May 16

Make Your Own Lightsaber!

DIY lightsaber by Shawn Jolicoeur

Ever wish you had your own Star Wars lightsaber? Now you can, thanks to this video tutorial by Geekbuilder Shawn Jolicoeur!

His video gives a brief overview of the steps he took to build a lightsaber from a metal pipe. Very realistic-looking!

The YouTube video also includes an epic lightsaber battle with his younglings, complete with cosplay!

What sci-fi gadget do you wish you had? Let us know in the comments!

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May 9

Han Solo’s Blaster From “A New Hope”

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This is actually a tutorial I’m following myself: recreating Han Solo’s blaster from Star Wars, Episode 4: A New Hope. I started off with the orange and white costume gun from Amazon. OB1Al wrote this tutorial as someone with an interest in making a variety of movie props.

Lightly sand the blaster with a fine grade sandpaper, remove the lettering on the side this way too. Prime with grey auto-primer and leave for a day or two to dry. If you intend to take this blaster to any cons, you may want to leave the end of the barrel orange so it’s still event-appropriate. You can just cover it with some tape when you hit it with the spray paint.

Add a base coat of silver (just use regular silver, NOT metallic silver as it doesn’t take the top coats very well). Leave to dry again. Add a coat of matte black paint. Once it’s dry. highlight the barrel and sight with a gloss black, to add a bit of depth to the paint-job.

Now, using fine grade sandpaper, CAREFULLY begin the weather the blaster by removing parts of the black paint, exposing the silver color underneath. Try to pick areas which would naturally receive wear and tear from normal use. You can also add some weathering topically (i.e., with a small artist brush in places). Weather the sight with some brass colored paint for greater authenticity.

Now, choose a nice brown wood-colored enamel for the grips. Carefully paint in the two sides of the grip and leave to dry. Once dry, spray a little bit of the matte black onto a saucer and dip your finger in it, wiping off most of the excess. Carefully rub some of the black into the brown grip area, giving some depth to the paint and weathering the area. Finally, use your brass colored paint to paint the ‘screws’ in the middle of the grips.

May 2

Spruce Up with a Hobbit Door Wreath

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Now that nicer weather is more predictably ensconced, you might be in spring cleaning mode. Or maybe you’re past that, into “this place needs some sprucing up” mode. How about a nice new door wreath…with a touch of geek? Scruffy over at Set to Stunning has just the project tutorial for you – a Hobbit door wreath!

I like that she “added oomf” to her acorns with glitter and Mod Podge, and that this wreath was originally intended as holiday decor, but now is a year-round essential.

I also love that by creating the wreath, you’ll “be the envy of those you don’t know half as well as you would like, and those you like half as well as they deserve.”

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May 1

Custom TARDIS Inspired Jewelry Box

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pzcreations22 of Texas created this custom jewelry box for her Etsy store. The TARDIS inspired four drawer jewelry box is 7 1/4 inches tall, 6 inches wide, and 3 inches deep, (I wonder if it’s bigger on the inside!) and has a satin finish.

Because it is a custom made box, pzcreations22 said it will take 5-7 days to complete. But the TARDIS isn’t your thing to stash your jewelry away, there are other choices, including Sherlock Holmes, Twilight from “My Little Ponies,” The Golden Girls, and more.

April 25

What Team Are You On? Cap or Iron Man?

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With this tutorial from Crafty McFangirl you won’t have to choose sides. You can make both cool boxes, and just in time for Mother’s Day, too. I don’t know a mom out there that doesn’t like organizational tools. Plus, you can run with the concept and techniques covered in the really excellent video tutorial and make boxes for all the Avengers (or Justice League too!).

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April 25

Settle in for a Catan Party & Game Night

Catan party cupcakes by Jessica at Shower of Roses

Now that you’ve made your own Settlers of Catan game board set, it’s time to snuggle in with your Catan afghan and plan a Settlers of Catan party!

Fortunately, Jessica at Shower of Roses has done pretty much all the prep work for you, complete with a printable banner and food labels, and resource-inspired menu (see the Cupcakes of Catan above). All that’s left to add is a night of gaming fun!

Do you host themed gaming nights at your homestead? What fun elements wow’d your guests? Share your party prowess with the geek-crafting community below!

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