Most Popular DIY Projects Of 2016

Whether you're building your own computer or making repairs on your house, the do it yourself attitude is always prevalent here at Lifehacker. Here are the best DIY guides, projects and ideas we posted in 2016.

Build a Magic Mirror with a Raspberry Pi and an Old Monitor

One of the trademark devices in nearly every Hollywood blockbuster version of the future is a smart mirror that shows off a daily schedule, clock, weather and other important updates. Blogger Dylan Pierce built his own powered by a Raspberry Pi.

How to Turn Your Bike Into a Pokemon GO Machine

Pokemon GO is great for adventures on your feet, but just like the original Game Boy games, having a bike makes everything better. You travel faster, you can carry more stuff and it's a load of fun. Here's how I built the ultimate PokeBike, and how you can build your own.

Top 10 DIY Projects That Will Teach You A Ton About Tech

DIY isn't always the easiest way to do something, but it's usually the most informative and educational one. This week, let's check out some great DIY tech projects that will teach you a ton about the tools you probably use every day -- and protect your privacy and give you control over your own data in the process

Spiral-Cut Pool Noodles Make Great All-Purpose Cushions

Have some extra pool noodles around? This video is chock-full of great pool noodle tricks, including a way to spiral-cut them into padding you can wrap around almost anything.

Top 10 Ways to Breathe New Life Into an Old Gaming Console

If you've been playing video games for any amount of time, odds are pretty high you have at least one console in your entertainment centre doing nothing, and that sucks. Don't let your old friend sit there and collect a gross film of dust and grime, give it a new life -- or find someone who will. Here's how.

Affordable Home Improvements Can Make Your Home More Liveable

You don't have to spend a lot of money upgrading your home. If you have $1500 -- or even less -- you can revamp your home to make it more aesthetically pleasing and more functional.

Build a Smart Calendar and Notification Centre for Family Agendas with a Raspberry Pi

We've seen a Raspberry Pi combined with a cheap LCD screen to create a smart calendar before, but Instructables user ozua takes it a step further with a family agenda, weather forecasts, local events and even live transport info.

How to Build Your Own Amazon Echo with a Raspberry Pi

The Amazon Echo is useful to have around the home. It can play podcasts, take reminders and notes, tell you the length of your commute, even control other appliances in your house. But it's unavailable in Australia, and importing it is an expensive proposition if you're not sure you'll use it. Good news though, you can make a fully-functional one using a Raspberry Pi.

Six Expensive Home Repairs You Can Avoid With a Little Maintenance

The cost of owning a home goes well beyond the price you paid for the house itself. When something breaks, you have to fix it, and those repairs can be costly. You can't foresee or avoid every home repair, but some regular maintenance can save you hundreds -- maybe thousands -- on some of these big ones.

Organise Cables with a Zip Tie Weave

Weave zip ties around a group of cables to keep them organised and neat.

Top 10 Easy DIY Projects to Upgrade Your Bathroom

The bathroom: It might not be your favourite room in your home, but it sure is an important one. Use your DIY skills to boost the organisation and functionality of your bathroom, updating it on the cheap. Here are 10 suggested projects almost anyone can do.

The Complete Guide To Setting Up Your Raspberry Pi

So, you finally picked up a Raspberry Pi and it's sitting on your desk, waiting for you to do something awesome with it. Good news, setting it up is stupid-easy these days, and in less than 30 minutes, you'll be hacking away on your tiny little cheap-as-chips computer.

Build Your Own Mini NES With a Raspberry Pi and This 3D Printed Case

Nintendo's new Mini NES is a cool, tiny little Nintendo console that's on its way in November, but you don't have to wait that long to get one for yourself. With a 3D printed case and a Raspberry Pi, you can easily make your own.


That's it! You should have plenty of ideas for DIY projects of your own at this point, whether it's building your own super mirror with a Raspberry Pi or converting your bathroom into a palace. Regardless of your needs, there's always a way to do it yourself and the internet's packed with fresh ideas for doing so.

Of course, we've been in the DIY game for a long time, so if the list above doesn't have what you need, take a look at our most popular DIY projects from 2015, 2011 and 2010.


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