January 25

Star Wars Craft: Crochet Twi’lek Hat

Star Wars Twilek hat by Sara Jean

CostumeWrangler recently shared a round-up of Geeky Winter Hat patterns – here’s another one you might want to get to hookin': Sara Jean’s crochet Twi’lek Hat from Star Wars.

Sara Jean designed the hat to look like Aayla Secura, a Twi’lek Jedi Knight seen largely in Star Wars comics and the Clone Wars animated series, as well as Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones. The hat pattern looks like it’s pretty quick to stitch up, and averages 4 out of 5 stars on Ravelry. Pretty impressive, considering Sara Jean was 12 when she wrote the pattern!

Might this hat make it into your con cosplay for the year? We’d love to hear in the comments below!

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January 17

A Decepticon In Foam

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Jamie, AKA Familyman, posted his lifesize Ravage Decepticon that he made, over at Seibertron.

Jamie builds replica props out of foam anti-fatigue mats. This Ravage is for display and to help Jamie get the templates all correct, so he can build a few more for sale. He’s also built a life size R2 out of foam, Wall-e, proton pack, Flux capacitor, and a Horus headdress from StarGate SG-1. Currently, he’s also working on an Ironman costume, Master Chief costume and K9 from “Doctor Who.” Check out his Facebook page, Foamtastic Props, for more photos of his other projects and to see if there’s anything you need for your own collection.

December 6

A Batgirl Cosplay Bright Enough to Blind You

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Wow…that’s the only way I can think to begin this entry…HOW MUCH WORK was it to attach all of these sequins??? It’s like looking at Bat-Lady GaGa!

For a few Batgirl readers, the stylish leather jacket and snapped cape she wears now just seems so much less practical and realistic than the heavily seamed skintight spandex, leading them to express genuine concern about Batgirl’s effectiveness as a crime fighter. Fortunately for those compassionate souls, Cameron Stewart has made a concession in the form of a variant cover of Batgirl’s costume that is more practical. Which is to say, it is covered in golden sequins and rhinestones.

This cosplay is modeled by Stella Chuu, a cosplayer and burlesque performer, and made by Dangrrr Doll of New York, NY, based on the cover of Batgirl #37 by Cameron Stewart.

This could make for a hysterical panel in a comic book: Batgirl goes to fight Catwoman, but Catwoman is distracted by all the shining little lights bouncing off of Batgirl’s suit…it would be like watching a cat chase a laser.

December 1

Geek out for the Holidays with Ornaments

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Zombie Gingerbread Man Ornament by My Zombie Friends on Etsy, credit Adrienne Jones.

To combat holiday stress, I like to decorate with as much geek-tastic awesomeness as I can create and find.  Things like zombie gingerbread men, Teenage Muntant Ninja Turtle ornaments, and 8-bit fireplaces always make me smile.  Why not have a geeky holiday this year and let Geek Crafts give you a head start with some fun, easy tutorials and even a gift idea or two.

Ornaments!

TMNTOrnamentsDIYFor the turtle lover, you’ve got to take a look at The Whoot’s DIY Ninja Turtles. My nephews love the Turtles, and this is the sort of craft you could do with little boys (and plenty of supervision!).

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My nephews are also in love with the Minions. This awesome DIY features other great fandom character ideas, like Sesame Street and Monsters Inc too.

 

 

MuppetOrnamentsDIYThese Muppet ornaments are super easy to make too, thanks to the great tutorial from Meg on Happy Looks Good on You. These little cuties were inspired by her original tutorial on making superhero ornaments.

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Sarah Dees from FrugalFun4Boys.com has some fun Lego ornament ideas (good for girls too!).

Geeky Decor Fun

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Kat and Cam from Our Nerd Home has a some great ideas for decorating the home for the holidays, including this Wreath DIY made from foam core! I bet craft foam would work great too.  Plus, you could totally customize this to all of your own favorite fandom images.

I have to share their 8-bit fireplace DIY too.  This is too awesome for words, and incredibly easy to do.  It’s warm and cozy, don’t you think?

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This last decor DIY is not for the faint of heart, but this Embroidery tutorial from Jessica (from Miniature Rhino) on Design Sponge takes you step-by-step through making this beautiful embroidered constellation table runner.  Perhaps not strictly a holiday theme, I think it lends itself well to any winter themed decor you’ve got going on in your home.

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November 24

Thor voted sexiest man alive!

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Last week People Magazine announced that the lovely Chris Hemsworth (photo Credit: Ben Watts), aka Thor, is this year’s Sexiest Man Alive.

Well, duh.

In honor of this prestigious award, I thought, for my first post as a contributor to Geek Crafts, I’d share some awesome Thor related tutorials.

Thor’s Hammer

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Of course, you can’t talk Thor and not talk Mjolnir, his big . . . hammer.  :)  Here’s a great Instructable on building your own hammer.

If you’re looking for something a little less “cosplay” and a little more “toy“, try this tutorial from Doodlecraft .  It’s a bit more kid friendly, and you might even have the materials needed already, since it uses things like a hot glue and an old pillowcase.

Thor Costume Fun

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The folks at Cutesy Crafts have this delightful tutorial on making your own superhero masks, including the mighty god of thunder.  Supposedly these awesome masks are meant just for kids, but really? I think these would make fabulous accessories for everyday wear.

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This tutorial from Life Sprinkled with Glitter has to be my favorite.  It’s a baby Thor costume DIY, and Colleen Wickersheim has got step-by-step instructions, with pictures, on creating the costume, helmet, and hammer. I’m thinking this would be perfect for my nephew’s first Halloween next year.

Need a Thor of your very own?

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Over at Photobucket you can find this free printable to make your very own 3-D paper Thor created by Jim Bowen (username trogdoriangrey).

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You may have seen this one featured on Geek Crafts before, but it’s so worth sharing again.  Ravelry creator Jess Newstone has got the cutest little god of thunder amigurumi pattern ever and it’s free!  She’s even got Thor’s adopted bad boy brother amigurumi pattern (free to0!).

 

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November 23

Cat Christmas Gift: Meowlnir

Meowlnir cat toy by With Our Powers Combined

Looking for a holiday gift for a four-legged bestie? Be s/he worthy, perhaps Meowlnir is just what you need.

The cool cats over at With Our Powers Combined have put together a tutorial on how to make feline-friendly replica of Mjolnir, Thor’s hammer. It’s so cute, it would make a great stocking stuffer for the less furry on your holiday list as well!

What other geeky pet toys have you crafted up? Share ideas in the comments section below!

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