We love geek goodies, but the reality is that many pop culture gifts are fun, but they don’t always look great with a put together outfit or stylish home decor. These special handmade gifts actually meet the definition of “geek chic.”
We all have the friend who thinks posters are something you should have outgrown in college, but still wants nerdy artwork for his walls. This Alien carving by Engraver’s Dungeon Art is simply stunning and miles away from the type of thing you’d expect to see in a dorm room. The seller also sells artworks based on Star Wars, It, True Detective and more.
Some people like to put up a few cobwebs and fake crows around their house to make it ready for Halloween, but there are others who really want kids to earn their candy by facing their fears as they fearfully creep up the walkway to the front door. If you fall in the second category, then you know it’s time to start decorating because horrific haunts won’t build themselves. While you’re planning this year’s spooky spectacular, here are a few delightfully dark decorations you might want to add to your scream scene.
There are almost as many ways for people to create spooky rotting corpses as there are ways for corpses to disintegrate after death. Ultimately, the decision on which technique to use should come down to your budget, your time constraints and which end result you prefer for your spooky setting. Here are a few methods you might want to look into:Â Instructables user BeautyandBeast’s methodÂ involves liquid latex, panty hose and craft paint;Â Instructables user Spyridoula NemesisÂ suggests using plastic tarps, a heat gun and wood stain; andÂ Yard Haunt uses cheese cloth, wood stain, spray adhesive and spray paint.
What’s better than a creepy corpse? How about one that moves, leaving it to eternally attempt to crawl from the grave into our mortal world? This tutorial byÂ Yard Haunt can show you how to really creep out the kiddos this year.
Deadly Spider Web
Here’s another idea for fake skeletons -create a creepy spider web complete with the remains of its human victims.Â Hector Turner’s creation processÂ seems fairly simple as it involves little more than plastic wrap, cotton batting, glue and fake spider webs. You can also do this on a corpsified skeleton to make a really chilling scene.
Admittedly, this skeletal wreath by Mommy With No Money is cool, but not terrifying in its current form. If you corpsify your skeleton before bundling it into a wreath though, it’s easy to imagine that this greeting piece could become downright ghastly.
Alternatively, if you prefer to buy a wreath rather than make your own, while most of the designs on Etsy are cutesy, this one by Anastasia Artifacts is pretty cool, though again, it could have been way scarier if the bones were corpsed first.
Dead Body In A Bag
You don’t always have to go full gore to set a scene. In fact, sometimes showing less can be even more scary, like thisÂ dead body wrapped up in plastic. Best of all, since all you need to make this prop is newspapers, trash bags, string and duct tape, the whole thing costs about $3 in supplies.
The Creepy Well from The Ring
Even those that didn’t like The Ring still agreed that the well-dwelling little girl was totally terrifying. Lothar’s LairÂ has a tutorial to make one of your very own and, best of all, it’s motorized so your guests can howl in fear as they see the monstrous girl climbing from your stone well.
The Grim Reaper
Wire, wood, PVC, drywall mud, latex and burlap can be amazingly spooky when put together just right. In fact,Â Halloween Forum user jimmyzdcÂ used these materials to create a uniquely creepy version of the Grim Reaper and he was even kind enough to include all the steps so you can create your own.
Dead & Breakfast
If you want to go with an overall theme but are tired of graveyards and horror flicks, thisÂ idea by Better Homes and Gardens is refreshingly different. Their “Dead & Breakfast” is both creepy and charming -just like some real B&Bs. Their layout has some truly wonderful details and we particularly love the welcome sign and the lonely bride.
Here’sÂ another scarecrow ideaÂ sure to scare the pants of your Halloween guests. It’s truly amazing how nightmarish a skull covered in wet burlap can look. Add some sticks for the arms, a hat and a coat and you’ll have people getting goose bumps before they even get to your doorbell.
This cool video technique byÂ Instructables user davidandoraÂ can work for either a dark fairy tale or a haunting depending on the set up. The trick is to create a custom mirror frame that can hold (and hide) a flat screen monitor so you can show a ghostly image trapped inside the mirror.
Fans of Disney’s Haunted Mansion will immediately recognize thisÂ singing pumpkin illusion by Instructables user davidandoraÂ as the same one used on the singing busts in the graveyard scene. While the materials needed for this project aren’t cheap, if you already have access to a good projector, you might want to try this cool illusion at your house. The effect is particularly powerful when you surround your singers with regular carved Jack-o-lanterns. Just don’t be surprised when little ones get upset because they don’t know how those pumpkins have come to life.
