Many, if not all, of the characters are taken from licensed videogames, cartoons and artwork. I do not claim to have invented any of the characters or even necessarily have created the crafting ideas. There are simply things I, my friends and family have chosen to make for ourselves and each other when the items prove impossible to find or are simply too expensive for our humble pocketbooks! I want to make these ideas and their process of creation easily accessible to those who might also enjoy them!

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Pacman is Watching you Shower O.o


What you will need:

  • Various colors of acrylic paints. I used the following (The folk art brand which you can purchase from Wal-mart for about $1 something or for a wider variety of colors, at Michaels or other craft store):

  • -Yellow Light
  • -White Wash (this was Americana brand but it doesn’t matter too much)
  • -Light Blue
  • -Baby Pink
  • -Brilliant Ultramarine (the blue for the lines)
  • -Pure Orange
  • -Christmas Red
  • -Licorice (the black color for the ghosts eyeballs!)

  • Textile medium for acrylic paint (I used Americana “Fabric Painting medium found at Michaels with the acrylic paints… a little hard to find but look for it and it should be there. It comes in the same type of bottle as the paints)
  • Paint brushes (a variety)
  • Black fabric shower curtain (I got mine from Wal-mart… Me likey when things are inexpensive and basic! I believe it was actually a micro fiber “liner“)
  • Scrapbooking hole punch OR something to trace a small circle onto paper with and scissors to cut out a crap-ton of circles
  • Masking tape (I happened to have blue painters tape)
  • A pencil (I found it easier with a wooden pencil as opposed to a mechanical)
  • Scotch tape
  • A reference picture of your intended layout
  • A large space to work that won’t be interrupted by prying children, running dogs, etc to allow for paint to dry
  • A medium size piece of cardboard to put under the curtain so you won’t ruin the surface underneath (I cut off and used the side part of a large box of diapers that was empty)
  • A whole lot of patience!

The Process:
Step 1:
Iron the curtain (like I said, my curtain was fabric) so that you don’t get crazy lines hindering your painting process.

Step 2:
Use the hole punch to punch out a bunch of circles. I used a 1.5 inch diameter but you can make them smaller if you prefer. I ended up punching out as many as I needed on printer paper since it was going to be easier to lay out all the circles on the curtain instead of tracing them on a circle at a time and risking doing it wrong.

Step 3:
Using your reference picture, begin laying the circles out. (You can obviously modify the picture you chose. I didn't really want Pacman eaten on my curtain!) It’s pretty simple to count the circles out and lay them in the pattern from your picture. If you want to be really precise you can use a measuring tape and ruler and all that. I was too lazy for that and I’m also not a crazy perfectionist!

Step 4:
I used scotch tape to tape the circles down onto the curtain. This is not a necessary step but after you spend that much time laying them all out, you want to make sure they aren’t going anywhere! Take a pencil and begin tracing the circles onto the curtain. I had no problems getting the pencil to show up. I used a wooden pencil on a micro fiber curtain and it was just fine.

Step 5:

Use masking tape to lay out the blue lines of the screen around the circles you have laid down. Mine were no exact. I had a lot of corners that didn’t necessarily match up because I figured I would use them as a rough outline when I trace and round out the corners (so they weren’t pointy since that’s not how they are in the game). You can see from the picture that I also overlapped some of the tape as well. Some of the lines go through the black part where they shouldn't be painted. If you do this, make sure you ONLY trace the parts you want to paint so you don't end up with lines through the blocks.

Step 6:
Once the tape is all laid out, trace that too! I just traced right around the pieces and rounded out the corners. I found that the masking tape was the perfect size for the lines anyway! Once you are done tracing each part I recommend pulling off the tape so you make sure that you have traced every single piece. I ended up forgetting a few lines because there was so much tape and I couldn’t be sure I had traced it when I looked at it.

Step 7:
Add Pacman and the ghosts. I did the same thing here with the tracing. I drew them out on paper first to make sure their size was perfect and they didn’t look all crazy! You could probably print them from the internet as well if you are not confident in your basic drawing skills. Place them in position, trace them out, take them off!

Step 8:
Time to begin painting! You will have to experiment with brush sizes for the painting portion. You can buy a pretty cheap value pack of them at Wal-mart for about 5 bucks or so and they have the basic brushes that will do this project justice.

