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I have a tape measure that only cost a few bucks. It works fine. So why in the hell do I want a tape measure that costs $25? R2-D2—that’s why. Same reason I wanted this R2-D2 screwdriver set (at least that’s on sale for $9.99 at the moment). It’s a sickness.

Star Wars R2-D2 Tape Measure ($24.99)

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A creative DIYer known as “Makendo” has combined a visualization of a black hole’s warping effect on space and time with a place to set your coffee, feet or oversized picture books.

See Also: This 3D Periodic Table Lamp Is One Hell Of A Conversation Piece

Needless to say, this table will wow guests even as it sucks them into another universe. The decor features a circular glass top and a black acrylic rib and ring structure that plunges downward into a central hole containing an infinity mirror illuminated by LEDs. Check out additional pics below. [click to continue…]

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Just look at this gorgeous periodic table lamp! So colorful. So sciencey. It’s even up to date! Instructables user makendo notes:

“This instructable documents my efforts to reimagine a 3D periodic table of the elements, using modern making methods. It’s based on the structure of a chiral nanotube, and is made from a 3D printed lattice, laser cut acrylic, a lazy susan bearing, 118 sample vials and a cylindrical lamp.”

Check out more pics below. [click to continue…]

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You know those D20 string lights we featured over the weekend? These dragon ornaments from Etsy seller Aelia Petro would be a perfect match…if she had them in stock. Hopefully she will replenish them sometime soon because I’m fully committed to doing a fantasy-themed tree next year.

Check out more designs below. [click to continue…]

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Some Harry Potter fans like to decorate their Christmas trees with a couple of Potter-themed ornaments—but not Kathryn Burnett. This superfan created an entire Harry Potter-themed tree, complete with a sorting hat on top. This is the second time that Kathryn’s decorated a tree like this. I wonder how she’s going to top it next year?

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For a feline buddy named Dinni, Prefabcat designed and built this cardboard tower dubbed the “Cat Ark”.

The project involved the use of heavy duty cardboard, a hot glue gun, and bread and craft knives. The result boasts ramps, pull-out stepping shelves, windows and a monster head balcony.

The video below confirms that Dinni is using the new structure, though he is probably perturbed that his ark can’t sail away on adventures. [click to continue…]

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Crispin Young Wilson describes herself as a “part time artist, full-time computer healer”. Personally, I think she should add “magician” to her resume.

See, Crispin paints invisible murals. Really, really, really cool ones based on the night sky.

Over the weekend, Crispin painted a bedroom for her friend’s son. Apparently, the kid had a hard time adjusting to his new room, so his dad hoped the mural would make him feel more comfortable. Of course, when he first went into the room, he had no idea there was a mural.

Then his dad turned off the lights.

Crispin recounted the story (which is adorable) on Twitter so I went and tucked her tweets about it below. [click to continue…]

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A few friends got together for some beers, and by the end of the night they had come up with a concept for a Hipster Nativity Set. Hey, these things happen.

Unlike most drunken brainstorms, they actually followed through on the idea and formed the company Modern Nativity. Apparently, a nativity in 2016 would involve Segways, Amazon Prime, lattes, and selfies with the baby Jesus. It’s sacrihilarious—which is why they are selling over 500 sets a day at $130 a pop. Best get yours while you still can.

Check out more pics and a video below. [click to continue…]

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Given the loss of Alan Rickman this year, I don’t know if I could handle this decorative Snape’s Patronus lamp. I mean, I would rather not get choked up every time I entered a room. The Triwizard Cup lamp is more my speed right now. Check out more pics below. [click to continue…]

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If Tim Burton were to ask me where he could get some awesome custom furniture, I would say “check out Rebecca DeGroot“.

Or maybe this guy.

She tells Make:

“I don’t like spiders, but I’m intrigued by the way they move and I’m constantly analyzing the mechanics of creatures.”

Indeed, much of her extraordinary work appears to be inspired by insects, and I’m just blown away by the forms she’s able to create. Check out more of her work below. [click to continue…]