November 29

DIY Star Wars Canvas Wall Art

Star Wars canvas by Kimbo West

Got a Star Wars fan on your gift list? Check out these cool DIY Star Wars wall art canvases by Kimbo at A Girl and a Glue Gun!

Her tutorial walks you through her process, from painting the background of the canvas, to where she found her spaceship clipart, to creating a galaxy and explosions. Cool effects!

This would be easy enough to adapt to any space-based fandom (any Trekkies or Browncoats on your list?).

What holiday gift crafting is on your to-do list? Share with us in the comments below!

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November 15

Finding Star Trek Crafts in the Weirdest Places

Full disclosure this weekend: somehow, I’ve ended up sick again, so I’ve been binge watching Star Trek fan films on You Tube. There’s a lot of interesting ones, and a few not so good ones, out there. And because I was in a Star Trek frame of mind for my entertainment, it carried over into my entry for today.

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First up, a “Live Long and Prosper” clock from…Wal-Mart!

Made from red oak, this clock stands 8.75″ tall and 6.75″ wide. It’s available for $46.89. Now, if that’s your mantra in life but you don’t have almost $50 available but you still need something for your home, the phrase, “Live long and prosper” is fairly dominant over in the home and living section of Etsy.

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Next up is your very own Galileo from the USS Enterprise, in necklace form.

Given that you’re celebrating you anniversary with your girlfriend or just that you finish modifying your retro class F shuttle-craft, and you need to treat yourself on this occasion or to accessorize your uniform. Whether you’re off duty or on, this Pennsylvania designer, “Paul Michael Design” beautifully crafted this shuttlecraft. It comes either in gold or silver, with a customizing of what type of gem stones to be “seated” inside the shuttle when it’s open up to see the interior.

The length of the pendant is least 22mm, and is available for $395. Paul Mitchell Design is located in Pittsburgh, PA.

November 8

One Party to Rule Them All

Lord OfThe Rings Sauron pinata from Blossomingjoy

Isn’t this pinata stunning? It’s almost like Sauron is right in the room <shudder>. It literally made my jaw drop when I saw it, so I knew I had to share it here.

When Melody at Blossomingjoy.com hosted a Lord of the Rings themed party for her son, she pulled out all the stops. Party-goers attended in costume, there was a mega-brownie Mount Doom, the jaw-dropping Eye of Sauron pinata, handmade party favors, rice krispie lembas bread, and a Hobbit version of a Toastmasters 60-second speech exercise. Whew! What a party! And lucky for us, she wrote up all sorts of great details and how-to’s in her blog post.

Have you been to any geek-themed parties? What’s your favorite theme, or one you want to host in the near future? Sound off in the comments below!

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November 1

Harry Potter craft: Magical textbook skirt

Harry Potter textbook skirt by Marissa Fischer

I don’t know about you, but this time of year makes me want to pull on snuggly socks, bury myself beneath a cozy blanket (hand-crocheted, of course!), and dive into a good book. Or perhaps dive into a sewing project inspired by a good book – Harry Potter, to be specific.

Marissa over at Raegun Ramblings has posted a tutorial for just such a project: the Hogwarts Textbook Skirt. Her write-up includes a 20-minute a-line knit skirt tutorial (including “super-easy hemming knits trick”), which you can then embellish with your choice of Hogwarts-required reading. I love her furry Monster Book of Monsters with googly eyes! I also love that you could easily add textbook embellishments to a ready-made skirt for an even quicker project.

What textbooks would include on your skirt? Let us know in the comments below!

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October 31

Lady Skellington for Halloween

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Just in time for Halloween, Darkspectre Custom Couture of Newberry, FL, posted this image of a gender bent Jack Skellington dress on Imgur.

It is a one of a kind commission piece, and the store do not have any more in stock, as all of their items are hand crafted and made to order. Their garments are not costumes, but rather, they are actual clothing quality pieces and meant for wear. This dress was in the works for four months.

October 29

Target Star Wars Keychains – $1 each

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While browsing the $1-$3 section at my local Target (I love that section), I saw these awesome Star Wars keychains for a mere $1 each (they also had Vader and a stormtrooper). They are made of silicone, I think. I had just recently bought a vew small backpack (a sling bag) to take to work and needed some geeky accents on it and I thought these would be perfect (and CHEAP). R2 ended being too big so he now dangles from my rear view mirror in my car and the Star Wars logo is attached to my backback. I didn’t like the fact that the backs are just plain (no design) so I ended up going back and buying two more and supergluing them back to back so no matter which side they flip to, you can see what it is. I removed the chain on the Star Wars one for my backpack and left it on R2 so he can dangle.

Here’s the Star Wars logo on the packpack:
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Looks pretty good for only $2! The Space Invader is made of Perler beads my daughter made for me and the stormtrooper key chain I got at Amazon for $4 before I found the Target ones.