Friday, 8 February 2013

Grab Your Controller - Gamer Bookends



So it's only been a couple of months in the making, a project for the boys room, Gamer Bookends!

So here's how it started, I want to add some authentic console parts into the decor and since the hubs works in IT everyone he knows is a gamer and I figured that there would probably be some freebies.

So I put the request out on my personal Facebook page and basically said, I'm after gaming stuff, I don't care if they work, 5 mouths to feed, want freebies!

Well I got inundated with stuff, so firstly to the best Uncle and Auntie in the World - Thanks Sheena and Wes!
To the guys at Julian's work, I know a couple of you actually read - and I'm flattered, a big thanks to you guys too.

So first up I made some bookends and here's how:

Supplies:

  • Scrap wood
  • Paint
  • Game controllers
  • Hot glue/gun


First up measure and cut the wood x 4, I would suggest others use some safety precautions and not do it barefoot like me. (I never wear shoes at home)


Screw two pieces together and paint, grab the controls and cut the cords off.



Hot glue the controllers onto the boards


Then you're done!




DIY Delight or Disaster? Aside from the spray paint dripping a little, I like them, I just wish before I cut the cords I had realised that the controls are slightly different.


I have to admit the boys room has left me uninspired. The boys don't really want me "going too far" and so it's going to be pretty simple. At this point I'm hoping it won't be boring. They did seem to like this so maybe they'll be a little more easy going when I get in full swing. I hope so!!

There it is the first project and now they're finally back to school, I can get back into doing the house. Woo hoo, it feels like forever since I stopped.
Thanks for reading,

Mel xo

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42 comments:

  1. Those are so awesome! You are so creative. Glad you were able to get some freebies. That makes it even better. Megan

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  2. What a creative idea! Love that you up-cycled too. Good job Mel! Cheers.

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  3. I love your fb request. So funny. This project is great. Maybe the boys were worried their room would be as themed as the Seasame street room. I bet they'll be on board now that they've seen what you can do...which is so cool!

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  4. They came out really nice! Bet you could sell those...especially during the holidays when people are looking for unique gift ideas that will be a hit. :)

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  5. these are so cute! i have a big gamer of a husband, i could totally see doing something like this for him!

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  6. Oh those are pretty cool Mel! You made it look easy too! Yay for free stuff! (Nice toes by the way!!)

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  7. Great project, Mel! And the two that looks different works in the way you have them, to always have exactly the same thing on both sides, is not always that striking :-)

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  8. This is a great kick off project! I like the controls being a bit different from each other. I'm pinning this one!

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  9. Very cool. Those controllers will be Atari cool before too long. Creative :-)

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  10. These are fantastic Mel!!!! Awesome and I like that they dont exactly match.

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  11. What a great idea Mel, and I like that they're different. I think it's more interesting and fun! Yay for freebies, they're the best!!!

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  12. that is adorable and perfect for this room!

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  13. I have seen some many cool ideas today. I can't get over how creative people on blogs are. Great idea. If only I could come up with something cool. I am hosting a link party and would love it if you would link up.

    http://ifitsnotbaroquedesignblog.blogspot.com/

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  14. Those are so cute, Mel! Er, I mean, manly and cool! :)

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  15. Luv this and since my BF is a huge gamer, with his man cave all gamed up, he's really gonna luv this! Thanks for sharing your creativity.

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  16. What a great idea for bookends Mel! The perfect solution for broken toys - way to upcycle!!

    Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
    Hope you have a fabulous week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success
    http://www.jembellish.blogspot.com/

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  17. how cool! first time i've ever seen anyone make a project out of game controllers!!

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  18. I love these! I just threw out my old Xbox controllers! I knew I should have hung on to them.

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  19. That is just the coolest! Thanks so much for sharing at Monday Funday!

    Take care,

    Trish

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  20. Cool idea! I could do this for my hubby's man cave whenever we buy a house. Thanks for sharing at Submarine Sunday Mel!

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  21. I know some fully grown boys who would love this too :)

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  22. Awesome - I hope the boys let you have free rein, really can't wait to see how it all turns out!

    E xx

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  23. I love the idea. My girls like to keep their games out but the stacks always get knocked over. This is a much better option.

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  24. What a great idea! Thank you for sharing at One More Time Events.

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  25. I love these, although I don't think my stepson (or husband for that matter) would be too happy if I took the controllers away. :)

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  26. These are awesome, my boys would LOVE them! Thank you so much for linking up to Pretty Things this week :)

    xo, Tanya
    twelveOeight

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  27. This is wonderful ~I am going to be (hopefully) redoing my two younger son's bedroom this spring and this is going on my to do list.

    I found you over at Monday Funday and would love to have you link up to the my new party, Project Inspire{d}. http://cupcakesandcrinoline.com/2013/02/project-inspired-link-party-week-1/

    Have a great week,

    Mary Beth

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  28. Great ideas, the boys would love these!

    We would like to invite you to link up with us at our party. It goes live tonight: http://thebusybhive.blogspot.com/

    Thanks!!
    The Busy Bee's,
    Myrna and Joye.

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  29. That is such a cute idea & perfect for using old or broken game controllers! Way to upcycle! :)

    Thank you for linking up with Marvelous Mondays!

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  30. My boys would love this. Thanks for sharing it at Fluster's Creative Muster

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  31. found this via http://usscrafty.blogspot.com and it seems awesome!

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  32. What a great fun idea!! I love it!! Perfect for those broken controllers. Thank you so much for sharing at A Bouquet of Talent! So thrilled to have you share with us. Have a wonderful weekend. :)

    Kathy
    www.lifeonlakeshoredrive.com

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  33. adore! i'm going to have to stop my husband next time a controller breaks from throwing it in the garbage!! clever clever clever.

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  34. What a great idea! I know some teenage boys that would love this!

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  35. Hello Friend! Guess what? THIS lovely post will be featured at Smart School House for Whimsy Wednesday! The new party and your feature will go live later today. See you and you soon!

    Kelly from Smart School House
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  36. These ROCK, Mel!!! Love them!!!! Pinned!!!

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  37. Thanks for linking to Take-A-Look Tuesday over at Sugar Bee Crafts - you were featured today!
    --Mandy, SugarBeeCrafts.com

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  38. What a fun idea! My husband would love these.

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  39. Super cute idea for a little boys room. Thanks for sharing at Throwback Thursday.

    xoxo
    Denyse

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  40. this is such a great idea! I know a lot of Dad's who would like these too!

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  41. Such a neat idea!

    -Cole
    peaceandchaos.com

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