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DIY Hacks of The Week: Stencils, Shelves & Ballistas

Hello makers, doers, bodgers and menders – welcome to a fresh fortnight of practical projects, perfect for weekend time-wasting! This week we’ve collected a prime selection of things to make and do, ranging from the practical, to the ludicrously epic. So, without further ado, let’s make…

1. Hanging shelves from old storage boxes

You can never have too much wall storage. Homes have a horrible habit of getting cluttered really quickly, especially if you have little people around. If you want to create stylish, modular shelving you can build in mere minutes for next-to-nothing, this cool but super simple Instructable has the answer. Simply use old storage boxes, suspended from the wall. A quick lick of paint will ensure they look good in any space, or, if you like a rustic look, just leave unpainted for instant shabby chic storage space.

2. A ballista!

If simple homeware projects seem a bit run-of-the-mill to you, and you’re craving a challenge plus excitement, worry not. This preposterously cool Instructable will show you how to build your very own, fully functional ballista – perfect for pretending to be a 15th century warrior in the comfort of your own garden. Whether you want to get your youngsters involved in an epic summer project (with supervision) or fancy having a crack at something daft and fun with your mates, this is the perfect project for you. Get instructions here.

3. Wood burning stencils

If you’re handy with a blow torch or flame torch and really want to make your mark on the world, you’re going to love this Instructable. Whether you want to create a sign for your workshop, a piece of art for your business, or cool gifts for friends, this wood burning stencil tutorial will help you make something that looks plain badass. Here’s how it’s done.

What’s the most insane thing you’ve ever made? Do you fancy having a go at any of our projects above? Share your stuff with other practical sorts below.