It's official – the sun is out, the birds are singing and the smell of barbecue is in the air. It's time to get that grill fired up!
Here's a great idea for organising your cooking utensils. Easy to hang and easy to grab – they won't get dirty and they won't get damaged! Watch this video and add a little practical DIY razzmatazz to your grill skills.
How are you going to make your mark amongst the legion of grill gourmets? Gas or charcoal, Weber or Landmann – whatever your stove, this neat DIY gem will really get people talking.
Creating a magnetic holder for your utensils is easy. And Sugru is great at sticking to awkward surfaces – your wooden bench, your metal grill, your brick wall or your plastic utensils – so you can store your cooking 'arsenal' anywhere whilst you grill!
Step 1 – Open a packet and divide the Sugru into 2. Roll each piece into a ball.
Step 2 – Stick one piece to your magnet and another to your utensil.
Step 3 – Stick your magnet where you want to store your utensils. Add a magnetic washer to the Sugru on your utensil.
24 hours later, your magnetic holders will be ready and you'll be the boss of the BBQ!
Tip: it's a good idea to take a pinch at the beginning and form a base layer to establish a strong bond.
More finishing touches for your outdoor celebration
1. Hang lights without drilling
Picture this, sitting outdoors with a drink at dusk, surrounded by the soft glow of string lights gently swaying in the breeze as the evening creeps its way to darkness. Does this sound like one of those unforgettable holiday moments, one that you recall from time to time and would love to relive?
Keep the celebration going into the night! Now that Spring has arrived, how about recreating that holiday feeling in your own garden? Cheap string lights could be the missing ingredient to help transform your space into a calm oasis that you will relish sitting in.
2. Bring the music outdoors with you
Andy and his wife love listening to music while they're doing the gardening. "My wife and I live on the bleeding edge of technology rainbow ;) — take our music situation... Spotify on the iPad; iPad in the garden and JamBox amidst the tomato plants, billowing out playlists as we Instagram ourselves high-fiving one another. Fancy. But something was missing. We didn't have anywhere groovy (and secure) to put the iPad."
Andy used Sugru to create a hanging dock for his tablet outside, using Sugru bumpers to create a safe and cushioned dock. Here's Andy's full step-by-step guide for you all to copy! (You can thank him over on twitter!)
3. Create custom-fit BBQ utensil handles
If magnets get all up in your grill (see what we did there?), you could take a leaf out of Conor's book and create utensil hooks instead? Sugru hooks are super easy to make, you can stick them to most surfaces and they're weatherproof so they won't rust like regular hooks.
For more ideas and inspiration for your next project, head on over to our outdoor celebrations page and get stuck in!
WE LOVE IDEAS!! Genius, simple and practical ideas that help us think a little differently and gain mastery over everyday problems — transforming us into what we like to call Domestic Ninjas!
We know you Sugru-ers love solving problems for yourself, so we thought... what if we all share the tips and tricks that we've gathered over the years? Together we could build a mega-list!!
So starting today, we are going to be posting #DomesticNinja tips each day across our social media... and we want your ideas!
How have we never thought about this before?! #domesticninja pic.twitter.com/fHExNMklNQ
— Sugru (@sugru) May 1, 2015
Here's how to get involved — the rules are simple:
1. Find your idea! — It doesn’t have to be your idea, just something you've found or love
3. Include the hashtag #DomesticNinja
The idea that gets the most likes and shares each week will win a pack of Sugru!
Follow Sugru's board #DomesticNinja Tips on Pinterest.
There’s nothing more fun than partying outdoors – but it can take that little bit more planning! What if it rains? Is there enough lighting? How does one dress a tree? Questions we’ve all agonised over, right? And anyway, we all know half the fun is in the planning :D
Watch the video to discover a simple, stress-free way to transform your outdoor space into an extraordinary place, without the heavy-lifting! No drilling. No hammers and no nails. Just Sugru. Lovely, lovely Sugru.
Celebrations are an opportunity to reflect your personality and flaunt your creativity (and DIY skills!) — after all you're planning everything from the invitations to the venue and everything in between!
Sugru hooks are easy to make yourself, so you can add your personal touch anywhere you choose — whether you're hanging photographs from a tree for a wedding or fairy lights from a brick wall for a barbecue, this simple idea lets you hang anything... from anything!
It's the small touches that really bring a space alive (and you know your guests will be impressed with your originality)
Creating a hook is easy and you don't need much Sugru. (you can make 5 hooks from one sachet – that’s 15 hooks from a 3-pack of Sugru!)
Step 1 – Open a sachet of Sugru and divide the Sugru into 5.
Step 2 – Roll each pea-sized amount of Sugru into a ball – each ball is one hook!
Step 3 – Press the Sugru onto your chosen surface, shape it and curve upwards into a hook.
24 hours later they will be ready for you to add your finishing touches!
We used woody brown for this project, because it blends in nicely with the bark of a tree – it's almost invisible! And afterwards, you can either remove them or leave it there for another time.
So now you can look forward to your big event safe in the knowledge that your decorations reflect your personality, your friends and your family.
And if you want to frame your space before you place your hooks, tape + cardboard works great.
More wonderful outdoor celebration ideas
Hang lights without drilling
Like we said, you can hang anything... from anything! Sugru is ace at sticking to awkward surfaces and fills weird gaps, so now you can make the most of your outdoor space by hanging lights without the need for drilling. Now, when the evening starts to draw in, you don't have to venture indoors. You can keep the barbecue cooking long into the night!
