Small Projects We Love

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Here are some small projects that caught our eye this week. As we noted earlier, these projects are defined by modest funding goals, shorter durations, and great small-backer rewards. Other than that, they can be absolutely anything! Check these out and see if they spark any ideas. If they do, give it a whirl!

T-Shirts featuring Cephalopods, a Snail, a Whale, and Love


Hannah Moore loves mollusks (who doesn’t?) so she’s printing her beautifully designed T-shirts of mollusks in love: a giant squid hugging a sperm whale, an octopus inking hearts, and a snail with a secret message. A mere $5 gets you a mollusk-themed sketch, $20 gets you a sketch and a T-shirt. —Ted 

fiona’s band - angel city

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Sometimes small projects come from the smallest project creators — in this case, eight-year-old Fiona. But don’t be fooled by her diminutive stature! Fiona’s been rocking since she was four, and writes lyrics that would put most indie rockers to shame. One of the first songs she ever wrote (with her dad as backing band) is called “Foot Makes Noise.” It’s featured as her first project update, and it’s wild to watch a 4-year-old Fiona effortlessly belt spontaneous lyrics. With a modest goal of $500, and individual songs going for $1, it’s no surprise that Fiona’s almost made her goal. At this rate, she’ll be releasing a boxed set within a few years! Another small project perhaps? —Cindy

The Tumbleweed Collective: Revealing America One Object at a Time

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Jackie Mock wants to document the overlooked corners of America by collecting souvenirs and historical relics from all 50 states. She plans to travel across the country and sculpt her finds into “tumbleweeds” representing each state. Part history lesson, part mobile art project, Jackie dreams big but thinks small: an overall goal of only $600, and a choice between TWO one dollar rewards. —Cassie

Project Springfield - Creating the multi-layered 3D landscape from The Simpsons

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“Project Springfield” is Kyle McCoy’s attempt to recreate the entire town of Springfield, beloved home of The Simpsons, as a multi-dimensional, pixel-art landscape. The final piece will be huge — over ten feet long and four feet high! — but his Kickstarter project is adorably small. A $3 pledge gets you an invite to the project’s unveiling, and a $10 piece of personalized pixel art of your favorite character. —Cassie

I Check Coin Returns Project: Making WTF Moments

Who doesn’t occasionally check a coin return to try to get lucky? Richard Kelley is rewarding those efforts by anonymously planting small buttons in coin returns around the country that carry messages like “Instant Winner,” “I Check Coin Returns,” and “I Have A Button.” This playful public art project will cover cities all over the country for a full year, all with a modest $400 goal. —Ted

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