Artist Hoang Tran of Sunnyvale, CA carves intricate sculptures of characters from popular fiction like Star Wars, Game of Thrones, Doctor Who, and others, from large size Crayola crayons, which are slightly larger than the standard size. No paints are used on the crayons. Extra colors are melted from other crayons, applied and then carved.
These detailed crayon carvings are available in his Etsy shop, Wax Nostalgic, where he also offers custom orders. Also be sure to check out his Tumblr blog for more images of his work.
This year, don’t just let your geek flag fly. Hand embroider that geek flag with your favorite quote or character.
If you enjoy the Dresden Files, you’ll love this free hand embroidery pattern designed by Jennifer from Sew Hooked. Check out her blog and Craftsy store for more original pattern designs.
I’m totally Sher-locked myself, so this next free hand embroidery pattern by Jordan F (username: dozmuffinxc), as found on FandomStiches.com is something I’m definitely going to try.
The only thing is, I look at these fun patterns and can’t help but wonder, how do you make a quote or line drawing into an embroidery pattern. I did a little digging and found this awesome tutorial on making your own hand embroidery design from Angel and Amy on their blog Tada! Creations.
And then I found another tutorial on color tinting your embroidery using crayons and an iron. The technique is so easy, but the impact of the final product packs a real wallop. I found this tutorial on Urban Threads, and it’s got great step-by-step instructions with pictures.
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Let’s pretend you’ve got all your shopping done for Christmas. Now what? If you’re like me (well, if you’re like me you don’t have any shopping done, but like I said, let’s pretend) if you’re like me, you suck at wrapping gifts. Even if your wrapped gifts end up looking like a two-year-old went crazy with a roll of scotch tape, the paper itself can look really cool, and you can make it yourself! What’s even better is that these wrapping paper ideas work for year round, not just the holidays.
If the force is strong with this one present, then you should try Rebecca’s Star Wars silhouette gift tags and wrap idea from her blog Older and Wiser. All you need is a printer, scissors, and a glue stick.
If you’re pressed for time, the Harry Potter fans in your life will get a kick out of this free printable owl post gift wrap paper. Just download and print it out on some craft paper. You can thank Chiara from Celeste Fritatta for this one.
This one is my favorite, and it’s so easy. All you need are some crayons and a piece of decorative wash tape and you’ve got interactive wrapping paper. Rachel on Lines Across has got even more super easy and fun interactive gift wrap ideas like this one you should definitely check out.
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This week I’ve got something a little meta: geeky tools for being crafty. QueInteresante makes crayons but instead of dumb ol’ names like “green” or “electric bannana” these crayons are named after chemicals that will make that color.
My B.S. was in chemistry and my undergrad thesis used color spectroscopy so this got me right in the nostalgia. I’m also old enough to have had the kind of chemistry set that could have actually caused some harm if one were motivated enough.
At any rate, here is hoping there are a few geeky kids or adults out there who agree that these are pretty amazing.
If you’re the proud owner of a hot glue gun you’ve probably been
gluing all the small items in your house to the ceiling struck by how many uses hot glue can have.
This tutorial by Ken from Observations broadens your hot glue horizons even more, so put down the neighbour’s chihuahua, and make yourself some coloured hot glue sticks!
Need a gift for your favorite aspiring chemist? Or perhaps you’re just looking for a way to bring some color into your own chem lab? What you need is this set of chemistry labels for your crayons. Queinteresante sells these for sets of eight, sixteen, twenty-four, forty-eight, ninety-six, or one hundred twenty crayons!
This listing is for a set of 24 labels to stick in the crayons in a basic 24 pack of crayons so that while children are coloring, they are also exposed to the names of chemicals that will make those colors! So instead of thinking “I want green” they will think “I want Barium Nitrate Ba(NO3)2 Flame” and then when they take chemistry in high school and their teacher sets some gas on fire and it makes a green color and they ask the class what chemical it was your student will know it was Barium! Genius!
Genius for sure. I love these, and little kids are such sponges when they’re young… I’m sure some of this will stick with them for a long time. The wrappers are available through her etsy shop, or for those of you without etsy accounts, she’s made a separate website to sell from!