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How-To: Death Star Cheeseball

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I had the pleasure of being a guest on the DweebCast  last week and boy, was it a blast!  Since the holidays are in full swing, they asked me to create a Star Wars-themed holiday snack for the show.  So I decided to create….a Death Star Cheeseball.  A cheeseball is a great holiday party snack because it’s super easy to make and anything with cheese is always a crowd pleaser.  I actually found this recipe on the Homesick Texan blog, and then slightly adapted it for my Death Star needs.  Major props to Ms. Lisa Fain because the flavor of this cheeseball is absolutely delicious—creamy, cheesy, and the jalapeños add just a dash of spiciness.  Watch the DweebCast episode (above) to see host Andy Riesmeyer and I throw around food and Star Wars-puns!  I’ve also posted the full recipe below.  Enjoy!

 

Death Star Cheeseball

  • 8 oz cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 3 oz Bacon Bits
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 2 tablespoons chopped cilantro
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • pinch cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon lime juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 jalapeño (ribs and seeds removed), chopped finely and divided
  • crackers (for serving)

In a medium bowl, stir together the cream cheese, cheddar cheese, bacon bits, cilantro, garlic, cumin, cayenne pepper, lime juice, Worcestershire sauce, and minced jalapeños until it’s well combined.

On a large plate, shape the cream cheese mixture into a ball.  The mixture will be a little sticky so you can cover the plate with saran wrap to prevent it from sticking to the plate.

Once you’ve got a nice round shape, begin building your Death Star!  To create the equatorial trench, cut the cheeseball in half and then re-place the halves on top of each other.  To create more detail around the Death Star use a butter knife and/or toothpick.  I used this image of the Death Star as reference.  For the super laser, scoop out a shallow portion of the cheeseball (anywhere above the equatorial trench).  Use a toothpick to draw the fine detail inside the super laser.

Cover your Death Star and refrigerate for at least an hour before serving.  Once your Death Star is complete, your party guests will be impressed by the Imperial Baconstation you created!

Death Star Cheeseball

Even if it is only made out of cheese.  🙂

DIY Yoda Holiday Sweatshirt

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‘Tis the season for wearing ugly holiday sweaters!  For many of us, it has become a ritual to pull out our tacky, tinsel-adorned sweaters and wear them to a holiday party.  But wouldn’t it be nice to be festive and still look cute?  To solve my holiday fashion conundrum, I decided to take matters into my own crafty hands.  For this DIY holiday sweatshirt, the design is simple and subtle but will still help you celebrate the holidays like the good Jedi that you are.

WHAT YOU’LL NEED:

– Plain sweatshirt (I found mine at Forever 21)

– Freezer Paper

– Fabric paint in green and brown colors

– Sponge brush(es)

– Yoda the reindeer image

– Cardboard

– Exacto knife

– Iron

– Ribbon (optional)

 

For my design, I modified a Yoda silhouette I found online and photoshopped reindeer antlers on top of his head. Click HERE to download the full size image.

Yoda the Reindeer

Scale the image to the size you want, then print it out.  Once printed, place the freezer paper on top of your Yoda the Reindeer image.  Make sure the shiny side of the freezer paper is face down.

Tracing Stencil 1

 

Then trace the image onto the dull side of the freezer paper.

Tracing Stencil 2

 

Cut the image out with an exacto knife.  (I recommend using a cutting board or cardboard underneath.)  Keep in mind that the parts that you’re cutting out are the sections you’re going to paint.

Yoda Stencil 2

 

Before you iron your stencil, cut a piece of freezer paper that is the same size size as your design.  Turn your sweatshirt inside out and iron that piece of freezer paper (shiny side down) to the shirt.

Ironing Inside Paper

 

The size of the paper should be large enough to cover the entire backside of your design area.  This will prevent the design from shifting later on.

Freezer Paper Inside

 

Now turn your sweatshirt right side out.  Put a piece of cardboard inside your shirt to prevent the paint from seeping through.

Cardboard

 

Place your stencil (shiny side down) onto the sweatshirt.  Turn your iron on high and iron your freezer paper to the shirt.  (Make sure not to use any steam!)

Ironing Stencil

 

Now it’s time to paint!  Using your sponge brush, press the paint into the open areas of the stencil.  Use the green fabric paint for Yoda’s face and the brown fabric paint for the antlers.  As it begins to dry, you may need to paint a few coats to get a nice saturated color.

Painting Stencil

 

Let the paint dry for several hours or overnight.  Once it’s completely dry, carefully peel off the freezer paper.

