Any Good and Cheap Materials Out There?

I am looking for a cheap material for my projects that durable, strong, and with a nice texture. However, I cannot really find one. I thought about wood, but whenever I tried to sand/smooth it out, it never turn out right. I though about plastic (as in 3D printing), but I can't really afford a printer with my budget and since I am bound to make mistakes, I don't think 3D printing services would be good either.   What would be a good material to use that is cheap, durable, and has premium feel to it? 

Posted by Brinith 5 years ago  |  last reply 5 years ago

quick / cheap fix for parquet floor ?

Hello all, The plastik-ish thing that covers my parquet floor is peeling off. Is there a cheap and easy way to repair that? It doesn't have to be perfect, it just needs to look decent. Some spray perhaps? Something safe for a baby too. Some liquid that you apply with a mop? I've been "googling" but of course all that comes up is advertisement and PR. Even the DIY advices are like "you need to sand and you need to rent this machine ..." Simpler is better. Thanks! J.

Posted by jbar 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago

mobile battery in cheap mp3 player

Help me i hv a cheap mp3 player which is not charging now...and i cant find its battery replacement in market... so i am thinking of attaching a mobile's battery(nokia bl-5b which i hv 3 in spare) to the mp3 player as power source ... my question is will it work since both battery gives output of 3.7v ??? and will it give longer playing time my... mp3 player was previously giving me roughly 1 hour of play time with that tiny 3.7v battery... ???

Posted by D3zire 5 years ago  |  last reply 4 years ago

Does anyone have great, very cheap, crafts they would like to share?

I am quite young, and I like to craft, but we are on a VERY tight budget. I also don't know much about electrical systems, physics, ect. I need some very cheap crafts that will last.     **Edit: I am not on a very tight budget anymore and I have more electrical knowledge. I can do simple circuits, and I am learning more. I also lost interest in things like cardboard crafts and what not.                             

Asked by ThatCatMan 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago

where can i find LEDs around the house?

Im too lazy and cheap to go buy some, any ideas where i could get some from around the house?

Asked by fatfoohy 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


Any outdoors supplies that can be made for under $10.00 are welcome

Posted by shooter129 11 years ago  |  last reply 11 years ago

Tesla Coils

Is there an easer way to make a homemade Teslacoil? Thanks

Posted by spc301 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago

where to buy low cost Nespresso capsules on Line?

Asked by karinniki 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago

I need something that fits the discription!

Please upload a project suitable to this group!

Posted by maeve 11 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago

Cheap Eyeglasses - No, it isn't SPAM

Ok, first off, this isn't SPAM - I'm not advertising, just trying to figure something out about this company.Zenni OpticalThey sell glasses starting from $8! Glasses from a local glasses retailer cost around $120, at least! How can they afford to go down that low, compared to other stores? Is it their method of production, like they use different, cheaper materials? I've order 2 pairs off of their site, one regular, one sunglasses. I'll be awaiting the results. Still, it's crazy how low they can go, or how overpriced local stores are.

Posted by Bran 11 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago

cheap LED sources

Hey everybody, I've been looking for a good source for cheap LEDs for a project I'm working on. I want to replace 14 different 60W halogen bulbs with home-built LED lights. The reason for home-built is that the halogens burn out like crazy, but the light fixture looks nice, and isn't going to be replaced. The halogens put out an estimated 500-700 lumens (from the google research I did)So.... I'm looking for the best deal for white leds per lumen. the best deal I've found so far is: .021cents/lumen from the brightness calculator considering the quantity I want.... there's not even enough room to fit those LEDs on the fixture (due to the large case size)or if I buy 1000 of them (about the quantity I'm looking for) I'd be getting a slightly better deal, but still coming in at $120, not to mention they still don't fit. The physical space for the leds is a cylinder with a diameter of about 30mm and a height of about 70mm. Any Ideas/suggestions for cheap white LEDs?Thanks!-Zaen

Posted by Zaen 10 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


Hi folks,   Anybody know the cheapest tool kit electronics work for mobile & circuit design kit making.

