11 Easy DIY Projects For The Beginner Super Villain

So you’re tired of henching for other villains — think you can do better? We’ve got all the homemade tips you need to start out strong!

1. Start with a sufficiently amazing secret lair entrance.

Turning any regular doorknob into a secret candlestick switch is pretty easy. However, completing the accompanying motorized secret door is a weekend project for sure!

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2. Continue the “hidden” theme with a book light switch.

Now that you’ve got a lair, it needs illumination. These step-by-step instructions turn any book into a light switch. Bonus! It doesn’t even hurt the book.

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3. Build a positive reinforcement secret knock training device.

You don’t want to let just anyone into your lair, so follow these directions to make a candy dispenser that only releases the goods when the “secret knock” is completed correctly.

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4. Make some robot minions while you wait for flesh and blood human ones.

If you have the parts, make an adorable legion of bumbling walker droids. For a more dapper look, take a Mr. Potato Hat and combine with paper clips and a camera.

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5. Now you need an impressive yet ineffective* gun.

With little more than a plastic water pistol, some spray paint, and a car “novelty light,” you too can create a plasma gun.

*As per Super Villain Guild code

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6. And some Guild-compliant bombs.

Don’t risk the ire of local authorities with dangerous chemicals! Instead transform an old film canister into a pepper bomb. While the heroes are sneezing, make your grand escape.

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7. Get your mad scientist on with a (non-working) shrink ray.

Turn an adjustable lamp, a vacuum motor, and a soup can into a shrink ray prototype. Add on your own flair and be sure to let us know if you figure out how to get it working!

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8. Hide your secret diabolical plans in plain sight.

The hero would NEVER think to look in your pencil cup. Follow these super easy instructions to convert a marker into a USB holder.

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9. After defeating your first hero, keep the “brain” as a trophy.

Using a leftover aquarium and supplies from your local big box store, turn spray foam a human brain into an LED lamp using this detailed guide.

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10. Or, if you’re lonely, use science to keep the “brain” alive.

This one takes a more complex grasp of computer programming but if you’re up for a challenge the result is a brain story-teller which will regale you with any audio book you upload to your computer.

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11. And no lair would be complete without a Doomsday Device of nebulous origin.

It’s truly astounding what one can do with green food coloring, a light bulb, and a few other odds and ends these days. Get the instructions to building your own toxic waste light over here.

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