November 26, 2010

Make Your Own Geeky Gifts!

Besides saving cash, making stuff shows that you care in a way not quite like buying presents and it can be really fun.  I suggest starting immediately though.  Get supplies as soon as you can, and then block off a Saturday or a whole weekend to just make presents.  If you have friends that need to make presents then get everyone together at a central location.  You can pool supplies and ideas and eat lots of junk food.  Just remember that foods like Cheetos are bad for crafting.

Here a few geeky DIY projects!

Star Wars Amigurumi patterns - Amigurumi: I have no idea what it technically means, but it seems to be associated with cute.  And these crocheted Star Wars guys are about the cutest things ever.  I do not crochet, but I read a few reviews of the patterns on Craftster that said the directions are clear as can be!  If you want to make a few for me... I won't object.  ;)

Cross stitch patterns and kits from Bombastitch - This great Etsy seller has a big selection of geeky cross stitch patterns and kits.  Kits are the easiest way to go, but it's not much trouble to pick up the cross stitch basics from your friendly neighborhood craft store.

GeekDad - Geeky Projects for Dads and Kids - Despite the title, it's actually not just for dads and kids.  It's for grown-ups, parents or not, male and female.  This looks to be full of cool crafts and among many things you can "ereate a customized comic strip or your own board game."

Star Wars pop-ups from Robert Sabuda - This might not be for presents, but they would be really fun to use for mini cards or even tags.  He has instructions to create lots of characters from the Star Wars universe.

Craftster - Craftster is your guide to amazing projects.  You can find inspiration, tips, and sooo many tutorials.  I've seen plenty of geek-themed things in their forums.  Besides browsing through their site, I recommend looking them on Facebook and liking the page for the latest features.

Felt Monsters! - Monsters are cute.  This is a great step-by-step tutorial on making felt monsters.  You can alter it and make zombies or bacteria or almost anything. 

If you have any ideas about what to make, please share them in the comments!


  1. The crochet stitches needed for amigurumi are pretty simple Amy! I'd be happy to teach you sometime.

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  2. Those Star Wars crochet guys are so cute! I particularly like Yoda and R2-D2. I wish I knew how to crochet. Actually, I think my boyfriend might know how. Hmmm, now that's a great idea...

  3. Technically, amigurumi means "knitted/crocheted stuffed toy." But since it's Japanese that always also means "very cute!" As theresab says, the stitches are quite easy.

    I've been thinking about getting that Star Wars set, but I always have so many Cthulhus I'm working on!

  4. Like Theresa said, amigurumi stitches are dead easy! I made grim reapers, wizards, and one goth octopus for presents last year!

  5. I'm glad to hear the amigurumi stitches are simple - I can sense a new addiction coming on. :D


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