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Picture of Making a Junkbot

This Instructable is to show that, with a little creativity and imagination, you can take some items that aren't so interesting and combine them to truly turn trash to treasure.

Step 1: Collecting the Parts

Picture of Collecting the Parts

I collect my parts from thrift stores, garage sales, swap meets, and items that would normally be thrown away. The only problem is I end up with bins & bins of pieces most people would consider trash. When I look at these pieces I see treasure. I see heads, eyes, legs, feet, and anything else these pieces might resemble. One rule I have is rather than to buy the parts, I try whenever possible, to use whatever I have on hand. Something left over from another project. The goal is to create something interesting by spending the least amount of money as possible. It's not that I am cheap but I love to reuse and repurpose items that still have some life in them. I think that as a society we throw away far to many useable items and I would like to do my part to keep it out of our landfills and ocean. (Ok, Maybe I am cheap too.) This means that if I use paint, it will be paint left-over from another project. I might have to drill a hole a little larger to accommodate a screw that I salvaged from a blender or vacuum that went bad. Bottle caps from a beer bottle or the lid from my wife's kombucha bottle become gold for my junkbots. Corks from wine bottles make excellent legs/arms for a junkbot. Kitchen utensils make great features too.

gcai_fwb4 months ago
Very imaginative creations - bravo!
ps. I pick up random found fasteners too! :)
diamondemb (author)  gcai_fwb4 months ago
Hahahahaha. Do they go through the laundry too?
Rarely! since I do the laundry I check my pockets :)
Keep up the great creativity!
seamster4 months ago
Love it! The wooden clog ones are brilliant too. So good!!
diamondemb (author)  seamster4 months ago
I love the wooden clog people too!
Sockcranker4 months ago
Very nice!
your instructions are very clear!
diamondemb (author)  Sockcranker4 months ago
Thank you so much for your comment.
Ferrellski4 months ago
Thanks for posting this. I have a friend who never throws anything away and used to make metal sculptures. She is working with wood now and so has been giving me lots of parts to make some bots with my 8 year old grandson. My biggest concern was how to attach parts. Your instructions are great and gets my mind working on what to do next. Thanks again for your clear instructions!
diamondemb (author)  Ferrellski4 months ago
Thank you. I love to make them and give to family and friends as gifts.
If you make one and get stuck on attaching the parts, send me a pic. I'm glad to help.
chefspenser4 months ago
Love 'em all!
diamondemb (author)  chefspenser4 months ago
Thank you. I love to make them.
rjkorn4 months ago
I love this stuff....

Last year I found a place that does these near the giant Kaleidoscope in Mt Tremper NY

If you ever come to the Hudson Valley in NY check out fablous furniture.

There website is here:
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diamondemb (author)  rjkorn4 months ago
Wow! Beautiful.
I like to add something sentimental and give them to family members as gifts.
lulute4 months ago
Bravo. J'adoooore !!