Category Archives: Arts and Crafts

Instructables

In case you didn’t already know, instructables.com is an incredible resource for geeks. From cosplay to crafts to techy builds, Instructables has a little something for everyone.

I is for Instructables

Here are some of my favorite Instructables, some of which I’ve made and some of which I wish I had the time/talent to make but don’t: (more…)

George Takei and other Star Trek Gems

I am a huge fan of George Takei and absolutely love the way he has used his fame to speak out for equality for the LGBT community as well as to shine light on what happened to the Japanese Americans during WWII.

Fans of the original Star Trek know that this is nothing new for the cast and writers of the long-loved sci-fi. Star Trek has been the model of equality since its first airing, uniting all races of humans and aliens in a single star-ship and a common goal. Most notably, they cast a black woman to play the part of communications officer Lieutenant Uhura during a time when blacks were still fighting to end segregation in the south.

Years after the fact, we are all still talking about the first interracial kiss on television. Simply ground-breaking.

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Exploring Space

I got the bright idea to make a solar system with the kids. Me being the perfectionist that I am, my first instinct was to do a papermache solar system to scale. Any of you who know anything about space know how laughable this idea would be to try an accomplish with a kindergartner. Those of you who don’t get the joke, hop on over to Think Zone and plug some numbers into their solar system model calculator:
If you want Earth to be 1 inch in diameter then you’re looking at placing Neptune at least 8 km from the sun. If you want Neptune 2 feet from the sun then Earth would be 0.0001725 cm! Crazy.

So I gave up on any thoughts of accuracy and just decided to keep it fun and easy.

We started out with 1 sheet of construction paper per planet, some scissors (to cut the construction paper into a square shape), crayons, solar system flash cards, and an origami book with instructions to make a paper ball (these instructions could also be found via youtube).
ABCs of Raising Geeklings, Exploring Space1 (more…)

Duct Tape….and other weird crafts

Duct Tape.
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If you’re a crafty geek then you are well acquainted with the stuff.
From Pokeball roses made out of duct tape to TARDIS I-pad covers made out of duct tape, we geeks seem to have taken the phrase “you can fix anything with duct tape” to a whole new level, now its “you can make anything with duct tape.”
And this fact has not gone unnoticed by the big cheeses at Duck Brand duct tape. They went from the original silver duct tape advertised mainly for its fix-it abilities to offering a wide range of colors and designs. Their website has a section specifically for duct tape craft and activity tutorials. Every year they hold a Stuck at Prom competition and geeky teens across the country participate by making their own formal attire entirely out of duct tape. (more…)

DIY Avenger’s Tea Set

SunnyGirl’s second birthday is coming up this week and it is a tradition in our family to give at least one homemade gift for each special occasion.
These past few months she has enjoyed using our ceramic tea set quite a bit and we’ve noticed that she is on a bit of an Avengers kick in recent days (especially Hulk, who seems to be her favorite) so we decided to combine these two interests of hers and create an Avengers Tea Set.
Avenger's Tea Set from Suzy Homeschooler Collage (more…)

Paper Bag Crafts

Today I’m excited to be joining up with 49 other bloggers to bring you The Ultimate Guide to 50 Craft Materials. Throughout the months of January and February we are each taking a day to post about one craft material, today is my turn and I’ll be talking about paper bags.
Paper Bag Crafts Collage (more…)

Child-Made Lollipop Christmas Puppets

For today’s post I’m joining with Emma, writer of P is for Preschooler, to share with you two versions of child-made Christmas puppets. So when you’re done reading this post be sure to pop on over to see what Emma and her lovely daughter came up with.

For LittleMan’s puppets, we were inspired by the classic Halloween craft: lollipop ghosts. I suggested to LittleMan that if we used red tissue paper instead of white, we could make the lollipop look like Santa. LittleMan then suggested green for an elf and yellow for a reindeer. I suppose you could also use white for a snowman but we didn’t go that route.
Child-Made Christmas Puppets, Suzy Homeschooler (1) (more…)