Costumes and Cosplay
Many of us love to make costumes and outfit from our favorite games, TV shows, manga and comics. Be it for Halloween, a convention, or just something to wear that makes you smile, we have resources for you.
This is a website devoted to all things crafty, by crafty people. If you want to make something, see how others have done it, or just get inspired, this is a great site. For people who are into cosplay, theatre, or just enjoy making weird outfits, the tutorials on this site range from the ridiculously simple to the astoundingly complex. Here are three projects on Instructables that might appeal to the costume enthusiast in you. There are literally thousands more available on Instructables itself – just do a search!
Animal Ears Sandals
This is about as simple, and as inexpensive, a tutorial as they come. You'd likely be able to make these for under $10; less if you have some of the pieces lying around.
(from the anime/manga Bleach
These are simple and for anybody who wants to make sure they have all the pieces in place. The materials are as simple as they come. Wooden Arms
On the other end of the spectrum, this detailed and complex tutorial teaches you to attach bark (or other materials) to a long glove with the purpose of making it retain mobility and flexibility, while still maintaining the illusion that you -- or at least part of you -- is made out of something very different.
All the world, made of paper
If you've ever been to our Paper Engineers program (Thursdays, from 3:30 – 4:30, for ages 8-18), or the Sunday Origami Club (the 3rd Sunday of every month) then you know some of the really cool things you can build with just a few sheets of paper. There are plenty of projects you can do at home though as well – from coiled paper spheres (lampshades and more), cube art and printable 3D paper sculptures, to the venerable classic paper folding art of origami. Below are a few projects and websites to whet your appetite for this surprisingly complex medium.
This site has a crazy amount of different projects you can sink your teeth into, from the simple to outrageously complex. All require at least a good pair of scissors, some glue, and a steady hand – but let you make some truly unique things.
KamiBox Origami Fun
With a few dozen fantastic projects including ones from videogames, cartoons, and even ones that move, this is a great resource. The templates can all be printed out and most have detailed instructions along with the images. They are even color coded in terms of difficulty; green, yellow, orange!
For a quick introduction to origami, basic folding, and both simple and complex projects, check out Origami Fun. This colorful site is designed to get you started right away with simple but fun origami projects.
Photography, Video, and Projects with Pictures
While we all may have fewer photographs lying around now that digital cameras are embedded right into our phones, we still love taking pictures and striving to capture that perfect moment. But what do you do when you find that moment again, three years later. Do you delete the image? Or maybe print it out and build it into something new and glorious! Also in the section is tech that involves photography and video – stop motion is just the start of it!Dexter Industries
These are complex projects that use Lego Mindstorms for a massive variety of uses – assembly, programming and other skills are needed, but the result can be pretty exciting. Just check out the Mindstorm automated stop motion camera enclosure!
Stop Motion (with your phone!)
Brit Co has many projects available on their site, but this list focuses on repurposing and reusing photographs and other pictures. Memory candles, magnets, t-shirt transfers…there are loads of projects for every skill level here.
Ever seen an old monster movie from before digital animation? You have better technology than they had, and you have it in the palm of your hand. Follow Jaclyn's step-by-step tutorial to start making these cool videos right away!
While art projects are all well and good – sometimes you just need some time to experiment. These are projects that are much more geared towards the science geek – each one is doable at home, and most have questions you could aim to answer while doing the projects.Science Bob
These experiments are pretty simple to do, but let you investigate a wide range of forces and effects. Making slime, turning a bone into rubber, moving objects via static electricity or even just capturing a mini fog tornado – there are a lot of options.
Still hungry for more projects? Try these sites and projects for a few more creative ideas. And remember…you can always come to the library and see what we are doing here!
Make 'Scratch Off' anything!
Do you love scratching lottery tickets, even though you never win? Do you want to give someone a special card or digital gift, but want to keep them in suspense? Consider this tutorial, which teaches you how to coat any image with a material that works just like the scratchers on lottery tickets – then let your imagination run wild.