12 DIY Raspberry Pi Projects That Are Worth Building

12 DIY Raspberry Pi Projects That Are Worth Building

There’s no end to the purposes you can put a Raspberry Pi to. Here are 12 of our favourite DIY projects for the popular and tiny computer.

If you’ve got a few spare weekends up your sleeve, tackling these 12 fun projects is a great way to spend them. If you don’t own a Raspberry Pi and are keen to buy a kit, head to the bottom of the article for a link to the online store.

Build A Weather Station

Using a Raspberry Pi to power a weather station is one of the most popular projects out there, but Make tossed in a few extra details, including a handy display that shows how the weather’s changed.

Build A Dash Cam With Live Streaming Capabilities

Build Your Own Dash Cam With Live Streaming Capabilities Using a Raspberry Pi

We’ve seen a Raspberry Pi used as a dash cam before, but over on PubNub they took the same concept, but also have a live-streaming capability provided you can set up a hot spot on your smartphone.

Build Your Own Smartphone

You’ve got to temper your expectations here. Or to put it another way, you’re not going to be building a Samsung Galaxy S6 out of your Pi. But it can be done if you’re keen.

Build A MIDI Sampler

Build A Smartphone-Connected Door Lock

Build A GoPro

Build Your Own Raspberry Pi-Powered GoPro Style Action Camera

Build A Wi-Fi Drone Disabler

Build Your Own Wi-Fi Drone Disabler With a Raspberry Pi

Build A Network Analyser Tool

Build A Picture Frame That Automatically Rotates To Match Photo Orientations

Build A VPN Router

Use a Raspberry Pi as a Tor/VPN Router for Anonymous Browsing

Tor proxypersonal VPN

Build An Animated GIF Camera

Build A Talking Radio

If This Then That

Don’t have a Raspberry Pi? You can buy the Raspberry Pi 3 in Australia from RS Components. Click here for details.


  • This article is based on very old information. The tech I see moving so fast that articles like this could be useful if they’ve were based on information that was, at most, 6 months old (instead of 2 years).

  • Having just jumped into Pi, the projects listed here are pretty lackluster. My top 3 would be:

    1. Arcade game system
    2. Ad blocker (pi hole)
    3. Security camera with notifications

    • The Arcade Pi usually tops every “Best Pi Projects” list, so its a surprise that its not even mentioned in some aspect.

      Security cameras appear fairly regularly as well, so ditto.

      Not sure on the ad blocker, though it seems like a nice choice. But that’s one of the benefits of the Pi. It can be used to do so much.

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