DIY Witch’s Apothecary Bottles

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These little spooky apothecary bottles are such a clever use of materials! Collect up your old spice tins and empty pill bottles to make these totally rad Halloween props. Just add some hot glue details, paint, cork, moss and bark– and you’ve got instant antique containers. This is definitely a project you can do with the kids. Be sure not to pull bark directly from trees. Only use bark that has fallen off on its own, or even better, the stuff that comes in a bag for landscaping (or your neighbor’s garden).

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Check out the full how-to over on Magia Mia’s site.

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Paper Mache Dragon Sculpture


This is not your typical grade school paper mache project. In fact Cindy Williams, had not sculpted anything since high school. Over 10 years later she is inspired by the work of Jonni Good of Ultimate Paper Mache, to take on this incredible project.

Time in total was 8 months and probably well over 400 hours (more than I can recall for sure), but it held my interest all the way through. With masters of mache like Jonni and their helpful websites that share ideas and techniques, I was able to get back into sculpture and turn an idea into a big blue dragon. My message to you is whatever you want to make, don’t wait for the perfect someday, do it now!

Completed dragon, view from below.


Dragon body assembled, before paper mache treatment.

I love when I see projects like this, so well documented and full of great information. This is what the internet was made for– sharing ideas and information. Keep up the awesome work Cindy and Jonni. Click here for the full article.

Be sure to check out Jonni’s site for lots of great homemade paper clay recipes and video tutorials. She is also author of four books about paper mache projects that would make a great gift for anyone wanting to try their hand at this fantastic and frugal art form!


Zombie Cat Costume and Other Creepy Masks

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Still deciding on your Halloween costume this year? Artist, Ian Langohr might just inspire you with his series of dark and twisted masks. He learned the skills for making these type of heads while working at a mascot company in Toronto, ON. He was then able to take those techniques and put his own personal dark humor into them. I love his process videos, giving you a glimpse into all the steps required to put together something of this caliber. The zombie cat mask titled, Jean Paul of the Dead, was modeled after his furry little feline friend.


Just a few more of his many mask creations.


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Nest, 2009

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Hatch, 2008

If you attended the Montreal Mini Maker Faire or the Ottawa Mini Maker Faire this summer, you may have had to chance to meet Ian! He loves to share his work with others, and even lets attendees try them on! Here’s a young girl wearing his Angler Fish mask (and yes it does light up!).


Check out more of Ian’s amazing work over on his website, or stay up to date with his creative projects by liking his Facebook page!

Quilting for Monkeys at The Oregon Zoo (Video)

The Oregon Zoo provides a “make space” for a team of dedicated volunteers who create beautiful and intricate quilts for the primates. Special pockets are even sewn into the quilts for treats!

For more information, visit

Is your local zoo harnessing the skills of makers to help the animals? Let us know!

How-To: Packing Tape Ghost Sculptures

There is something about Halloween decorating that brings out the creative energy in people. It’s not quite the same as Thanksgiving and Christmas. At Halloween you get to really let your imagination run wild with all the fantastic and spooky things you can do to creep out the neighborhood kids.

I am loving these packing tape sculptures, especially when lit up! These suckers are even able to withstand the damp October weather– perfect for an outdoor installation.


Glowing Lady


Legs in a school classroom


Mark Jenkins

As I was looking for more examples of packing tape ghosts, I came across the work of Mark Jenkins. His public installations are too great– humorous and creepy at the same time. I love how he integrates his sculptures into public spaces, causing you to take a second look at what’s around you.  He’s done tons of sculptures that I encourage you to check out on his portfolio website.

Here’s a couple images from his baby series, Storker Project.



Check out Mark’s video showing you how to turn a baby doll into one of these hallow plastic babies seen above.

If you want to take on your own full body sculpture, check out this Instructable that takes you through all the steps.

You’ll be creeping everyone out in no time.


Gorgeous Traditional Temari, Embroiedered By a 92 Year Old Woman

These Temari (handball) handballs were hand embroidered with care by a 92-year old grandmother

These Temari (handball) handballs were hand embroidered with care by a 92-year old grandmother

Temari (meaning handball), is a Japanese folk art form of embroidering balls for handball games or just plain decoration. Back in the day (around 7th century AD), the spheres were made from old kimono remnants that were wadded up into a ball and then wrapped with strips of fabric. Over time, the process of constructing one transitioned into an art form with the colors and threads meant to wish the recipient of the gift a bright and happy life. That notion alone is true for Flickr user NanaAkua, whose 92-year old grandmother hand stitched almost 500 of the decorative balls since she learned the technique back in the 1960’s.


