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This stunning dragon puts those paper mache projects you made in grade school to shame. He is the work of Cindy Williams who, despite appearances, hasn’t worked with the medium in over ten years since she was last in school. According to Make:

Time in total was 8 months and probably well over 400 hours (more than I can recall for sure), but it held my interest all the way through. With masters of mache like Jonni and their helpful websites that share ideas and techniques, I was able to get back into sculpture and turn an idea into a big blue dragon. My message to you is whatever you want to make, don’t wait for the perfect someday, do it now!

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This amazingly detailed Addams Family house is the work of Alan Ronay who previously made a glorious papercraft Golden Girls house. It’s loaded with Easter Eggs including:

- You can see the shadow of Kitty Kat, the family lion, coming down the stairs.
– A portrait of Gomez’s business partner is hanging on the wall.
– Pierre the moose is hanging on the wall over the fireplace.
– Thing is popping out of a box on the harpsichord.
– Morticia’s peacock chair.
– Cousin Farouk is hanging on the wall.
– A copy of TV Guide with the Addams Family on the cover.

He’s also created a DIY version that’s available in his Etsy store for those who’d like to create their own version of the house.

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If you’re a fellow geek, you’re probably regularly looking for ways to incorporate your favorite fandoms into your home decor. Our Nerd Home has a fantastic and simple suggestion for you: add some nerd to your welcome mats! All you need is a plain welcome mat from places like Ikea or Target, a stencil, pins, and spray paint. They opted to go with the Star Trek symbol and a Triforce pattern for their first two mats. I can’t wait to try this out.

See more photos of the cool mats after the break.

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Cross-stitching may be one of the easiest crafts to learn, but it’s also one of the most tedious and time-consuming. Redditor tibtibs has won the game of patience with this Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past map. She spent about 400-500 hours over a nine month period working on this project from a free pattern. I admire her fortitude as I would have given up sometime in the first 50 hours. I have no idea how her eyes didn’t cross. Wow.

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These are the nerdiest embroidery samplers you will ever see and they are amazing! Deviant Artist Chelsea Bloxsom has taken some pop culture favorites and turned them into little embroidery and felt craft projects that would look great hanging on the wall. Sadly, her etsy store doesn’t have the samplers at this time, but she’s open to custom orders.

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Making paper snowflakes was one of my favorite winter activities as a kid, but none of my creations were ever this cool. In fact, they were usually lopsided. Anthony Herrera seems to have paper snowflake patterns down to a science though, and he’s used his mad skills to create an entirely new set of Star Wars designs!

You have so many choices: Ackbar, Chewbacca, C-3PO, Bossk, X-wings, Luke, Yoda, TIE Fighter pilots, and on and on. All the patterns are downloadable and completely free. May the Force protect you from paper cuts!

See examples of available snowflake patterns after the break.

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I am lucky if I can manage to sew on a button, but this makes me want to learn it all. It’s the work of graverobbergirl who made this queen-sized quilt for friends as a wedding present. This hand appliquéd, hand embroidered quilt measures 92′ x 92′ and took all of her free time for about two months to create. Makes the engraved picture frames some of my friends gave me for my wedding look a little meh.

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So many products. So little money. Here’s your solution. All you need is a little time and some paint and you can make your very own Avengers bookmarks. Yes, they’re supposed to be for kids but I don’t think there’s anything wrong with making one for yourself. Or two. Or all of them. You can get the full supply list and a step by step over at Crafts by Amanda, but this one looks easy enough to just figure out on your own. Besides, there’s no Black Widow or Thor, and you can’t have partially assembled Avengers.

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If you want your kids to know how to do the Vulcan Salute correctly and be prepared to detach the saucer section of The Enterprise in an emergency, then you need to start them young. Crafter Julie Gillrie has created The Star Trek Quiet Book to help you with your mission. You can only purchase the PDF for this adorable book, not the book itself, so you still have to break out a needle and thread. Hey, no one said parenting was easy.

And if you’ve chosen the other side in the eternal Star Wars vs Star Trek debate, don’t worry. There’s a book out there for burgeoning Jedi Knights, too.

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Firebrand Creations fashioned this Gears of War Snub Pistol entirely out of paper and foam. The project, which was called as a labor of love and patience, features integrated LEDs and was painted with a wiped black finish over a silver base coat.

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