DIY Chewbacca Bowcaster (Star Wars Wookie Crossbow)

DIY Chewbacca Bowcaster (Star Wars Wookie Crossbow) This is a tutorial for the Chewbacca bowcaster from Star Wars. Had a request for this one, so put it together from some fairly common items that most people already have lying around their house. Continue reading

Suicide Squad Harley Quinn Costume DIY Hair, Tattoos, and Good Night Bat

Suicide Squad Harley Quinn Costume DIY Hair, Tattoos, and Good Night Bat So the final part of the requested Suicide Squad Harley Quinn costume is the pigtails, tattoos and good night bat. Continue reading

Super Easy DIY Easter Egg Garland

Super Easy DIY Easter Egg Garland This simple Easter Egg garland is super easy and quick to make, and very inexpensive. Continue reading

DIY Cheap and Easy Harley Quinn Costume Jewelry – Bracelets and Choker

DIY Cheap and Easy Harley Quinn Costume Jewelry - Suicide Squad Bracelets and Choker Part 3 of the Suicide Squad Harley Quinn costume is her Puddin choker and bracelets (both the spikey ones, and the Yes & Sir bracelets she wore below the spikey ones). Continue reading

DIY Harley Quinn Costume Part 2 – Suicide Squad Version Belt & Shorts

DIY Harley Quinn Costume Part 2 - Suicide Squad Version Belt & ShortsSo here is part 2 of the Suicide Squad Harley Quinn costume tutorial. This is the tutorial for the shorts and the belt. Continue reading

How to Make a Harley Quinn costume Part 1 – (Suicide Squad version)

How to Make a Harley Quinn costume Part 1 - (Suicide Squad version) I had a couple requests for a Harley Quinn costume from the Suicide Squad movie. Continue reading

Homemade Lye

Making LyeLye is one of the ingredients used in old-fashioned soap making. I usually make the glycerin soap because it’s safer and pours into a mold more crisply, but once in a while someone puts in an order for good old-fashioned lye soap. The trouble is, sometimes it seems like finding waste from a nuclear reactor would be easier than drumming up some lye. However, this problem can be easily solved with a little homemade lye. Continue reading

How to Make Fossil Soaps (melt and pour)

How to Make Fossil Soaps (melt and pour)

It’s easy to make “fossil” soaps with safer melt and pour soap, and it makes a fun craft to do with kids (under adult supervision). Continue reading

How Our Iron Man Costume Was Made (explanation, not actual tutorial)

How Our Iron Man Costume Was Made (explanation, not actual tutorial) I’ve had quite a few people have asked about the family Iron Man costume, since it’s seen in the background of a lot of my tutorials, so this is a little video basically explaining how our Iron Man costume was made. Continue reading

DIY Cheap and Easy Iron Man Repulsor

DIY Cheap and Easy Iron Man Repulsor Had a request for an Iron Man repulsor tutorial. This a fairly cheap and easy Iron Man repulsor which you can put together with some pretty basic supplies. Continue reading

DIY Falcon Wings Part 2: The Pack

DIY Falcon Wings Part 2: The Pack This is the second half of the Falcon Wings tutorial, this is for the pack part that the wings actually fold up into. Continue reading

How to Make Falcon Wings (Foldable)

How to Make Falcon Wings (Foldable) Had a couple requests for how to make Falcon wings and it’s taken me quite a while to figure out how I was going to do it, but I finally got ‘em made. Continue reading

DIY Luke Skywalker Costume (x-wing pilot): Helmet

DIY Luke Skywalker Costume (x-wing pilot): Helmet So had a request for the Luke Skywalker costume x-wing pilot helmet, so this finishes out that Star Wars costume tutorial. Continue reading

DIY Luke Skywalker Costume: Orange Flight Suit

DIY Luke Skywalker Costume (x-wing pilot): Orange Flight SuitTook the week off for Christmas, so didn’t work on a requested tutorial, so instead here’s a little more of the Luke Skywalker costume I made for my brother last Halloween. Continue reading

DIY Anakin Skywalker Costume; Glove and Scar

DIY Anakin Skywalker Costume: Glove and ScarHere are the other two tutorials for the rest of the Anakin Skywalker costume: the glove he wears over his prosthetic limb, and the scar he had over his eye in Revenge of the Sith. Continue reading