Peeling Off Stencil

 

TIP:  To set the paint, cover the shirt with a thin piece of cloth and iron it using a hot setting.

 

I decided to give Yoda a little holiday flair by cutting a small piece of plaid ribbon and tying it into a bow.  Then I used a little fabric glue and basic stitches to secure the ribbon to the shirt.

Sewing Yoda Bow 1

TIP:  To wash your shirt, turn it inside out, hand or machine wash in cold water, then lay flat to dry.  (Using a dryer will cause the paint to crack.)

 

Ready for the holidays, you are!

Yoda the Reindeer

Happy Hothidays!  ☆*・゜゚・*\(^O^)/*・゜゚・*☆

 

How-To: Zombie Head in a Jar

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Zombie 1

Halloween is almost upon us, so I wanted to make a spooky decoration for the frightening holiday.  I’ve seen a few versions of this craft online, but I gave it a zombie twist to celebrate the return of AMC’s The Walking Dead!  I was particularly inspired by The Governor‘s zombie head aquarium that was revealed in Season 3.

The Governor

Displaying a severed zombie head in your home is perfect for Halloween or if you just want to freak out your friends & family!  So to make your own “walker” in a jar, here’s what you’ll need:

MATERIALS:

Jar 

Printer

Cardstock or Heavy Paper

Laminator (optional)

Hair

Scissors

Plastic or Paper Bags

First you’ll need a jar.  Truthfully, it can be any size you want.  If you want to go more realistic, use a larger jar that’s the size of your head (about 5 gallons).  Or if you want a really strange effect, you can use a more narrow-shaped jar.  I got mine from Cost Plus but retail stores like Target or even thrift stores are a good place to look.

Glass Jar

Next, you’ll need to find your zombie image.  If you don’t have any walkers in your neck of the woods, you can find one online!  I found this zombie and it’s basically a flattened rendering of a 3D head. ( CLICK HERE to download the full size image.)  This is what I’d call a fresh faced zombie—he’s not 100% rotten but he’s on his way!  You can find more images like this by searching for a “3D face texture map”.

Zombie Texture

I recommend using cardstock or heavy paper to print out your zombie.  Ideally you’ll want the paper to be large enough to fill ¾ of the circumference of the jar.  This will give the head more of a 3D effect when it’s in the jar.  For my jar, I used an 11×17 piece of cardstock, and trimmed it down to about 7×17 to fit inside the jar.

You’ll also want to make sure your image is scaled to a realistic head size.  You can figure this out by measuring the distance between the eyes of your zombie.  Eyes are generally between 1-2 inches apart for most people.

Once everything is set up, print out your zombie.

Zombie Print Out

Then cut out around the shape of your zombie’s face.  Because of the shape of my jar, I also cut out 3 small v shapes at the top of his head.  This step is optional but I’ll explain more later.

cut out zombie

To make the paper more durable, I laminated the cardstock.

Lamination

Now roll up the face and slip it into the jar.  Move the paper around to achieve the effect you want.

Folding Paper in Jar

This is where those v’s will come in handy.  Once the paper is inside the jar, bend the center v so that the forehead of your zombie slightly protrudes.  This will give it more a 3 dimensional look.

Folding V

Then stuff the jar with plastic or paper bags so that the picture remains flattened against the inside of the glass.

Plastic Bags

For a more hair-raising effect, you can use a wig or even human hair if you dare.  Place the hair in the jar and adjust it however you like.  The messier it looks, the better.  For those hard to reach places, use a screwdriver to move the hair around.

Screwdriver

Close the lid…and you’re done!  This creepy décor will have your friends and family wondering what’s gotten into your head.

Front & Side Profile

✄ Happy crafting!  ✄

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DIY LEGO Boba Fett Clutch

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I recently saw this amazing LEGO clutch on Etsy and instantly fell in love.  The craftsmanship is admirable but since I’m trying to curb my shopaholic ways, I decided to make my own version of this clutch…with some Star Wars flair!  The design I came up with was inspired by Boba Fett’s helmet.  It’s a simple LEGO design and a subtle homage to my beloved Bounty Hunter.  I think it’s the perfect little clutch for any geek chic gal!

 

WHAT YOU’LL NEED:

Green Clutch or Handbag (or a neutral colored clutch like black or white)

LEGO base plate

LEGOs (in green, red, black & gray)

Scissors

Pen

Paper

Ruler

Super Glue

Power Drill

Screwdriver

Small Screws

 

To get started, you’ll want to find a clutch that is made from a sturdy and slightly thicker material.  I found this pleather clutch in downtown Los Angeles and was pleased at how well it matched my green LEGOs.  In fact, it even matched the LEGO version of Boba Fett!

