If you’re like me, you’re always looking for more ways to work things related to your fandom(s) into everyday life.
One of the ways to do this is by making crafts! You can make something fandom related by doing pretty much anything, whether it’s painting on something, sewing, or rainbow looming. The possibilities are endless! While I’m not great at crocheting or making origami X-Wings, (
which I did not find out by failing four times earlier today) there are several crafts I have done that turned out how they were supposed to, and allowed me to express my love for these stories and characters. Here are the supplies and directions you’ll need to make some too!
- Rocks (*Gasp of surprise*)
- Paint, paint brushes, and something to clean your brush with
- Glue that dries clear
I don’t know if your town or city is doing the thing where you leave painted rocks places for people to find. But even if it’s not, you can still leave them places, or you could use them to decorate your bookshelf, garden, or desk. The rocks you may be able to find outside, but if not, stores like Home Depot sell HUGE bags of them. Make sure you wash the rocks before you paint them. If you’re having trouble thinking of what to paint, Pinterest has tons of ideas to get you inspired. After you have painted your rocks and have let them dry, paint glue over the top to seal the paint. (This is especially important if they will be outside!)
I know the time of rainbow loom is coming to a close for the most part, but if you still have a bunch of those rubber bands lying around, you may as well use them for something right? There are many tutorials on YouTube. I’ve seen ones for Darth Vader, Iron Man, and Batman, so I bet you can find something for your fandom if it’s a fairly popular one. I’m going to show you how to make a lightsaber, because other things have too many steps for this post. 😉
- Small rubber bands that are red, blue, green, or purple. Some that are grey, gold or black. (But any colors work really.)
- A crochet hook, or other kind of rubber band loom hook
1. Place a blade colored band on your hook and wrap it around four times. (Picture 1)
2. With two more blade colored bands, stretch them between the hook part and your finger. Slide the wrapped band onto them, then move the double bands onto the straight part of the hook. (Picture 2)
3. Keep using double bands while sliding the ones on the hook onto them until your blade is the desired length.
4. With the blade still on the hook, take one band that’s different than the color you’re going to use for your hilt and wrap it around three times. Then take two bands of your hilt color and slide the rest of your saber onto them like before. (Pictures 3 and 4)
5. Continue using double hilt color bands and sliding until your hilt is however long you want it.
6. Once it is, take bands A and stretch them over bands B so that they are now on the right instead of the left. The bands should be crossed. (Pictures 5 and 6)
7. Pull the lightsaber off by pulling bands B, and now you have a lightsaber to hang on your backpack! (Picture 7)
Hopefully that wasn’t super confusing!
While you can get some really neat looking fandom shirts from HerUniverse, Etsy, or other websites, the cost can get pretty high, especially if you’re my age. Or maybe you can’t find anything for your favorite movie or book anywhere. What then? Answer: Make your own! I have made a Rebel Phoenix one, with the word hope on the back, and a convor on the sleeve (I got this idea from Shay’s). Then I really wanted an “Ahsoka Lives!” shirt, but I can’t bring myself to spend $20, so I painted my own. It has a very crooked Fulcrum symbol on the back. I also have a black long sleeve shirt I want to paint to look like Sabine’s Star Wars Rebels season 4 armor, but I’ve been too intimidated to start. I won’t give you full directions for this one, but here’s a few tips to get you started:
- If you can, draw what you’re painting on a piece of paper and cut it out to be a stencil. That’s what I did for my Phoenix, and there’s no way it would even resemble one if I had just painted it with no help.
- Buy a shirt that’s the color you want already. Do not do what I did and paint a white shirt with acrylic paint mixed with water. (Although it did give it a cool splotchy, tie-die like look.)
- Use fabric paint if you can. I didn’t put my shirts in the washer for a long time because I was worried that the acrylic paint would come off, or that the metallic paint would melt in the dryer. I have successfully washed them without disaster, and judging by the paint stains on various other shirts, acrylic paint stays on really well. So I would say using some is fine, but fabric paint is probably the best. (Hence the name fabric paint.)
- Make sure your shirt is completely laid out when painting, and take your time. Otherwise, you may have words that start in the left corner, and then slowly make their way to the right. Or Fulcrum symbols that do.
- Double-sided tape or glue
- Pencil, black or colored markers
Now you can use your favorite quote in a way that won’t annoy your family members because you’re constantly saying it! These also make nice room decorations, or gifts. First, cut the paper the size and shape you want it. If you want to do a frame of cardboard, cut the paper smaller than the cardboard piece, so you can stick the paper in the middle, leaving cardboard sticking out over the sides. Always write your quote out in pencil first, and then color it in. One super easy way to make your quote look fancy (well, kind of fancy anyway) is by doing fake calligraphy: after you write the word, thicken the parts of the letters that were made by moving the pencil downwards. Once you write your quote, you can add a drawing, stickers or other decorations. Then you can make a frame by painting the cardboard, or not painting it if you just really like the color of cardboard. Then stick the quote on with double sided tape. If you don’t want to write the quote, you could print it and use that paper.
- Cardboard or wood
- Paint, paintbrushes, something to clean them with
- Hot Glue
I saved my favorite for last! I found this on Pinterest a while ago and thought it was an extremely neat craft. Some people use wood and put theirs outside, but cardboard works fine if you’re just putting it in your reading nook. This craft works with places from multiple fandoms, or an entire sign post from one fandom.
1. Cut out however many individual signs you need, and make each of them a different shape that somewhat fits in with that place, or just looks more interesting than them all being rectangles.
2. Paint the background. (Looking back, I’m really not at all sure why I picked pink for Rivendell, I really need to change that.)
3. Write the name of the place, and if it has a specific font associated with it, it looks neat to use that. Or just look for different ones that look like they fit with it.
4. If you want, paint other little pictures or details that fit with the place.
5. If your cardboard is long enough, cut a long rectangular post to glue your signs to. Since it’s probably not, I cut a few separate pieces and glued them together, then glued the signs on.
I hope you enjoyed these craft ideas! Do you have any favorite geeky crafts you’ve made?