Coloring pages! What a great project if you have a little artist in your house. There are quite a few pages out there for Pokemon and Zelda and such. Earlier this year RiME shared with us these coloring pages.
Coloring pages are a perfect idea for them, since the world of RiME is art. And beautiful art at that. They even have a Tumblr account where people can send in their fan art.
Coloring pages are not an expensive or difficult project. You just print and grab your coloring medium of choice and you’re ready to go. You can find these coloring pages for download here.
Enjoy your coloring and I’ll see you next week for another project!
Following up last week’s craft project, I have the Turniphead Rarecrow for you guys. This rarecrow was a nod to the Turniphead character in Howl’s Moving Castle, one of my favorite movies. Isn’t he cute?
Turniphead is not a hard build, but it did require some ordering of special colors that are not included in the trays you find at local stores: light grey, cranapple, and lavender. Fortunately, the Perler website is easy to use and they deliver fairly quickly, so getting supplies is not hard. The bags of colors cost $2.49 and go down in price the more you buy.
Happy crafting, everyone, and come back next week for another project!
Stardew Valley’s pixelated art style is perfect for Perler beads. After a week of playing the game, I knew I wanted to make some of the icons from the game. My first choice was to do one of the rarecrows, but I didn’t have all the colors needed. Instead, I picked out the cat your farmer adopts. The kids thought its “cashed” position was hilarious. Here’s a blown up screen shot from the game.
You can see how easily the game is to translate into Perler beads. It’s all just a matter of picking the beads closest to the color of the pixels used in the game.
Cashed Kitty was made up entirely from this package of neutral Perler beads, which can usually be found at local stores (we got ours at Meijer). Trays like this one run aroun $11, and have plenty of beads for several of projects.
This is definitely an easy project and will keep you or your kids busy for a relatively short amount of time, though you can extend that time by making more of Stardew Valley’s icons. I’m looking forward to receiving the beads I ordered so I can make that rarecrow next. Happy crafting everyone!
This week’s Craft Saturday features an item you make, but don’t make: Video Game Puzzles. I have a few that I’ve received as Christmas presents, and with the kid’s cleaning up the playroom this week, I took advantage of the project table being cleared off to pull one out.
There are quite a few Legend of Zelda and Super Mario Bros. puzzles out there. I have pinned some of my favorites to the Mom’s the Gamer Pinterest account. You can find them in the Game Schwag board. Current issue puzzles run around $10, though if you have your eye on an older puzzle expect to pay upwards of $15.
Hope you enjoy puzzles as much as I do! Happy crafting puzzling, and come back next week for a new project.
Today’s craft post comes from Amy’s Babies. Craft Blogger Amy Shimel made this amazing Magnetic Katamari crochet ball and shared the pattern with us in a very detailed post on how to make one for yourself. She even found magnets strong enough to be able to hold metal through the yarn. This is such a great rendering of the katamari – the little balls that can pick up everything. If you’re not familiar, these come from a series of games starting with Katamari Damacy where you are tasked with rolling up objects in the world in order to make balls with large enough mass that they can be shot out into the sky and make new stars. Yes, it’s just a weirdly wonderful as it sounds. You start by rolling a katamari around picking up small objects like erasers and coins and as the balls’s mass grows you find yourself eventually picking up trees and buildings.
This project does require some knowledge of crochet, but the author tells us this is a quick and easy pattern. You will need the magnets, three colors of yarn, two crochet hooks, an embroidery needle, and fill. If you need to purchase everything it will run you around $20.
I hope you enjoy this project as much as I do. Happy Crafting!
Papercrafting is a pretty amazing art. With some paper, glue, an exacto knife, a cutting mat, and a scoring tool, you can make things like this adorable Chibiterasu model from Okamiden created by DeviantArtist Lyrin-83.
Papercrafting can range from easy to difficult depending on the size of the model’s details. It definitely takes some patience and persistence to complete a model, though the end results are worth it. Chibiterasu here lands on the easier side of papercrafting.
If you need some basic papercrafting instructions, try this tutorial from PaperCraft Museum. Your biggest expenses are going to be the exacto knife and cutting mat (around $15 combined), but once you have the tools in place, you and/or your kids will be able to make as many projects as you can print.
Be sure to check out Lyrin-83’s DeviantArt page to see more of her awesome designs, and come back next week for another craft.
