February 16

Geek Chic Clothing DIY Roundup

GatheredSkirtDIY

These days more and more people are rocking their personal geek chic style than ever before. So I’ve rounded up some fun DIY tutorials on starting (or adding to) your own geek chic wardrobe for everyday fabulousness. Take this awesome gathered skirt tutorial from the blog Set to Stunning by Lindz and Scruffy. It’s an easy-to-follow tutorial with pictures, and the idea is so simple you can use any fabric you want. Heck, make a bunch of these beauties, one for every day of the week if you like.

SequinGodzilla

If sewing isn’t your thing, then perhaps peel-n-stick is more your style. Maya Murillo from the blog I Love to Create has a quirky and quick video tutorial on making your own sequin Godzilla shirt, no sewing required. It’s a cute idea, and another one you can easily customize without a lot of effort. She uses Aleene’s Peel and Stick Sheets to adhere the sequined Godzilla to a t-shirt. I haven’t used the product myself, but it’s gotten some mixed reviews. If you want an alternative, try Wonder Under Fusible Web. All you’ll need is an iron. Be sure the fabric you’re using for the Godzilla shape is ironing friendly, however (so, maybe glitter instead of sequins).

 

GalaxyShirtDIYwithHiddenTARDIS

If you’re feeling a bit more artsy, then Alessandra from The Sparkle Queen has a nice photo tutorial on making your own galaxy shirt with a hidden TARDIS using bleach and paint. The process is similar to another technique featured here on Geek Crafts. Though Alessandra uses acrylic paints, if you’re looking for something that won’t change the hand of the fabric as much (you know, make your shirt feel a little crunchy once it’s all done), try some fabric paints designed to have a softer feel on fabric once dry. I’ve used Pebeo fabric paints before with good results myself, but there are tons of products out there available at your local craft store. Or, if you’re feeling really adventurous try out Dharma Trading online for some really excellent fabric paints, techniques, and tutorials. You can even get clothing blanks from them too.

Have fun spicing up your wardrobe!

February 7

Making “Labyrinth” Dolls From Barbies

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Recently, a father posted an album on Imgur of his process of turning ordinary Barbie dolls into customized dolls of Jennifer Connelly and David Bowie into their characters from “Labyrinth.” The dolls were requested by his seven year old daughter, Rowan. Dad even took it one step further: he created custom boxes for the finished dolls as well!

But the amazing thing is when you look at where the dolls started, you think there’s just no way these are going to look like the actors themselves! Dad proved me wrong. In fact, there were three dolls used: one Ken and two Barbies. One of the Barbies even had her hair sacrificed for the Bowie doll.

February 7

Miss Argentina Poppet From “Beetlejuice”

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Can’t you just hear her voice here? “It’s all very personal. And I’ll tell you something: if I knew then what I know now…I wouldn’t have had my little accident.”

I am a fan of the poppets that show up on my usual lurking places on the Internet, and this one is truly unique: Miss Argentina from “Beetlejuice.” This one was created by Halloween Town from Spain, and posted over on Craftster.

If you look closely at the poppet’s pictures, you can see she even has the scars from her “little accident,” because according to the movie, people who commit suicide become civil servants, and Miss Argentina work as the receptionist of the “Afterlife Office.”

January 18

Sherlock Craft: A Study in Pink Earrings

Sherlock Study in Pink Earrings by Angelas Crafty Distractions

Many of the Sherlock fandom crafts I see pay homage to his iconic damask wallpaper, or his signature coat and scarf. I like this project because it steps outside that, with a hat tip to the first episode, “A Study in Pink.”

Angela put together these cute earrings using “growing” sponge capsules and candy sprinkles! Because who doesn’t need more sprinkles in their life??

I also like that she made them based on a challenge issued by her daughter – crafty mom superpowers to the rescue!

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January 10

These Hand-Painted Shorts Are Obviously The Droids I’m Looking For

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Someday, all this cold weather will end and we’ll be blistering in the dog days of summer. This might be the best time to get started on hand painting your own astromech shorts. These R2-D2 shorts were painted by Areyna Schmidt , and her Facebook page shows more of her hand painted clothes and shoes. She’s a third year art studies major at ASU and she works seasonally at Walt Disney World as a character performer.

January 10

Make your Bedroom Bigger on the Inside With this TARDIS Fold-Down Bed

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The Time Lords of Gallifrey know a thing or two about interior design. Blogger and DIY-er Stubbs from “The Stubby Thumb” wanted to to make her guest bedroom a little bigger on the inside, and since “Murphy beds” were a little too expensive, she decided to make one of her own.

Since Murphy beds are the ultimate space maximizers, it only made sense to build it using Time Lord technology: bigger on the inside! If you’re interested in making something like this, check out the complete blog entry/tutorial that Stubbs compiled over at her blog. Even of you don’t need a Murphy bed, you can use her guidance to turn a door, closet or table top into your very own TARDIS.