Granted, the LEGO images used to illustrateÂ this tutorial by DIY Hacks and How TosÂ isn’t particularly scary, but if you successfully incorporate this classic trick into your Halloween decorations, people are bound to be creeped out by the moving, translucent “ghost” you created.
Haunted Soul Tree
Anyone who has ever wandered through the forest alone at night knows how eerie trees can be. ThisÂ animated haunted soul tree by Instructables user dionicia12Â is a great way to take advantage of those natural human fears. Even if you don’t quite have the skills to make the tree come alive, the basic design is pretty chilling even without movement.
Have any creepy Halloween decorations you’re particularly proud of? Share them with us in the comments!
If you’re looking to get your mom a little something beyond the standard bouquet this Mother’s Day, you may consider a beautiful vase that she can hold onto long after her flowers have wilted away. No matter what kind of mom you are lucky enough to have, there is certain to be one piece in this list that will fit right in with her home decor.
This unique vase looks different from every angle. With sweeping wood shapes flowing around a standard glass form, art-lovers are sure to love this creation by EvensensProductions.
This elderflower liquor has a legion of fans and a uniquely beautiful look. If your mother has joined the cult of St. Germain, she’ll love this stunning vase by BottlesNWood made from one of the brand’s iconic and crystal-like bottles.
If a picture is worth a thousand words, then this personalized vase that can be filled of images that show Mom what she means to you is absolutely priceless. Etsy seller Jenny Gaynor will also leave a note and a special date on the base of the vase to add even more significance to the piece.
This striking test tub vase set by Etsy seller JupiterCarpentry is perfect for those who simply love science, as well as those who want to display their blooms in an all new way.
Etsy seller PartySparkles customizes lovely wood vases so you can engrave them with your mother’s initials, you and your siblings initials or a message that reads “ILU.”
Is your mom more of a Morticia Addams than a Martha Stewart? Then rather than going with something pretty, make her go batty over one of these fascinating anatomical heart vases by Etsy seller Dellamorteco. Available in red, black, pewter or transparent with veins, they’re the perfect way to say “I love you even just the bloody way you are.”
If you’re looking to create some fun projects with your kids this spring, here are a few fun Easter crafts you can make as a family and proudly display around your home.
The great thing about making this wreath fromÂ Eclectically VintageÂ with your kids is that you can enjoy making something that lasts for years with some of your favorite people while your kids can enjoy munching on Peeps that won’t make their way onto the wreath. Just make sure you buy enough Peeps to account for snacking.
Fluffy Bunny Wreath
If you’d prefer not to fill the kids with too much candy, this cute bunny wreath byÂ Hoosier HomemadeÂ is simple and safe enough to make with your youngsters -who will love the resemblance to a certain bunny that only visits once a year.
Easter Bunny Door
Alternatively, rather than decorating the door with a bunny, why not make your door into a bunny? This cute design byÂ East Coast Mommy BlogÂ is sure to be a hit with kids everywhere.
Tulip Bulbs In Vases
Here’s a great way to teach your kids about botany all while growing a stunning centerpiece for your Easter dinner. Just follow the directions from Homes To Love and you’ll soon be on your way to growing flowers right in the vase.
Easter Bunny Flower Pot
Another great way to teach kids about the way plants grow is to have them plant grass. With this cute craft byÂ Kids Fun Reviewed, you also get the benefit of having grass grow right out of the Easter Bunny’s head.
Want to teach your kids that simple chemistry makes some of the things they love to play with? Then work with them to make these cute bunny chalks byÂ A Bubbly LifeÂ and then let them go crazy coloring the sidewalk with the completed results.
Hand Print Bunnies
Hand print turkeys are treasured by parents everywhere and now you can bring that tradition alive during Easter too by making hand print bunnies likeÂ this one on Imgur. Just make sure you keep the kiddo’s thumb dry or your bunny will end up with a weird growth from the side of his face.
Candy-Filled Flower Vases
Peeps and jelly beans can really brighten up a flower arrangement and all you need to duplicate this look featured onÂ The Laws of My LifeÂ are two vases (one that fits neatly inside the other), candy and flowers. Best of all, you and the kiddos can munch on any leftover candy.
Crazy For Carrots Centerpiece
With all the candy spread around by the Easter Bunny, it’s a great time to remind kids that veggies can be tasty too -in fact, they’re the preferred food of that legendary bunny. This vase by Chic Style is simple, beautiful, and a great way to get your youngsters to munch on a few extra carrots.
