December 27

“Star Trek Continues” in Oil

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Star Trek Continues is a critically-acclaimed, award-winning, fan-produced webseries that continues with the Enterprise’s on-going five year mission, and does so with new actors in the iconic original roles.

Recently, oil artist Emie Morrisette painted an oil portrait of Captain James T. Kirk and ship’s counselor, Dr. McKennah, as portrayed by Vic Mignogna and Michele Specht. Currently, the portrait is hanging in their studio.

December 27

It Began With a Pair of Shoes…

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Gabrielledeschain posted these shoes she painted for her oldest daughter.

Her daughter found a pair online that she liked and sent over a picture. But alas, these $80 shoes from Colorado weren’t in Mom’s budget, since Mom’s unemployed because of her health.

But like any good mom, Gabrielledeschain wasn’t going to let that stop her. Gabrielledeschain’s mom even got involved by purchasing a pair of plain white shoes. And because Gabrielledeschain already had the paints, she got to working. Her series of photos on Imgur serve as a creative tutorial on how you could paint your own pair of Doctor Who shoes, customized for your favorite Doctor.

December 27

DIY Pom Pom Soot Sprites

Soot Sprite pom poms by Kate McCurrach

This has to be one of the easiest DIYs we’ve shared on GeekCrafts – yarn, felt, thread, and BAM! You got yourself some Soot Sprites from Studio Ghibli.

Kate at Scientific Culture shares how she likes to string them up so they hover in the corner of her apartment. “I’ve been taking those little sprites around with me for years now and any visitors always give me weird looks at the eye ball Pom poms I have hanging in the dark corners of my ceiling,” she explained.

For the uninitiated, the Soot Sprites are supernatural spirits seen in Hayao Miyazaki’s famous anime-productions “My Neighbor Totoro” and “Spirited Away” [Wikipedia and Spirited Away wikia].

Would your visitors give you a strange look, or a thumbs up? Share with us in the comments!

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December 21

3 Last Minute DIY Gift Ideas!

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The holiday clock is definitely ticking, and if you’ve still got shopping to do, never fear! You’ve still got time to make something handmade. Take those comic book magnets in the picture above. They’re super simple, and they’d make great stocking stuffers. Just check out the tutorial by Amanda Formaro over on her blog Crafts by Amanda for step-by-step instructions.  She’s even got a separate tutorial on making a comic book decoupage picture frame if you’re looking for something a little more special.

Ewok

Mollie over at Wild Olive has a tutorial on making your very own little, cuddly, Mini Ewok Softie.  This little Wicket would make the best stocking stuffer!

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Got a techie on your list? Why not try crocheting a monster phone case? Trish from the blog Genuine Mudpie has got a great step-by-step tutorial on making this fun gift.

Got some last minute DIY gift ideas? Be sure to share them with us!

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December 20

Geek Gifts: Nerdy Heating Pads

Nerdy Heating Pads by 6NerdyChicks

Need a quick gift idea for a geek in your life? Grab some geeky fabric from Jo-Ann’s, some popcorn kernels, your sewing machine, and this tutorial from Katie Friedman of 6NerdyChicks, and you can whip out a Nerdy Heating Pad in probably under an hour!

With all the great geeky fabric out these days, your options for customization are limitless!

Have you ever tried one of the projects featured here on GeekCrafts! Let us know how it went! Post a comment below!

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December 20

Progress on a Homemade Statue

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ValkyrieII recently posted a statue he/she updated (sorry, based on the information and comments available, I don’t know if ValkyrieII is male or female). Anyway, on the left is the original version of the statue, either made for a college class or Halloween (doesn’t it look like an awesome headstone piece for a cemetery?). The right side shows the updates ValkyrieII has made to it.

The other pictures that accompany the post really show some nice detail work. Tt’s originally made out of chicken wire, paper maché, hardened fabric, and Styrofoam pieces. It has a Styrofoam head from Michael’s before, but the facial features weren’t great so this year, ValkyrieII bought some clay and built up some parts to make the face look a little more human.

The base is a microwave box with some 99¢ store decorations and paint on it. ValkyrieII said s/he tried to make it as weather proof as possible, but with the weight of the statue and the morning dew, the top has started to sag. Eventually, angel wings will be added to the statue’s body.