August 23

Using a 3D Printer for Cosplay Props

San dagger from Princess Mononoke by Jade Falcon

At each MakerFaire I’ve attended, 3D printers always have a large presence. So I was intrigued when I saw Jade Falcon’s post about using a 3D printer to create cosplay props. The photo above features her prop of San’s dagger from Princess Mononoke.

In her post, she talks about finding free 3D printing source files on Thingiverse. I also recently took advantage of their file archive to create a Father’s Day gift for my husband.

It was a cool group effort. My son came up with the idea of 3D printing a small dagger for him, but couldn’t find a cheap way to handle it in New York. Our local library in Kansas City offers free 3D printing, so I found a Thingiverse file for Bilbo’s Sting blade. My brother coordinated with the library to print the dagger via email and I went and picked it up. Bonus: the library offered to print two blade options – one black and one GLOW-IN-THE-DARK. Very cool.

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Have you done any 3D printing, for cosplay or otherwise? Share your experience in the comments!

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August 7

Baby Geekery

In celebration of my sister having her first baby, I have collected some of my favourite geek crafts for babies.

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There are some amazing baby crafts available on Etsy. Some of these are super cute! There are hundreds of things there that I love, but these are just a few of my favourites.

hp keys

How about some Harry Potter inspired keys flying around the ceiling, you just have to catch the right one!!

muggle born onesie

And what do you think of this onesie I made for my new baby niece? I can’t wait to educate her in geekery as she grows up!

August 2

Soda Can DeLorean

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Dave Hax made a DeLorean out of Pepsi cans. Pepsi sponsored the “Back To The Future” films and the cans are made from steel, perfect for a Delorean!

In reality, the DeLorean DMC-12 (commonly referred to simply as the DeLorean as it was the only model ever produced by the company) was an American sports car manufactured by John DeLorean’s DeLorean Motor Company for the American market from 1981–83. The car featured gull-wing doors and an innovative fiberglass chassis and underbody structure, along with that iconic brushed stainless steel body. Daves’s car also features the thrusters and Mr. Fusion, but unfortunately no flux capacitor!

If you’re interested in making your own car, templates to make the Delorean are featured in the video, linked above.

July 27

Manage Your Mischief With This Embroidery Tutorial

I-Solemnly-Swear-Embroidery

If you love Harry Potter, you’ll love this free embroidery pattern and tutorial from Beverly at Flamingo Toes! You can solemnly (or otherwise) be up to no good and make your own 8″ hoop art piece. Beverly gives step-by-step instructions and photos, and she even talks you through distressing the final piece so it looks aged, just like that Marauder’s Map!

Do you need a little help learning the Backstitch for this fun pattern? Check out my friend, Kristen, at Hey Paul Studios and her awesome video! Plus, she’s got great tips on picking fabrics, thread, and even hoops.

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July 20

It’s not too early for Halloween Costume Ideas!

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I just got to see the Minion movie this weekend (laugh-out-loud-adorable, by the way) and thought I’d share this epic Minion Halloween Costume tutorial with you all.  Linda from Craftaholics Anonymous posted this one a couple of years ago, but given the recent movie, I imagine Minions will be super popular this year.  Plus, I think it’d be pretty easy to adapt these patterns to adult sizes, if you’re of the adventurous type.

For more Minion-related goodies, check out The Costume Wrangler’s Geek Crafts Pinterest Board! And don’t forget to share your awesome Minion creations with the Geek Crafts family!

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July 15

Harry Potter Quiet Book – Pin of the Week

I get a lot of my geeky crafty inspiration from Pinterest, so I thought I would share with you all my favourite pin each week. You can follow my Pinterest geek crafts board here.

harry potter quiet book

My favourite pin this week is this Harry Potter quiet book. How epic is this?! I love it! You can get the pattern to make one for yourself here. I actually quite want one for myself, even if I don’t have a child! Enjoy :)