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DIY Hacks of The Week: Hammocks, Kaleidoscopes & Mosquito Traps

Hello have a go heroes and heroines! Are you looking for something to occupy your practical side this week and weekend? We’ve compiled another selection of our favourite practical projects from this fortnight so you can get stuck in and build:

  • A hammock made from paracord
  • A kaleidoscope with interchangeable glitter cartridges
  • A mosquito trap

1. Paracord hammock

Is there anything better than laying back in a hammock on a warm summer’s day and letting a gentle breeze  sway you in your papoose of complete relaxation? If there is, we want to know about it. If there’s not, you need to start building your very own hammock using this excellent Paracord instructable. Ingenious and essential for summertime chill outs.

2. Kaleidoscope with interchangeable glitter cartridges

Adults may love a hammock, but kids love a kaleidoscope just as much. If you’re looking for a fun project to try with your little tykes during the summer holidays, this fun (and scientific!) kaleidoscope make and do is a sure fire winner, combining glitter, cool colours and washing up liquid for an afternoon (at least) of sparkly, pretty fun. Here’s how to make your own.

3. Mosquito trap

If you’ve been enjoying spending long summer evenings out in your garden, your summery style may have been cramped in recent weeks by those little pests we love to hate – mosquitos. Fortunately, if you’re tired of being bitten to pieces, this great and ridiculously easy Instructable has all the answers – and it doesn’t take much more than a plastic bottle, some sugar and some yeast to build yourself blissfully mozzie free evenings.

Have you got an alternative hammock making project you think beats this one? What projects are you trying with your kids this summer holiday? Share your latest makes with other tradespeople below.