye opening. Nailed it!

Have you seen any pet products lately that have blown your mind?

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Awesome Products: A stair slide that converts your staircase into a slippery dip

Need this in my house! A stair slide that converts your staircase into a slippery dip! #product_design

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There are awesome products and there are AWESOME products. This stair slide is definitely the latter.

According to Quirky, the online community that helps get inventor ideas off the ground and into production, the SlideRider can turn almost any staircase into a slide! Simply unfold the padded base to cover your stairs, assemble the safety bumpers, and away you go! SlideRider features a weighted top and grippy bottom to keep everything securely in place and a cushioned bottom pad for a soft landing. When you’re done, fold it up with the included storage strap, and tuck it away for the next rainy day.

Features:
– Built-in handles make it easy to carry
– Safety bumpers fold out and velcro securely into place
– Weighted top acts as an anchor to keep slide in place
– Anti-slip rubber grip
– Soft foam pad for a safe and cushioned landing
– Slide folds up into base and is held in place with a storage strap

Materials:
– Foam
– Rubber
– Vinyl

You know that an idea has truly captured the public’s imagination when it has gotten viral coverage from the likes of the Daily Mail, Boing Boing, Cnet, Gizmodo, Incredible Things, The Awesomer, and BuzzFeed. I think what is most appealing about this idea is that it directly targets people’s sense of childhood nostalgia. Even though the expected customer might be children, the reality is that the people handing over the money would be adults wishing they were children again.

Sadly, this amazing invention is not in production yet. The SlideRider is still at the prototype stage. You can follow along with the product development process here.

In all seriousness, my guess is that this stair slide would be fairly expensive to produce since it is such a bulky item, and like any product aimed at children such as trampolines and swing sets, there are quite some safety issues to be raised. Snap – back to reality in the world of product design. Regardless, I want this stair slide at my house!

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