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Turn Your Favorite Picture Into a Blocky Post-It Mural

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Post-it Notes are typically sold in the office supplies aisle, but in the right hands, they can make colorful artistic masterpieces. Now the company that makes Post-its, 3M, is embracing the brand’s creative potential. Their Mural Kit—a collaboration with Buzzfeed Product Labs—allows you to turn any image you like into a sticky work of art.

To receive a kit of your own, start by uploading a photograph or choosing one of the ready-made designs on the Mural Kit website. After you submit your image, 3M will send a package containing the perfect amount of Post-its for the project to your door. Your purchase also includes instructions and numbered backing sheets to help you piece your artwork together.

From there, it’s up to you to fill your wall with whatever mural you’ve chosen, whether it’s a portrait of your best friend for their surprise birthday party, the logo of your favorite sports team, or a classic poo emoji.

Post-it note mural on wall.

Post-It note mural of sports team.

A custom 11-foot-by-7-foot Mural Kit costs roughly $50 to $60, depending on how complicated the image is. For comparison, you can get a pack of five Post-it pads for less than half that amount on Amazon. If you’d rather challenge yourself and build a Post-it collage the old-fashioned way, you can look to these ambitious murals for inspiration.

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Inside This Pop-Up Book Are a Planetarium, a Speaker, a Decoder Ring, and More
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Designer Kelli Anderson's new book is for more than just reading. This Book Is a Planetarium is really a collection of paper gadgets. With each thick, card stock page you turn, another surprise pops out.

"This book concisely explains—and actively demonstrates with six functional pop-up paper contraptions—the science at play in our everyday world," the book's back cover explains. It turns out, there's a whole lot you can do with a few pieces of paper and a little bit of imagination.

A book is open to reveal a spiralgraph inside.
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There's the eponymous planetarium, a paper dome that you can use with your cell phone's flashlight to project constellations onto the ceiling. There's a conical speaker, which you can use to amplify a smaller music player. There's a spiralgraph you can use to make geometric designs. There's a basic cipher you can use to encode and decode secret messages, and on its reverse side, a calendar. There's a stringed musical instrument you can play on. All are miniature, functional machines that can expand your perceptions of what a simple piece of paper can become.

The cover of This Book Is a Planetarium
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Japanese Artist Crafts Intricate Insects Using Bamboo
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Noriyuki Saitoh

Not everyone finds insects beautiful. Some people think of them as scary, disturbing, or downright disgusting. But when Japanese artist Noriyuki Saitoh looks at a discarded cicada shell or a feeding praying mantis, he sees inspiration for his next creation.

Saitoh’s sculptures, spotted over at Colossal, are crafted by hand from bamboo. He uses the natural material to make some incredibly lifelike pieces. In one example, three wasps perch on a piece of honeycomb. In another, two mating dragonflies create a heart shape with their abdomens.

The figures he creates aren’t meant to be exact replicas of real insects. Rather, Saitoh starts his process with a list of dimensions and allows room for creativity when fine-tuning the appearances. The sense of movement and level of detail he puts into each sculpture is what makes them look so convincing.

You can browse the artist’s work on his website or follow him on social media for more stunning samples from his portfolio.

Bamboo insect.

Bamboo insect.

Bamboo insect.

Bamboo insect.

Bamboo insect.

Bamboo insect.

[h/t Colossal]

All images courtesy of Noriyuki Saitoh.

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