The Nintendo Knitting Machine, rumored to have been shown at a late ’80s Consumer Electronics Show for years, finally revealed here in this brochure posted online last night by former Nintendo spokesman Howard Phillips (of Howard & Nester fame).
I would have knitted some crazy garments with this dang thing — Mega Man socks, Teenage Mutant Ninja mittens, swag sweaters with my face on them, etc.
Another vintage Nintendo DIY item: a (prototype) knitting machine for use with the NES! Combined with the GBC sewing machine of later years, these two would have made for quite the gamer/crafter tool kit!
Need a fun and functional party display at your next geeky gathering? Try a DIY piranha plant snack bowl! :D
Made with playground balls and dollar store bowls on decorated dowels for stems, the creator also thinks this project could be carried out with paper-mache (for the flower/bowl area). Either way, very cute. Click the photo for the original source!
Perhaps one could also make a table-top version if space is no issue? I can see a green streamer “stem” being just as fun.
DIY Melted Perler Bead Jewelry. As I’ve posted before, Perler Beads are wonderful for children of an appropriate age because they are big enough for them to thread shoelaces through to make jewelry (one of my favorite small gifts is a tackle box with Perler Beads, shoelaces and the child’s name written with puffy paint on top). 6000 Perler Beads from Amazon (with pegboards) is about $9 here (NO AFFILIATE LINKS). Tutorial from Craft and Creativity here.
DIY Book Pages Made into Beads. Lots of tutorials about winding paper beads and sealing them all over. I posted a really good tutorial on getting specific paper bead shapes and sealing them with varnish here. Photograph above from Helen Lonsdale here.
I’ve done this with the liner paper from security envelopes (that hash-pattern blue and white sort) but to use lines from old books is really lovely too!