Celebrate National Craft Month
Did you know that March is National Craft Month? So says the Craft & Hobby Association and all the coupons and announcements coming into to crafters’ inboxes. We geeks don’t need much of a push to make more crafts. At GeekGirlCon ‘11, we hosted two crafty workshops. Bonnie Burton showed our attendees how to make our favorite Star Wars characters as paper bag puppets. And The GeekGirlCon Design Team demonstrated how to make a sock puppet modeled after the puppets in Labyrinth.
Our staff is full of artists and crafters. Just the other week, GeekGirlCon Social Media Manager, Bunny Cole, made cat toys in the shape of a Star Trek communicator.
Here’s a note from Bunny about her catnip communicator:
I adopted an itty bitty kitty in February, and as a nod to my love of both languages and Star Trek, I named my little darling Nyota, which means “star” in Swahili. And since any kitten named for Lt. Uhura wouldn’t dream of leaving the house without a communicator, I obliged to make her set of felt and catnip communicator badges.
The process was quite simple, on a piece of yellow felt from the craft store, I traced the outline of the badge as many times as I could fit onto the felt and cut out each piece. Then, using my sewing machine, I stitched pairs together, leaving about half an inch unstitched. Then I stuffed each badge with stuffing and catnip and sewed the hole closed. Next up was embellishing each badge with a black line around the edges and an elongated star in the middle. Easy to do with a fat-tipped Sharpie!
And there you have it! Nyota loves her new toys and is often seen snuggling them in her cubbie.
Anna Daniell, our Facebook Administrator, makes super-cool earrings out of electrical tape. Anna tells us a little bit more about her creations:
I like to use uncommon materials to make arts and crafts. I often use electrical tape and wire to make earrings. I originally made larger duct tape roses, but I switched to electrical tape for earrings since I liked the texture better. Besides roses, I have also made glow-in-the-dark Pac-Man Ghost earrings and green, violet, and indigo Lantern Flower rings. These are more complicated to make than roses, but the result is definitely worth it.
And the crafts keep rolling on! GeekGirlCon is hosting more craft days between now and GeekGirlCon ‘12. Watch our website for announcements about a Doctor Who scarf knitting event and a day for kids of all ages to make their very own superhero cape.
Tell us about your geeky crafts or propose an idea for a craft day in the comments.