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« on: September 21, 2007 05:11:59 PM »

So, my brother's birthday is coming up - he'll be 15. I'm currently in college, and so I don't have $. Therefore, I'd like to make him something. The problem is, I really like the IDEA of crafting, but I haven't done a whole lot of it - and I can't knit/crochet. Don't have access to a sewing machine, either. Also, have y'all noticed that often crafting something turns out more expensive than buying it because supplies cost so much?! Anyhow, that was just a little rant...

So my brother is homeschooled, doesn't get out much, really likes playing runescape online (dunno if any of y'all have heard of it...? It's like a fantasy game), the chronicles of narnia books, Brian Jacques books - he likes to read fantasy. He liked the lord of the rings movies, as well.  He's really interested in learning about mythical creatures/rituals/whatever. Um, he likes garfield. He likes the show 'the office', and the 'savage chickens' comics. He laughs at jokes that he doesn't get. haha. He likes playing board games and card games when he's bored.

I dunno, I'm really stuck on cheap gift ideas, especially because he's a boy, and they're so much harder to buy for!

He really wants facial hair and a deep voice NOW. haha. It's so cute. That's all I can think of. Any ideas? Any at all? He might like a "___ in a box" gift, I'm just not sure on a theme. I wouldn't want to get into a "magic" theme as I'm afraid it would get too spiritual, and my family is Christian. Any ideas would be appreciated!

Thanks so much, y'all!
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« Reply #1 on: September 24, 2007 10:45:48 PM »

You could paint comic characters or other things on white material. Buy some cheap white cotton sweatshirt or cotton bedclothes and some fabric-colours. You will only need red, blue, yellow, white and black. All the other colours can be mixed out of those. To fix theses colours you only need to iron them. Put a strong paper between the material while drawing it so that no colour will get on the backside and to fix the while ironing but a sheet of backing-paper on top of the drawn picture.

Another thing I made last year for christmaswas a book full of jokes. I copied lots of Christian jokes from the internet and made a book from it. Everybody loved it.
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« Reply #2 on: October 02, 2007 12:27:57 PM »

 What about something like this using a fantasy book with a cool cover.
 http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=199446.0

Be sure to check out your local thrift store, you can allways cheap supplies and get good ideas there.
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« Reply #3 on: October 10, 2007 03:06:44 AM »

If he wants to be a man so desporately
Make him a beard

Get a piece of card
Cover in hair/fluff
Cut out in beardy shape
Punch holes on ends
Attach elastic
VA VOOM a beard
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« Reply #4 on: October 19, 2007 01:50:59 PM »

Oh, I'm in love with your brother.
Well.. no, but he seems nice.
Hm.. this line 'he likes to read fantasy. He liked the lord of the rings movies, as well.  He's really interested in learning about mythical creatures/rituals/whatever' described me pretty accurately, and though I'm a girl, I'll think about thing's I'll like to make/have.
Hm..  You could hand-paint him a shirt.  'One ring to rule them all, one ring to find them. One ring to bring them all and in darkness bind them'
And if you draw well, you could write that but in Elvish♥ . [I've never really tried on fabric, but it's not really hard to draw/write].
http://i131.photobucket.com/albums/p285/GilraenNolatari/DFH.jpg

Make him a book? I don't know, you can get this white pc paper, and 2 pieces of cardboard. Cut the carboard so that is like.. 1 centimeter bigger than the sheets of paper, and cover one side of the first cardboard with glue+water+pieces of newspaper. Make some strange symbols using the paste and let it dry. You can do the same to the other piece of cardboard. Then, you can paint it a light cream colour, and when it's dry you can use a piece of cloth to 'stain' it with dark brown paint. [Well, the best thing you could use for this is comething that in spanish is called 'betun de judea'-.. I can't find it's name in english anywhere.. but it looks like dark brown shoe paste to me xD]
Finally, you glue the sheets and covers together.. and voila! [You could also use a needle to do this, but you'll take aaages,.. though I think it would be better]
AAnd... the last thing i can come up with is to bake him something.
Why not? You can make him something that he'll enjoy in the moment, instead of taking the risk and giving him something he won't really like.

Well.. I hope that helps :3

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« Reply #5 on: October 24, 2007 12:34:10 PM »

Thanks for all the ideas, y'all! I really appreciate it.  Grin
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