4/16/14 7/07/13 POPSUGAR Living Gear Geeky DIY Crafts 20 Fun and Geeky DIYs For Your Weekend July 7, 2013 by Kelly Schwarze 355 Shares Chat with us on Facebook Messenger. Learn what's trending across POPSUGAR. View in slideshow This long holiday weekend is the perfect time to relax and get our craft on. Check out some of our favorite DIYs that can make your days of rest more creative. If you haven't had a chance to complete these crafts, add 'em to the list of Summer activities! Studded iPhone Case You can pay big bucks for tech gear with some edge (seriously, we see a lot of cases) or just make your own with the supereasy studded iPhone case DIY from Cristina of Fuji Files. The only tools needed are a basic silicone iPhone case that can be purchased online for as little as $4 and half-inch spikes, also available online. iPad Clutch This pretty clutch is one of the many awesome do-it-yourself projects from P.S. I Made This . . . by Erica Domesek, a supertalented designer who also has a great NYC apartment. The case was created using a drawer liner, tape, and Velcro (seriously!) and makes a unique, inexpensive, and on-trend home for your iPad. It was inspired by a recent Prada collection and reimagined on an everyday budget. Check out the step-by-step tutorial to make one of your own! Macquarium Your geeky goldfish deserve better than their current run-of-the-mill home tank. If you're a Mac lover, consider spoiling your fishies with this awesome recycled iMac Macquarium ($199). Made from actual iMac G3s, the aquarium is ready to go out of the box with a working filter and lights. You can even choose from the six original iMac colors! And if you're the crafty type (and want to save a few bucks), you can order a Macquarium kit and build your own for $135. this awesome recycled iMac $199 from inhabitat.com Buy Now Macquarium $199 from macquarium.jakeharms.com Buy Now Custom Star Wars Poster No need for a background in knitting or sewing for this week's geek craft. Creating wall art for your media room or kids room is as easy as a blank canvas, some paints, and a serious love of Star Wars. To get this craft, designed by Kim from the blog A Girl and a Glue Gun, take a blank canvas, acrylic paints, and a printer to make a handmade collage that you can display with pride. For the full tutorial, check out the post on A Girl and a Glue Gun. DIY Camera Strap The team at ModCloth is always two steps ahead in the world of all things cute and fashionable, so it comes as no surprise that they're also crafters with a tech edge. If photography is more your forte than sewing, this camera strap DIY requires only basic skills and some old fabric lying around the house. Astronaut Ice Cream Engineer Ben Krasnow freeze-dried astronaut ice cream sandwiches so often as a kid, that he decided to re-create the food himself in his home workshop. Now Ben's methodology, as seen in this DIY video, is not intended as a quick afternoon DIY. He shows us how to build our own freeze dryer with tools easily purchased on the Internet to then transform an ordinary ice cream sandwich into its NASA-approved counterpart. Geek sugar, indeed! Camera Cozy Heavy-duty camera bags are great for the bumps and bruises of traveling, but for everyday life, we'd like something a little, well, softer. This DIY, a camera cozy from crafty blog A Beautiful Mess, takes care of our camera case needs and the problem of what to do with the fabric from that tired vintage dress sitting in the closet. Made of upcycled material from old clothing, we love a DIY that saves money, too. Cross-Stitch iPhone 4 Cover If the previous geeky iPhone cross-stitch case we featured got your juices flowing, and you want to try something new, check out the Leese Design iPhone 4 Cross-Stitch Case ($24) that comes with the grid case, three colors of thread, a needle, and a booklet of patterns for you to choose from. There's nothing like creating something on your own, so this case is sure to simultaneously satisfy your artsy side, as well as your need for shiny new tech. Leese Design iPhone 4 Cross-Stitch Case $24 from purlsoho.com Buy Now Paper iPhone Stand Save the money in your gadget fund account (we all have one, right?) and make an iPhone or iPod dock/stand for as little as the cost of a sturdy piece of card stock. This DIY from Dessine Moi un Objet uses an X-Acto knife, ruler, thick card stock in the color of your