I have two boys and they love the Minecraft. If you don’t know what that is, cherish it. For those familiar, believe me, I’m not a hater, I just wish it didn’t turn my kids to maniacal zombies.
We were at the mall the other day doing some relaxed school shopping. Looking at sneakers, putting them on, then running all over the store, being sure they “make me run fast”, wrestling, that sort of thing. After buying some shoes, we mozied on into the Hot Topic store and encountered an entire rack dedicated to all things Minecraft. My 6 year old saw this:
and mildly begged me for it. I don’t remember the price at the store, but online at Hot Topic it’s on sale for $17.15. That, my frugal friends, is not on sale enough for me. Even for my cutey 6 year old’s face. It is essentially foam board cut into a pixellated sword.
Hearing the words of my mom echo in my head, I proclaimed, “I could make that!”
The instructions state to convert the images into PDFs and then in ‘Print Settings’ under ‘Page Scaling’ choose ‘Tile Large Pages’. Then set Tile Scale to: 100%. Sometimes, I hate technology. (First world problem).
Needless to say I had trouble doing said instructions. I wanted this to be a project I could complete by the next day. I wanted my boys to come down the stairs wide-eyed and ready to stab each other with swords and mine some red diamonds or whatever with their pick axes in REAL PRETEND LIFE, not on the Xbox. What to do?
I chose not to troubleshoot, chose not to search the web for why my computer all of a sudden doesn’t give me the option to Save As PDF even though I have done it a million times before today, chose not to give in to another time suck. Necessity is the mother of invention. I just copied and pasted the picture on to a MS Publisher document. Chose a 22×17 in poster, stretched to fit and hit print twice. The printer automatically printed it in a tile format. Thanks, Skynet.
I cut everything out, and placed it like puzzle pieces on a large piece of corrugated cardboard (I didn’t want to spend money on foam board, or leave the house again) and used a box cutter to trim it out. Then I glued the other side.
After I made the first sword, my 8 year old, who seemed indifferent the entire time I was making it, instantly was like, “I want one! And a pick ax, too!” To which the little one chimed in with, “Don’t forget to make MY pick ax!” I liken it to how Hatori Hanzo must have felt when he had to make the Kill Bill sword for the Black Mamba. (I just let my geekiness peek out!)
My hands are sore, but my boys have mined their haul of REAL PRETEND obsidian. Totally worth it!