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If you’re looking for an awesome rainy day or ‘It’s way too hot to go outside today’ activity, why not have a go at Barbie doll mummification? It’s all kinds of morbid, geeky fun. Heather and her daughter Izzy started with a trip to the library and some research to create an adorably macabre step-by-step “How to Make a Mummy” list. Then the gathered and/or made all the necessary materials. Barbie’s internal organs and ceremonial death mask are paper cutouts. They used a seam ripper in place of the special tool that ancient Egyptians used to pull the brain out through the nose and a shoebox for the sarcophagus and burial chamber. They also included a tiny toy kitty, because they were sacred to the Egyptians and sometimes part of the burial process.

Visit the Kids Activities Blog for additional photos and a complete description of the Barbie mummification process.

[via io9 and Kids Activities Blog]

If you’re looking way to experience 4th of July fireworks that’s less risky for your fingers and a whole lot more delicious, look no further. Our all-time favourite Dessert Detective Jessie Oleson, aka Cakespy (previously featured here), recently shared her awesome recipe for Explosively Delicious Fourth of July Cookies.

The not-so-secret explosive ingredient is Pop Rocks. In this recipe they’re used in both the cookie dough itself and as a garnish.

"This not only makes them crackle like fireworks but also pays homage to that other all-consuming american obsession: truly trashy candy (and I say this in the most loving way possible)."

Click here for the recipe and instructions.

[via CakeSpy]

We’d like to add that you can dramatically transform this recipe in three different, but equally awesome ways by substituting the Pop Rocks with Sizzling Bacon Candy, Explosing Wasabi Candy or Exploding Popcorn Candy.

There’s no question that a stack of fresh pancakes is awesome, but what about one giant fluffy pancake? Today we learned mixing a batch of pancake batter in the bowl of a rice cooker and then cooking it, just like you would when making a batch of rice, creates one great big floofy pancake that instantly reminds us of Totoro’s belly.

What’s more, just like regular pancakes, you can add all sorts of things to the batter, such as cocoa powder or pieces of fruit and chocolate, to further enhance your adorably plump tototorcake.

Head over to RocketNews24 for complete instructions as well as some helpful tips and suggestions.

If you’ve been looking for a way to combine your love of Super Mario Bros., burgers and bacon (and why wouldn’t you?), we’d like to suggest whipping up a batch these delightfully delectable Koopa Troopa Bacon Turtle Burgers.

Oakland, CA-based Instructables contributor Canida got the idea to create such geektastic burgers after seeing recipes for turtle-shaped bacon burgers that were sadly bereft of gaming references. Turning the burgers into pesky but yummy Koopa Troopas made them into awesome edibles. All you need is ground beef, bacon, hot dogs, hamburger buns and some food coloring.

Click here for the complete recipe and instructions.

[via Technabob]

We’re sure you’ll agree that one of the best parts about the return of spring is the reappearance of Easter candy on store shelves, not the least of which are those oh-so-precious Cadbury Creme Eggs. Over the years our favourite Dessert Detective Jessie Oleson, aka Cakespy (previously featured here), has created a mouthwatering suite of recipes featuring Cadbury Eggs. And, because she’s all about sharing the sweetness, she always provides thorough instructions.

Here you see Jessie’s Cadbury Creme Deviled Eggs, Cadbury Creme Eggs Benedict, Cadbury Creme Egg Salad Sandwiches, Cadbury Creme Scotch Eggs, and last but not least, her latest creation: Cadbury Creme Egg in Hole Toast. It’s a thick slice of pound cake with half a Cadbury Egg in the center that’s heated on a griddle and served warm, melty and delicious. (Each link will take you to the corresponding recipe)

[via Serious Eats]

Adventure Time + decorating Easter eggs = Eggventure Time!

Oh my glob!

The creative folks at HalloweenCostumes.com created ten adorable Adventure Time egg costumes that anyone can download and print to create their very own Ovo-Candy Kingdom. We love that Finn’s costume includes a tiny Jake hanging out in his breast pocket.

Click here for the free download.

[via That’s Nerdalicious!]

Check out that awesome googly-eyed velociraptor! He’s a giant industrial origami project called KitRex and he was created by Lehigh University grad student Lisa Glover.

"KitRex began as a homework assignment where I was asked to research a manufacturing process and demonstrate it in a unique way. I decided to research Industrial Origami, and over the course of 50 hours I designed, cut, and built a wearable 15-ft long velociraptor out of cardboard. I took him to a costume ball, and when I tromped into the room, literally everyone stopped to stare. He was the star of the evening, and everyone wanted one. I knew I had to do something."

Lisa then started (and successfully funded) a KitRex Kickstarter project to help her mass-produce an adorable 3-foot-long KitRex (since most people don’t have the space for a 15-ft paper dino). After months of prototyping and testing with kids between 8 - 12 years old, the final KitRex was born as a bristol board model that’s easily flat-packed and shipped anywhere (But you have to add your own googly eyes). A few lucky Kickstarter contributors were rewarded with giant 15-foot KitRexes of their very own.

Lisa isn’t quite ready to ship the KitRex, but for the time being you can click here to download a free pattern that fits on a standard 8x10 sheet of paper. It’ll be like playing with a dino hatchling.

[via Uproxx and KitRex]

If you feel like celebrating Pi/Pie day in a crafty fashion, show the world how much you love pie by wearing a pie on your head. But wait, these aren’t just pie hats, they’re crocheted Pie-rets and they were made by Regina Rioux of Monster Crochet.

Click here for Regina’s Pie-ret pattern and instructions on Ravelry.

(She also made an awesome strip of giant crocheted bacon.)

[via Neatorama]

Ravelry contributor Anke Klempner used her creative knitting skills to realize something that we’ve long suspected: teapots look a lot like snails.

Anke designed an adorable teapot cozy that accentuates the teapot’s resemblance to a snail’s shell and adds a pair of eye stalks to complete the transformation. They really do look like cute snails, but with the added bonus that these charming mollusks won’t eat your garden plants.

Click here for the Snail Tea Cozy pattern and instructions.

[via Neatorama]

"Remember: Walk without rhythm and we won’t attract the worm. It will go to the thumper."

The giant sandworms of Dune have been known to grow more than 400 meters long and have vast mouths filled with a fearsome array of crystalline teeth. They’re breathtaking and terrifying and now, thanks to canida, an Oakland, CA-based Instructables user, you can dress up just like one.

This awesome Giant Sandworm Shai Hulud Costume was created using an inexpensive children’s play tunnel, 6 yards of sandworm-tan fabric, mouth-pink fabric, posterboard, wire, a large cardboard box and basic sewing skills. Click here for step-by-step instructions. However you’ll have to figure out your own recipe for the spice melange.

of Neatorama pointed out that it wouldn’t be difficult to alter this costume design to instead create one of the sandworms from Beetlejuice. Also awesome.

[via Neatorama]