DIY Reusable Thanksgiving Table Place cards

DIY Reusable Thanksgiving Table Place cards I made these table place cards with Thanksgiving in mind, but the colors and imagery could easily be altered to accommodate any holiday gathering. Continue reading

How to Make Gimli’s Helmet (Pepakura tutorial)

How to Make Gimli's Helmet (Pepakura tutorial) This is a pepakura tutorial guest filmed and narrated (mostly) by my brother (he’s not used to doing this for film, so it got a little long). Continue reading

How to Make Aragorn / Arwen’s Evenstar Necklace

How to Make Aragorn / Arwen's Evenstar Necklace This is a tutorial for the Evenstar necklace that Arwen gives to Aragorn in the Lord of the Rings movies. Continue reading

DIY Winter Soldier Costume: Mask

DIY Winter Soldier maskOk, so finally got the DIY Winter Soldier mask tutorial finished. Continue reading

How to Make a Super Easy Frodo Costume (or other similar Hobbit)

How to Make a Super Easy Frodo Costume (or other similar Hobbit)This Frodo costume was made entirely from second hand clothing items (with the exception of the elvish cloak). As such, this costume can be made very inexpensively. Continue reading

How to make a Han Solo Blaster DL 44 Look More Movie Authentic

How to make a Han Solo Blaster DL 44 Look More Movie AuthenticStar Wars is mainstream enough that it’s easy to find a plastic Han Solo blaster fairly inexpensively, so here’s how to make a Han Solo blaster look a little more movie authentic. Continue reading

DIY Boba Fett Jet Pack Tutorial

DIY Boba Fett Jet Pack Tutorial This is a DIY Boba Fett jet pack tutorial for a very simplified version of Boba Fett’s jet pack. Had a request for this one after I posted the Boba Fett blaster tutorial. Continue reading

How to Make a Captain Kirk Green Tunic

How to Make a Captain Kirk Green Tunic Had a request for the alternative Captain Kirk green tunic that appeared scattered throughout different episodes of Star Trek TOS. Continue reading

DIY Barnabas Collins Dark Shadows Inverness Cape Coat

DIY Barnabas Collins Dark Shadows Inverness Cape CoatHad a request for the inverness cape coat that Jonathan Frid wore as Barnabas Collins in the Dark Shadows TV series. Continue reading

How to Make a Hawkgirl Helmet

How to Make a Hawkgirl HelmetHad a request for a Hawkgirl helmet tutorial. The whole Hawkgirl helmet is made up of just craft foam and glue, so it’s very inexpensive to make and fairly simple in its construction. Continue reading

DIY Boba Fett Blaster Tutorial

DIY Boba Fett Blaster TutorialThe EE-3 Boba Fett blaster is unarguably one of the coolest guns in Star Wars (kinda the space-age equivalent of Steve McQueen’s Mare’s Leg rifle) Continue reading

How to Make Captain Kirk’s Formal Tunic from Star Trek TOS

Captain Kirk formal tunicHad a how-to request for the formal green tunic that Captain Kirk wears in Star Trek TOS when guests are invited to the Enterprise, or when court is in session. Continue reading

Black Widow Costume Part 2

DIY Black Widow Costume Part 2: belt, holster, bracelets, gloves So here is part 2 of the DIY Black Widow costume tutorial, following last week’s Black Widow bodysuit tutorial. Continue reading

How to Make a Black Widow Costume Part 1: Bodysuit

How to Make a Black Widow Costume Part 1: Bodysuit Had a request for a how to make a Black Widow costume tutorial, so now I have officially done a tutorial for at least a piece of all the Avengers from the first movie. Continue reading

Synesthesia: A Beautiful Cross-wiring of the Brain

Synesthesia: A Beautiful Crosswiring of the BrainI recently had somebody pretty much thinking I was from another planet when I explained to them that I had synesthesia, so I thought I’d do a little post about it here for anyone else who might have it and has a hard time getting non-synesthetes to understand that we’re not just crazy…and Monday really is yellow.  Continue reading

