Halloween is the best time for DIY prop crafting, and these glowing masking tape mummy hands from are a cinch to make. Using household items including scissors, a straw, masking tape, and a glow stick, this creepy mummy hand is sure to look awesome in the windows or on the lawn.

Check out the super quick tutorial after the break.

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It didn’t occur to me at the time, but the Dejarik table and Leia’s message in Star Wars were, for many of us, our first exposure to the concept of holograms. In the years since the movies, we have come pretty close to making this technology a reality.

On that note, developer Ian Martin has come as close to building a real Dejarik table as is possible for a guy working in his garage. It may not have true holographic pieces yet, but I have a feeling he’s going to figure it out.

What he has created is a 1:1 scale replica of Holochess monsters and Dejarik table, complete with with working electronics. The table has 10 working knobs, 54 working buttons, 26 lights, and two LCD display screens plus a program that Martin has written based on the unofficial rules.

While he may be using physical monsters for not, he’s been doing augmented reality tests that show real promise. You can check out that test along with more pictures and video after the break…

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Thingiverse user T.J. Owens has created an excellent replica of the NES that’s small enough to fit in the palm of your hand. The case is built around a modified Raspberry Pi B+ board and features working start and reset buttons.

Inspired by the Retro Pi Project, many frustrating hours of 3D modeling and alterations went into Owen’s mini NES, but the results look practically identical to the original.

Without a size reference (banana?) in the photo it’s hard to see how small and awesome this case actually is. To give you an idea, the Raspberry Pi board is only about 3″ by 2″ and fits very snugly in the mini NES. It’s really quite an achievement, and if you have a 3D printer and soldering tool, all the files are free for download on Owen’s Thingiverse page. However, Owen notes that “this project is not for the faint of heart” as “basic electronics knowledge and additional parts are necessary for complete design.”

There’s more photos of this mini NES after the break.

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netflix switch

Y’know how Staples has their “Easy” button? Well, Netflix’s PR department has just unveiled “The Switch” (but everyone is calling it a “Netflix and Chill” button, naturally) during this year’s World Maker Faire. It’s a one-button option to a relaxing evening. One button that can dim your lights, switch your phone into “do not disturb” mode, order food, and queue up a show on Netflix.

No word on whether they can help you decide what you want to watch or eat, but I’m guessing you can add a randomizer for those times.

Want one? At this point you’ll have to make your own. Netflix has broken down everything you’ll need for the project.

Watch Netflix’s video presentation after the break.

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zelda decor

Don’t get me wrong, I really like what redditor McPhage has done here. Combining the Zelda series with custom 3d printed mounts does make a pretty spectacular wall decoration.

But part of me thinks it’s a pity that these games won’t be played.

Take a closer look at the project in the gallery after the break…

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In another great installment of DIY Prop Shop, host Dustin McLean provides step-by-step instructions for building a ghost trap replica from the original Ghostbusters.

See Also: Learn How Build A ‘Back To The Future’ Hoverboard Super Cheap

This super easy project starts with a simple cardboard box. There’s a few other materials needed from the hardware store, but the entire project should cost you $25 bucks or less.

Check out the video after the break and get ghost busting.

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Post updated to credit the Stargate creator/groom:

Ian Milward spent weeks building a Stargate for his wedding and I think it was absolutely worth it. This amazing ring is measures 12-feet in diameter and is unbelievably detailed with constellations and LEDs. And there’s a pretty cool story behind it as well:

“They first met working at the same lumber and hardware store, and connected because of a mutual love of Stargate. About a year into their relationship, they were watching the episode where Jack and Sam get married in front of a gate, and she said that would be pretty awesome, so six years later he remembered that and did it.”

Check out more images (especially the impressive nighttime view) of the Stargate after the break.

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Fangirl BrittLiv reinvented her original “sliced” illusion table to pay tribute to her favorite comic character. Using an Ikea lack table and a few other bits, I’d say this table is certainly a success.

Check out more images after the break.

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Redditor and father hahabird posted photos of the awesome life-size glowing Minecraft block he made for his son’s birthday. Since the blocks in the game are about one meter, he decided to build one side of a cube true to scale. Then he added color-changing LEDs which can be remote controlled. The entire project took about a week in his spare time and only cost $85 in parts and paints.

His son’s reaction was absolutely perfect:

“At 7 this morning: “DADA! This is super cool! Come see! It can change colors! Look: redstone! Diamond! Lapus lazuli!” A few minutes of sitting in front of it staring, interspersed with the occasional “Wow! Sooooo cool.”

Then he asked where I got it (he should really know better by now). “I made it.” “How?” So we looked through the album as I explained each step.

Now we’re eating cupcakes for breakfast, because birthday.”

Well done Minecraft Dad. Click below to see the entire DIY project gallery…

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When I get a real house, adding a secret doorway like this is at the top of my list of renovations. Redditor BaconJacobs recently completed this hidden bookcase doorway that leads to a badass smoking lounge.

See what’s behind the door after the break.

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