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Create-a-Sticker Mini Machine

Create-a-Sticker Mini Machine

Xyron’s unique machine turns any piece of paper up to 2.5″ wide into a sticker. Cut a design, load it in, and turn the knob, and it’ll apply an edge-to-edge adhesive and a backing sheet. Refills are available with permanent or repositionable adhesive. Their pricier Creative Station can also do lamination or add magnetic backs.

Making Kumiko Lattice

Making Kumiko Lattice

The Japanese craft of Kumiko requires the cutting and assembly of thousands of tiny, carefully cut sticks of wood, each individually placed to form intricate lattice panels. This video from Japan’s Shiroishi Woodworks gives us an idea of the level of effort that goes into each piece, as woodworker Tatsuo Kurozu plies his craft.

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World’s Smallest Snow Globe

World’s Smallest Snow Globe

Maker of miniature things HMS2 walks us through the painstaking process of crafting a snow globe that’s so small it could fit on the tip of your pinky finger. It’s got a tiny winter scene inside of it, and is filled with water and fake polyester snow.

Built Me a Robot

Built Me a Robot

TheCrafsMan SteadyCraftin has the best voice of any artist since Bob Ross, so that just makes his video of how to build a robot sculpture from found objects that much more charming. He also provides useful advice on soldering nearby joints without ruining adjacent ones.

Making Harlequin Coasters

Making Harlequin Coasters

Jackman Works walks us through the complex process of making wooden coasters with a cool diamond pattern. He starts out with sticks of old pallet wood, stacks and laminates them with glue, cuts them on the diagonal, then slices, CNC carves circles, and finishes each one.

Making a Kokeshi Doll

Making a Kokeshi Doll

We don’t usually play with dolls (just Funko figures), but we couldn’t resist sharing this video that showcases the craftsmanship that goes into handmaking these classic Japanese figurines. The part where artist Yasuo Okazaki applies the paint rings is just so satisfying.

Star Wars Snowflakes

Star Wars Snowflakes

Graphic designer Anthony Herrera has released a new set of his Star Wars character and ship-themed paper snowflake patterns. They’re free to download, or buy window cling decals here.

Stitched Illustrations

Stitched Illustrations

Embroidery does not easily elicit our admiration, but these surprisingly detailed and in some cases satisfyingly eerie hand-stitched illustrations from Etsy seller Sam Gibson are a good exception.

Spocktopus

Spocktopus

The name says it all. And though the price may initially go against your human logic, keep in mind that Etsy seller sewmuch2luv handmakes each of these 9-inch plush Spocktopi by special order.

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