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July 27

Star Wars Craft: DIY Ewok Hood

Ewok hood by Stephanie Woodson

We recently re-viewed the Star Wars movies, and I was struck anew by the Ewoks, those bear-like creatures from the Forest Moon of Endor, seen in “Return of the Jedi.” More than just cute, they’re actually pretty tough little critters, instrumental in bringing down their share of stormtroopers and AT-ST walkers.

Some fun Ewok trivia (courtesy IMDb and Wikipedia):

  • Several Ewok lines are in the Filipino (Tagalog) language. Most Ewok lines, however, were inspired by the Kalmyk language, spoken by nomadic tribes living in Russia.
  • The word Ewok is never spoken in the movie, nor are the individuals (Wicket, Paploo, etc.) referred to by name.

Stephanie Woodson of Swoodson Says was likewise captivated by the furry little warriors, and created a fun Ewok Costume Hood for her son – it’s basically a balaclava with fuzzy ears. Clever! I’m sure my son would have loved to romp around in one of these!

Have you ever rewatched geeky shows or movies and come away with a new appreciation for a character or story line? I’d love to hear in the comments below!

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Category: Craft, Movies, Sci-Fi
July 13

Roll for DIY with This Gaming Tabletop

Gaming Tabletop by KristyGD

From video to card to board, we have several gaming favorites at our house. Of the card and board variety, my kids enjoy Magic the Gathering, Munchkin and Settlers of Catan. Which makes me think this DIY gaming tabletop might be a big hit.

Kristy GD at Please Excuse My Craftermath has created a DIY gaming tabletop that is actually an IKEA hack project, sits atop her existing dining room table, and stores away as a decorative accent between gaming sessions. Talk about multi-purpose! Her blog post walks you through her process for creating the functional and portable tabletop.

With which games would you use this tabletop at your house?

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Category: Craft, Games, Geek
October 13

DIY Halloween Costume: Captain America

Captain America costume

So how is your Halloween costume coming along? I actually have a Halloween costume party to go to this year, and think I may just go easy on myself with a premade Star Trek uniform that I already have, unless I’m inspired by something else I happen along. In case you’re still looking for inspiration, perhaps this Captain America costume is just the thing?

Michele of The Scrap Shoppe provides easy step-by-step instructions for converting a simple children’s sweat set into heroic form, and I would think it would be just as easy to apply to adult-size sweats. I love her idea of masking off the star shape for painting, though it might look neat with a white felt star hand-stitched on, too.

Be sure to click through to see her instructions for making an adorable Thor costume, too!

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Category: Comics, Craft, Geek, Movies
September 6

DIY: Doctor Who Heels

doodlecraft_doctorwhoshoes

When running away across time and space, with a madman with a box, one needs the proper foot wear. Wen waiting for said madman with a box to run away with, one needs the proper footwear. Over at Doodle Craft there are detailed instructions on how to create your very own pair of Doctor Who shoes. You can decide for which scenario they are for.  I’d go with both, and work up a pair of ballet flats. A girl has to be ready to RUN!

Category: Craft, Geek, Tutorial, TV
September 3

DIY Ambilight: Because your TV isn’t big enough already

You’d think that a 55-inch, full-HD LCD television with surround sound system connected to an enormous media pc, XBox 360 and a PS3 would be enough for a man who actually mostly plays PC games in a different room and watches TV on his phone on the train trip to work. But you’d be wrong.

Dave of DaveNewson.com is the latest of major nerdy tinkerers to take on the DIY challenge of Ambilight – a TV enhancement where the colours from your TV are projected onto the wall behind it. There are some sane reasons for doing this – improved immersion and less eye-strain when watching in the dark being the main ones. But mostly, Dave did it because it looks “cool as hell”. Click here to see it in action.

Enhance your TV with LEDs!

Want your own Ambilight system? There are a few different ways of setting this up apparently, but essentially you will need a strip of colour-changing LEDs, a micro controller, a PC to play media from, a 5 volt power supply, a TV, and a way better understanding of electronics than me. Click here to read the really quite detailed How-To on DaveNewson.com.