Pokeball Xmas Tree Decoration

Pokeball Xmas Tree Decoration

My latest creation is a rather small and simple one (and again I apologise for reminding people that Christmas is all too soon again on its way – and a secondary apology as it won’t be my last Christmas themed project for the year…) 

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Materials

Styrofoam ball

Red & white paint

Black marker

Paint brushes/water/newspaper so as not to get paint everwhere..

Pin

Ribbon

Craft glue

Pen

Milk bottle lid

STEP 1

Draw the middle circle part of the pokeball on your Styrofoam ball.

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STEP 2

Paint the top red half of your ball. It doesn’t have to be perfect as you will draw a line around the middle of the ball later. However, make sure not to go too much into the white bit as it’s hard to paint white over colour. I think I did two layers of red paint, waiting for it to dry in between coasts.

TIP: I rested the ball in the lid of a milk bottle to hold it still whilst it was drying.

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STEP 3

Paint the bottom half of the ball in white. The balls come white anyway, but I thought it gave it a smoother and nicer effect when painted. When dry repeat.

TIP: when washing out paint brushes put a bit of soap or dishwashing liquid in your hand and swirl the brush around in that – it’s really good at helping to get more of the paint out.

STEP 4

Using the black marker, draw around the centre of the ball and around the circle in the middle again.

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STEP 5

Cut a piece of ribbon about 15cm long. Fold it over itself at the ends and put the pin through it. Put a bit of craft glue on the end of the pin then push in to the top of the ball.

Now you have a pokeball decoration for your Christmas tree!

I plan on making more with glitter and other colours and hanging then on my geeky Christmas tree

D12 Light!

D12 Light/Lamp

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WARNING: May attract fire breathing dragons ready to battle.

I’m very, very, VERY excited to present to you all the D12 light/lamp. This is a really simple design with looks great! Seriously, when it’s sitting on my bedside table at night and I walk in my room, it just magical. The photos really don’t do it justice. I’m so happy with the way this turned out (if can you haven’t already noticed 😛 ) and I think it would have to be one of my favourite creations thus far.

So, how’d the idea come about? Let’s take a step back. I first saw a silver homemade D20 here http://ournerdhome.com/diy-d20/ that then got me thinking I could make little D20, D12 & D6 Christmas decorations. Then I thought I want it to light up! So came the D12 lamp… of course always thinking of ways to make my creations bigger and better – I would be very happy if I could make it spin.. but one thing at a time..

 So… now to INSTRUCTIONS!

MATERIALS

Large piece of silver cardboard (I got mine form Spotlight)

Scissors and/or craft cutting knife

Sticky tape (both normal and double sided)

Pen

Light (I got mine from IKEA – it one where you push the top down to turn it on and off)

Computer/printer/ruler – optional

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materials

STEP 1 – first you need a basic outline of a D12. From here you can either trace the D12 sides onto the cardboard (what I did) or use a ruler to draw them on. Feel free to print out and use mine (pdf attached below). Also make sure your light will fit with the pentagon.

d12 outline

 pentagon and numbers exact

STEP 2 – trace/draw onto the back of the cardboard the sides and the numbers. Remember when tracing on the numbers to do it backwards so they end up the right way round when its al put together. I traced it on pentagon by pentagon according to my layout plan. A couple didn’t fit though so I had to do them separately. (TIP: write a number on the original pentagon so you always know which direction it should be in)

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STEP 3 – cut it out. Remember to leave tabs for when each side joins together (you only need one tab between two sides). If your finding it difficult to work out while sides to put the table on (sorry I  didn’t write it down) then just give one to all sides, then cut them off as you don’t need them. You actually only need 11 sides as the twelfth side will remain open (this is how you access the light). I decided to do away with side ‘9’ because it was on an end, so easy to do away with and the less numbers with circles in them I had to cut out the better! (see below). You can keep the twelfth side and use a ‘flat’ to access the light if you wish.