Traditionally, mothers would create a Temari for their child and given as a gift on New Year’s Day with a hand written wish of good will. The mother wouldn’t reveal to the child what that wish was while making the ball, which adds a layer of mystery and an overwhelming urge by the child to unwrap the ball to find out what that wish was. Regardless, the collection that NanaAkua’s grandmother has created is indeed incredible works of art that are simply beautiful. See more of her work on Flickr. 


Taxidermy Deer Head Costume


Okay, I might have just found my disguise for Halloween this year! This totally cool costume was create by Martina Jurin from Liège, Belgium.

I love it because it fits three very important requirements:

1) Cheap and easy to make. Materials include cardboard and paper mache and paint. Knowing me I will be creating this last minute since I seem to have time management issues.

2) It involves fanciful makeup. Who doesn’t love mucking around with makeup?!

3) Easy to wear! It doesn’t impede normal body movement.


Interested in making your own pair of antlers? Check out this tutorial by Amber over at Arbitrary Ambrosia.


DIY Faux Flesh Table Cloth


Planning a pestilent potluck? Will there be a brutal buffet at your gruesome get together? Proper ambience is an important part of any meal, so go ahead and stimulate your appetite for gory horror this Halloween with this macabre faux flesh table cloth tutorial by Instructables member and props specialist Tye Rannosaurus.

Tye Rannosaurus orginally made this project as a prop for an actual horror film called A House Is Not A Home, before making another one for herself, so this could be a great project for any aspiring prop makers or filmmakers out there!


It turns out that realistic gore actually takes a lot of TLC to create, but using a combination of headliner foam, liquid latex, acrylic paint, and waxed leather thread, you too can dine in (almost) authentic serial killer style!

Klapthor's Robots and the Atlanta Maker Faire

If you live in or around Atlanta, Georgia, or will be there on the weekend of October 4th and 5th, you should consider attending Maker Faire Atlanta. It will take place in downtown Decatur, and parking and other information on attending the event can be found here.

Here it is! Hopefully ample parking, and easy access to MARTA and fast food!

Here it is! (Hopefully) ample parking, and easy access to the MARTA system!

If you’re wondering what will be there, an enormous list of organizations and people displaying their projects can be found here. Additionally, I’ll be there on Saturday, taking photographs, and hopefully meeting as many people as possible. Or you can come on the fifth if you’d rather avoid me!

As for a tiny sampling of what will be displayed there (seriously, check out the “Maker’s” page above), “Klapthor’s Universal Robots” really caught my eye with the cool “retrofuturistic-styled” robot pottery that the artist makes. As he puts it, these robots are made as “a rusty but sturdy reminder of what it was like to be excited about limitless possibilities.”

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Tunneling robot found here

This seems especially appropriate for an event like this, as I would be surprised if most of the adults that will attend weren’t inspired by fictional robots like this. Hopefully we will continue to reach for technology so far beyond the cutting edge that it inspires the next generation to continue pushing the edge! I’d like to think that Maker Faires like this one help with that ideal.

I’ll be looking forward to seeing these clay ‘bots and the other excellent projects displayed. If you happen to see me wandering around with a camera, be sure to say “hi!”

When in Rome, Eat 3D-Printed Food at Maker Faire

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banner_eventi_itaItaly is an interesting place to have a discussion about the future of food. In a country steeped in gastronomic tradition, a food printer might seem gauche, if not downright offensive. But at Maker Faire Rome, attendees will be confronted with 3D printed food — and may even get a taste.

Dovetailed, a 3D fruit printer, will be on hand, pumping out little spheres of “bespoke fruits”. Health-food Dippin Dots, or the future of food? Either way, it’s not grandma’s lasagna. Foodini (pictured, with video below), a printer that emphasizes fresh ingredients and recently received a grant from NASA to pursue off-world food printing, will be there as well.

But of course, these are just two of the more than 600 displays at Rome’s second Maker Faire, scheduled for October 3-5 at the Auditorium Parco della Musica. The faire is part of a larger “Innovation Week” in that city, with other events — like a hackathon and an open hardware summit — helping to promote research, experimentation, and sharing. Not in Rome? Watch for more coverage here.