Category: DIY

These DIY galaxy Easter eggs are out of this world.

My kids love decorating Easter eggs, but now that they’re hitting their tweens they’re getting a little more creative. That’s why I can’t wait to try these DIY galaxy Easter eggs at Dream a Little Bigger. And, based on the tutorial, they look like they’re not nearly as hard to make as you’d think. Related: Martha Stewart’s Easter egg app gives you the perfect recipe to dye eggs. Related: OMG: Unicorn Easter eggs. Allison’s step-by-step tutorial makes these space eggs easy enough for anyone to make. And she’s got great tips about the supplies you can buy to make it so much easier, and how...

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12 free geeky pumpkin carving templates for Halloween

With Halloween right around the corner (nope, we can’t believe it either), we thought it would be fun to round-up a bunch of free geeky pumpkin carving templates. ‘Tis the season, right? Whether you’ve got Pokémon fans, Emoji lovers, or computer geeks in your house, we think these will make the perfect Halloween pumpkins. And bonus, they’re all free.   Pumpkin-chu | Toffeemama   Wireless | David Yen   Atom | Nicole H.   Minecraft Creeper Jack O’ Lanterns | AlphaMom   Related: 8 awesome geeky Halloween pumpkins that you can actually make   Emoji Pumpkin-Carving Templates | Pop...

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BOSEbuild Speaker Cube: A DIY Bluetooth speaker kit for kids that totally rocks. Yay STEM!

We have certainly covered lots of DIY STEM toys for kids and even more Bluetooth speakers here on Cool Mom Tech, but the BOSEbuild Speaker Cube is the first product I’ve seen that so awesomely combines these two elements. Hello, holiday gift idea. Related: 5 great STEM toys for kids with a math focus BOSEbuild Speaker Cube is a DIY kit that allows kids to assemble a Bluetooth speaker all by themselves, or with the help of an adult (mainly for those 8 and younger). All you need is scissors, tape and a willing kid, because the kit comes with everything else – speaker components, circuit board,...

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Turn your summer memories into a cool keepsake

Take the Chatbooks photo books and add in The Novogratz Family design sense and you get a very cool way to turn your favorite summer photos into a keepsake. Simply download the Chatbooks app, then enter the code SUMMER16, where the cool illustrations and artful prompts from The Novogratz Family will populate your photo book. Then, just add your favorite photos, rearrange them how you like, and order your book. It’s just that simple! Related: Need Instagram photo gift ideas? The Novogratz can help. Such a fun summer tradition, or hey, holiday, vacation, or any occasion where you’ve got tons of photos on...

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A DIY tassel charger that you can really DIY. Promise.

We’ve featured a couple of cool tassel chargers here on Cool Mom Tech because they’re stylish and a pretty handy way to ensure you’ve always get a charging cable at your fingertips. But, if you’re feeling crafty, you can actually make your own thanks to this super simple tutorial we found. Whether you’re looking to add a fun, useful accessory to your own bag, or want to make a cool gift (hello, teacher!), check out this video from Geneva Vanderzeil of A Pair and a Spare that we think is pretty awesome. And better, super easy.   For more cool DIY...

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The 2016 Doodle 4 Google student contest winners and our favorite runners-up

We always love seeing the annual winners of the Doodle 4 Google contest, and this year’s huge congrats go out to Akilah Johnson, a super talented Washington DC tenth grader who answered the challenge question, “What makes me…me” with a beautifully visual response called “My Afrocentric Life.” In describing it, she talked how the process of creating it actually helped her discover more about what her art means and why it matters to her, which is pretty cool. Here’s an excerpt of how Akilah wrote about her illustration: My goal with my art was to not only turn heads but souls as well—not only...

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12 of the best geeky-cool printable Valentine’s cards: Star Wars, Minecraft, emojis, FNAF, science and more.

With Valentine’s Day coming up, always love looking for fun printable geeky Valentine’s cards for those kids less into doily hearts, and more into zombies, Star Wars, Minecraft, and outer space. Here are 12 of our favorite geeky-cool printable Valentines for kids that you can print out for weekend parties or their classroom swap.  Stock up on ink! (images above: Let’s All Make Believe) Related: 31 of the coolest printable Valentine’s Cards for kids   Printable Star Wars Valentine’s Day cards | Let’s All Make Believe Super fans of Star Wars will think these Valentine’s Day cards featuring faves BB-8 and Rey are out of this galaxy. The set...

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The cutest geeky DIY Valentine’s Day card mailbox

We recently put together a really fun collection of 11 DIY Valentine’s crafts for preschoolers and young kids, and in the process of hunting, Kate tracked down this option that deserves its own space. If your kids need to bring their own mailboxes to school for Valentine’s parties, not sure we’ve seen a more fun, geeky option than this DIY Rubix Cube Valentine’s Day mailbox craft. Even little kids can help glue the colored squares on their own boxes as long as you do the prep work for them. And if it comes out half as nicely as this one, it could...

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Make your own Star Wars BB-8 and more, with free tutorials from littleBits

To celebrate the release of The Force Awakens — you have heard of it, right? — the team behind one of our favorite tech toys, littleBits, has put together a very cool user-generated #BITSWARS campaign, generating nearly 100 (so far)  DIY project ideas conceived of by fans using their kids’ circuitry kits. And we think your Star Wars fans will think they’re pretty cool to watch. If you have one of their circuitry sets, be sure to check out all the step-by-step tutorials available, especially the ones that show you how to create some of Star Wars biggest icons like R2-D2, a light saber, and everyone’s new favorite, BB-8 — even...

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A friendship bracelet maker that brings them back with a really cool, high-tech twist.

I grew up in the 80s, so friendship bracelets were always layered up my wrists by the dozens, usually made at sleepovers while we gossiped about boys. While I’m happy to let a my formerly 80’s essentials go (I’m looking at you, Aqua Net), this is one tradition I’m excited to pass on to my kids. Only now friendship bracelets have a really intriguing high-tech twist, thanks to i-loom. This toy lets you build your bracelet designs with a companion app, and then gives you the step-by-step instructions to make it. Ihave to admit, there’s part of me that’s geeky excited about this. I never learned...

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