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A Dad Gets Crafty with CleverPatch Christmas Presents – Day 2: Star Trek Communicator

It’s Day Two of my crazy craft week, thanks to the box-load of craft fun that CleverPatch sent to me to Dad-Test!

(You can check out Day 1: Super Mario Piranha Pot Plant by clicking here)

Today’s CleverPatch craft ingredients are – wooden mobile phone holder (click here to view) & silver CleverGlitz glitter glue (click here to view).
Otherwise known as:

The Star Trek (original series) Captain T. Kirk Communicator!

I don’t like Star Trek. At all. I’m not THAT nerdy. However my amazing wife Phenom-A-Mum is quite the Trekkie, so in her honour I am going to get down and dirty with the great William Shatner himself. Okay, not himself. But with a childish replica of the 1970’s cool communicator that he and his spacey crew used. My finished project is supposed to look somewhat like this:

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What could be a better match? Mobile phone holder becomes futuristic mobile phone of the future/past!

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Here’s the base element. A wooden mobile phone holder. It comes in two parts which you slot together. I’m honestly not sure what the hole in the back is for, as it’s too small to stick a charger plug through. If you know, please fill me in using the comment section below. I’m not kidding!

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I started by using my elf-slave-labour-force to prep the main part of the mobile phone holder. Little E went to town with the black paint. He then got distracted and wandered off to make a deer drive a tractor, so I finished it off.

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Just paint the top side, then use silver or gray paint on the edges and the back. Also add three silver dots in a line across the centre. These will play host to the 70’s style lights.

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Ah, my old friend craft foam! Cut out a rectangle, large enough to cover the hole in the wood. Then carve out a large circle and two teeny-weeny ones. Two pieces of plastic mesh, the same size, will make for a great speaker.

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Paint everything silver/ gray, except for one piece of mesh. To really capture the 1970’s kitsch I coated everything with the metallic silver glitter from CleverPatch’s CleverGlitz. So sparkly. So retro tacky! I should build a time machine, travel back to when they made the original Star Trek, and then blow their minds with how our future tech looks just as glittery as they imagined it would be!!

Stick the black mesh down first and then the silver coated mesh on top. This makes it look like the speaker has depth. Add the two tiny circles as buttons.

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I didn’t have any LED lights around, so I pinched some of Phenom-A-Mum’s colourful sewing pins. A quick snip with wire cutters had the coloured baubles cut off.

Stick a green, yellow and red ball on the silver dots, that were painted at the beginning.

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This is to prove how ghetto I am. That’s right! Dad+Nerd and a spray can (my street name is DaKnerdz). Word up!

Take the second part of the wooden phone holder (the smaller piece) and spray it with a metallic gold paint. Breathe deeply and enjoy the buzz. But not too deeply!

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BOOM! Here ya go sci-fi geeks of the world; your very own nerd-tastic Star Trek Communicator. And you can also rest your mobile phone on it.

One downside: because I’m anal-retentive I wanted this to look as close to the real prop as possible. Which means that it’s actually upside down, when you stand the phone holder on its base. Oops.

As for the CleverPatch items, the wooden mobile phone holder is good quality and has a very good surface for painting or spraying. The CleverGlitz silver glitter glue couldn’t be more sparkly if it tried. Very easy to apply, as well as spread with a paintbrush. And it washes off under cold water.

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Just to show how extremely chic it is, I thought I’d add a little Zoolander-style “Blue Steel”. So dad. So sexy.

(Join me for Day 3: Star Wars Jawa glowing-eyes candle holder by clicking here)

COMPETITION TIME!

Due to a resounding lack of interest from those around me to actually receive my crafty-ness as christmas presents, I have decided to give them away to you Dad-tastic readers. I have two of these mobile phone holders/ Star Trek Communicators to give away.

For your chance to obtain one, of only two in all of existence, leave a creative comment below that tells me:

What’s the best gift you have ever made for someone?

[I won’t be held liable for the pre-school level quality of the prizes. That’s all this dad can do! Competition closes at midnight on December 14th 2014. Only open to Australian residents. The two most creative and entertaining answers will be chosen as winners.]

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David Hawkins

Half nerd, all Dad & Founder of Big Kid Little Kid, the go-to blog for Awesome Dads. David is on a personal mission to become a more awesome dad to his two sons and teach them all the facets of being a major nerd. NES-off anybody?
  • Mazz

    I once made a rock friend for my brother when I was 7. I stuck googly eyes onto a rock I found in the driveway and placed it in a match box. He hate it, I thought it rocked!