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A Cosplayer’s Guide to Building Rey’s Staff From Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Katia Schiele of Kat Kosplay chose to go the extra mile with her cosplay of Rey from The Force Awakens. Not only did she recreate an accurate and impressive version of Rey's staff, she also documented the entire process via photographs and videos so that other cosplayers could borrow her methodology.

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Teenager Demonstrates How to Build a Life-Size BB-8 for Less Money Than the Toy

The Sphero BB-8 is cool and everything, but it's just a tiny toy and also costs $150. After seeing BB-8 roll around on stage at the Star Wars Celebration last year, all we've really wanted is our own life-size version, and for the ambitious ones out there, this is how you can make that happen.

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Home Depot’s “Do-It-Herself” Classes Seem Like They’re Missing the Point

Home Depot offers free "Do-It-Yourself" workshops describing fix-it techniques to use around the house -- and they also have a special series of women-only workshops called "Do-It-Herself." Um ...

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Hero Dad Builds His Daughter an Elegant Rocking Toy for a More Civilized Age

Well, our hero, at least.

Not only did this amazing father build the rocking toy of the future—come on, no one rides horses anymore—but he's also leading by example in teaching his daughter to share ... by leaving the instructions for how to build your own on the Internet. Hey, if you give a person a speeder bike, they ride it until they hit a tree. If you teach them to build one, they'll never have to walk again.

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You Can Build Your Very Own BB8 From Star Wars: The Force Awakens Because Science Is Amazing

BYOBB8.

We'd heard that BB8, the rolling droid from Star Wars: The Force Awakens, was an actual practical effect, but I don't think any of us really believed it until the world crapped its collective pants when BB8 rolled out on stage during the film's panel at Star Wars Celebration to engage R2 in an adorable-off. Well, prepare your trousers for round 2: you can build your very own BB8.

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New Mr. T Show, I Pity the Tool, Coming to DIY Network

And the world rejoices!

Even when Mr. T is screaming in your face or smashing stuff, he's really just a big ol' softy. In an unexpected return to television, Mr. T will be hosting a new show on DIY Network called I Pity the Tool, where he will be going back to his hometown of Chicago to help families there rebuild their homes.

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This Is Not Just a TARDIS Replica, It’s Also a Fold-Down Bed

Allons-y!

If you have as much creativity and ingenuity as this awesome DIYer, you too can literally make your guest room bigger on the inside by following her steps to build your very own TARDIS-themed Murphy Bed.

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Here Are the 2014 Star Wars Snowflake Patterns You’re Looking For!

Sorry about the mess.

Want to craftily decorate your home for the Hothidays, but don't know where to begin? Anthony Herrera has you covered!

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Learn How To Make Your Own Familiar With Holly Conrad! [VIDEO]

Heroes of Cosplay's Holly Conrad shows us how to make familiars. You know, if you don't already have one.

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Make Your Own Dancing Groot: A Step-by-Step Guide

Making a real-life Rocket is a much harder, messier process.

The other day we were basically hypnotised by this Vine of a DIY Dancing Baby Groot by Patrick Delehanty. It turns out there's more video, and Delehanty even put together a step-by-step guide to making your very own.

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Build Your Own Handheld “Game Girl” For All Your Retro Gaming Needs

But can it run Crysis?

Calling all makers! Do you like to play with electronics? Do you have access to a 3D printer? If so, you can make your very own DIY handheld gaming device, thanks to the mad geniuses at Adafruit.

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How to Make A How to Train Your Dragon Bangle!

A how to make a how to train your how to.

In honor of Dreamworks’ highly anticipated How to Train Your Dragon sequel (coming out today!), we're bringing you easy, geek style DIY inspired by the dragons from the beloved film.

Personally, I love to wear my fandom heart on my sleeve, but sometimes I want to show my geek pride in a subtler form.  Not that shiny sequins are subtle, but I’m sure you get the idea.

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You, Yes You, Can Crochet Your Own Tiny Wolverine

Do Try This At Home

To celebrate the release of the latest X-Men film, X-Men: Days of Future Past, here’s a fun themed project you can put together in a day. Much like every X-Men movie, I’ve decided to focus on Wolverine. With each film, the big screen has served as a catalyst to build up his character, so in kind, we will be building up our very own crocheted Wolverine. Even though I enjoy Hugh Jackman’s performance, I like Wolverine the most when he’s covered in yellow spandex. So my crocheted version is inspired by his comic costume. I’ve turned this tough, wiseass into an adorable amigurumi, and with this tutorial, you can too.

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These Boots Give You Magneto-Like Powers, Let You Walk On Any Metal Ceiling Like An X-Boss

You can't defeat me now, Charles, not with my powers of walking upside-down!

If you saw X-Men: Days of Future Past this weekend, you're probably in an X-Men frenzy. Awesome garage mechanic Colin Furze takes his excitement to the extreme by building a DIY pair of Magneto boots that let him walk upside-down on a metal ceiling. I'm going to need a pair of these, stat.

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Makers of DIY BMO from Adventure Time Show off Their DIY BMO from Adventure Time

Vital Information for Your Everyday Life

A little bit of BMO (pronounced Bee-mo), the companion robot from Adventure Time that likes to take care of babies and pretend to be a little boy, is the perfect way to start a morning. You can figure out how to make your own with instructions from BYOBMO. Of course, if you'd like something a little more immediately educational for your Tuesday morning, check out this Bravest Warriors video that will teach you some useful Spanish phrases from the Spanish translations of their videos:

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Things We Saw Today: Stan Lee Trying to Separate Thor and the Hulk

Things We Saw Today

Beautiful Astronomically Accurate Shawl For Chilly Stargazing Nights

Do Try This At Home

Redditor Boothin shared this shawl their wife made by tweaking one pattern and combining it with another. The end result was a beautiful and cozy garment that is also an accurate map of our sky as seen from the North Pole. By all means, join me in the Jealous Corner.

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Totoro Poptarts, for Your Dreams of Being a Massive, Totoro-Eating Predator

I can tell you right now, after the "take your pop tarts out of the oven" step of this tutorial, my kitchen would suddenly suffer a massive shortage of any pop tarts to decorate. I think not immediately eating fresh warm fruit-stuffed pastry, not the piping and decorating skill, is really the most impressive part of this project.

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How to Make Chris Hardwick a TARDIS; TARDIS Snowglobes

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Most of us are not nerd celebrities, so we can't just ask some folks to make us a TARDIS door for our home gym. But we can certainly shove an action figure inside a mason jar with some glitter. That is well within our capabilities. Previously in DIY

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Finally, an Infographic That Teaches You to Build a Lightsaber

The cosplay is strong with this one.

Was your 2014 New Year's Resolution "build a lightsaber"? If so, this infographic from electronics supplier Newark has you covered. Of course, it's teaching you to build a lightsaber replica and not an actual lightsaber, but still. It's an elegant infographic for a more civilized age.

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