Looking to add to your sci-fi snowflake collection? Get inspired by the upcoming Doctor Who Christmas episode, and bring some snowy Time Lord wonderment to your home.We can't get enough of the TARDIS and Weeping Angels snowflake from the Tumblr My Obsession of the Moment. Though it looks complicated, the "before" folded version gives enough of a basic outline that we'll be practicing our angels all weekend. Once they're hung throughout the house, follow one rule: Don't blink!
Inspired to take on a geeky craft this three-day weekend? Stave off boredom with Lucy Ravenscar's fantastic Star Wars DIY projects. The mom of two young boys whipped out her ol' crochet skills to make cozy little four-inch sci-fi creatures for her sons and decided to sell her amazing patterns online.
The crochet patterns are $4 each and arrive straight to your inbox as a PDF within 24 hours. We've rounded up all of Lucy's adorable Star Wars offerings here, but check out her other creations, including Adventure Time's Finn and Jake, on Etsy.
If you're spending this weekend indoors, flex your creative muscle on this fun do-it-yourself project by Fabric Paper Glue's Mandy Pellegrin.
Pick complementary and contrasting colors to start this glamorous geometric laptop sleeve. Opt for a muted palette or a fabulous black, white, and gold combo, like the sleeve shown here. The color scheme, of course, is completely up to you.
Mandy will show you how to cut the correct dimensions for your laptop size, and attach the lining to the triangular exterior.
In addition to cuts of fabric, the sleeve DIY requires a rivet and setting tool, a button stud, hole punch, utility knife, and hammer. If you have a sewing machine, you'll be done in no time. Follow the step-by-step process over at Fabric Paper Glue and show us what you come up with. Happy crafting!
This long holiday weekend is the perfect time to relax and get our craft on. Check out some of our favorite DIYs that can make your days of rest more creative. If you haven't had a chance to complete these crafts, add 'em to the list of Summer activities!
The celestial sphere inspires us to wonder what lies beyond the Earth's atmosphere. Thanks to Elizabeth Giorgi at Being Geek Chic, you can bring some stellar astronomy to your iPad or ereader with this simple constellation tablet case do-it-yourself.
Turn on the device's screen when in the case, and watch that constellation glow! All it takes is two pieces of felt, a pair of scissors or fabric cutter, yarn needle, yarn, two hole-punch sizes, and a hand punch. Watch Elizabeth's awesome video tutorial and get more in-depth instructions after the break.
This year has been a big one for space, and since we aren't about to hop aboard a mission to Mars anytime soon, we'll take our space fixes any way they come. This nebula pillow DIY by Rachel Hobson for the monthly DIY box, Whimseybox (and of her own blog, Average Jane Crafter) fits our galactic bill.
Rachel uses Ink Effects, a fabric transfer ink, to paint the nebula image on regular printer paper and then irons that onto the pillow fabric. Imagine: a piece of the solar system without even leaving your living room!
Can't find an iPad cover that fits your style? Customize your own in the theme of an end-of-Summer picnic! The blog Always a Project came up with a fun and fast-enough-for-a-weekend way to make an iPad case from basic oilcloth. Who said the fabric is just for dressing up picnic tables? Put your sewing skills to work by mixing and matching a few prints for an original, eye-catching case.
Follow the step-by-step instructions on Always a Project to make an adorable case on a quiet afternoon.
Want to brush up on your crafting and DIY skills but have trouble finding available classes in your area? Never fear, here comes the Internet to the rescue, yet again! For a monthly fee of $25 — way less money than many in-person resources — you can have unlimited access to the video workshops of Creativebug.
Hoping to be the go-to source on the Internet for art and craft instruction, Creativebug offers dozens of online courses on everything from introductory screen printing to beginner's crocheting to needle-felted Peeps — yep, like the marshmallow candy. If crafting tutorials at any hour of the day from your own home wasn't exciting enough, the site donates five percent of all subscription revenues to nonprofit art organizations.
If you're planning to take some artistic weekend snaps, then try this faux tintype tutorial from the Instagram blog to create gritty, unique portraits. What's a tintype, exactly? First developed in the 1850s, tintype photos are taken on metal plates. Below, you can see an actual tintype on the left and a digital version on the right.Photojojo's Lisbeth Ortega outlines a few quick steps to help you create a faux tintype:
- Add a tilt-shift effect.
- Darken and add contrast.
- Add some warmth.
- Use a thin, black border.
Hoping to try it for yourself? Check out the full tutorial to create your own faux tintype.
Photo courtesy of Photojojo
When we think Summer, our memories fill with long days spent on endless camp crafts to keep our restless hands busy. The clever team at Martha Stewart feels the same nostalgia, with this grown-up — and, of course, tech-focused — take on a certain unforgettable day camp activity called the lanyard. Forget the basic plastic keychain; make a modern leather iPad sleeve that uses the same neon plastic laces once swapped around the campgrounds.
Check out the iPad sleeve and mousepad templates and a step-by-step guide to making this Summer's version of a lanyard.