I use paper plates as my palette for paints! Squeeze a bit of the paint onto the plate and mix with the textile medium according to the bottle’s instructions. I began with painting the circles. (Make sure you have cardboard under the curtain to protect your painting surface… it can leak through) I started on one side and worked my way to the other (depending on what hand you use should depend on where you begin.. You don’t want to smear the paint. Be careful not to brush your body against the wet paint either). By the time you get to the other side of the curtain, the paint on the beginning side SHOULD be dry (run your finger over it to make sure) and you can begin painting the blue lines. This was the most tedious part for me and it took some patience… and a lot of blue paint!

Once you are done with those things, the fun part… painting Pacman and the ghosts. You are almost done! Make sure that all the other paint is at least semi-dry. You don’t want to risk smearing that paint after all the hard work you have just done and the characters will be in different places so be careful!!

Step 9:
Once the painting portion is complete, make sure you don’t get too excited too soon. You want to make sure the entire thing is dry before you try moving it or hanging it up… or doing ANYTHING to it! This entire project was completed over the course of 3 days for me (though I also have a 1 year old who likes to “help”). I made sure it was all dry before I did anything. When you are sure it is dry, you will want to “heat-set” the paint which is why you added the textile medium to your paint. My bottle recommended ironing it. Quite frankly, this was ridiculous! I ended up throwing the thing in the dryer on high heat for about 50 minutes. It worked just fine.

Step 10:
You painted a freakin’ curtain! How badass are you!??! Hang it, enjoy it, and don’t forget to show it off to everyone who enters your house!

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Mario Clock

Super Paper Mario Wall Clock

The simple wall clock is very easy to personalize in any theme or design you'd like! I chose to make a Paper Mario theme since it matches the decor of my son's videogame room.

What you will need:
1 simple wall clock. I got the Mainstays brand clock (black rimmed) from Wal-mart for about $3-4.

Either a color printer and a picture of your choice OR artistic talent!
A screwdriver
Marker (or some other little decal or something to mark the numbers of the clock)

Step one:
Take the clock apart. It isn't too difficult. Pop the face off using the screwdriver to loosen the screws. I then took the hands off the face and pulled the paper they had glued to the original clock off. This left the back part wide open for the next step.

Step 2:
Print off a picture of your choice, or draw, paint or make your own artwork for the face. Make sure to add the numbers or marks onto the art.

Step 3:
I used the original paper to trace the correct size circle onto the new piece I would be using. Cut that out and place on the backing. Make sure to punch out the hole in the middle to make a good fit.

Step 4:
Place the hands back into the middle of the clock and reattach the back of the clock with the screws.

Step 5:
Make sure that everything is back in place so that the hands are moving smoothly.

Step 6:
Enjoy your awesome creation!

Wednesday, September 29, 2010


Welcome to Craft-nerdy! This is a project I hope to keep going for as long as I possibly can. I have created this blog in hopes of giving fellow creative nerds, normal people, moms, dads, teenagers, kids, etc etc ideas for projects that you can do yourself!

I do not consider myself incredibly talented by any means. I will admit I have a decent drawing talent but many of my ideas are borrowed and taken from more complicated and expensive things!

Some of my current projects include a pacman themed bathroom for my son, Link. I am also working toward changing his room over to a complete video game theme, mainly Super Mario. For his bathroom I have made a handpainted shower curtain. This is one of the projects I am most proud of as it was entirely my own idea! (woohoo!) I used an internet pacman videogame screenshot as reference for the artwork. I also did a bit of research on how best to paint the design onto the fabric. Also included in this pacman set are a handpainted trashcan, handpainted soap pump, handpainted toothbrush holder, two large canvas paintings (so far) and a latch-hook rug (that is still in the works). I hope to eventually get these projects up on this blog and walk you through the process I took to create them. I would love to include pictures to help you along as well (even though I am already done with these projects).

Bottom line, my goal is to give you the steps to create what I can! If you can wield an iron you'll be able to make crafts with perler beads. If you can hold a small handle, you can make a latchhook rug for your bathroom, bedroom, any room! If you can print things onto paper with your printer and computer, trace things, cut, glue and get messy, the possiblilites are endless. I maintain that you don't need to have too much artistic ability to make amazing things that you and your family will enjoy for years and I aim to help you understand how!

With that said, enjoy this blog and feel free to leave comments on something you might want to see, learn how to do or add to my instruction! I am more than happy to include other's patterns that they want to share! Enjoy, and happy crafting.