Posts Tagged ‘DIY’



Dark Lord of the Dessert

Bonnie Burton | May 13, 2008

When I first spotted the yummy-looking Star Wars cupcakes made by fan Kati Peck, I had to know how she made them! Not only does Kati pay homage to the dark side in a rather tasty way, she also makes cupcakes that celebrate her fandom for another cult-classic — “Lost.”

Here’s some tips from Kati on how to make your own tasty tributes.

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HOW TO: Bake a Yoda Cake

Bonnie Burton | April 14, 2008

When Star Wars artist Chris Trevas told me his girlfriend and foodie blogger Julie Foxworthy baked him a one-of-a-kind Yoda birthday cake, I was super-impressed! So I asked Julie how she went about making this edible tribute so some of you can put your oven to work making more Jedi Master confections!

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Bake this Yoda Cake, You Will!

Bonnie Burton | February 26, 2008

Aussie Star Wars fan Sandra make a Jedi Master yummier than he is wise with this awesome Yoda Cake.

According to Great White Snark Blog:

The torso is cake covered with buttercream, and dressed with fondant clothing, arms, and feet. The “skull” is made of “brown crunch,” which is like Rice Krispies Treats. But… brown. Fondant makes up the features of the head, including those distinctively-Yoda-ish ears.”

Get all the info you need to make one yourself here:
Yoda Cake Instructions (via Great White Snark and TheForce.Net)

If you dig the Yoda creation, be sure to check out these delightfully tasty Force-sensitive cakes:

And get baking tips from “Ace of Cakes” chef and Star Wars fan Duff Goldman here: Duff Goldman: Ace of Star Wars Cakes

Build Your Own Sputnik

Bonnie Burton | October 22, 2007

In 1957 the Sputnik 1 satellite was seen as a technological marvel, the result of many years work by some of the Soviet Union’s most talented engineers and scientists. But by today’s standards, was it really such a big deal? How hard would it be to build a fully working Sputnik in the comfort of your own living room?

Follow the instructions here and make your own Sputnik!
And while you’re at it, sign up to take the Sputnik Challenge.

How to build your own Sputnik

Breadboard Electronics and Vader

Bonnie Burton | August 24, 2007

Need a geektastic project to tinker with over the weekend? Lucky for you Make magazine’s Bre Pettis, host of the “Weekend Projects” series is here to give you a few ideas.

In his regular DIY video podcast, he explains the science behind all kinds of cool projects (droid building, geek knitting with hackers, tabletop biospheres) making it fun for you to learn while crafting! Recently, Pettis gave viewers the lowdown on how learn how to test electronics projects on a breadboard.

Check out his video and see if you can detect a few inside Star Wars references in his podcast.

Watch his video podcast here.

Bre wears the same cool Vader shirt in this short video talking about Handmade Music Night at Etsy Labs and demonstrates his 201 Kit.

DIY Teeny Tiny Solar Insect Robots

StarWars.com Team | June 20, 2007

You don’t have to have droid making skills like Anakin Skywalker to create your own tiny droid. It’s easy with tips and tricks from Make magazine’s Bre Pettis, host of the “Weekend Projects” series. In his regular DIY video podcast, he explains the science behind all kinds of cool projects, making it fun for you to learn while crafting! Recently, Pettis gave viewers the lowdown on how to construct solar-powered insect robots.

“One of the great things about these little bots is that you can make them from scavenged materials,” Pettis says. “Use parts from broken electronics and bring them back to life as little robots!”

These tiny robots fall under the category of BEAM (Biology, Electronics, Aesthetics, Mechanics) robots and are powered by the sun. Using his own robot-building expertise and pointers from the book JunkBots, Bugbots, and Bots on Wheels: Building Simple Robots With BEAM Technology by David Hrynkiw and Mark Tilden, Pettis offers a step-by-step guide on making your own little mechanical friend.

Watch his video podcast here.

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SIDE NOTE: There’s a cool remix to music of his BEAMbots podcast here.