December 1

Geek out for the Holidays with Ornaments

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Zombie Gingerbread Man Ornament by My Zombie Friends on Etsy, credit Adrienne Jones.

To combat holiday stress, I like to decorate with as much geek-tastic awesomeness as I can create and find.  Things like zombie gingerbread men, Teenage Muntant Ninja Turtle ornaments, and 8-bit fireplaces always make me smile.  Why not have a geeky holiday this year and let Geek Crafts give you a head start with some fun, easy tutorials and even a gift idea or two.

Ornaments!

TMNTOrnamentsDIYFor the turtle lover, you’ve got to take a look at The Whoot’s DIY Ninja Turtles. My nephews love the Turtles, and this is the sort of craft you could do with little boys (and plenty of supervision!).

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My nephews are also in love with the Minions. This awesome DIY features other great fandom character ideas, like Sesame Street and Monsters Inc too.

 

 

MuppetOrnamentsDIYThese Muppet ornaments are super easy to make too, thanks to the great tutorial from Meg on Happy Looks Good on You. These little cuties were inspired by her original tutorial on making superhero ornaments.

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Sarah Dees from FrugalFun4Boys.com has some fun Lego ornament ideas (good for girls too!).

Geeky Decor Fun

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Kat and Cam from Our Nerd Home has a some great ideas for decorating the home for the holidays, including this Wreath DIY made from foam core! I bet craft foam would work great too.  Plus, you could totally customize this to all of your own favorite fandom images.

I have to share their 8-bit fireplace DIY too.  This is too awesome for words, and incredibly easy to do.  It’s warm and cozy, don’t you think?

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This last decor DIY is not for the faint of heart, but this Embroidery tutorial from Jessica (from Miniature Rhino) on Design Sponge takes you step-by-step through making this beautiful embroidered constellation table runner.  Perhaps not strictly a holiday theme, I think it lends itself well to any winter themed decor you’ve got going on in your home.

ConstellationTableRunner

November 30

Ironing Board Do-Over

Star Wars ironing board by The Geek Forge

Got a stash of geeky fabrics, but not sure what you want to make with them? Jen at The Geek Forge has put together a great step-by-step tutorial for recovering an ironing board with Star Wars fabric. She makes it look pretty easy!

Be sure to also check out their Etsy shop for geek accessories and art. 15% of all profits go to Hero Initiative, a charity which helps comic book artists.

November 28

Are You Satisfied With Your Care?

Hello All! I hope you all had an amazing Thanksgiving (or a great Thursday, if you’re outside the US). If you’re looking for movies to go see this weekend, I highly recommend Big Hero 6. It’s adorable and full of science! Plus, Baymax, who is the lovable healthcare robot, is a truly great character.

Part of Baymax’s programming is to be huggable and caring, and these crafts can help you make your very own robot healthcare companion!

First, for all you crochet lovers, Kamilla has posted an accurate and adorable crochet pattern on her blog, krawka.blogspot.com.

Baymax Crochet Pattern

If you’re looking for a quick and cute project, Carolina from 30minutecrafts.com has instructions for a Baymax Bandage Tin, for those accident-prone people in your life, or those who just like to be prepared. (It’d make a clever stocking stuffer as well!)

Baymax Bandage Tin

And lastly, Jessica has posted her version of a Baymax plushie, filled with rice so you can heat him up to help with aches and pains. You can buy the plushie for $45 from her etsy store, or you can follow the plushie tutorial made by Hiro Hamada and make your own!

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Baymax Rice Plushie

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Pattern for Baymax Plushie

 

I hope you are satisfied with your Geek Crafts today, and that you all have a wonderful and geeky day!

November 24

Thor voted sexiest man alive!

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Last week People Magazine announced that the lovely Chris Hemsworth (photo Credit: Ben Watts), aka Thor, is this year’s Sexiest Man Alive.

Well, duh.

In honor of this prestigious award, I thought, for my first post as a contributor to Geek Crafts, I’d share some awesome Thor related tutorials.

Thor’s Hammer

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Of course, you can’t talk Thor and not talk Mjolnir, his big . . . hammer.  :)  Here’s a great Instructable on building your own hammer.

If you’re looking for something a little less “cosplay” and a little more “toy“, try this tutorial from Doodlecraft .  It’s a bit more kid friendly, and you might even have the materials needed already, since it uses things like a hot glue and an old pillowcase.

Thor Costume Fun

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The folks at Cutesy Crafts have this delightful tutorial on making your own superhero masks, including the mighty god of thunder.  Supposedly these awesome masks are meant just for kids, but really? I think these would make fabulous accessories for everyday wear.

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This tutorial from Life Sprinkled with Glitter has to be my favorite.  It’s a baby Thor costume DIY, and Colleen Wickersheim has got step-by-step instructions, with pictures, on creating the costume, helmet, and hammer. I’m thinking this would be perfect for my nephew’s first Halloween next year.

Need a Thor of your very own?

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Over at Photobucket you can find this free printable to make your very own 3-D paper Thor created by Jim Bowen (username trogdoriangrey).

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You may have seen this one featured on Geek Crafts before, but it’s so worth sharing again.  Ravelry creator Jess Newstone has got the cutest little god of thunder amigurumi pattern ever and it’s free!  She’s even got Thor’s adopted bad boy brother amigurumi pattern (free to0!).

 

More links of interest:

 

October 26

My Bouncy Neighbor Totoro for Geek Babies

Totoro bouncer by Cation Designs

I get a little thrill when I see crafty projects that repurpose/upcycle a useful something into a geekier version of a useful something. Case in point: Cation Design’s Totoro variation on an existing “Snugabunny” bouncer. I mean, really, if a manufacturer can make up something called a Snugabunny, it equally stands to reason it could be morphed into a Totoro.

For those unfamiliar, “My Neighbor Totoro” is a highly popular anime movie written and directed by the world-renowned Hayao Miyazaki, who also made “Spirited Away,” “Princess Mononoke,” and “Howl’s Moving Castle.”

Cation’s post walks readers through her creative process, including crafting a fleece-lined Totoro-shaped slip cover and dangling Soot Sprites.

What geeky repurpose/upcycle projects have you created? Link us up in the comments!

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October 12

A Super Sewing Project

Super Hero shirt by Annie Case Hanks

I must admit that among my many crafting hobbies and interests, sewing is probably the one at which I am least adept. I often see sewing projects on blogs and Pinterest and marvel at how the seamstresses are able to whip things together and customize projects to challenging fabrics or body shapes.

I recently cyber-met sewing whiz Annie Case Hanks via the Female Geek Bloggers G+ Community, and did a little squee when I saw this Marvel-based shirt she sewed for her son. I was impressed that she took an indie-designer pattern and geeked it out with some Marvel-licensed fabric, modifying it a bit to suit her husband’s/son’s tastes. While I often stray from paper crafting instructions and examples, veering off from sewing directions terrifies me, so kudos to Annie for her sewing prowess!

I love her idea to add just a strip of the comic book art fabric – sometimes those licensed or fandom-inspired fabrics are pretty busy, so a full project made from the fabric might be a bit much, but a two-inch strip at the collar or hem might be just the right touch of geek flair.

BTW, Annie’s blog name is also geeky – “The Enantiomer Project” refers to a chemistry term for a stereoisomer which has a mirror image. She likes to think of those enantiomers when it comes to her sewing projects, and considers her blog her “lab notebook” of sewing projects, with all of the materials, procedures, and products. By day she is a science professor, and by night, a “sewing mad scientist.” Girl crush.

Have you ever strayed from directions to geekify a project? How did that go for you?