Pallets.  A long-time favorite of those who love to make, and we’re no exception.  Considered by some to be the single most important object in the global economy, after seeing this amazing Baobab Tree created in South Africa, we couldn’t resist a post reminding ourselves of what a great resource they can be.  Over 80% of worldwide commerce (not just U.S.) moves around on pallets.  Over 2 billion are in circulation worldwide, in virtually every country, and over 2/3 of them are used only once.  We hope the trend isn’t over.

What would you do with them, Lagos?  Send us your sketch, and we just may build your design at our fair next weekend!



 Above : Bicycle Powered Baobab tree made from recycled pallets by Daniel Popper.


Fold-Out Pallet Chair by Gas & Air Studios, via DesignMilk.


 Meditation Chamber by Phil Allard and Justin Duchesneau



Theater Made From Recycled Pallets by Oudendijk and Korbes


 Upcycled Pallet Planting Bed, via TreeHugger.



Pallet Work Table.  Plans available here.  We think a rougher’ version would be just as useful and have even more character.




We love these chicken wire pendants from tvtrayart.  And since planning our fair only requires 20 hours a day, we thought we’d spend those few extra hours making one.  Just grab a piece of small gauge chicken wire, sandwich between two pieces of found glass (we cut ours from an old picture frame) and solder the edges.  You can add seed beads or any other found objects you’d like between the squares, and since the chicken wire is sandwiched, they’ll move around a little when the pendant is shaken.  An old key ring serves as the bracelet.  We’ll have all the materials available in the Maker Space tent at our fair if you want to try one!  If you’re really adventurous, you can try adding some electronics components… don’t worry, we’ll show you how!  We made ours for a whopping total of 25 naira (of course we already have the soldering iron & solder) just to keep it simple, but imagine it with a full swag of swinging beads at the bottom… beautiful, we think!

The DIY Filmmaker’s Toolkit
Infographic by: Wistia


We’re absolutely lovin’ this Makeshift Steadicam and have begun building one for ourselves.  Surely there must be some ingenious ideas for film equipmnent in the heart of Nollywood?!?  Have one to share?  Apply to exhibit at our fair as a Maker, and you and your invention will be featured on our Match-a-Maker site, where film makers, industry executives, investors and some serious hipsters around the world just may catch up with you.


Plus, when you exhibit at our fair, you get priority registration for our Maker Workshops, break out sessions with other Makers to discuss topics of interest to you (such as Nollywood!), and free access to our Pop-Up Maker Space at the fair, where we’ll be mashing up inventors, designers, engineers, scientists, musicians, poets (maybe a chef or two?) to collaborate and create, during what promises to be a lively 2 days of Serious Ingenuity.  You’ll leave with new skills, tips for how to take your invention or idea to the next level, and a new network of professional connections and friends.


Plus, there’s snacks, of course.


So c’mon. Apply!






Image by Senongo Akpem

Maker Faire Africa is delighted to announce our 4th event Maker Faire Africa, Lagos which will take place in Nigeria, November 5-6th, 2012. Join us once again as we continue to cultivate new and existing maker communities across Africa. As was the case in Accra (‘09),Nairobi (’10) and Cairo (’11) MFA 2012 will present and spotlight the vibrant and endlessly creative individuals that have come to represent the spirit of ‘making’ throughout the continent.These innovators, artists and tinkerers will be exhibiting a fusion of the informal and formal; ideas, inventions, hacks and designs both low-tech & high-tech. From cuisine to machines, come see their re-imagining of products, exploration of novel materials, and original solutions for some of the continent’s most important challenges and opportunities. We are excited to be having this event in Africa’s most populous and vibrant city.A megapolis that pulses with the possibility and imagination that feeds the spirits of those who create. Maker Faire Africa 2012 will be a celebratory showcase of unhindered experimentation and curiosity. We look forward to seeing you this November.
Visit our MFA2012 : Lagos event page for more details on how to participate.

Al Jazeera reports:

The “maker movement” has been around since 2005, and has since spurred “do-it-yourself” or DIY mainstays such as Etsy, Creative Commons and open-source software. Some, however, credit the recent economic slowdown and a growing rejection of mass consumerism with bringing the maker ethic to the mainstream.

3D printers, one of the movement’s most noteworthy developments, can now create everything from buildings to human tissue. With the rise of DIY culture, these machines have become cheap enough for consumer use and could have many implications for nations in early stages of development.