Create gorgeous copper vases – indoor and outdoor!
Sugru makes it easy to combine these gorgeous copper pipes with magnets, so you can make vases that magically pop on+off wherever you like around your home — and they look great both indoors and out!
For more ideas and inspiration, head over to our Outdoor Celebrations Page.
What is Sugru?
Sugru is mouldable glue. Stick it, shape it, and it will turn into silicone rubber overnight. Our dream is to make fixing, modifying and making things easy, and Sugru is our solution. Its durable, cured properties mean it will stay strong and securely bonded anywhere from the science lab to the home to the great outdoors.
So how do we use Sugru in our own labs to customise equipment? Here are some videos of lab hacks put together during a recent visit from Chemistry World, showing Sugru Lab Glue in action. We modified a filter funnel, a pressure equalising dropping funnel, a glass bottle stopper, a thermometer, and even made safety glasses more comfortable.
Are your USB pen drives getting lost or mixed up? You can personalise them with Sugru to make them easy to find and recognise, and also easier to grip to pull out.
Do you need to stop small pieces of equipment from sliding around or scratching the bench? Why not make some custom rubber feet?
Do you find that buttons or switches on equipment get pressed accidentally? Sugru button guards can help prevent this.
Need to record your lab trials with a camera? It is easy to make a custom mount to hold the camera in the best position to capture the action. Do you use a tablet computer regularly in the lab? Why not fix it to the wall or make a stand?
Keep hurting yourself bumping into corners on benches and cupboards? Why not add some rubber bumpers?
Do you have lab equipment which is easily damaged by steam and moisture? Why not seal it up with Sugru? You can even make your own glow-in-the-dark verson.
Or perhaps you need to put together a demonstration or model? Sugru is great for fixing props together and for moulding special shapes in any colour you like. Here is a model of a cell made with help from Sugru:
Finally, here are 15 amazing inventions we have seen that have used Sugru in the prototyping phase of their development.
If you run, you might like this.
Whether you’re training for a marathon, or just enjoying the outdoors while you try to keep fit, it's good to know you can get back into your house for a shower...
Watch our video for 3 quirky ideas to carry your running key...
We're inspired by how these ideas cleverly repurpose timeless design objects to create grips to securely hold your key in place while you run and while we can't say they will improve your lap time, they just might spark some interesting conversation!
1. THE HAIR CLIP
2. THE BULLDOG CLIP
These two ideas will only take a few minutes to get done and only need a little piece of Sugru to attach:
Step 1 – Open your packet of Sugru, pinch off a small, pea-sized piece and roll it into a ball.
Step 2 – Position the Sugru securely onto the outside of the clip and – pay attention, this is the hard bit – stick your running key to it! (OK, not so hard)
Step 3 – Wait 24 hours for the Sugru to cure.
Step 4 – RUN!
3. THE COKE BOTTLE
Sugru is easy to mould and fills weird gaps, but I bet you’d never imagined this trick was possible. Not much is more secure than the screw-top of a plastic bottle? Now you can track your runs with ease by sticking your tracker to your shoe!
You’ll need: a plastic bottle with a screw-top (like a coke bottle) and its lid. Oh, and your running shoes!
Step 1 – Cut the bottle just below the screw-top and remove the lid. Open your packet of Sugru, and split the piece of Sugru in two (75/25).
Step 2 – Roll the larger piece into a sausage shape, carefully applying it around the sawn rim of the screw-top. Roll the smaller piece into a ball, positioning it on the top of the lid.
Step 3 – Attach the screw-top to your shoe. Attach your running tracker to the lid.
Step 4 – Wait 24 hours for the Sugru to cure, and you're done! You can securely screw your tracker to your shoe.
Step 5 – RUN!
Handy tip: Sugru is removable! But hey, you never know, screw-tops attached to running shoes might be the trend this year. And you'll be ahead of the curve!
This idea was inspired by Holly and James who used a similar idea to make their GoPro float!
Run even smarter with more Sugru ideas
Capture your run in 3D with runScribe!
The runScribe is an awesome lightweight running wearable that mounts onto the back of your shoe and captures the movements of your foot in 3D while running! While creating the tech, the runScribe team found that Sugru was the best way to securley attach the runScribe tracker to all sorts of trainers — so now every runScribe comes with a pack of Sugru to attach it!
Customise your earbuds so they don't come out
There’s nothing worse than uncomfortable earbuds, especially when you’re running! Up, down, up, down, up, down, up, down – out! You shouldn’t have to keep pushing your earbuds back into your ears while you run, and now you don’t. Make your own custom-fit earbuds with this handy guide.
Make your sunglasses grippy and comfy
Pete’s sport sunglasses kept slipping from his noggin’, but he fixed that problem with Sugru. He customised the handles so that they gripped the side of his head better. Now he can run free like the wind – without fearing the wind!
Tidying your shoes made awesome
You’ll never have to trip over loose shoes in the hallway again! With this simple, effective idea, you’ll be able to hook your shoes onto the back of a wardrobe door with ease. Think how easy it’ll be to come home from a run knowing you can kick your trainers off, hang them out of the way, and relax.
For more inspiration and ideas on projects that can help you make the most of the outdoors, head this way!