DIY

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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Tom Baker’s colorful scarf makes the perfect addition to the decor of any home, and the creative folks at Our Nerd Home applied the design to a rug. They got the runner carpet at Home Depot and used acrylic and latex paints to add the stripes; they finished the ends by crocheting on yarn fringe. It’s simple and rather perfect for any Whovian, especially Fourth Doctor fans.

See some WIP pictures after the break.

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wolverine claws

As part of his Wolverine cosplay, Imgur user makeitifyoubelieve made himself fiberglass claws from scratch and helpfully documented the entire process along the way.

It’s pretty amazing to watch them materialize as you scroll through the image gallery. I sure wouldn’t want to get clipped with those suckers. They look sharp!

Head after the break to see the images.

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baby dancing groot flower

If you saw the homemade dancing Groot we posted recently and wanted one of your own, Patrick Delehanty has posted pictures and details on how it was made.

It’s a perfect example of what happens when know-how meets imagination, and the fact that Patrick’s sharing his DIY hints with others is very Groot of him.

The picture above represents what baby Groot started life as. Head after the break to see some of the in-progress shots.

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adventure time chair

Oh my glob, this is the best chair restoration ever. Redditor reallylovely spotted a beat up chair at an antique shop and immediately saw an opportunity to turn the back of it into Finn from Adventure Time. She did an incredible job and explained the process:

I cleaned, sanded, primed then painted the design with acrylics. I also added a few coats of glow-in-the-dark paint to his hood and his socks. Then I sealed it about four times. For the seat, I used felt, and hand-embroidered the details of Jake’s face. For the dream bubble, I used a small piece of Adventure Time printed fabric which I bought online. After this photo was taken, I added a clear plastic layer to the seat to protect the design and allow it to actually be used as a chair (but I mostly made it as art).

She got the chair for only $20 and says she’d accept a considerable amount of money for the finished product. I’m guessing someone is going to give it to her.

See a work in progress photo with a sketch after the break.

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Thwomps might have villainous intent, but the spiked cinder blocks still manage to be a little cute. Instructables user mactothefuture made a replica of the Thwomp from Super Mario Bros. using a mold box and casting the block from concrete. I wouldn’t call it a simple process, but all the details are there if you’d like to try to make your own!

Check out more photos of the Thwomp after the break.

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Robocop

When you make props for a living, you can dream big. Builder Shawn Thorsson has had making a life-size ED-209 from RoboCop on his bucket list, and he recently checked it off and revealed his creation at the Bay Area Maker Faire. He spent about three months on the Enforcement Droid, and it’s insanely detailed. It moves, has audio (it warned passersby they had 30 seconds to comply), and every piece is painted and weathered perfectly. Wow.

See the robot in action in the video after the break.

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inflatable death star

Love May the 4th? So does Caleb Kraft. To celebrate the holiday, he made a giant inflatable Death Star. He started with a 12-foot beach ball and used it to make a pattern from fabric. Basically, he made a giant pillowcase for the ball and painted it with Death Star shapes. Though it definitely looks time consuming and you’ll need space, it’s a straightforward project. You can make your own and start taking over the galaxy soon!

Watch and learn in the video after the break.

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