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There are moments, days, and even weeks when you just need chocolate. Candy can turn things around and make life better. It’s true. Carolina knows this, and she came up with a genius emergency chocolate craft. Basically, you get a shadow box frame, etch “in case of emergency break glass” on the front, and fill it with candy or chocolate. Keep a hammer close by (or better yet, just open it up. M&Ms taste better without the glass).

See a couple WIP photos after the break.

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constellation dishes

Making an out of this world set of constellation dishes can start with a set of cheap glass plates from the dollar store. Instructables user Mark Montano created the above plates with glass dishes, glossy enamel paint, rubbing alcohol, and print-outs of constellations. You simply have to draw the stars on the dishes with a Krylon pen, paint on the night skies, and bake the plates. It seems pretty simple, and the results are lovely. I can’t wait to try this!

Watch the tutorial after the break.

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Soot sprites are cute little creatures that appear in a couple of Studio Ghibli films; you can spot them in Spirited Away and My Neighbor Totoro. Food Fiction came up with a way to translate the sprites to cookie pops, and they couldn’t be more perfect. It requires chocolate sandwich cookies, candy melts, Tootsie Rolls, and a handful of other supplies. The process looks a touch time consuming but just look at the results! I want to turn everything into cookie pops now.

See more pics of the adorable treats after the break.

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Freezie Lightsaber Hilt

Make summer snacking epic by turning popsicles into lightsabers! Dearest Debi has shared a tutorial on crocheting tiny hilts to fit on the ends of freezies (like Fla-Vor-Ice) to turn them into elegant weapons. She rates the project as easy and okay for novices, and you should be fine as long as you know how to wield a crochet hook.

Get the full how-to at Dearest Debi’s site.

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This Moon Lander beer mug is actually pretty easy to build, requiring only simple objects like a mason jar, shelf supports, hinges, bolts, and some metal worker’s gear. Yes, the bulk of this thing is made from standard shelf supports. Not only is it uncomplicated, it’s a darn cheap project that brings beer to your face and just might double as a deadly weapon.

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When the zombie apocalypse hits, you’re going to have to learn how to improvise a whole lot of stuff. For instance, if you don’t have an oven, how are you going to cook your hot dogs? If you said “fire”… well, good answer, but did you know that you could also make your own solar oven out of a Pringles potato chip can? Instructables member Cat’s Science Club highlights every step, and it’s actually pretty simple. Once you get this thing made, you’ll be making tasty hot dogs in no-time. Cat’s Science Club actually got the oven up to 170ºF on a hot day too. Pretty cool, right?

Check out the instructions on Insructables.

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DIY geek dishes

Need the perfect geeky plate for a theme party, for decoration, or just because? It turns out you can make your own with very little work.

Our Nerd Home notes that you only need clear glass plates, dishwasher safe Mod Podge, and high res images of the design you want on your dishes. The glass plates can probably be found at your local craft store or dollar store and should be inexpensive, and you simply have to use the Mod Podge to attach the image to the back of the plate. I could see how making these plates could become addicting! Everyone on my gift list could get a set of Star Wars plates for Christmas next year.

Get complete instructions over at Our Nerd Home.

javva the hutt sleeve

When you order coffee to go, the paper cups are often as hot as Mustafar. Though you can use paper sleeves, why not save some trees and add fun by making your own? Bonnie Burton came up with a geektastic Javva the Hutt design that will prevent your hands from getting blistered. The best part about this simple project is that no sewing is required! May the Force be with you and your caffeine.

Get full instructions on making this Star Wars craft at CNET.

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Making Easter eggs is fun but, if you’re anything like me, your crafting skills may be lacking. Which is why I think these printable Adventure Time egg costumes are kinda brilliant.

The Lumpy Space Princess is my personal favorite, but they’re all really cute and very manageable, even for craft noobs like myself. Plus they’re free to download and print.

See more images after the break.

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Leave it to a crazy Russian to make a popcorn machine out of an old beer can. YouTuber CrazyRussianHacker posted a DIY video where he makes popcorn on a stove using an empty Fosters can. It’s actually pretty simple too. Although, maybe someone should tell CrazyRussian that you can use a pot to make popcorn too. Or a microwave. Honestly, whatever works.

Check out the how-to video after the break…

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