Plastic Canvas Batman Emblem

I created this Batman plastic canvas to go along with the Superman plastic canvas I had previously done. These ended up being gifts for my twin nephews on their first birthday. There’s a running joke about how their dad wanted to name them Bruce Wayne and Clark Kent. I’ve had fun with this and have given them other Batman and Superman themed gifts.

Batman and Superman Plastic CanvasYou’ll notice on the pattern that only the yellow part of the bat signal is done in a single tent stitch. The black is all done as gobelin stitches. I do this for two reasons: First, it is so much faster! Tent stitches take forever when you are working with a piece this large. Second, it makes the design pop when you switch the kind of stitches up a bit.

Batman plastic canvas pattern

Enjoy the pattern listed below for your downloading purposes!

Batman Plastic Canvas Pattern

Let me know in the comments how it goes!

Disney Movie Word Search

I’m a huge Disney fan. In fact, I created this puzzle because I’m hosting a Disney themed letterboxing event this year. Letterboxers will have to solve puzzles in order to unlock the boxes containing the stamps. This is one of the puzzles.

I’ve hidden a secret code in the puzzle. This is the code that, at the event, will unlock the box. But this code is a special one. Once you’ve completed the puzzle, follow the instructions to reveal the code. Do you know why this code is special? If so, you are a true Disney fan.

Without further delay, here is the link to the puzzle.

Disney Movie Word Search

I don’t have an answer sheet, so you’re on your own with this one.

Please don’t post why the code is special in the comments. Let’s not ruin it for anybody.

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Harry Potter String Art

Have you seen those string art images of your home state or a heart plastered all over Pinterest? Have you seen any that are the least bit geeky? I haven’t. I had never made one of these before now but I wanted to represent my favorite fandom by making the symbol of the Deathly Hallows.


Board big enough for your image

Printed image

Scissors/Craft knife


Nails–make sure your nail has a good lip on the head. Mine didn’t have much of a lip and it caused some problems when I was putting the string on

String in the color(s) of your choice

HP String art image Once you have your image cut out, position it on your board. I used some washi tape to hold the image down. I went with washi tape because (1) it was on hand and (2) it doesn’t pull up the paint/stain on the board.

Start pounding in nails! This felt like it took forever. I had to spread it out over a few days because it made my tennis elbow kick in big time. I also had to use pliers to hold the nails because they were too small for me to hold with my fingers.HP String art nailsYou can see in the picture above that I’m almost done pounding in the nails! Yay! It was easy to tell if a nail wasn’t pounded in well because it would pop out while hammering in another nail.

Once you have all your nails in, and there aren’t any loose nails, remove your image.

HP string art no stringIt’s time to start winding your string around the nails. I used a slip knot to start my string out. You’ll notice that I used a heavier string (as opposed to thread) and that it had variegated colors.

The Puzzling Crafter: HP string artThis was a bit frustrating. As I mentioned earlier, my nails didn’t have a large enough lip on the head to keep the string from slipping off.

Finally done!

HP String Art finished

I added a quote to the bottom by transferring printed words onto the wood. I tested this out on the back of the board a few times to get it down. I’m no expert on wood transfers, and you may notice the error I made.

Wood Transfer ErrorCheck out the word “enemy”. Yup, I had a spelling error that I didn’t catch during all my trials on the back of the board. I had it as “emeny” but was at least able to wipe away half of the “m” so that it wasn’t quite as bad of an error. There wasn’t anything I could do to fix the rest of the word. Oh well, lesson learned.

I would love to see what you make! Let me know in the comments how it goes for you or if you have any tips to add!

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Hunger Games Word-search Puzzle

Hey there, Tributes! Are you going through Hunger Games withdrawals now that the movies are all over? Well, no fear. I created a puzzle to help ease your pain.

Word-searches are by far the easiest puzzles to make by hand. This is the one kind of puzzle that I wouldn’t feel I was cheating if I used a computer program to create the puzzle. But I don’t. I like to add little hidden things in the puzzle that aren’t on the word list. Things like actors or actresses names, or sometimes I’ll slip something in from another fandom. These things aren’t always easy to find. They don’t always run in a straight line, sometimes they even skip over a letter. But I have fun putting these in nonetheless.

The answer page may be a little hard to follow, but I have faith that you won’t be needing it. Have fun!

Hunger Games wordsearch

Hunger Games wordsearch answers


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