If you have an interest you’re passionate about such as a favorite video game or TV show, it’s great to show off this part of your personality through crafts or homewares which reflect this.
Of course buying things related to this can often be quite expensive, especially if it’s official merchandise. That’s why we’ve come up with a list of easy to make crafts which can unleash your inner geek whilst also saving the planet by using recyclable materials! Whether a crafting novice or expert, you should be able to create a few of these DIY creative ideas yourself in no time.
1. Cushion/Pillow Covers
These are easy to make whether or not you own a sewing machine (that just makes it slightly quicker), and are a great way of reusing the clothes and fabrics you would otherwise throw away. If you have some old t-shirts you no longer wear, or perhaps a pair of curtains which have frayed at the bottom or have acquired an irreversible stain, then don’t just throw them out! Instead, create your own cushion covers out of the salvageable material, taking care to correctly measure the size on your existing cushions or pillows. Then once you’ve cut and stitched, take (or create) a stencil of your favorite character or logo, such as the bat symbol, and paint on to give it that finishing touch.
Image via Our Nerd Home
2. Ice Bucket
Did someone give you a plant for a housewarming? Perhaps that was a while ago and your plant hasn’t quite survived as long as you planned. Instead of throwing out the metal container, why not keep it and reuse as an ice bucket? Simply give it a rinse to make sure all the compost is gone, and once it’s dry you can start decorating with some comic or graphic novel pages, like you did with your project book in school. Then all that’s left to do is add ice and voila, you’ll have a fun, geeky way of storing your cold beverages.
Image via Our Nerd Home
3. Snow Globes
Let’s face it, we’ve all broken a glass or two from time to time, particularly a wine glass with a weak stem. Instead of recycling the broken glass, if the bowl is still intact, why not keep it to make a snow globe? A great alternative to this is of course a glass jam jar or similar which you’d ordinarily throw out. Fix a mini comic or action hero figurine to the jar lid, fill the jar with liquid (remembering to leave space for the figurine and a small bubble for the water to circulate) and add in some fake snow.
Image via Country Living
4. Ironing Board Cover
Has your Star Wars bedspread seen better days? Rather than throw it out, why not repurpose it by turning it into a fab ironing board cover? Simply cut the bedspread to shape, leaving a couple of extra inches to seam it. Additionally you’ll need some foam lining to place underneath to ensure you don’t end up with any lines in your clothing! As an alternative to a bedspread, why not sew together a few old t-shirts with your favorite logos or characters on, to create a patchwork ironing board cover.
Image via Geek Forge
Of course there are many more ways in which you can create your own DIY geek crafts by repurposing things which you might otherwise trash or take to the recycling centre. These can be anything from seasonally themed decorations, ornaments and gifts to homewares you can use all year round, so keep your eyes peeled for more amazing crafts out there!
It’s time again for our biggest post of the year, the annual Comic Con cosplay wrap up. This year I didn’t get as many pictures as usual, but I still got plenty and if you don’t get enough, there are plenty of photos from 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009 and 2008 to keep you entertained. I also have plenty of great photos of sexy gals from this year, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010 and 2008 and sexy dudes from 2012 and 2011. There are also a few cosplay photo galleries from WonderCon from this year and 2013 and convention pictures from this year,2012, 2011, 2009 and 2008.
As always, I would love a little help identifying the unknown costumes at the bottom of this list.
Are you ready for some babes because Comic Con is here and we’re happy to bring you some of the hottest, sweetest and sexiest gals from this year’s convention. If you want more great photos of sexy gals, I also have photos from Comic Con dating from 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010 and 2008. For the ladies, I have the hottest guys from 2012 and 2011 (sorry ladies, there just aren’t as many half-naked dudes running around). If you want to see more good cosplay, don’t miss our photos from this year, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009 and 2008. I also have a few galleries of cosplay from WonderCon from this year and 2013. I also have pictures from the convention from this year,2012, 2011, 2009 and 2008.
WonderCon 2014 just rolled around and here are some of the hottest, cleverest and most fun costumes from the convention. If this isn’t enough to satisfy your cosplay craving though, we also have pictures from the last year’s convention, as well as tons of cosplay photos from Comic Con.
Here’s Black Widow looking fabulous as ever.
Black Canary and her friend had some amazing legs. Anyone recognize the other gal?
Here’s a recreation of the famous Superman Crisis cover.
And here’s the winner of the DC comics prize at the masquerade.
These costumes are all fun, but I simply love the Loki dress. I hunted her and Thor down through the whole convention to get this pic.
I’ve seen a lot of Wonder Women costumes in my time, but this one by Callie Cosplay is by far the coolest.
Oddly, while there were a lot of Winter Soldiers there, this was the only one I managed to get a picture of.
You can’t go wrong with a little crossplay and this Lady Riddler and Joker were simply fantastic.
I’m kind of hoping the next Arkham City game gives these two this type of bruiser look.
It’s always great to see someone take a classic character in another direction and this Cat Woman and Harley Quinn did a great job making their dresses perfect for the villain’s ball.
