Free Tutorials

Here is how you can make a lantern that looks like a fairy has been captured inside.

Remember Furby? There are hackers who have created the Open Furby project whose main goal is to hack Furby to do things like read people’s emails out loud. If you want to try this yourself, here’s a free tutorial on how to hack Furby into a Zombie Furby.

Most crafty people own at least one hot glue gun. Here’s a list of 17 Insanely Cool Things You Can Do With a Hot Glue Gun.

Here are a few free crochet patterns for making superhero character (including Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman) finger puppets.

Right now it’s Lent season, which means it’s the perfect time to crochet some Easter Bunny finger puppets.

Browse other free tutorials previously mentioned in this blog (along with pictures) right here.

Miscellaneous Links

Here’s a realistic computer animation recreating the 79 AD destruction of the ancient Roman city of Pompeii.

Feeling nostalgic for the clicking of the typewriter keys? Want to show the younger generation what an old fashioned telephone and cash register sounded like in the pre-digital technology age? You can relive those sounds and many others at the Museum of Endangered Sounds.

Need some art for your walls but have a very limited budget? NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory has these incredibly gorgeous high-resolution posters that you can download and print for free. (All you’ll need to provide is a frame.) There are plenty to choose from including planets (I personally like the modern geometric art of the Mars poster), moons, exoplanets, and stars. Can’t choose or you have a lot of wall space to cover? Download them all.

Someone has actually built a larger version of the R.M.S. Titanic, known as the Titanic II, which will set sail in 2018.

Here is Dante’s Nine Levels of Hell as rendered in Lego bricks.

In 1971 Czech filmmaker Jan Svankmajer made an experimental surreal stop-motion animation called Jabberwocky, which featured the famous Lewis Carroll poem being recited alongside surreal images of dolls eating smaller dolls, a set of clothes that move around by themselves without anyone wearing them, and toy soldiers walking around by themselves. Thanks to Vimeo, anyone can watch this 13 minute short anytime.

It’s a well known fact that Disney frequently used fairy tales and legends from all over the world when they created many of their animated features. For a real treat, hear the Disney Princesses sing in their native languages.

Here’s a unique art project where people who are currently in prison did a series of portraits of prominent people whom they think should be in prison. Among the people depicted are the Koch brothers and the CEOs of such big corporations as Wells Fargo, Tysons Foods, The Nestle Group, ExxonMobil, and Monsanto.