June 27

Reader Submission: Mini Mars Rover

It’s time, again, to dive into my EPIC mailbag full of your awesome reader submissions.

Megan from http://girlgeekboutique.com writes:

Your site is full of so very much win — I am excited to have found a place that is everything I’m all about! I am “Captain Girl Geek” of girlgeekboutique.com, a hobby business I run out of my home. Creating geek-crafts is lots of fun :-) one of my favourite pieces that I’ve made is the adorable “Teensy Tiny Circuit Board Mars Rover”

Hope you like it! ^-^

I sure do Megan! it’s got a Wall-E kinda vibe that I’m enjoying very, very much!

Want to see your work featured here? use the Submit a Geekcraft form to let us know about it!

June 7

Retro Robot Plushie Pattern

Retro Robot PlushIt’s the 21st century, and I have to say, I’m pretty darn disappointed. I thought by now we’d have flying cars, and that every home would have their own personal robot servant. Until the times catch up with my unrealistic expectations, I’ll just have to go DIY.

Luckily, I won’t have to design my ‘bot from scratch, thanks to this adorable Retro Robot plushie pattern from Gulf Coast Cottage. He’s got everything I want in a robot: flexible arms, eco-friendly wind-up powers, and a fully huggable chassis.

For those of you who already have plush robot minions, you should check out the Gulf Coast Cottage Etsy shop, anyway. It’s full of the most adorable felt food and play set patterns (including a super-neat under the sea set) you’ve ever seen!

February 8

Lubu Polymer Clay Robots

lubu robotsNothing says a geeky “I love you” like a personal robot. Especially when that robot is a super-kawaii version of your favorite pop culture icon.

Etsy shop Lubu has dozens of adorable polymer clay robots fit for every nerd and movie buff, from Star Wars poster boy Vader to The Hangover’s Alan and baby Carlos. There’s even a team of awesome Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles!

As if these weren’t cute enough on their own, Jenn and Tony Bot (the team behind Lubu) staged some classic movie scenes with their robots, including Return of the Jedi, Monty Python and the Holy Grail, and — my personal favorite — The Exorcist.

As Lubu’s profile promises, your eyes will be bleeding rainbows by the time you’re done taking in all the cuteness!

January 31

Two ways to make Tom Servo

Lately I’ve been getting really into watching Mystery Science Theatre 3000 (MST3K, of course). While my favorite robot on the show is Crow, I feel like Tom Servo is the most easily identifiable robot, even for non-fans of the show. With that in mind, I was curious about what kind of work might go into making a realistic Tom Servo robot.

Luckily, there’s a MST3K fansite that has instructions on how to construct Tom Servo! It looks like attempts were started on Crow and Gypsy, but the website hasn’t been updated since 2006 so I wouldn’t hold my breath on those. Tom looks great though! The anonymous builder admits that this is his first attempt at building one of the bots, but I wasn’t really able to tell.

If you want to give bot building a shot, but fiber arts are more your thing, Craftster member MageAkyla has instructions about how to crochet a chibi Tom Servo.In this version, he’s just a few inches tall and so cute!

I love the creativity and enthusiasm of MST3K fans! If you have any of your own related crafts, please let us know about them!

January 26

Newspaper Box Robot

I was in downtown Hillsboro, Oregon last week and saw this mini-spectacle on Main St., right in front of a sandwich shop. Someone used dryer vents, cardboard, tin foil, duct tape, and a little crafty ingenuity to robotify this plain old Hillsboro Argus newspaper box! I was totally charmed, and my two-year-old LOVED it.