Posted by rampro 2 years ago  |  last reply 2 years ago

What is the cheapest and best electronics store? Answered

I need some parts for a project. Where is the best place to buy them?

Asked by wildanddangerous 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago

What can I make out of Epson stylus 800 inkjet printer?


Asked by app0 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago

What is the cheapest, most powerful green laser on the net? Answered

And by most powerful, I mean longest range. And under $100?

Asked by 007dna 9 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago

Arduino clone

I'm looking for a cheap arduino clone. I've been looking at uduino, but it looks a lot different then all the other arduino clones. It has next to no components, and I'm not sure if its good for me as I have almost no programming skills ( I programmed a bit for my psp). What's the cheapest? So far the cheapest I found is boarduino for 15 dollars and a programming cable for 20 dollars. If someone can explain uduino a bit better I might try that

Posted by guyfrom7up 11 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago

flimsy furniture

My little sister bought the worst/cheapest book case from target. its flimsy the bottom piece was warped, and i had to replace one of the piece of crap plastic pieces that hold the thing together with wood glue, a drill, and a long screw (this piece in fact ended up swaying back and forth less than the rest of the book case) so what I'm interest ed in is ways to reinforce and boost up the quality of the book cases and $30 furniture for as cheap as possible. any one got any thing?

Posted by clasic_traveller_diehard 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago

household bottles to hold gasoline? Answered

I need a sealable bottole that i kind find around my house,water bottle,detergent bottle,etc that can safely hold gas for about a day

Asked by mman1506 9 years ago  |  last reply 5 months ago

Local text only chat room for under 100$: This may be a little insane

I am looking to create a local text only chatroom as a gallery installation for a sculpture class. In the most basic terms I want 4 text output displays and 4 text inputs to be connected through a cheap computer allowing people to carry on a simple conversation locally. As this makes absolutely no sense and has no practical applications it is difficult to find similar projects. Oh and because it just seemed too easy to wire some laptops together I am trying to do this for around 100$  There are Three basic problems I need to solve: Output:  So far my best idea is to use a monochrome lcd such as this: and soup up/ replace the back-light and create and old school overhead projector.  Input: burner cell phone keyboards? cheap keyboards from goodwill? Alternatives?  Make them work together: some unholy union of breadboards arduino and raspberry pi So basically this is barely possible if at all, and I am amateur at best in the hardware department (although I have a CS degree in a couple months) Any help from the seasoned veterans of this community would be greatly appreciated. (and I mean anything like if you have a favorite cheap keyboard or lcd that would be an immense help)  

Posted by mallen26 6 years ago  |  last reply 5 years ago


Hey, i remember a comment somewhere that said you can find chinese green fuse for 8$ a roll, but i do not recall what ible the comment was on neither do i recall the website. can someone tell me what website it from?

Posted by PyroManiac96 10 years ago

What is the cheapest way to make plasma? Answered

I want to be able to shoot plasma out of a coilgun, but I want to know the cheapest way to generate it and other factors involved in doing this ( I.E. would it melt my gun and how to prevent this.). Any relevant information is welcomed.  

Asked by StartedBullet 7 years ago  |  last reply 2 years ago

How do I make an inexpensive solar panel for a high school science project?

Hello. i am a sophomore and for my chemistry class, i have to do a science project. i was thinking about making an inexpensive solar panel, but i have no clue how to build it.

Asked by queeniebean 9 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago

where can i find instructions on building a working hoverboard?

I dont mean a hovercraft, i mean a skateboard-like thing that actually hovers above the ground. i dont have a lot of money..... so i cant make one that is like a hundred bucks. i would also like for it to be simple and easy and compact.

Asked by chucytbear 9 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago

Where could one acquire a small O2 gas cylinder? Answered

Where could I go to get small O2 tanks without much expense for individuals without health issues or special licenses of any sort? I DO NOT need anything of a specfic grade as this is for combustion. I wont be breathing this (at least not on purpose) I want is the small medical sized bottles

Asked by The Ideanator 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago

does this cnc router look any good? Answered

I was hunting around for a low cost cnc router, and came across this: I think that looks like quite a good price for a basic machine, but I thought it best to ask for a second opinion from people who know what they're talking about. If you think it looks rubbish, can you recommend any alternatives for a similar price?

