Spotted: Tic Tacs Flashlight, and 9 other Upcycled Flashlights

Upcycled Flashlight from a Tic Tacs Box

Crafting doesn’t only have to involve Mod Podge or a sewing machine, and upcycling is more than just playing with toilet paper tubes and bottle caps. For those crafty types like me who are as happy with a soldering iron as a hot glue gun, check out this awesome upcycled flashlight made from a Tic Tacs box. The tute includes a list of the electronics supplies that you’ll need to buy or scavenge from other old tech, and a circuit diagram so that you know exactly what’s supposed to go where.

Here’s the thing, though–if you can make a flashlight from a freakin’ TIC TACS BOX, then you can make a flashlight out of ANYTHING!!! Here are 9 other upcycled flashlight tutorials to get you started.

1. Altoids flashlightThe metal case makes it even sturdier!

2. ChapStick flashlightIf you can make a Tic Tacs flashlight, you can make a ChapStick flashlight.

3. computer power supply flashlightYour old computer is actually NOT a piece of junk–who knew?

4. electric toothbrush flashlightIt turns out that you can scavenge an electric toothbrush for some REALLY cool parts!

5. flashlight powered by body heatI admit that “body heat” as an upcycled material might be stretching it just a wee bit, but it IS clean and renewable!

6. LEGO block flashlightSurely you’ve got a LEGO block lying around somewhere. It wants to be a flashlight!

7. redneck flashlightI’m from Arkansas, and so I know when something is redneck–and this is it. For those of you who aren’t so sure, however, you can simply call this an old-school flashlight.

8. soda can and cereal box flashlightThis flashlight is easily the most attractive in the list–super kid friendly, too.

9. Tic Tacs shake flashlightHow can you possibly improve upon the Tic Tacs box flashlight? Why, by taking out the battery and making it people-powered!

Now… go figure out your own!

[Tic Tacs flashlight image via Grynx]

Written by Julie Finn

I'm a writer, crafter, Zombie Preparedness Planner, and homeschooling momma of two kids who will hopefully someday transition into using their genius for good, not the evil machinations and mess-making in which they currently indulge. I'm interested in recycling and nature crafts, food security, STEM education, and the DIY lifestyle, however it's manifested--making myself some underwear out of T-shirts? Done it. Teaching myself guitar? Doing it right now.

Visit my blog Craft Knife for a peek at our very weird handmade homeschool life; my etsy shop Pumpkin+Bear for a truly odd number of rainbow-themed beeswax pretties; and my for links to articles about poverty, educational politics, and this famous cat who lives in my neighborhood.

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