TIP:  You can buy all kinds of LEGO bricks (in various quantities) off of ebay and BrickLink.   

Once you have your clutch, measure the area where you want your LEGO design to be.  For mine, I decided to cover the entire front of the flap.

Using your measurements, draw a stencil of the flap onto a piece of paper.  Then cut it out.

TIP:  Make your stencil slightly smaller than the area you’ll be covering.   Since you’re adding LEGOs on top of this plate, this will ensure that your finished LEGO design fits properly onto the flap.

Now trace your pattern onto the back of the LEGO plate, then cut it out.

TIP:  When cutting the LEGO plate, achieving a perfectly straight line can be tricky.  First, cut along your traced pattern.  Then flip the plate over and try to cut as closely to the studs as possible.  Don’t worry if some of the edges are a little rough.  Your LEGO design will cover those imperfections!

Now it’s time to create the LEGO design!  Using green, red, black, and gray LEGOs, create Boba’s helmet and visor.  Arrange the black legos in a wide T-shape.  Then add some red legos around the T-shape for the outer visor.  For the curvature in Boba’s helmet, place a few gray bricks on the bottom half of the red bricks.  Then cover the rest of the plate with green bricks.

TIP:  Remember how I told you not to worry about those rough edges?  Now is the time to cover them up!  Strategically place your LEGOs so that they slightly hang over the edges of the plate.  Since you’ll be gluing the bricks to the plate, each stud doesn’t have to be secured in a hole.

Once you’ve arranged your Boba Fett design, it’s time to super glue it!  Remove a few bricks at a time.  Add a small amount of glue onto the base plate and onto each LEGO itself.

TIP:  Take your time during the gluing process.  Super Glue bonds extremely quickly.  Once you glue that LEGO brick down, you won’t be able to get it off!  Also, Super Glue leaves a dull film on the LEGO so avoid getting any on top of the brick.

When you’ve finished your Mandalorian masterpiece, place it on the clutch and mark where you want the screws to go.

Use a power drill to drill a small hole through the bag and part of the plate.  Drill very slowly.  If you go too far you could drill a hole right through a LEGO!

Insert the screw into the hole, then use a small screwdriver to twist the screw into place.

Use as many screws as you think necessary to secure the plate onto the bag.

TIP:  If you don’t feel comfortable drilling, you can use utility Velcro to stick the plate onto the flap.  First Super Glue the Velcro onto the back of your LEGO plate.  Then on the front of your clutch, sew the other portion of Velcro.  Then stick the plate onto the front of your bag and voila!

Now you have a Bounty Hunter handbag that’s absolutely Fett-ching!  Happy crafting!  (◡‿◡✿)

 

DIY Star Wars Decoupage Bag

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Decoupage Bag

I recently saw a post on the Honestly WTF blog on how to make a decoupage floral bag.  As with everything in my life, my first thought was, “how can I make this Star Wars-related?”  To make my Star Wars decoupage bag, I decided to use some “Return of the Jedi” bedsheets I found at an antique store.  I normally use paper to make my decoupage creations.  However, fabric is a much better choice when decoupaging a malleable surface like pleather or leather.

Vintage Return of the Jedi bedsheets

 

There were so many cool images to choose from but I wanted to keep the decoupage simple.  I chose to cut out Jabba the Hutt and a Gamorrean Guard.  What can I say, I have a thing for that Hutt!

The toughest part of this craft was trying to find a suitable bag.  I ended up finding this cool, purple purse for only $25 in the Los Angeles garment district!  I picked a light gray paint for my contrast color and painted on a few coats.

Once the paint was dry, I used Tacky Glue to glue Jabba & the Gamorrean onto the purse.  After that, I brushed on a coat of Mod Podge just to make sure the fabric was really tacked on.  I painted on 2 coats of clear varnish to seal it all and add some shine!

I also added a small scout trooper to the inside of the flap.  I thought it’d be a fun detail to see every time I opened the bag!

This craft was super easy to make and I’m in love with my stylish, new “Return of the Jedi” bag!  Thank you Erica at Honestly WTF for the inspiration and tutorial!  If you don’t have vintage fabric, Jo-Ann’s currently has awesome Star Wars, Spider-Man, and other comic book-related prints.  The decoupage bag possibilities are endless!  Happy crafting!