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Harry Potter fan Meredith McCardle had a brilliant idea for decorating a wall in her home.

Did I mention that she’s an author? Because that fact begins to put this project into perspective.

Using a projector she borrowed from an elementary school, McCardle traced the first page of Harry Potter on her wall then painted each letter with a high quality paint so she wouldn’t have to do a second coat.

Simple. Genius. I love everything about this idea.

Check out more pics below.

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We’ve seen Death Star fire pits before. The idea appears to have originated with the folks behind KGFirePits on Etsy. You can purchase the original design there, but the version pictured here was produced by a high school welding class—and it has an awesome, upgraded look.

I once made a toolbox in high school…and a plaque. Clearly I attended the wrong class, in the wrong school, in the wrong decade.

To further stoke the fires of my jealousy, this project was auctioned off and the winner GAVE it to Redditor alphacodemonkey as a gift.

Nope, didn’t sell it for thousands of dollars—just GAVE IT AWAY. It’s like “Hey, you want a Death Star fire pit? I don’t have room for this in my backyard. I need to make room for a boring patio set.”

Sigh.

Anyway, check out more pictures of this glorious creation spewing flames in the gallery below.

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If you liked the N64 coffee table, this project will be right up your alley.

Designed and built by Redditor Edgemeredrive, this GameCube logo shelf measures 35″ x 35″ (roughly 3ft each side) and holds about 180 games. The center cube even comes out, revealing a space to set up your favorite Nintendo console. Or, y’know, some other system.

Check out some more photos of the spectacular build below.

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Will Sweatman boasts that his Pip Boy 3000 build is “the most advanced on planet Earth”, and he’s added the features to back it up. The fully-functioning touch screen comes with plenty of things to do, but what really makes this build special is the (mostly) practical tools that have been added.

Inside the body (based on a 3D printed design by YTE3CD) there’s a flashlight, a GPS module, a music player, a temperature sensor, a barometer and even a TV-B-Gone.

Check out the videos below to see how it works.

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Prepare your little one for future battles with this 3D printed baby rattler sword. Matthew from Targ’s Workshop created it so that his 8-month-old son would learn to crush his enemies and become a warrior for the ages.

He used a Lulzbot Taz 5 FDM printer to create the sword, and he filled the hollow interior with small plastic peas during printing (so there’s no need to worry about them getting out). Plus, the toy is light with well-rounded edges (though it’s best if baby uses this toy with adult supervision).

Honestly, I kind of want a rattle sword of mine own now!

Check out the build video below.

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A Star Wars superfan built his very own AT-ST – those mini-walkers seen on the forests of Endor in Return of the Jedi – in his backyard. This isn’t the first time we’ve seen a build like this, but it’s by far the best.

The walker was spotted by a “Mr. Kernish” who noticed it in the distance when he was doing some work nearby. He took photos then followed up with video showing off the thing. The person who built it prefers not to be named, but it’s a surprisingly robust build, complete with moving turrets, sound effects and a remarkably detailed interior.

So, let’s put all of this into perspective. Apparently, some anonymous genius decided to build a stunning, life-size AT-ST in his backyard, and never planned to tell the Internet about it. He did it solely for his own amusement. Hard to believe in this day and age.

Check out the original photos and the follow-up videos below.

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Joe_Tutorials has posted a video that teaches you how to fold a piece of paper into a teeny-tiny little X-Wing, which may appeal if you’re the sort of person who likes folding pieces of paper so that they resemble other things. Or if you’re a Replicant.

See Also: Learn How To Make An Origami Darth Vader [Video]

Check out the demonstration video below.

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Sad about saying goodbye to the Mythbusters? Cheer up! Just because the show is over doesn’t mean that we won’t continue to see Adam Savage make awesome stuff.

In this video, Savage shows us how he made his own prop-version of Hellboy’s sword from the comics in one day. I happen to prefer Hellboy’s Good Samaritan (Savage also has a screen-used version of that), but the sword is pretty darn cool too.

See it come together in the video below.

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Sean Charlesworth created this spectacular ghost trap replica using a mix of original parts and 3D-printed pieces. When the trap’s pedal is activated, the trap lights up and emits sounds and smoke. The following video from Tested highlights how Charlesworth built this stellar prop and, needless to say, it’s a lot more complex than this simple DIY cardboard version.

Check out the video below.

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Origami expert Tadashi Mori made the above pint-sized Sith Lord, and he also posted a great how-to video that walks you through the entire process. You’ll have your very own tiny lightsaber-wielding villain in no time!

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