This simple paper craft is so kid-friendly that the creator atÂ Serving Pink LemonadeÂ even created the original with the help of her own tiny assistant.
Paint Sample Garland
For youngsters that just can’t get enough colors, you can also try turning paint swatches into Easter eggs and then making a garland from those as seen onÂ Modern Parents Messy Kids.
Easter Egg Window Art
These simple foam window decorations by Pleasantest
Thing look absolutely charming and happy, but best of all, your kids
can put them up and decorate them all on their own.
It’s always nice to get a Christmas card, but it’s even better when you get a geeky card that also makes you laugh. While I can’t help you getÂ better Christmas cards, I can tell you where to find better ones and I suggest heading to Castle McQuade’s Etsy shop, where you can get delightfully geeky cards such as these.
Designs include geek favorites, including Harry Potter, Star Wars, Lord of the Rings, X-Files, Die Hard and more. And each one not only has cool artwork, but also a great punchline.
Father Christmas is unique in that he is a pop culture icon who instantly recognizable across the world and yet didnâ€™t he didnâ€™t come out of a book, a cartoon or a movie. Whether you call him Santa Claus, Papa NoÃ«l, Kris Kringle or even Old Saint Nick, Father Christmas is ubiquitous throughout European history. This iconic character has even made it as far abroad as Australia, America, Japan and Brazil in recent centuries â€“ indeed, in 2015 the entire world knows Santa. The question is does the world know where Santa came from?
Unlike Captain America, Batman and other childhood icons, Father Christmas was once a real person. Nicholas of Myra, as he was known until his death in December 343 AD, was the man behind the legend of Saint Nick. Nicholas of Myra was a Turkish monk who gave away his inherited wealth to travel the countryside, tending to the sick and poor. The most famous legend of Nicholasâ€™ deeds is probably the story of how he saved three sisters from being sold into slavery and prostitution. He paid their dowries and helped them on the way to marrying the people they wanted to marry. This gesture made him famous across the continent, and by the time he died Nicholas was a veritable hero of the people.
This level of fame lasted for over 1000 years, with a Yuletide â€˜boy bishopâ€™ ceremony popular throughout the medieval era. In this ceremony the church youths performed the functions of their elders, effectively running their parishes for the day. 300 years later during the Renaissance era in Europe, Sinter Klaus (also known as Nikolaos the Wonderworker) had become the patron saint and protector of more peoples than any other. However, his popularity among the people had started to dwindle, causing the church to reinvent Saint Nicholas slightly, naming him Father Christmas, PÃ¨re NoÃ«l and Kris Kringle across the continent.
While Saint Nicholas is the patron saint of sailors, prostitutes, bakers and even Greece, Father Christmas is most certainly focused on being the patron saint of children. His reinvention in the 1600s focused on his generosity, becoming the go-to legend for boosting Christmas cheer. His old monkâ€™s habits were swapped for the fur-lined blue, green and white robes that were popular with the then-modern people. This mysterious pop-icon would then visit Europeâ€™s poorest children, leaving them small gifts of food, sweets or money to reward them for a year of hard work (if youâ€™re looking for yule tide ideas for Christmas then a gift generator may do the trick to help choose what is needed in this day and age vs the last 2000 years). This was around the time that Father Christmasâ€™ tradition of leaving coal for naughty children came into being, though the evidence suggesting why this happened is scant at best. The general assumption is simply that it was a scare tactic to encourage good behavior as the last thing that a kid would want is a lump of dirty coal when they could be getting sweets and money.
This version of Father Christmas endured for several centuries, right up until the 1900â€™s when Santa underwent yet another wardrobe change. Some people attribute Santaâ€™s current reds and whites to the fact that these are ecclesiastic colors, though scholars argue that these arenâ€™t the colors that pious Saint Nicholas of Myra would have worn. The generally held belief here is that Coca-Cola redrew Santa in their own vision in the 1930s, and the weight of the companyâ€™s advertising has restructured the way we see Santa as a result.
