5 Easy Life Hacks With Gadgets You Can Make at Home

5 Easy Life Hacks With Gadgets You Can Make at Home

Everyday frustrations can quickly pile up to turn a great day into a terrible one. If you are the sort of person who gets wound up by the simplest of things, then this is the article for you. A life hack is any strategy or solution that makes life that little bit easier, and people have been discovering them since the dawn of humanity. More recently, viral life hacks have shown how everyday items can be repurposed to serve a different function, helping you get through the day that little bit more efficiently.


Space-saving wine holder for fridge


What if, instead of using old rubber bands and paper clips to create poorly patched together solutions, you could simply create the exact object that you need. Imagine solving a problem that is unique to you, simply by designing and creating the exact product that meets your needs. This is what 3D printing is all about.

3D Printing: For Life Hacks That Actually Work

3D printing has been around for decades but has only just risen in popularity for personal use in the home. From hobbyist creatives to Etsy shop owners, 3D printing is a fun and innovative new way to experiment with new products. All you need is a device and some simple software for your computer.

While it may seem quite complex at first, it’s actually really simple. You start with a design for the item you want to create. You can either make this yourself using intuitive software or download one of the thousands of free ready-made designs online. Try Thingiverse or MyMiniFactory to start browsing. Once you have the 3D drawing, you export it into what’s called an STL file.

This then needs to be converted into a Gcode using slicing software. This just means your design file will be broken down into hundreds of different layers, creating a set of codes (instructions), so that the printer knows where to go to create your desired object. All that’s left to do is insert your Gcode into your 3D printer and watch the magic begin!

 Now you know how easy it is to get started with 3D printing, let’s take a look at how you could use it to solve simple problems around your home. Here are five awesome life hack DIY ideas built using a 3D printer.

3D Printed Life Hacks for Home 

Hanging Towel Clip

If you need somewhere to hang a towel, but can’t install a hook or risk using your deposit, this is the gadget for you. Simply add scotch double-sided tape to fix it to anywhere you need it.

Towel clip

Wall Plug Shelf

This is a great one for small bedrooms, where there might not be room for a bedside table. The idea is a small shelf that sits above your plug sockets, with space to store your phone and any other bits and bobs you want to have close at hand. There are many variations of this design online that incorporate different hooks and holders depending on your needs, so be sure to browse for the one that suits them best.


Wall plug shelf

Toothpaste Squeezer

An age-old problem has finally been addressed with a simple yet effective solution. This clever little gizmo is printed in three parts to allow you to easily wind your nearly-used toothpaste around the roller, forcing any remnants out the top.


Toothpaste squeezer 

Lip Balm Key Ring Cap

An essential DIY life hack for the winter months, this amazing little object prevents you from ever being without your balm. Simple, yet enormously effective, it fixes your favourite lip balm to your keys with the help of a cap and keyring.

Drawer Boxes

Finding boxes to fit perfectly inside the dimensions of your drawers is not as easy as it should be. Now you can easily compartmentalise with custom boxes for the ultra-organised drawers of your dreams. Perfect for make-up lovers and stationery addicts alike.

3D Printing: How to Get Started 

Of course, the ultimate life hack solves a problem that’s unique to you, which is what makes the nature of 3D printing so exciting. Once you’ve got to grips with the basics, you can start designing your own gadgets and gizmos from scratch. Who knows, you may even invent something truly ingenious that could solve a problem for the masses. Thanks to your 3D printer, you’ll have a ready-made prototype to take straight to Dragon’s Den.

 To get started, all you need to do is figure out which model is right for you. Use this handy buyer’s guide to 3D Printers to help you decide.

5 Easy Life Hacks With Gadgets You Can Make at Home Written by Amabel Bucks

Amabel is an experienced freelance copywriter specialising in lifestyle and travel. She writes blogs and website content on behalf of a variety of businesses to inspire and engage their audience.