All those easy mix cake boxes got you down? Sick of dealing with cake pans and ovens? Try this easy to make cake-in-a-cup consisting of hot chocolate mix, flour, an egg, some oil and cooking spray, and a bit of microwave magic. Taste tests over at Lifehacker leave a bit to be desired, but as they say "even the worst chocolate cake is better than no chocolate cake." If you give this one a try, sound of in the comments and let us know how it went!
This gift box will set you back exactly $2 (hey, no tax!) and can hold just about anything you can find in one of those quarter vending machine eggs. You can really up the ante by using a couple Jacksons and filling the box with something from the jewelry counter instead of a vending machine. Whatever you do, be sure to leave your next restaurant tip in a little paper money coffin. [via]
It's not important how tall you are, it's important how you compare to famous celebrities. Nothing makes you feel better than knowing your taller than Tom Cruise, and could therefore probably beat him in a fight. The folks over at whotallyouare.com have printable charts featuring the names of celebrities and their heights. This is an excellently fun activity and conversation piece! [via]
This paperclip device stand isn't just great for iPhones and iPods, it's pretty stellar for almost any small electronic gizmo. A creative set of "blueprints" help you make all the right bends so your stand comes out uniform and actually kinda professional looking. We think Apple should start including these instructions with every iPaperClip. [Thanks, Dan]
These are rough times for some of us, and it's hitting us where it hurts: our pocket books. This is the time when DIY projects become more about having what you want (or need), but not spending like there's no tomorrow to get it. This project is no exception - you too can have your very own really expensive Canon 1D made out of balsa wood. Have the camera of your dreams on the budget of your nightmares. [via] [Thanks, Brikon]
Much like our famous Mosquito Trap, this fruit fly trap uses a reverse cone to filter critters into their untimely demise while relying on their stupidity to not fly right back out the hole. Maybe we're just breeding super-smart funnel-escaping fruit flies or maybe we're doing the world and our fruit baskets a favor. This trap uses Apple Cider Vinegar as its attractor and also recommend the use of a banana (if you can stand the stench).
This site claims to show you how to make deliciously gruesome mad scientist jars to help set the ambiance for your All Hallow's Eve festivities. We say why not make these a year round statement? Each of these bottles can be made for just a few bucks so the freakiness to dollar ratio is really in your favor here. [Thanks, Dan]
If there's one thing we love here at DIY:happy HQ, it's fun and original papercraft projects. If there's two things we love, it would be all night mexican food places. Any-who, here are some awesome papercraft disaster dioramas sure to show your dark side. We've got a sinking Titanic and a burning Hindenburg, perfect mobiles for your cubicle to show your co-worker what happens when people mess with you. [via]
Evil Mad Scientist has posted a guide on how to reupholster a chair with used denim. So if you've got an old chair and an old pair of Jeans you'd still like to caress your bum, so to speak, this is the project for you.
Besides showing how to use denim for your reupholstery project, this guide could serve as a basic set of instructions allowing you to use any material as a seat cover replacement.