DIY Wrath of Khan Style Star Trek Phaser

DIY Wrath of Khan Style Star Trek Phaser I had a request for another Star Trek phaser tutorial, but this time it’s the one from the Wrath of Khan movie. Continue reading

Second Hand Stores Are Good for the Wallet and Good for the Earth

Second Hand Stores Are Good for the Wallet and Good for the EarthThere are a few people I know who are embarrassed to admit they shop second hand. Apparently there’s some sort of stigma attached to shopping at second hand stores. But I think those who shop at second hand stores should be proud to say so, because it’s not only good for the wallet, it’s good for the Earth as well. Continue reading

How to Make Spock’s Meditation / Funeral Robe

How to Make Spock's Meditation / Funeral Robe I had a request for a somewhat for a less common Star Trek costume this week, Spock’s meditation robe from Star Trek The Motion Picture. Continue reading

Natural Makeup: Burt’s Bees Lip Crayon

Natural Makeup: Burt's Bees Lip CrayonWhen I find something I really like, especially if it’s healthy or eco-friendly, I’m apt to shout it from the rooftops. So here’s a little bit about some natural makeup I recently stumbled on: The Burt’s Bees lip crayon. Continue reading

Darth Vader Costume Tutorial Part 6: Gloves and Shin Guards

Darth Vader Costume Tutorial Part 6: Gloves and Shin GuardsThis is the sixth part of my Darth Vader costume tutorial, showing how to make the Darth Vader gloves and shin guards. Continue reading

If They Ran Doctors Offices Like Acupuncturist Offices

If They Ran Doctor's Offices Like Acupuncturist Offices After having spent the last several months in and out of doctors offices, some alternative, some conventional, I’ve developed a little theory. I think if they ran doctors offices like acupuncturist (or other alternative healers) offices, people would be a lot healthier. Continue reading

Darth Vader Costume Tutorial Part 5: Robe, Shirt, Pants

Darth Vader Costume Tutorial Part 5: Robe, Shirt, PantsThis is the fifth part of my Darth Vader costume tutorial, showing how to make the Darth Vader shirt, pants, and inner robe. Continue reading

10 Things Homeschooled Kids Will Be Deprived Of

10 Things Homeschooled Kids Will Be Deprived OfMany people worry that homeschooled kids will miss out on certain things. The big worry of course is lack of socialization, and while that isn’t actually as much of a concern as some people believe, here are ten things that homeschooled kids really will be “deprived” of during their school years. Continue reading

Darth Vader Costume Tutorial Part 3: Shoulder Armor

Darth Vader Costume Tutorial Part 3: Shoulder ArmorThis is the third part of my Darth Vader costume tutorial, showing how to make the Darth Vader shoulder armor. Continue reading

Choosing A Cosplay Character

Choosing a Cosplay Character

Queen of Hearts cosplay by Karista's Wardrobe

Choosing a cosplay character is something some newbie cosplayers have trouble with. The short answer of course is to cosplay whoever you want. You don’t actually have to look like the character you’re cosplaying to dress up as them. Continue reading

Crafts for Kids – Thanksgiving Turkey Clothespins

Crafts for Kids - Thanksgiving Turkey Clothespins An autumn leaf and some colored paper can turn a plain clothespin into a Thanksgiving turkey, perfect for sealing up the Thanksgiving leftovers. Continue reading

DIY Dr. “Bones” McCoy Tunic

DIY Dr. McCoy Tunic This is the tutorial for the short-sleeved, satin medical tunic that McCoy usually wore on board the Enterprise in Star Trek TOS. Continue reading

How to Carve a Bruce Springsteen Pumpkin (or any intricate pumpkin)

How to Carve a Bruce Springsteen Pumpkin (or any intricate pumpkin) While Jack o’ lanterns are always nice, sometimes it’s fun to bring a little more character out of the pumpkin by doing an intricate pattern; in this example I’m using Bruce Springsteen. Continue reading

How to Make Halloween Spider Soaps

How to Make Halloween Spider Soaps Get your kitchen or bathroom ready for Halloween by making some Halloween spider soaps. Continue reading

How to Make a Witch’s Broom

How to Make a Witch's Broom It’s easy to learn how to make a witch’s broom with a little “broomcorn” and a twisty piece of wood. Continue reading