STEP 4 – use the craft knife to cut out the numbers. I don’t really like using these (mostly because I’m not very good at using them!) but I figured it would give a nice finish than trying to stuff scissors into it. You are going to need a fair amount of patience for this – its takes a while and is easy to make a mistake (is worth the patience though!).step 3

STEP 5 – fold down all the edges so they all have a crease line.

STEP 6 – stick it all together! At first I did try using glue as I thought that would give it at stronger hold, but that just got too messy so I quickly swopped to the double sided tape instead. You want to put some double sided tape on the tab, then stick it down on the inside of the adjoining side. I then put a piece of normal tape over it to give it a good hold.

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STEP 7 – turn your light on and stick it over it or put the light in it and have the top open – it your choice. Now marvel in how cool it looks!

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Alternatively if you wanted to add a bit of extra colour/effect to it you could always cover the letters with tissue paper or cellophane (I suggest red).

If you don’t have or don’t want to use a light or cut out the numbers, you could always invest in some glow in the dark paint or reflective stickers…

Deck the halls… with Pokeballs! Christmas Cards

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Yes, it’s that time of year again… The time when the shops start preparing for Christmas ALREADY and people who work in retail start preparing themselves for ‘the nutty’ season.

So, although I’m not quite ready for Christmas yet (didn’t we just have it a few months ago??) I’ve decided to try and approach it with a positive outlook and get into the Christmas spirit (slowly), with the help of some Christmas themed crafts.

Today’s (well yesterday’s) creation is a Pokemon themed Christmas card! (Turns out Christmas can be fun!) 🙂

It’s pretty simple to make, and you can have lots of fun coming up with different layouts. Here’s one that I designed.

Materials:

  • Paper – green, red, white and black
  • Card (or can use card/scrapbooking paper and make your own) + you probably want an envelope
  • Gluestick
  • Scissors or paper cutter (if you have a circle cutter that would make it look so much better!)
  • Pen
  • Some circular things to trace (if you’re not using a circle paper cutter)

 pokemon xmas card materials

STEP 1

Get your card and add a background if you wish.

pokemon xmas card step 1

STEP 2

Find something circular to trace around and then cut it out – this is the black layer and should be the largest – you will need three (I just used the lid of a hair spray can).

STEP 3

Then you want to find something that’s a little bit smaller to trace around (I used a shot glass) and trace and cut out two white and two red circles. You will only need two for each of these as you will cut them in half. After cutting them in half you will want to cut a little bit more off of them (so theres the black gap in the middle).

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STEP 4

Find two things even smaller to cut around (I used the top of the gluestick). These will be the black and white middle circles. Cut them out.

STEP 5

Arrange your pokeballs so you’re happy with sizes, how they look etc. then glue them all together.

pokemon xmas card step 4

STEP 6

Draw some holly and cut it out.

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STEP 7

Arrange the holly and pokeballs on your card. When you’re happy with the layout glue them on!
And that’s it! All done! (TIP: remember to check (before gluing) that you’re gluing them down the right way on the card, so it opens the right way. I may have gotten a bit over excited and forgot to check and now the way you’re meant to hold it, it kind opens forward towards the holder… Still not really sure how I managed to get that so wrong and not check it… Of course, if you’re a bit ditzy like myself, you can always just the other half of the card off and turn it in to a postcard!)

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 SPREAD THE CHRISTMAS CHEER & ENJOY!

Still Alive + HOBBITON!

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So I haven’t had a chance to post anything for a few weeks. Excuse #1 – I went on holiday! (You have to spoil yourself every now and then).  Excuse #2 – I’ve been ill (sad face). However, as I’m now feeling a bit better I thought I’d quickly share with you some photos I took at Hobbiton in New Zealand (yes, this is the actually place where they shot scenes from LOTR and The Hobbit!! Cool hey?).

 So where is this wonderful place?

It’s located in New Zealand’s north Island, in a place called Matamata. You can easily do a day trip up there from Auckland if you’re driving yourself, or go on a tour bus.

Was it really that good?

