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This week’s toilet paper roll reuse craft is homemade kaleidoscopes! Who doesn’t enjoy using those bright ever changing toy? I’m still fascinated with the pattern changes…even as an adult.

Paper roll
super glue
reflective shiny paper
small translucent colored items (beads, confetti…)
two pieces of clear plastic (produce containers work well for this recycled project)

First you will create a prism shape that will fit perfectly snug inside the tube using the reflective paper. Be sure to put the reflective side facing inward for the prism. You should measure this a few times before cutting it. Then tape the one side all along the outer seam and the inner portion as you need the whole inside of the prism to be reflective for best results. Fit the prism inside the tube. Be sure it also matches the length or is less than a 1/8 inch shorter. At the end of the prism, place one piece of plastic. Use super glue to affix it as tape will disrupt the view. Then place your colorful translucent items on top of that plastic piece. Then super glue the second plastic piece on top of that. Then move it around and just watch the patterns and colors change.

For my first attempt, my cat attacked it before I could get a final photo. I left it out too long looking like a toilet paper roll standing up. I don’t recommend that if you have pets because it is a mess I am sure I will find for days to come. In my case, for my test run, I was just going to use some randomly cut plastic and foil pieces just to try it out. However, this would be a blast to use as a party favor as kids can make their own. I am clearing out some boxes again and found birthday confetti which works perfectly for this. Also, you can always use a hole punch to create your own pieces for themed favors for showers, parties, or holidays.

Jumanji Board Replica

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With the new reboot/remake of Jumanji coming soon, this felt like a timely addition to the site. I’m nervous how this new one will turn out giving how much I enjoyed the original. It was probably one of my favorite movies as a kid.

Youtuber Steve Richter has done what many of us in the 90s only wished we could; build his own replica of the game completely from scratch. Sadly he seems to have skipped the steps that enchated ¬†it into a magical world altering game, but hey, it’s certainly better then the crappy standard boardgame they released after the movie came out. I’ve included the 15min time lapse version of it for you all the pine over with me. ūüėČ


DIY Travel Checkers

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Good morning, Friday Crafthackers!

We are in the middle of road trip season,  and you know what that means? It means keeping people entertained. In a car. For hours on end. So I bring for you a beautiful little diy that can be brought with you anywhere! You can find the full tutorial here for how to make a travel checkers kit.

You’ll need some supplies: Felt – two colours, 1 piece each at 8″x 8″ for the board. Two colours, one piece each for the tokens at 4″ x 5″. You’ll need one colour of¬† 8.5″ x 8.5″ for the board, and one more colour, two pieces of 9″ x 11″ for the bag, if you’d like to make one. Cotton:¬† 1 piece of 10″ x 23″, to line the bag so it can slip easily in and out. You’ll also need thread, a hot glue gun and glue (optional), buttons (12 of each of two different colours), 2 one yard measured drawstrings that can be made from whatever you like. 2 Pony beads.

To make your checkerboard, cut 8 strips of each colour for your board at 1″ wide and 8″ long. Cut the background piece of felt to 8.5″ x 8.5″. On a flat surface, lay background piece flat and weave the strips together to form the board on top of the background. This can be done by weaving over and under, and centre the board on the background piece so that you have a background border of about half an inch.

Stich the pieces down with a wide zigzag strip, going around the pieces that have been woven to make the board. Make sure to test each strip when you’re done to make sure they won’t pull up, especially ones hidden by the edge strips. Give the edges a second go over if you’re finding anything pulling.

For your tokens, use a quarter or another 1″ circle and trace 12 circles on each of the two different colours of felt you chose for your pieces. Cut the circles just on the inside of your traced lines so you don’t see the ink. Attach your buttons to the circles either sewing by hand or using hot glue. The felt tokens will cling to the board and when they are kinged, you can flip them over and put the two felt sides together and they should cling there as well.

You can follow the directions on the page for a drawstring bag, and there are directions here for a fabric bag. You might also just want to stick this in a little ziplock bag, and be done with it, if you’re anything like me.

