Got a party occasion coming up, and looking for a geeky party favor or decorations? Lisa Kay Tate of Minion Feeding 101, and contributor to Geek Mom, has ya covered!
She offers a geek-tastic round-up of five ways you can put your crafting superpowers to use, spanning a variety of fandoms. Using plain cupcake or bonbon boxes you can find in the baking section of most major craft stores, she gave them each a makeover to depict the Tesseract Infinity Stone, Shakri cubes (which she calls Countdown Cubes) from Doctor Who, Minecraft Creepers, Rubik’s Cubes, and Portal Companion Cubes. Her post includes printables downloads and links to templates, so be sure to check it out!
How have you used your crafting superpowers to create geeky party favors or decorations? Please share with a comment below!
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Every room needs a good chair to tie it together, and it should also have a conversation piece. Why can’t those be combined into one solid piece of awesome furniture? In this case, they have been!
WittsWhimsy on Etsy, of Cary, IL, created this one of a kind TARDIS chair. The wood trim on this Begere Regency chair was terribly worn, so it was sanded and painted black. The front fabric is hand painted Cobalt blue shantung silk. The old cushion was replaced, and handmade the piping throughout was created for this chair. The cushion was made of four inch thick memory foam.
Fortunately for WittsWhimsy, the chair did sell already. Unfortunately for us, the chair did sell already and there’s not another one available.
These days more and more people are rocking their personal geek chic style than ever before. So I’ve rounded up some fun DIY tutorials on starting (or adding to) your own geek chic wardrobe for everyday fabulousness. Take this awesome gathered skirt tutorial from the blog Set to Stunning by Lindz and Scruffy. It’s an easy-to-follow tutorial with pictures, and the idea is so simple you can use any fabric you want. Heck, make a bunch of these beauties, one for every day of the week if you like.
If sewing isn’t your thing, then perhaps peel-n-stick is more your style. Maya Murillo from the blog I Love to Create has a quirky and quick video tutorial on making your own sequin Godzilla shirt, no sewing required. It’s a cute idea, and another one you can easily customize without a lot of effort. She uses Aleene’s Peel and Stick Sheets to adhere the sequined Godzilla to a t-shirt. I haven’t used the product myself, but it’s gotten some mixed reviews. If you want an alternative, try Wonder Under Fusible Web. All you’ll need is an iron. Be sure the fabric you’re using for the Godzilla shape is ironing friendly, however (so, maybe glitter instead of sequins).
If you’re feeling a bit more artsy, then Alessandra from The Sparkle Queen has a nice photo tutorial on making your own galaxy shirt with a hidden TARDIS using bleach and paint. The process is similar to another technique featured here on Geek Crafts. Though Alessandra uses acrylic paints, if you’re looking for something that won’t change the hand of the fabric as much (you know, make your shirt feel a little crunchy once it’s all done), try some fabric paints designed to have a softer feel on fabric once dry. I’ve used Pebeo fabric paints before with good results myself, but there are tons of products out there available at your local craft store. Or, if you’re feeling really adventurous try out Dharma Trading online for some really excellent fabric paints, techniques, and tutorials. You can even get clothing blanks from them too.
Have fun spicing up your wardrobe!
Sometimes you just need a bag that’s bigger on the inside. That’s where Jade Falcon comes in. She has posted a very detailed account of her process for creating a TARDIS shoulder bag to take with her to cons.
I loved her write-up of how she came up with the design, then modified it after a trial run before hitting a con. As a not-so-great-seamstress myself, it was fascinating to read how a pro attacks design issues to come up with a winner of a project.
Have you ever created a project, then gone back and reworked it after a test run? We’d love to hear about it in the comments section below!
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It’s never too early to get started on those Valentines, and I’ve found some great ones for Star Wars and Doctor Who fans.
The first series of valentines are designs from Alecia at AleciaDawn Photography. She’s got seven separate designs, all of them epic, and all of them perfect for kids and adults (and anyone in between). All you have to do is download and print them out on some card stock.
The second series I found while exploring the wilds of the intarwebz are valentines from Heidi Schulz and her blog Frantically Simple. These exploit my ultimate weakness, Doctor Who. These are definitely worth traveling through space and time, but you’ll only have to download them and print them out on some card stock to enjoy.
The last series of valentines I found are from Hanasaurusrex! Nothing says “I love you” like zombies, so look no further for Valentine’s Day cards than here!
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Even though Christmas is over, there’s been a glut of really cool Doctor Who-inspired gifts all over the internet. They’re too cool to pass up, so here’s a quick rundown of some of the best ones I’ve seen. First up, the homemade TARDIS bookshelf. There’s an entire photo album online at Imgur, showing details like the hidden compartments. It was built by the poster’s boyfriend for Christmas.
Next up, a TARDIS quilt, also courtesy of Imgur!
If you check out the online album of this, you’ll see the poster, jgcox00’s new timey “wifey” (seewhutidid there? har har har, made myself laugh), even took the time to outline weeping angels in the TARDIS window stitching!
Last up, the same poster even got an understated TARDIS duffle bag.
On the outside, it looks like a very nice blue patchwork duffle. However, start looking inside the pockets and inside the bag, and everything is lined with a different kind of Doctor Who fabric, with some very nice detail work.