Welcome to the Autumn Hopscotch of iHomeschool Network. I’ll be participating with 10 days of geekdom from Narnia, Lord of the Rings, Doctor Who, Star Trek, Star Wars and Harry Potter.
First, let’s get to the bottom of why this series is called GEEK projects. According to Wiki, a geek is someone who is eccentric or non-mainstream, often labeled as peculiar or overly intellectual. Geeks are not social awkward like nerds. They can be extroverted or introverted, but could care less about fashion, being popular, or fitting in. They usually have an obsessive personality, so when something piques their interest, they go all in. Science fiction and fantasy genres like Star Trek and Doctor Who appeal to these types of people because the stories are full of concepts that engage intellectuals; the imagery, story lines, and characters suck you in moment after moment, which is perfect for the obsessive person; and they give intellectuals an outlet from the nonsense drama and vulgar comedies that plague our tvs these days.
Day One: Navigating a fantasy world
Not only am I literally obsessed with all the stories I mentioned above, I am overjoyed by anything related to a map. We have these 4 DIY beauties hanging on our wall and I’ll show you how easy it is to make your own.
What You Need:
- Mod Podge
- Paint brush
What to Do:
1. Choose the story you want to display. My maps above are of the worlds of The Chronicles of Narnia, The Wizard of Oz, Harry Potter, and Lord of the Rings/Hobbit.
2. Locate a large map on Google Images. Just search for something like Narnia map and select large from the Search. Please honor copyright laws and do not distribute or misuse an image that is copyrighted.
3. Resize, print, and trim the map to fit your piece of wood or canvas. Lightweight canvasses can be purchased at any craft store or check out your local home improvement store for a small piece of wood. My maps are on 10″ x 10″ pieces of wood.
4. After trimming the map, apply a layer of Mod Podge or other craft glue to the front of your wood. Center the map and smooth out with a ruler or credit card.
5. Flip the wood over and trim the corners as shown below.
6. Apply Mod Podge around the edges of the back of the wood as shown below. Tightly secure the map around the back of the wood.
7. After the Mod Podge dries, apply another layer on the front of the map to give it a glossy shine. This will also protect the paper.
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