The Best of instructablesThe Make: Magazine team recently made available online some great projects collected in their book, The Best of instructables. The innate ingenuity of people never ceases to amaze me. Each of these projects come from a consumer with a need, a goal, or a specific task at hand that required a solution – which they were able to design, make, and provide instructions for others to repeat their creation.

My favorites are the ideas that involve using objects in unintended ways, especially when the object has already been used to serve one purpose and is reused for something entirely different and is reappropriated, if you will.

Check out the myriad of ideas spawned from consumer creativity. Not only are many of them just plain neat, but the end life marketing of objects may be able to be rejuvenated or new product concepts may evolve from the needs being self-addressed.