DIY Cheap and Easy Elven Leaf Brooch

DIY Cheap and Easy Elven Leaf BroochA little clay and some paint give you a fairly convincing Lord of the Rings elven leaf brooch for a fraction of the cost of a replica. Continue reading

How to Make a Winter Soldier Arm

How to Make a Winter Soldier ArmI had a couple requests for how to make a winter soldier arm, so here it is. Continue reading

Wonder Woman Costume DIY Part 3: Corset and Skirt

Wonder Woman Costume DIY Part 3: Corset and Skirt This is the final part of my Wonder Woman costume tutorial and it details how to make the skirt and the corset. Continue reading

How to Make a Maleficent Costume Dress Easy

How to Make a Maleficent Costume Dress Easy This dress is mostly based on the Maleficent costume from christening scenes in the Maleficent movie, with a little artistic liberty taken to simplify it. Continue reading

Sauron Costume Tutorial part 3: Body Armor, gloves, chain mail

Sauron Costume Part 3An old knitted blanket, some craft foam, and duct tape will get you chain mail, armor, and movable gloves to finish your Sauron costume. Continue reading

How to Make Sauron’s Mace

Sauron's MaceYou can make a fairly convincing Sauron’s mace using old wrapping paper tubes, some clay, and a little bit of spotty painting. Continue reading

How to Make a Pop Up Tissue Paper Valentine Heart Card

valentine heart cardA few layers of tissue paper glued together in a honeycomb pattern makes a charming pop-up Valentine heart card. Continue reading

Keep the Vampires Out of Your House

Keep the Vampires Out of Your HouseI really had ya going with that title didn’t I? The vampires I’m actually referring to are the appliances in your house that use “standby” power. They’re often referred to as vampires because they suck energy from your home the way vampires suck blood. 

Many of our household items such as computers and televisions are always set on “standby” when they’re plugged in. They’re never actually completely turned off and therefore continue to suck up power (sometimes as much as 20 watts each) at all hours of the day. Over time that extra energy being sucked up by your appliance vampires adds up substantially.

The biggest energy vampires in your house are usually the TV (especially the newer LCD and plasma TV’s), Computers, Microwaves, Video gaming systems, and Cell phone/tablet/power tool chargers that are left plugged in even when they’re not charging a device.

The cure? Unplug your electrical devices when they’re not in use. This saves a ton of energy over time, therefore reducing pollution, as well as saving you money on your energy bill! It’s a win-win situation; go green, save green.

Sometimes it can be a struggle to unplug all your devices, however, as they may be hard to reach. An easy solution is getting a power strip. You can plug related devices such as TV, DVD player, and gaming console into the same strip, since you’ll generally be using those devices at the same time. Then once you’re finished, just flip the power strip to off, preventing those items from going to standby mode, and keeping the energy vampires out of your house.

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How to Make a Renaissance Fortune Teller Costume

Renaissance Fortune Teller CostumeThis Renaissance fortune teller costume requires a little bit of sewing on the over skirts and sequins, but much of the rest of the costume base can be picked up for a few dollars in a 2nd hand shop. Continue reading

Iron Man Arc Reactor that Really Glows – DIY Cheap and Easy

Iron Man Arc Reactor - DIY Cheap and Easy This Iron Man arc reactor looks amazingly realistic, but is actually very easy to make and can be put together with just a few simple materials for around $5. Continue reading

Odin’s Spear, Gungnir Cosplay Tutorial

Odin's Spear, Gungnir I had a request for a Gungnir, Odin’s Spear tutorial. This is the version from the Thor: The Dark World movie, so it can be used for either an Odin cosplay, or for Loki after having taking the throne. Continue reading

Does Acupuncture Work?

does acupuncture workDoes acupuncture work? Is it really possible to find relief from pain and other ailments simply by having tiny needles stuck into different points on the body? Continue reading

How to Make a Record Album Binder Cover

Record Album Binder Cover If you made the record wreath I posted a couple weeks ago, then you probably have some leftover album covers. Upcycle them into fun record album binder covers. Continue reading

DIY Star Trek Communicator and Tricorder

Star Trek communicator and tricorderIf you have a box of tacks and an old transistor radio, you can make an inexpensive Star Trek communicator and Tricorder. Continue reading