Asked by scarabeetle101 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago

Cheap Pcb? Answered

Is it possible to create a pcb with cheap common household items and if true what can i use? I already have blank pcb but i was wonder can i substitute the etcher and acetone with other materials. 

Asked by Kante Tech 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago

looking for a laptop...

Im looking for a laptop, not just good but fast, alot of GB space, up to date (obviously), easy to use, not an apple laptop, i might download games but not many, need to be able to connect usb cables and memory cards, easy enough to move it around but not light, weight doesnt matter too much but nothing light weight that can easily break but will use it mostly for facebook, email, possibly webcam... most likely not though, writing documents, obviously need wifi (but i assume all laptops come with the ability for wifi) so... anybody know of any good laptops with most or all i want? and please dont be rude

Asked by saiyankev 5 years ago  |  last reply 5 years ago

I am selling my knex.

I have put my knex up for sale on Ebay because I no longer use it. It is very good condition as I have sorted it over the period of about 4 days. I have taken great care to remove all broken/non-Knex pieces from it. It also comes from a non smoking home. There is enough knex there to build I_Am_Canadian's Heavy Cannon V1 as I have done so before. It was awesome.;=item337098e0cd#ht_500wt_1413

Posted by Millawi Legend 7 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago

Machine Age Satallite compact flash player

Hello everyone I am presently building a Machine Age Satallite for our Rocket Room exhibit. I want to put at least ten different sound files into it as an added feature. I have several files on a compact flash card--Morse Code, space sounds, etc.. What I would like is a simple programmable player that I can loop and will start playing when the power in the room comes on in the morning. The satallite will be mounted up high so a remote to change the file playing would be nice. I have found kits online that cost about 80 dollars. The price is not to bad but I wanted to know if there was a more clever way of accomplishing this. Thank You Parker

Posted by Montrose 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago

What can I do to save money while building a PC? Answered

I am a bit of a gamer and I love my xbox 360 but people keep telling me that PC gaming is a million times better. I have bought PC games before and i have a small collection of games from my childhood including worms fortress, thief one and two and Diablo one and two with expansion packs. I have very little income, but I do plan on getting a job soon and saving some money and one of the things I would like to do is build a custom PC so that I can play my games. I dont need the best stuff, just good enough to play old games as I'm not going to pay over $50 for a game. I have never built a PC before and I know very little about hardware, but I have a friend that can help. So does anyone have any ideas on how to cut corners while building this? I would also like to build a case for it so any gaming case ideas will also help. P.S. I'm in South Australia, so I may not have access to some stuff.

Asked by Splicer02 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago

what the cheapes place and wood to buy

I need help finding a place to buy woods at and the cheapes kind of wood that is medium size like

Posted by josefu0 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago

How can I find cheap electric motors?

For an upcoming project(lathe) I need a 1/4 or 1/3 hp motor around 2000 rpm. Are there any tricks to getting them for cheap. The cheapest one Ive seen is 84 bucks.. 

Asked by imthatguy1125 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago

Links to cheap jewelry webshops???

Please, send me weblinks to cheap webshops for jewelry. I really love making my own jewelry but I can't find any cheap stores. By sending the links, you actually support me in making more jewelry instructables :) An example of a necklace I have made:

Posted by emilyvanleemput 6 years ago  |  last reply 4 years ago

Where in Canada can I get a lot of bolts cheap?

Hi, I need a bunch of 1/4 x 2 inch bolts (30 plus) for a project, but I have no idea where to get them cheap. Anyone know any places online or stores with really cheap bolts? 

Posted by M3G 5 years ago  |  last reply 5 years ago

Cheap ways to be able to record guitar/bass on a computer? Answered

My band is just starting out and we are looking for cheap ways to record. I am not looking into investing in an audio interface or an extremely expensive microphone at this point. I am wondering if it would be possible to make a ¼" jack to USB cable or a ¼" jack to headphone cable or something like that so that we would be able to plug our instruments directly into my computer (MacBook V 10.6.8) to record and edit with Garageband. Thanks! -Tqwerty

Asked by tqwerty 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago

how to make a powerful, cheap, pocket-sized EMP device?