When you look back over the last 1700 years, Saint Nick certainly has come a long way â€“ and weâ€™re not just talking about his move from Turkey to Lapland/the North Pole. While there are many fictionalized parts to the Santa story â€“ the flying reindeer and the sleigh for example were invented in the 1823 poem â€œA Visit from St. Nicholasâ€ (the one that starts with â€œâ€˜Twas the night before Christmasâ€¦â€) â€“ the legend is certainly based on fact. Even to this day Saint Nicholas of Myra is revered across the world for his generosity and altruism. Though he may not be alive and well today, his memory has inspired generosity for almost two millennia. It almost makes you wonder how much Santa will have changed by the 2000th anniversary of his death in 2343. Will the sleigh endure, or will Santa roll with the times and find a more conventional way of air travel? Only time will tell.
It’s not even Thanksgiving yet, but experts are already arguing over what will be the hottest toys of the holiday season. Many have their money on the remote-controlled BB-8 that can be controlled with a smartphone. All experts agree that anything Star Wars is a pretty safe bet when it comes to the most popular toys of the season. That being said, if I was a kid, I’d be all about this amazing Star Wars sledÂ for sale on Bonanza.com. It not only looks cool, but it can also be controlled with handlebars, making it a lot easier to operate than classic sleds. The fact that it’s only $100 also makes it a much more practical toy than many of the other options out there.
Heck, I only wish it had a higher carrying capacity than 150 pounds so I could use it even now as an adult. If I could just lose a few dozen pounds I’d be good to go.
(This post has been sponsored by Bonanza.com, though I really do endorse this awesome product)
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).
With Halloween and all of its dark and ghostly delights fast approaching, we got to thinking about the spookiest holiday destinations in Europe.
After all, what could be a better way of indulging your love of all things spooky than booking a weekend in a haunted house or doing a tour around the most haunted locations in Europe? So, we took a look at just some of the places you could visit and be very scared by this Halloween. Just donâ€™t look behind you!
The Famous Catacombs in Paris
OK, so you canâ€™t stay in them exactly, but you can book a holiday in Paris and go and visit one of the most awe-inspiring tourist attractions in the French capital. The Paris Catacombs are basically a huge maze of crypts and tunnels that wind their way under the streets of the city, where the dead went to rest after the city ran out of space for more traditional cemeteries. The famous Paris Opera House is also worth visiting, not just because itâ€™s utterly fabulous, but also because itâ€™s the very real place Gaston Leroux based his story of the Phantom of the Opera – a legend that has captured imaginations for over 100 years. Perhaps the masked ghost is still lurking down there, hiding in the vast underground lagoon that sits below the Opera House…
If youâ€™re into ghost stories then you will definitely have heard about Belmez de la Moraleda. The unassuming street in Spain has become extremely famous due to the scary faces that have been manifesting in the floor. They began in 1971 and have been photographed frequently. It was found that there were human remains beneath the floor, which were then removed but itâ€™s a very evocative place to visit. If youâ€™re on holiday in Spain this Autumn, and particularly over Halloween, consider making the journey, it doesnâ€™t have to be an expensive diversion either. Itâ€™s easily reachable from various resorts like Malaga, so a bit of searching online should come up with cheap flights to Malaga and a hire car to get you to your haunted destination. Just try not to be too frightened!
Glamis Castle – The Most Haunted Castle in Scotland
Scotland is pretty famous for revelling in its many haunted houses and spooky places to visit so you will be spoiled for choice if youâ€™ve decided to head up north this Halloween. But for one of the best, and most notorious, places to stay, try Glamis Castle. Itâ€™s a fabulous Gothic castle, which looks like it has come straight out of the Addamâ€™s Family, and according to all the tourist guides of the region, is bound to give you the willies should you be brave enough to spend a night within its scary walls.
You canâ€™t go to haunted places in Europe and miss out on the residence of one of the most notoriously scary people ever. Vlad the Impaler is the inspiration for Stokerâ€™s Dracula and his place of residence was Poienari Castle. In fact, itâ€™s also the place where he tortured so many enemies to death by calmly popping them on stakes and then holding a feast while listening to their cries of agony. Soak up the atmosphere of the castle and nearby Lake Snagov, which is where he is thought to be buried.
Londonâ€™s East End is where the infamous and famous serial killer known as Jack the Ripper stalked his prey in the late 19th century. The mystery of his identity has never been solved and his story is grimly fascinating. You can book on to a guided walk which will show you every murder spot and all the other venues with which he is associated. You never know, maybe youâ€™ll be inspired enough to solve the mystery once and for all!
You may not have known today is World Turtle Day, but now that you know, don’t you just want to hug a turtle? Well, if you’re terrified of salmonella or if you just can’t find a turtle within hugging distance, these 20 cute turtle pics are the next best thing.