Of course, there’s nothing wrong with a more traditional look like this Batman and Robin have.
Since the convention was right next door to Disneyland, it only made sense for Tony Stark to stop by and ride a few rides and grab an Iron Man Mickey hat before hitting the con floor.
This would be quite the father/son crime fighting team.
Here’s a great take on the Comedian as a female.
And this lovely Hawkgirl did a fantastic job with her costume -especially the wings.
Lady Death’s skin was so white she almost seemed to glow in the dark.
This is a great take on Valeera Sanguinar from WOW’s Hearthstone.
And while I’ve seen a lot of Skyrim cosplay, I’ve never seen a Khajiit before.
Mileena from Mortal Kombat was looking good.
And the whole team of Castle Crashers looked fantastic.
Per the norm, Steve looked quite boxy.
I wouldn’t want to mess with these two assassins for sure.
By far one of the most popular costumes of the entire convention was this Powdered Toast Man one. Just tell me you don’t want to grab his butt cheeks and go on a ride.
This steampunk Ariel was quite fetching.
But this battle-ready Ariel was a picture of badass.
That being said, there’s nothing wrong with the classics and the sight of an Ursula in human form was a cool one indeed.
There was a whole series of Playboy bunny Disney Princesses, but I only saw these two and a Jasmine later on.
With the new movie coming out, Maleficent was an all-too-popular costume this year, and this masquerade version was one of the best I’ve seen.
These two evil queens were quite a pair though.
I’ve never seen an Ursula quite this wonderful before either.
His name is Olaf and he likes warm hugs -except when they come from strangers who seem to attack him from nowhere, which seemed to happen to him quite a few times.
I didn’t know what Hexadecimal was, but I was really impressed with the costume’s accuracy when I looked it up online -especially since her costume is made from duct tape.
Of course, everyone loves a good Bumblebee costume.
Melisande here looked absolutely fantastic.
And Circe looked downright royal.
I’ve seen plenty of Amy Pond’s before, but I’ve never seen one that looked this dead on.
And this young Doctor was absolutely adorable -especially with a Dalek and TARDIS in tow.
Don’t miss our roundups of cosplay from Comic Con from 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, and 2008, as well as our collections of hot girls from the convention in 2o13, 2012, 2011, 2010 and 2008, and hot guys from 2012 and 2011.
OK, technically they aren’t actually gingerbread, but these graham cracker dice are a great way to turn your gingerbread castle adventure into a full on holiday roleplaying game.
Obviously, the process is pretty simple as it just involves gluing graham crackers together with icing and then drawing on numbers, but following Our Nerd Home’s instructions for cutting it into the right shapes is critical if you want to make anything besides a six-sided die (and where’s the fun in that).
What happens when you replace Logan’s angst and anger with neurotic mumbling? You get Woody Allen’s version of Wolverine.
Something tells me this film wouldn’t do nearly as well as the blockbuster version that’s out right now.
Via The Mary Sue
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The term cosplay was coined in 1984 by Nobuyuki from Studio Hard at the World Science Fiction Convention in Los Angeles. While the idea was nothing new, the term has taken off and the amount of cosplay enthusiasts has grown dramatically since the early nineties, even leaking into mainstream culture. Every year Japan runs a cosplay convention called Comiket, drawing in hundreds of thousands of people who love to dress up as their favorite anime, J-pop and video game heroes. The potential is limitless; anything goes, whether it’s Abraham Lincoln or GlaDOS.
This year an estimated 130,000 attended San Diego Comic Con, their maximum capacity. Although it is primarily comic-focused, Comic Con like many current day conventions encompasses all elements of geek culture, and then some. While many will dress as Batman, Superman or Wonder Woman, there is so much room for creativity that just as standard, you will almost definitely see steampunk and gender reversal versions of well-known characters. As an unspoken rule, anything goes; conventions tend to attract a wide variety of people from different backgrounds, drawn together through the fandom.
For some cosplayers, it can be an expensive and time-consuming hobby. People spend thousands of dollars making their costumes with fairly serious attention, including fantasy weapon replicas and full costumes. It’s common practice to pose for photos, with some even making their hobby into a full-time job; professional mermaids for instance work at children’s parties and swim on camera with functioning tales made from monofins wrapped in wet-suit materials. If you’re not a professional or haven’t been lucky enough to win at mermaid millions while indulging your mermillion obsession and need to go with something a little cheaper, costumes can be made at home out of cardboard and duct tape: money isn’t important at a con and while expensively made costumes will draw attention, it’s more about creativity and dedication than flash.
Most people just wear the costumes, but some players aim to take on the persona of their character. Heroes have provided role-models for many young people and for a weekend it can be great fun to forget their normal lives and try something more exciting. Not everyone has the time or creative skill to create a costume, but any hints at geek culture are generally appreciated at conventions; wearing a subtle fan t-shirt, or adapting logos and themes from costumes into jewelry and other accessories may not get you as much notice as a full costume but will earn you a few knowing nods.