I am looking for a pocket sized device that is powerful and cheap (50-75$)

Asked by rene02 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago

A cheap gas turbine jet engine.

Where can I find a cheap priced rc or small gas turbine jet engine?

Posted by koolsk8ter111 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago

How do I make cheap rotary evaporator?

Asked by polypeo 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago

Is there a cheap way to make my own vinyl records?

Is there a cheap way to make my own vinyl records? Like, not just copy records, make new ones from computer recordings?

Asked by Eric95 9 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago

Where can i get an oscillator for cheap or salvage?

Anything that would work for this instructable:

Asked by XOIIO 9 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago

Cheap/ easy way to make cloroform/ buy cloroform?

Don't ask why, I want to experiment with it, an a few other thins. I would also like measurements of clooform and their effects. ( eg. unconsiosness, dissynes... )

Asked by XOIIO 9 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago

how to make cheap guitar hero drums (wii)? Answered

Well, here in holland these drums cost about €119 (more than $150) and i was wondering if there was a way of making these completely myself. not only the drum pads, but also the software, electronics and all that. can it be done/is it already done? and if yes, how/by who?

Asked by godofal 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago

How can I make a cheap spring reverb? Answered

I have seen online how to make the $2 one, but I was thinking one that is like in cigar box with power supply and stuff like that, a little better sound, with a microphone too, because I want to use for my tin whistle. Thanks

Asked by eduardoh 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago

Any way to make a cheap bike easier to ride?

So i got a bike when i was littler, and it was just a $25 cheapie bike from Walmart. Well I didn't like riding bikes much, and it was left to stay in the garage forever. Until recently. I've started getting back into riding my bike, and i'm wanting to use it to ride around town. However, this bike, being cheap, is hard to ride. Probably harder than it would be if I got a full-price one. However, being 17 and only being able to get part-time jobs, I certainly don't have the money for a full-price one yet. Is there anything I can do to this bike to make it easier to ride, or more efficient? Thanks!

Posted by SneaselKat 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago

A cheap, easy, and small device to play one song?

For my friend's late birthday present (or rather unbirthday present) I want to make her a bouquet of Alice in Wonderland-inspired flowers in a little vase, so it would be super cool if I could find a way to make something or buy something relatively small that will play "All in a Golden Afternoon" from the Disney film. Does anyone at all know how I could pull that off? It just needs to be at the level of one of those Hallmark store trinkets, honestly.

Asked by Numbuh1Nerd 4 years ago  |  last reply 4 years ago

Does anyone know where I can find a cheap ipod touch 16gb 2nd gen cheap and in good condition? Answered

I need a cheap ipod touch 16gb 2nd gen that is in good condition and if you have one then I'll pay $150 for it if you'll accept.

Asked by fireblast_1212 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago

easily viewable cheap LCD in bright glaring sunlight?

I recently bought the cheapest screen I could on amazon for around 20 or so dollars for use on my quadcopter, it is a really crap quality display (only 480 x 272 resolution, and very poor color reproduction, viewing angles, and contrast) but it does serve the purpose of a FPV display for my quadcopter. However, I remember my old faithful flip mino camera as well as my old palm centro phone which had some type of semi-reflective LCDs on them! The displays could easily be seen in direct sunlight even with the brightness set to the minimum! They seemed to work a bit like calculator LCD displays, where they work on a basis of reflection, but also have backlights in them. To verify that the display on that flip camera does indeed reflect light back, I charged it up and turned it on with my 2000 lumen LED torch shining directly at it. images on my GS3's AMOLED panel would only be visible with the brightness cranked wayyyy up, and similarly on most LCD displays. They just could not handle the same way the flip camera did! You could clearly make out a picture on the flip camera display even when it was charging and the backlight was 100% off! What would I be searching for to find a display with a composite video input capible of being viewable in direct sunlight like this? Might it be possible to modify my current LCD to make it more viewable in direct sunlight?

Asked by -max- 3 years ago  |  last reply 2 years ago