This post is dedicated to all my fellow nerds and geeks out there…today is EMBRACE YOUR GEEKNESS DAY! Whether it’s video games, movies, books, TV shows, or comics that get your juices flowing, today is the perfect day to embrace whatever it is that satisfies your geeky desires.
Today I’m embracing a few of my TV obsessions: The Walking Dead, Game of Thrones, and Breaking Bad. Below are some fun crafty ways for you to celebrate your devotion to any or all of these shows. Subtle yet recognizable, these projects will help you show off your love for these iconic TV programs.
The Walking Dead: Daryl Dixon Inspired Necklace
I really don’t think there’s a TWD fan out there that doesn’t love Daryl Dixon. Armed with amazing hunting and tracking skills, a killer bow and arrow (that you can totally buy at Wal-Mart!), and rugged sexy good looks, Daryl is the guy you want on your side should the zombie apocalypse ever happen. Modeled after Daryl’s winged jacket and showcasing an arrow with a little bead of blood, this Daryl Dixon Inspired Necklace is a moderate and fun way to show your true love for this bike-riding man’s man.
Cut your chain to size and attach your jump ring and metal clasp. String two wing charms on your chain, making sure the feathers on both sides face outwards. In the middle of the wings, use a jump ring to attach the arrow and red bead to the necklace. To make my wings stand out straight, I actually used E6000 glue to attach the two wings together on the back of the charms. This prevents them from moving around and flipping over when I wear my necklace.
Game of Thrones: Daenerys Targaryen’s Dragon Eggs
Though these eggs won’t hatch into ginormous dragons, they will look awesome on your bookshelf next to your Game of Thrones box set! Made using small wooden eggs and clay, Daenerys Targaryen’s Dragon Eggs are sure to bring you a feeling of power and strength.
I used three wooden eggs to create these dragon eggs. You can find these eggs at almost any craft store in the woodcrafting section. Warm green, white, or brown clay in your hands until soft and pliable. I used about ½ a package for each egg. Roll out small pieces to about 1/8 in. thickness and cut out several tear-shaped pieces. I used the tear shape from this mini metal cutter set. The clay won’t adhere to the wood, so I used E6000 to attach the clay to the wooden eggs. A very small amount will do here. Start at the bottom of the egg and work your way to the top, staggering rows as you go and making sure the points all face down. Once you’ve completed all your eggs, bake at 275 degrees for about 30 minutes. Watch to make sure they don’t hatch dragons!! Let cool completely before handling.
Breaking Bad: Breaking Bad Logo Ornament
So I’ve admittedly watched a lot of TV in my day, but few shows can compare to Breaking Bad. Led by loveable goof balls Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul, the cast of Breaking Bad is really what makes this show so fantastic. If you’re in the slim percent of people who haven’t watched this show, it’s definitely worth a binge this summer.
For the square felt pieces, I printed out a 3 in. x 3 in. template (you’ll need four 3 in. boxes total). I also printed out the letters (B, a, B, r) and created templates out of those as well (letters were Arial font, bold; size 150 font). Attach your square templates to green felt and your letter templates to white felt and cut out all your pieces. Hand sew 3 sides of your square template, leaving one side open. Remove template and turn right side out. Glue letters to piece and hand stitch numbers in upper right corner. Stuff lightly and sew square closed. Repeat for other square. Use a needle and thread to attach a string to the tops of both squares, measuring your string so the squares overlap when hung, about 6 in.
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