choice, and Dessine's dock pattern template available on its website. With less than an hour of paper folding for a dock of your own, think of it as origami with a functional, tech twist. Painted Camera Strap Spying this painted camera strap DIY from Designlovefest has me excited to stop selecting "Add to Cart" and pick up a paintbrush instead this weekend. With some cotton webbing available from any craft store and masking tape, create a bright, geometric print to outfit your DSLR during a Spring getaway. Head over to Designlovefest for the step-by-step directions, one of which is even in my favorite medium — GIF! Chain iPad Case Sleeve Kick your accessories up a notch with the chain iPad case sleeve DIY from Honestly WTF that can be assembled with little sewing experience and just a few tools. Cable Organizers Cables, cables everywhere. With every new gadget we purchase comes a bag of cables we already have but toss onto the growing tangle of cords anyway. Master the labyrinth with one of the most basic of household objects: the toilet paper roll. We got our crafting on with empty toilet paper and paper towel rolls. Cover the basic cardboard rolls with art-store kraft paper and Japanese washi tape for a nearly effortless Spring cleaning session with adorable results. Lightbulb Bud Vase ReadyMade's lightbulb bud vase is an afternoon craft perfect for those who already have DIY staples like safety glasses, pliers, and an Allen wrench at home. Take an incandescent bulb (not fluorescent bulb, as those contain mercury), and follow ReadyMade's directions for a luminous living room accessory. LED Embroidery Pattern As Maker Faire enthusiasts, we love any display of technology-laden craft products. This Lite-Brite DIY by Haley of The Zen of Making has us dreaming of warm Summer nights watching fireflies — with a digital twist, of course. Camera Lens Pouch Forget to put a lens cap back or even worse — lose it — and you're setting yourself up for the potential heartache of photos tainted by a dusty, scratched lens. Keep your lens safe and your photographs top-notch by making your own version of this too-cute camera lens pouch from Melissa of The Polka Dot Chair. Jell-O Origami Looking for an excuse to embrace your geek side with something sweet? This weekend's DIY from the blog My Jell-O Americans (which wins the award for best website name pun of all time) via Craft magazine, shows us crafters how to get wiggly with our origami fundamentals. iPod Cozy When a chill rolls in, we gravitate toward cozy knits, and that includes our go-to gadgets. Despite the iPod or smartphone's industrial aluminum coating, the devices also deserve a seasonal home that can be crafted with the earbuds cozy knitting kit ($25) from Uncommon Goods. earbuds cozy knitting kit $25 from uncommongoods.com Buy Now Instagrahams We're big on geeky DIY projects, and this one is more delicious than most: homemade graham crackers in the shape of the Instagram logo. Bakerella has the recipe and full rundown on how she pulled it off, so all you need is the ingredients, fondant from a baking supply shop, and some free weekend time. If you attempt this project this weekend, let us know by posting pics of your finished product on our Facebook page! Grid-It Gadget Holder I love the Grid-It system for storing my gadgets on the go, which is why I'm excited to try this DIY for myself. This gadget organizer uses the same concept as the Grid-It — flexible, elastic ribbon used to hold your tech in place — but adds a layer of nostalgia by incorporating a vintage hardcover book to keep it neat in your bag (and possibly thwarting potential thieves). It only takes a few supplies to get it done, so check out the full tutorial on DesignSponge. Pantone Chip Magnets Wear your design snob badge on your refrigerator with pride by whipping up this weekend's DIY. Take chip samples from the source for color, Pantone, to revamp the tired food delivery magnets covering the fridge. The Pantone chip magnets from How About Orange involve a little cutting, paper glaze, and magnet pieces for a home accessory to mirror your design geek personality. Geek DiyCraftsGearDIY Get Inspired With Our Living Newsletter You're subscribed! Sign Up For Our Newsletter Select topics that interest you Food DIY Home Tech Love and Sex Vegetarian Sign up with facebook By signing up, I agree to the Terms & to receive emails from POPSUGAR.