DIY

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Imagine having a secret door in your home that only appears with the touch of your hand. Redditor Eclipse_007 built a secret entrance to his home movie theater inspired by the Door of Durin from Lord of the Rings. Although the famous doorway to the Mines of Moria opened with a spoken word, he’s working on that.

First he built a box out of plywood to fit the doorway and lined the inside with a string of super bright LED lights. Then using plexi-glass covered in vinyl, he hand-drew and cut out the designs to replicate the markings from the LotR door. After painting, the installed door looks more like something from the side of a rock, which ultimately gives a much more desirable look.

And finally, he hand-carved the most important part, the incantation which reads,  “Ennyn Durin Aran Moria. Pedo Mellon a Minno. Im Narvi hain echant. Celebrimbor o Eregion teithant i thiw hin.” Translated it means “The Doors of Durin, Lord of Moria. Speak, friend, and enter. I, Narvi, made them. Celebrimbor of Hollin drew these signs.”

Check out the incredible work and completed door in action after the break.

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rc tie interceptor

The rebels got their RC Millennium Falcon, and now the Empire has a version based on the TIE Interceptor.

Both were created by hobbyist Oliver C who notes that the TIE version took about 15 hours to design and “at least as many” to get it flying properly. There was also a mishap or two along the way, with shattered propellers embedding splinters of carbon in the walls of his garage.

Check out a video of the RC TIE Interceptor in action after the break…

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Last year, Kat and Cam of Our Nerd Home posted instructions for a wonderful DIY multi-fandom wreath for the holidays. They made another wreath this year, and they were inspired by ThinkGeek’s Batman wreath t-shirt. Behold, the Bat-Wreath! The relatively simple build was made from garland (it’s going to be on sale at this point in the year), a cardboard Batman symbol template, glue, and a few other basics. The finished wreath looks awesome and might scare away anyone with ill intentions.

Get complete instructions at Our Nerd Home.

diy harry potter tree cauldron 1

We’ve been sharing regular updates about Jen and John’s Harry Potter tree, because they just can’t stop making it more and more awesome. This is shaping up to be the ultimate tree for Potterheads, and I can’t wait until it’s completely finished and Jen shows off all the beautiful details. In the meantime though, she’s shared another tutorial. This one explains how to turn a plastic bucket into a witchy cauldron with cardboard, paper mache, and patience.

Jen and John used a tutorial from the Halloween Forum as inspiration, and I have to say that I can’t think of a better bottom for a Harry Potter-themed Christmas tree.

See some making-of photos after the break.

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Jen of EPBOT and her husband John are continuing work on their glorious Harry Potter Christmas tree. Seriously, they’re getting so creative that they should be providing tips to Wizarding World at Universal Orlando. The newest addition is Quidditch broom ornaments in different sizes. You’ll need twigs, wire, metal foil tape, and a couple more basics to make these beauties take flight.

See more photos of the ornaments after the break.

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The list of things you can 3D print now includes a working stargate thanks to Cara who has made this stunning example. The center has been Photoshopped but the rest of it is all the real deal. Cara said in her comment on io9:

The entire thing was made on my Printrbot Simple Metal 3D printer with Gray ( and some transparent ) PLA material. It also has a NEMA 17 stepper motor to drive the inner ring, and 5mm NeoPixels to light up the chevrons. The whole thing is driven by an Arduino Uno with an Adafruit motor shield using an Arduino sketch I wrote ( and am still tweaking )

She plans to mimic the center look with some blue paper to complete the effect.

See the video after the break to see it in action.

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Jen of EPBOT and her husband John are applying some Harry Potter magic to their Christmas tree this year. We saw the golden snitch ornaments they made, and now they’ve come up with a way to replicate the look of the floating candles we see in the Great Hall in the films.

They bought battery operated candles from The Dollar Tree and removed the tops and bottoms, added faux wax drips with hot glue, painted and aged them, and attached them to the ceiling with clear fishing line. The result is so pretty that I’m considering inviting myself to their home to see the candles in person. Or I guess I could make my own.

The craziest part? This beautiful Harry Potter themed tree is still a work in progress. What else will they add?

See some photos of the candles in progress after the break.

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DIY golden snitch tutorial

The golden sheen and wings of the golden snitch from Harry Potter makes it an ideal candidate to become a Christmas ornament. Imagine covering your whole tree with the elusive Quidditch ball. Jen of EPBOT did just that and put together a detailed tutorial on making snitches that look similar to what you see in the Harry Potter films.

The process is relatively easy and very affordable. Jen and her husband John made 30 snitches in an evening and only spent two dollars on the gold portion of the ornament. The rest of the ornament involves some wire, a Dremel, and aluminum foil. Get all the instructions you need over at EPBOT.

See a photo of their tree decorated with the ornaments after the break (spoilers: it’s lovely).

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I have no idea who actually built this bed, but I do know I want one and I want it now.

Seriously, the BBC needs to license this TARDIS bed and sell it at Ikea or something. Because I need it in my life.

Head after the break to see more pictures.

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DIY Totoro Baby Bouncer

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When blogger Cation Designs started shopping for merchandise for her soon-to-be-born baby, she realized that baby stuff is both kind of generic and very expensive. She found a used Snugabunny bouncer for a great price that was suitable, but she didn’t care for the bunny and bird theme. She brainstormed and came up with a much cooler look for the baby accessory: Totoro! She covered the existing cushion with an adorable Totoro and turned the birds into soot sprites.

Check out more images – including a before picture – after the break.

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