Action Movie Effects

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The perfect action scene needs combat, gore, and at least one actor going through a window. Here’s how I shot a scene with all these ingredients, from making the special effects to shooting and editing the footage. Read more »

Fringed Flower Gift Topper

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If you love wrapping packages as much as I do, you might enjoy making this mega-fringed flower. It’s reminiscent of a Gerbera daisy and is an attention-catching substitute for the usual bow. Based on the same technique as a much smaller quilled fringed flower, the cuts are made with detail... Read more »

Mech Warrior Costume

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Inspired by a robot exoskeleton built by some Japanese college students that was online recently, I really wanted to try building one myself. My son decided he wanted to help and then wear it for Halloween. We did the arms the same way they did but decided to do the... Read more »

Holiday Card Ornament

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Christmas cards were never thrown away at my house when I was growing up. As soon as the Christmas tree was taken down — always on January 2nd — you’d find my mom sitting at the dining table (which served as her craft table during the day) with pinking shears... Read more »

Printed Party Flags

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Create your own foam stamp and print some simple fabric flags to make party décor that’s one-of-a-kind. Foam is inexpensive and easy to cut, with no special tools required. Combine printing with the fun of mixing fabrics and you might find yourself making a banner for every occasion! Try spelling... Read more »