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Holiday DIY, DIY Friday

Holiday DIY, DIY Friday

Until they make Black Friday a goth holiday, where you dress all in black, sit around listening to Bauhaus and Bella Morte, and stare at the floor, Black Friday will scare me. Yes, the running of the shoppers scares me MORE than goth.

As we’ve pointed out before, this holiday season provides an excellent opportunity to give yourself “permission to play,” to make things, either to decorate your house or to give away as gifts. Or both. Last year, I made the above “Gift of Robot Invasion” LED Christmas tree ornaments, for our own tree and to give away as presents. They turned out to be a lot more work than I expected, so I didn’t make many. But I still have lots of the parts, so I may start early and make more this year. If I give them as presents, I’ll make a box for them as well. My son and I have made ornament presents in the past and created custom, commercial-looking, box art to package them. I love the idea that our recipients will store them away with their holiday decorations and get a little visit from us every time they take out our box and hang our ornament. “Robot invasion” ornaments lend themselves to all sorts of sci-fi silliness for the box copy.

We announced a DIY Friday initiative this morning on our Twitter channel, as an alternative to Black Friday. If you’re doing any handmade gifts this holiday, post them here in the comments, or tag them #diyfri on Twitter.

And check out Becky Stern’s Gifts You Can Make guide.

I got the plans for making the Robot Invasion ornaments from The Best of Instructables Volume I (the little robot dude is even on the cover). This book has all sorts of great DIY gift ideas.

10 thoughts on “Holiday DIY, DIY Friday

  1. says:

    That’s really cute! I wonder if you might post an instructable on making these little robot ornament sculptures or something? I’d love to make something like this for our tree!

    1. Nate says:

      Just search Instructables for “Gift of Robot Invasion”. 99.9% sure that’s where he got it from. I know I did :)

      It’s a fantastic ‘able, too.

      1. Gareth Branwyn says:

        Here’s the link to the original ‘ible:

        As Nate sez, really a fun project. If I do it over again, I’m going to do a production line and do multiples through each step, rather than doing one at a time.

  2. John Park says:

    So cute how you pretend to have “built” these. They are obviously cloned from cybernetic Branwynian DNA.

    1. Gareth Branwyn says:

      John, I’m going to have to ask you to stop blowing my cyborganic cover, or I (or one of my Branwynian clones) will have no choice but to initiate a “search and destroy” protocol.

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Gareth Branwyn is a freelance writer and the former Editorial Director of Maker Media. He is the author or editor of over a dozen books on technology, DIY, and geek culture. He is currently a contributor to Boing Boing, Wink Books, and Wink Fun. And he has a new best-of writing collection and “lazy man’s memoir,” called Borg Like Me.

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