Ok guys this is really cool. Today’s craft project is a Lego rendition if one of the machines from Horizon Zero Dawn. Last Saturday, I was showing Boyo the 2nd the amazing Thunder jaw Lego done by Marius Herrmann and the Tallneck done by Wayne de Beer, when we came across this tutorial for a Watcher from CBBricks.
We immediately dashed upstairs and spent the next couple of hours sifting through Lego pieces looking for parts to make this guy. Turns out we didn’t have all the pieces, so I hopped into Lego’s Pick a Brick and Bricks & Pieces to get parts for both kids. All told, the pieces cost us less than $6 (US) per Watcher (we opted not to make the landscape shown in the tutorial). I do not currently have a parts lists to share, I’ve reached out to CBBricks to see if they have one, but if you need help finding the specific bricks you can message me and I will share what we bought.
The Watcher is not a difficult Lego to assemble, nor a very long project. You could even swap out the headlight with a yellow or red piece if you want a Watcher who has detected an enemy or is fighting. Hope you like this one as much as we do.
I often bring my cross stitch projects with me to work on while at my kids’ events. Usually people will stop and talk to me about it, whether it’s their own experience with the medium, or just to ask what I’m making. This time the comment was from one of the dads at my kid’s Pinewood Derby who said, “That’s an interesting combination.” This was right after he said that cross stitch was a dying practice and whistfully mentioned that his grandmother used to stitch. But he wasn’t talking about me doing a gaming pattern. Which I was. He was referring to me combining an old art, with new technology. I had my iPad in my lap, and was working off the pattern stored on it.
When I say I want my kids to learn to use technology as a tool, this is the kind of thing I’m referring to. I want them to be able to incorporate technology into their lives to make make it easier, without letting tech run roughshod over the real world. If I didn’t have the cross stitch pattern I was using in digital form, I would have to carry sheets of pattern with me when I wanted to stitch outside of my house. Usually the patterns will fold out into large dimensions, like a road map, and are black and white. They are very cumbersome and hard to read. Technology allows me to have a digital pattern that is in color, that I can enlarge to make sure I’m getting my stitches right, and that I can take with me where ever I go.
When the guy at the Derby pointed out the combination I was using, I paused. I hadn’t seen the juxtaposition of new and old that working on my project created. I had just seamlessly taken the new form of patterns and gratefully run with it. I embraced the freedom digital patterns contained without noticing how striking it was sitting next to an ancient art. I’m glad he said it. I was then able to take the time to show the kids what he was talking about, and hopefully give them a better perspective on how technology can make crafting and art more accessible and easier to manage while preserving the nature of the medium. I hope that as more people become familiar with digital patterns and see how useful and easy they are, cross stitch will no longer be referred to as a dying art.
Perler beads are such a great medium for video game craft projects. Anything made out of visible pixels can easily be translated into them. Some people, however, really have a knack for translating pictures into Perler beads, like the creator of today’s craft, jnjfranklin at Deviant Art. Here is his version of a Companion Cube turned into a coin box.
This is the kind of piggy bank I want my kids to have, something they made and something they love. You could also easily turn the top panel into a box top for storage or even leave it off to make a pen/pencil holder.
While not a difficult project, all Perler beads require ironing to fuse the beads together, so if your kid is making this expect to help with that part. For the amount of beads used in this project you would need to purchase bags of the different colors, which you can find at perler.com or in stores like Michael’s, though you probably won’t find the clear or pink pieces in bags at brick and mortar stores. The project will cost you under $20 if you have to purchase everything, including the peg boards.
Be sure to take a look at jnjfranklin’s gallery on Deviant Art to see more of his amazing artwork, and come back next Saturday for another craft project.
If you’re looking for a good weekend project, and are currently obsessed with Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, check out this cross stitch pattern of the Sheikah Eye. I found it on Etsy in the EvenstarCraftsCo shop.
Sized at 3.5″ x 3.5″, this would be a fun quick project for a long time cross stitcher, or a really good starter piece for a beginner. I love how the color pops off the black fabric. It’s not often you find a pattern based off of a black background, and while that adds a small bit of difficulty, that is easily offset by the low floss count. If you look closely there’s even some backstitching for polish.
Costwise, if you had to buy everything you need for this project including hoop and needles, you would probably spend around $20 (US).
Visit EvenstarCraftsCo on Etsy to see more patterns, including some great Monster Hunter icons, and come back next Saturday to see another project. Happy stitching!