Most Popular DIY Projects Of 2011

2011 proved to be a great year for all things DIY, from repurposed and updated technology to computer building to cool things you can make for your own enjoyment. Here’s a look back at our most popular do-it-yourself projects and posts this year.

Top 10 Ways To Turn Your Retired Gadgetry Into The Technology of the Future

With the rapid progression of technology each year, it’s easy to accumulate a pile of obsolete gadgets that you just can’t bear to get rid of. So don’t! Here are our top 10 ways you can take the retired gadgets you’ve already got and turn them into something that has a solid place in the future. More »

Top 10 DIY Space-Saving Household Projects

Whether you live in a tiny apartment or just have too much stuff, there’s likely a lot of space you aren’t using, like your walls, your ceilings, or the nooks and crannies in your furniture. More »

How to Build A Hackintosh Mini For A Less Expensive, Faster Mac

We’ve shown you how to build a Hackintosh with enough power to rival a Mac Pro, but for those of you who want a still powerful Mac on a budget you can build a Hack Mini. Here’s how. More »

Turn Photo Negatives Into Artsy, Personalised Lamps

For less than $US10 you can make a one-of-a-kind lamp that commemorates your personal history or other past events. Creative lighting aside, this quick project also finally finds a use for those old 35mm negatives you have lying around. More »

Silence Noisy Neighbours By Transmitting Your Music To Their Speakers

If you have a neighbour that’s playing their music too loudly, you can get them back by hijacking their speakers with a little DIY project. More »

Top 10 Repair Projects You Should Never Pay For

Things break down, whether due to accidents, negligence, or just plain wear and tear. Instead of shelling out for an expensive repair or replacement, though, you can often fix the problem yourself for much less. More »

DIY Portable Shower Keeps You Clean Without Running Water Necessary

If you need a small pick me up in the middle of the day but don’t have an actual shower available, this frozen “shower to go” can get off some of the day’s grime. More »

The Complete Guide to Building a Hackintosh [OS X 10.7.2 UniBeast]

Building a hackintosh-that is, installing Mac OS X on non-Apple hardware-used to require extremely restricted hardware choices and quite a bit of know-how. More »

Turn a Pair of $US30 Headphones into a $US300 Pair

If you want high-quality music but don’t feel like shelling out hundreds of dollars for a decent pair of headphones, blogger Stacy D shows us how to turn a cheap pair of knock-offs into a legit set of audiophile headphones. More »

How to Build a Car Mount For Your Phone From Office Supplies

Reader Ryan Mottau built this awesome DIY smartphone car mount using our favourite DIY wonder-tool, the binder clip. Here’s how he did it. More »

Top 10 Rule-Breaking Projects, Upgrades, And Solutions That Outdo Off-The-Shelf Products

While there are plenty of great products on the market, buying what’s available to you means playing by the rules of the manufacturers. Sometimes the only way to get the product or service you’re after is to create it yourself. More »

Turn An Old Computer Into A Networked Backup, Streaming Or Torrenting Machine With FreeNAS

At its most basic, Network attached storage, or NAS, is a great way to share files on your local network. But it’s also a perfect solution for backing up your computers, streaming media across your home network, or even torrenting files to a central server. If you have an ageing computer lying around, you can turn it into a NAS for for free with the open-source FreeNAS operating system. Here’s how. More »

Hack Bluetooth Into Your Old Car Stereo For Wireless Audio Streaming

If you’re still cruising around in a car with an old stereo, that doesn’t mean you’re stuck with old technology. Blogger and DIYer Kevin Roof dreamt of the ability to wirelessly stream his music library to his deck, so he hacked in stereo Bluetooth support. More »

There you have it. It’s been a great year for DIY projects, and it looks like you like your top tens and Hackintoshes this time around. Whether your favourite of the year made the list or not, we’d love to hear about the DIY project you loved most in the comments. Here’s to a great 2011, makers!

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