July 26

Create Your Own Studio Ghibli Scenes

Make this amazing Studio Ghibli catbus from My Neighbor Totoro with the help of a papercrafting kit. Learn more on GeekCrafts.com.

Thanks to Mental Floss and RocketNews24, we now know about some amazing kits that allow you to use paper to recreate iconic scenes and sites from Studio Ghibli films, such as “My Neighbor Totoro” and “Spirited Away.”

The papercraft kits by Sankei include everything you need to create the cat bus (pictured above) from Totoro, Howl’s Moving Castle, the Jiji house from “Kiki’s Delivery Service,” and more.

The kits are available on Amazon, and are a little pricey, since they ship from Tokyo, but may be well worth it for big Studio Ghibli fans.

What Studio Ghibli scene would you most like to create? Let us know in the comments below!

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P.S. On a related note, you may also be interested in this post from RocketNews24: Studio Ghibli letter sheds new light on Spirited Away mysteries.

June 20

This Dad Takes Cosplay to A Whole New World!

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I saw this on BuzzFeed and knew I had to share it.  This dad started out in fashion design, but discovered a whole new world in cosplay for his kids (and he and his wife too!).  He started by making a Fairy Godmother costume for his daughter to wear to Disney World, and it seems to have snowballed from there.  My favorite? The Belle peasant gown that transforms into her ballgown right in front of your eyes.  Seriously.

How incredibly cool is that? You may need to watch that a couple times, that transformation is so fast.

Want to see more, just check out @DesignerDaddy on Instagram for more of his creations.

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June 13

It’s The Perfect Kitchen Accessory

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When preparing your tacos and chimichangas, you’ve got to have the right tools on hand. Inspired by a French comic, Instructables user BrittLiv set out on a journey to build a knife block of their very own.  After a lot of trial and error, research, and more trial and error, BrittLive finally arrived at the delightful creation pictured above.  It was 3D printed in sections, assembled, coated in a special resin, and then painted.  BrittLiv has included all the files they created, along with a detailed narrative of their process, all on Instructables. If  you’ve got a 3D printer, a love for the merc-with-a-mouth, and a lot of perseverence, you too can create your very own Deadpool Knife Block.

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June 6

Coffee In A Half Shell, Caffeine Power!

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With the latest movie hitting the box office, I went in search for some TMNT (Teenage Mutant Ninja Tutorials) to share with you all! I found this cool coffee cozy knitting pattern on Ravelry, designed and posted by Strawberry Knits. The mask actually ties in back, and you can of course pick the color of your favorite turtle for your own ninja-powered coffee accessory.  You can download the pattern free, and there’s a simpler version where the mask is knitted as part of the body of the cozy instead of separately. You even have the option of downloading just the written pattern or a pattern and photo tutorial.  Have at it, knitting ninjas!

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May 30

Civil War Themed Lego Mural – What More Is There To Say?

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A few weeks ago I got to meet one of the artists behind the incredible Lego work I kept seeing at area conventions. His name is Allen T. Hickman. For Planet Comicon, he created this amazing Captain America: Civil War mural. That Captain America Shield? He created that too.  And people, he doesn’t use a computer program to do it. Want to see more of his awesome stuff (not just murals, but fully realized Lego models too!), then check out Allen’s Facebook Page and take a look at some of his incredible creations.  Be sure to hop on over to The Just Brick League Facebook Page too and check out more of his Lego masterpieces.  You can also find video of the Lego awesomeness that Allen and Ty Forshee brought to Planet Comicon 2015 on YouTube, posted by Gabe Counts.

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May 30

This Star Wars Derby Hat Takes the Prize

Stasia Star Wars hat - top view

I had the opportunity to spend some time at Kansas City’s longest-running science fiction convention, ConQuesT, this weekend. I ran into my friend Annastasia Webster, of Stasia Crafts, there, and her hat bowled me over. Stasia is known on the con circuit for her stunning hats, and this Star Wars confection was no exception.

“You just need a ton of crap and some hot glue,” was her advice to me on making unique headwear, but this was far from “crap” – she’s quite clever and inventive with her supplies.

Her hat featured Yoda, Darth Vader, and R2D2 figures, as well as a light saber. She mentioned that when she went looking for action figures, they were rather pricey, so she opted to grab some kid water bottles that had similar figures on top, and handy flat bottoms that sat nicely on her hat. The light saber? It’s a bubble wand! She just scraped off the bubble label, tossed the bubble contraption, and it was perfect.

Stasia Star Wars hat - side view

In the pic, you can also just make out her shawl, which she hand-knitted. Her talents are limitless!

What inventive creations have you seen at cons lately? Share with us in the comments below!

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