December 30

Free Printable advice for the New Year

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Everyone’s getting ready for 2015 and polishing up those usual new year’s resolutions.  I thought I’d share a free printable from A Geek in Glasses to help get your new year off to a great start!

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December 28

Hobbit Craft: Sting Plush

Sting plush by Choly Knight

A group of 15 of us descended upon a local dine-and-watch movie theater last weekend for the latest (and last) installment of the Hobbit movie trilogy. Definitely epic eye candy – I mean, Legolas dashing up that crumbling tower?  Forget about it!

Bilbo’s trusty blade Sting made an appearance in the film, and served him well. If you would like a decidedly less pointy version with a high cute factor to brandish about, check out Choly Knight’s plushie pattern.

I agree with Choly about what makes this project unique: “the real kicker is the bit of satin stitching I did in glow-in-the-dark thread to simulate Sting’s ability to glow blue when orcs are near.” She says the glow-in-the-dark effect makes it great for pillow fights – which makes me want to make it even more, just to test out!

Have you seen the Battle of the Five Armies yet? What did you think? We did enjoy it, but my husband didn’t think the story merited three full movies.

 

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December 27

Star Wars BB-8 Ornament

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Just one little Christmas craft before the ornaments and decorations are put away: BB-8, the rolling volleyball-like droid from the upcoming, “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.” Here it is, in all it’s Styrofoam ball and glitter glory. Looks cute, but I know in our house with a new cat, this wouldn’t have made it through the first night of being on the tree.

It was posted about two weeks before Christmas to Imgur, by someone who made it for their first homemade Christmas decoration exchange. There wasn’t any information available as to whether or not the maker actually made an extra one for him/herself to keep.

December 22

Wrapping Up with Geeky DIY Gift Wrap Ideas

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Let’s pretend you’ve got all your shopping done for Christmas.  Now what? If you’re like me (well, if you’re like me you don’t have any shopping done, but like I said, let’s pretend) if you’re like me, you suck at wrapping gifts.  Even if your wrapped gifts end up looking like a two-year-old went crazy with a roll of scotch tape, the paper itself can look really cool, and you can make it yourself!  What’s even better is that these wrapping paper ideas work for year round, not just the holidays.

If the force is strong with this one present, then you should try Rebecca’s Star Wars silhouette gift tags and wrap idea from her blog Older and Wiser. All you need is a printer, scissors, and a glue stick.

 

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If you’re pressed for time, the Harry Potter fans in your life will get a kick out of this free printable owl post gift wrap paper.  Just download and print it out on some craft paper.  You can thank Chiara from Celeste Fritatta for this one.

 

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This one is my favorite, and it’s so easy.  All you need are some crayons and a piece of decorative wash tape and you’ve got interactive wrapping paper.  Rachel on Lines Across has got even more super easy and fun interactive gift wrap ideas like this one you should definitely check out.

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December 8

Guardians of the Galaxy Craft Ideas

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Guardians of the Galaxy is coming out on DVD this week, and I thought now’s the perfect time to get inspired by this fantastic movie.  So, I’ve rounded up some craft ideas to help you get in the mood for talking trees, gun-wielding raccoons, and spontaneous dance-offs.

Dorothy Tan, from Design Taxi, has a really cool Groot paper craft pattern, designed by a freelancer in the Phillippines, Richenna King.

Not enough Groot goodness? How about these super cute Baby Groot Cupcakes? This DIY is actually pretty easy! It was put together by JK Denim, and I found it on Makezine.com.

I used to make stuff with Perler Beads (beads you fuse together with heat), and I found this pattern for a Rocket Raccoon:

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The same designer has a Perler Bead pattern for Star Lord and Groot too!

And for you knitters out there, I found this delightfully fun Tape Cassette iPod Cozy.

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November 30

Ironing Board Do-Over

Star Wars ironing board by The Geek Forge

Got a stash of geeky fabrics, but not sure what you want to make with them? Jen at The Geek Forge has put together a great step-by-step tutorial for recovering an ironing board with Star Wars fabric. She makes it look pretty easy!

Be sure to also check out their Etsy shop for geek accessories and art. 15% of all profits go to Hero Initiative, a charity which helps comic book artists.