Category: DIY

Last minute Halloween costume ideas: Ada Lovelace and other notable women in STEM

Recently, we were thrilled to find Take Back Halloween, an amazing site for women (and girls) hoping for a few more Halloween costume options besides “sexy nurse.” Or sexy anything, really. I loved seeing this Ada Lovelace costume which isn’t entirely last-minute, meaning you can’t just throw it together, but if you’re resourceful I bet you can pull it off. There are other women in STEM too, and if you search the site under the “Notable Women” category, you’ll catch Admiral Grace Hopper, Marie Curie, pilots Amelia Earhart and Bessie Coleman, scientist Rosalind Franklin and nuclear physicist Lise Meitner in...

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20 free emoji Halloween pumpkin carving stencils that we red heart big time.

This being the year of the emoji, of course someone was going to rock the emoji pumpkin carving idea in a big way. What’s better, is that it’s BHG and they’re making it easy for you to follow along with a whole bunch of cool, free emoji pumpkin carving stencils. I checked them out and the instructions and templates are very simple and clear, describing just which parts of the emoji to carve and which to etch to add dimension. However to get yours looking like theirs, it does require using thin linoleum or wood-cutting knives. If you want to make...

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A printable Star Wars coloring book made free: Kindness that gives the world a new hope.

Bless the big-hearted Star Wars fans of this world, for on May the Fourth Be With You Day, they are always an extra-giving bunch. Like Jason Yang, the designer and illustrator behind Invisible Element, who just offered up this wonderful free printable Star Wars coloring book. It’s got 8 pages of cleverly illustrated fan art from his “Far Far Away Series,” featuring the top characters from Episode IV. Which I still think of as “the first Star Wars” because I’m old that way. You’ll find Luke, Han, Chewie, Darth Vader, Obi-Wan Kenobi and more. And yes, Leia is there too. Which is not always something I get to...

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Printable papercraft photo frames that make us go, wow.

No sooner did we round up some cool Mother’s Day gifts for photographers, that I stumble upon this very cool idea: printable papercraft camera frames. As in, printables that you cut and fold and when you’re through, they look like cool vintage cameras. All you need is some card stock, and probably a good sharp X-Acto blade to put them together. While they’re kind of neat on their own, I love that they are designed to display a favorite photo. If the wonderful colors and designs in the shop seem a wee bit different than the ubiquitous mint green chevron (Etsy’s unofficial color of 2014),...

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DIY light up Valentines, for when regular old cards just don’t cut it.

There are some really cool printable Valentines that we’ve recently found for kids more focused on science and tech than doilies and conversation hearts, but the DIY Valentines that caught my own kids’ eyes this year is the DIY Light Circuit Light Up Valentines project from Left Brain Craft Brain. This craft looks very doable, whether wiring circuits is in your daily wheelhouse or not. Plus, the result is awesome. I have a feeling my son’s third-grade friends will geek out over a Valentine that lights up when they touch it. And when they find out he made them himself — even cooler. Of all the components, the...

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9 of the best printable Valentines cards for lovers of Minecraft, tech, and all things geeky.

My kids love to give and receive Valentine’s Day cards from their friends and classmates, but they’d prefer to skip the mushy-gushy sentimental cards and stick with printable Minecraft Valentines cards, or others that reflect their love of gaming, tech, and cool science stuff. So for fellow geeks-in-training, I’ve rounded up six cool printable Valentine’s Day cards for the classroom that plenty of boys and girls like my kids will love.   1. Printable Minecraft Valentine’s Cards We shared a bunch of printable Minecraft Valentine cards last year, but my kids can never get enough of this world. I love this collection of Minecraft printable cards from Legendary...

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Halloween projections: The easiest way to have the creepiest Halloween house on the block

If you’re still figuring out how to make your house the coolest on the block–after all, you do not want any leftover Halloween candy on Saturday morning, trust me–then ooh, I have a treat for you. Check out AtmosFEARfx which is doing nifty things with Halloween projection downloads, and all you need is your TV or a projector to amp up the fear factor this weekend. The downloadable themes include cuter designs like talking Jack O’ Lantern projections that you direct towards actual pumpkins to make them talk and sing; to seriously creepy zombie invasions,  skeleton attacks, and horror movie...

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A DIY light up Halloween bucket: Because you need both hands free to scoop up all that candy.

With all the things that can go bump in the night, I just hope none of them run into one of my kids while they are out trick-or-treating in the dark streets of our neighborhood. So, along with this easy DIY Pumpkin light necklace tutorial we recently found, I love this easy DIY Glowing Halloween Trick-or-Treat Candy Bucket how-to at Instructables that will make it easy for others to see those little witches, ghosts, and Elsas run from house to house. It just takes a string of battery-operated LED Christmas lights and a bit of glue to stick them to the inside...

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DIY tech: A Halloween pumpkin light necklace

There are certainly a ton of cool flashlights you can buy out there for your trick or treaters–not to mention handing over your iPhone flashlight while the batteries slowly (or uh, quickly) wear down. But I got excited when I saw this adorable little tech craft at for a DIY pumpkin light necklace. It’s not a flashlight really, but it will help your kids stand out more as they’re darting across the street in the 6 p.m. darkness of October. All the instructions are at Handmade Charlotte and you shouldn’t find them too too hard, especially if you have some of...

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14 of the coolest geeky crochet patterns on Etsy for the coolest geeky baby gifts

There’s nothing more special than a handmade baby gift, and thanks to Etsy and pop culture, crochet patterns have come a long way from whatever traditional baby blankets we received as babies ourselves. Check out these 14 absolutely superb geeky crochet patterns that are perfect for any offspring of Star War fans, Dr. Who fans, Harry Potter fans, Mario Brothers fans, and more. Or as we like to think of them–future fans. No so far in the future either, if it’s up to their parents. Is  it ever too early to introduce your kid to Thor? We’ll go with no.  ...

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