October 3

Make Your Very Own Bat Mobile

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Unfortunately, it’s not four-wheeled Batmobile we’d all love to take a spin in, but rather a Halloween decoration from Martha Stewart.

Peek into your backyard and your art-supply drawer — odds are you have everything you need to make this bat mobile.

Trace her free bat templates onto black card stock; cut them out and fold them according to template instructions. Make a small hole in the center of each bat with a tack. Poke a piece of thread through each hole, and knot it. Tie the bats to a found branch (painting it black is optional). Then hang the branch from two pieces of thread secured to the top of the window with flat thumbtacks.

One pointer I’d like to add: start keeping your eyes open for the right branch weeks before you start your Halloween decorating. When you find the one(s) you like, bring them into a garage or some other climate controlled area, and let them dry out completely. It’s also a good time to check the branches over for bugs. And if you decide to paint your branch, here’s a great tutorial on the best way to do it.

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October 3

A Spooky Photo Tutorial For You to Try

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We’ve all seen those spooktacular photos where the subject is somehow levitating. If you’ve wondered on how you can achieve the effect, then this tutorial from Jodie and Jen on Eighteen25.com will give you some great tips. You’ll need a tripod for the best results, and you’ll need to know how to use Photoshop as well (the tutorial is great, but clearly intended for folks who are familiar with the photo editing program already).  The possibilities are endless though, and the photo shoot itself would be loads of fun.  Kick your Halloween spirit into high gear with this delightful idea, and be sure to share the results with your friends here at Geek Crafts.

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September 26

Make Your Own Halloween Skeleton Fairies

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Here’s a tutorial for creating a Halloween decoration that’s really different and unique! Better yet, the materials are super cheap.  The skeleton is from the Dollar Tree (and comes in a pack of 4!), and the butterfly wings are from a craft store.   The only other materials you need are things you probably already have: some black paint (for aging the bones a little and darkening the eye sockets), scissors, and a hot glue gun.   I’m thinking I might need an army of these little guys . . . .

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September 24

Floral Cross-Stitch Street Installations

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Raquel Rodrigo has created some amazing large scale floral cross stitch street artworks. This needs to become as popular as yarn bombing was.

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Set designer and artist Raquel Rodrigo brings the macro details of cross-stitch embroidery to building facades around Madrid. Her colorful installations are prepared beforehand with enlarged cross-stitch techniques utilizing thick string wrapped on wire mesh before each is unrolled and affixed to a surface. The decorative pieces create a fun, pixelated texture that looks completely different close up versus at a distance.

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September 24

Jaws Necklace

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I came across this Jaws necklace on Imgur the other day. There wasn’t any information about it. It couldn’t be too terribly difficult to make. Start with come clay, paints and get some chains. And as a fan of “Bruce the Shark,” I may end up giving this a try.

But I decided to take a peek on Etsy to see if I could find it. While I couldn’t find it on Etsy, I did find a very cool alternative.

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The design on this slice of birch tree is a combination of colored pencils and ink. It’s been sealed with a high-gloss epoxy and coated with a matte varnish. Despite being sealed, Kahahuna doesn’t recommend getting this piece excessively wet because it may cause the wood to swell and damage the design. All buttons and pendants are made one at a time and none are exactly the same. Necklace is fitted on a 14″ link chain or hemp cord. The birch bark may unravel over time, but this does not harm the design and adds to the character. It’s available on brass chain or shimmery wire-wrapped hemp, both with lobster clasps.

Kahahuna also sells this necklace for only $20.00.

September 19

Want To See Iron Man Dancing With a T-Rex?

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I had the pleasure of setting up shop at TopCon this past weekend, a small convention in Topeka, Kansas. It being their hometown, of course the IBOTKS were there (Iron Brothers of Topeka, KS).  They’re a family cosplay group that’s built some amazing Ironman themed cosplays, along with many other costumes too.  I just happened to catch this video of Ironman and War Machine getting their groove on with a T-Rex (and it’s hard to see, but there’s this little kid in the middle of it all dancing his little heart out too).  Needless to say, it was a fun weekend.  If you want to see more pictures from TopCon, head on over to their photo gallery!

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