Another interesting take on something like this would be to print symbols for chess, and glue them to round buttons (instead of anything else) on the pieces. You could even make two sets of tokens, one for chess, one for checkers.

Happy crafting!



Kickstarter Feature: Magnetic Game Master Screen

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The amazing people over at Wyrmwood have done it again!  They have a new Kickstarter for a new project that I am really excited for.

This will take tabletop gaming to a whole new level!  I am super excited about it and hope they reach all of the stretch goals to unlock the chest of holding.  I may want a few of these for my desk!

Take a look at their Kickstarter to see everything for yourself and pledge!


Rolling Rolling Rolling

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Those dice they do be rolling…

It never fails. You’re in the middle of a tabletop or board game and you go to roll your dice only to end up knocking things over, pushing things out of place, or just confused as to where you can safely roll your dice.


Enter the dice rolling box.


The creation of a dice rolling box in our household has solved a myriad of problems for us. Everything from a safe way to transport all the party miniatures from one place to another, to actually its named purpose.


Best of all, this is incredibly simple to make. Following this tutorial over on IKEA Hackers, all it takes is a cheap frame from IKEA, some felt, and we used some spray on glue meant for fabric, but any kind would do.

Happy rolling!

~ eliste

Pokemon Battery Packs

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The new Pokemon go game is hitting the world and it is all a lot of people talk about.  My Facebook stream has been filled with pictures, articles, and comments all about the game.  I may have contributed some to Facebook myself.  Craft Hackers has been no exception and over the past two weeks we have talked about declaring you team with patches and saving your battery with a custom case.

The battery saver got me thinking.  I wondered if there was a bigger and better battery we could use while declaring our love of Pokemon at the same time.  Danielle from Magical Superstore solved it for me with her hand made Pokeball themed battery pack.


From her description on the Etsy listing:

An excellent and stylish rechargeable battery for playing Pokémon Go. The battery pack is 5300mAh and 2.1 amps, which can fully charge and revive your phone 2-3 times.

A clasp is attached to the battery to conveniently fit on your belt loop or backpack so you can walk around all day without holding it.

The battery has built in LED indicators (blue for phone charging, red for battery charging, which turns blue when fully charged) and comes with a universal micro USB to recharge the battery. (Phone connector not included.)

The interior of the plastic shell is hand-painted, carved with a Dremel, and the battery fits securely inside in a vinyl-sealed Pokeball. I made one after Pok√©mon Go kept draining my battery and I wanted a cool way to keep my phone charged. I love that people immediately know that I’m playing the game too. Each one is crafted to order in my studio in San Francisco. They are fragile and should not be dropped or thrown.

Gotta charge your phone!

Did you catch the part where it can attach to your belt loop or battery pack?!  How amazing is that!!?


If you would like a Pokeball battery pack of your own, head over to the Etsy listing and pick one up for yourself.


Big Fun in the Backyard

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A glorious day, Sunday readers! It’s summer and those lazy, weekend days are numbered! What are you going to do about it?! How about some oversized backyard game DIYs so that¬†you can take advantage of as many as you can? Pretty much everyone has at least seen the giant sized Jenga and maybe you’ve played giant chess in the park but what about…a giant Four in a Row:

Pretty simple design AND you get to play with power tools! Woohoo!

Pretty simple design AND you get to play with power tools! Woohoo!

The tutorial, found here, seems pretty easy to follow and won’t take long if you are pretty handy with the power tools! Want something a bit simpler? How about a game of Yardzee:

Just be careful that no one is in the way of your roll!

Just be careful that no one is in the way of your roll!

If you follow the guidelines outlined here, you can even put in an order for those snazzy decals to make it all official! Ok, ok, what if you are more of the fabric or paint oriented crafter? Have I got just the thing for you (that also happens to be one of my fave games), giant sized Trouble:

It's not pop-o-matic but it will do!

It’s not pop-o-matic but it will do!

The description of the process can be found here and there are even more ideas therein for a Trouble themed party if you wanted to take it further.

Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have to go talk my parents into letting me turn their backyard into a giant sized Twister game!

Stay crafty!