Yes, and nhobbit hole gvco. The scenery around Hobbiton is superb (as is much of the scenery in NZ). It was easy to see why they choose that location to shoot the LOTR scenes there. However, once there you can’t go looking around by yourself. To get into the actual ‘Hobbiton’  area you need to go on one of their Hobbiton tour buses, and stay with a tour guide. This is what lets the trip down. Don’t get me wrong, the tour guide was nice and knew a lot of LOTR and what happened on the set, but the there were just waayyyy too many people on the tour and the next tour bus is only a few mins behind you, so you have to move around quickly. This meant there were long waits to take a photo (you can bring your own camera! yay!), and you were moved around quite quickly and didn’t really have enough time to take in everything around you. As the tour guide kept moving ahead and you’re waiting to take a photo it also means you miss most of what he says (unless you’re that luck person who’s always right up the front) – and he actually had some interesting stuff to say! Unfortunately we missed out on everything that was said after about the first 5 minutes.

On the plus side, the hobbit holes were cool, and there’s even one you can stand in the door way of which is cool, however, none are actually furnished inside which would have been REALLY cool. Also there were HEAPS of hobbit holes! Much more than I was expecting. The place itself however didn’t look particularly neat at a distance, but the individual hobbit holes were well done, and the view over the lake is very beautiful. So, you walk along the track past many of these hobbit holes, past the ‘party scene’ area and over the bridge  before coming to The Green Dragon. Now this place was cool because it actually operates as a pub (kinda). You’re able to purchase drinks and some food. However it is only accessible to people who go on the tour. But you do get a free drink when you get there! (Unfortunate though if you don’t like beer, but still, a nice surprise). You get a little bit of time there before jumping back onto the bus and heading back to the main area where there’s a cafe (which surprising closes before all the tours have finished..) and gift shop (which doesn’t have as much too it as I though it would). But overall worth a look to see where Frodo and Bilbo grew up!

Hopefully I have satisfied your geek fix for now and fingers crossed I’ll be up to make more geeky crafts soon!

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Decide on what game to play the true gamer way – roll a dice!

Gaming dice with a twist!

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Ever get stuck wondering what game to play? You spend 10 minutes trying to remember where each one is, how much time you have to play, what kind of intensity you’re up for today and what’s already plugged in.  Then after all that hard thinking you need a snack and afterwards spend another 10 minutes finally making a decision. Well, why not skip all that and leave it to fate! These dice have a different picture on each side, each representing a game. So, when you’re not sure what to play, just roll it and whatever it lands on, play that!

 

Materials

–          Dice or wooden block (I was going to use dice, but then found a pack of about 70 wooden blocks at craft store for only a couple dollars!) (TIP: so the pictures are easy to see, use bigger dice)

–          Glue (I used aquadhere on the wooden block, however craft glue might be better on plastic dice)

–          Printer & paper or pictures

–          Scissors

–          Ruler

 

Step 1 – Decide on the theme of your dice (for this one I have done a mix of computer, Nintendo 64 and wii games).

Step 2 – Measure the dice.

Step 3 – Design the picture. I did this in publisher. I started by setting out my base square size. A made it a few mm smaller than the dice so it would have a border.

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Step 4 – Insert pictures (click on the box, then ‘format’ under ‘drawing tools’, then ‘shape fill’ then ‘picture’ (this will ensure the pictures stay the correct size))

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Step 5 – Print

Step 6 – Cut out and glue on (I glued the top side as well to give it some extra protection).

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Step 7 – Wait for the glue to dry and then you’re all done!

 

(Tip: to protect the picture and make them last longer, put a layer or two of sealer on top)

 

These are so versatile, you can do heaps with them! Ideas for other versions to make include – which book to read, what to cook (could divide it by Italian/Indian etc. or type of dessert..), movie to watch, board game, card game, D&D character to play etc…  You get the picture.

Here’s a craft one I made (options are scrapbooking, quilting, knitting, cooking, painting & beading).

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