Posts Tagged ‘Craft-Along’
October 15, 2016 5:27 pm
Posted by: Kara

Desert Bus Cat Cube

Created & Donated by Flailsquared

Prize photos by Stephen Schmidt

Celebrate 10 years of Desert Bus with a one-of-a-kind plush cat bed! Everyone knows that Desert Bus is the best time of the year, but you may not have realized how much your cat loves it too. It only makes sense though – during Desert Bus their favorite human is always around the house, everyone keeps strange hours and only takes brief cat naps, and there are plenty of opportunities for pets and couch cuddles. With a subtle blue and yellow exterior and a full reproduction of the Desert Bus logo on the interior, this cat cube is a great reminder of the amazing experience that is Desert Bus.

Blizzard fleece, ribbon, and 1″ HD36-R foam.

The cube measures ~17″ on all sides.

About the Artist:
Lauren has been sewing since she was 7 and now focuses mostly on cosplay and cat-based crafts. Her two cats are deeply offended every time she makes a bed that they can’t sleep in, despite the fact that they already have cubes made specifically for them. This is her 4th year contributing to the Craft-Along.

October 10, 2016 5:00 pm
Posted by: Kara

Enchanted Rose

Created & Donated by Mirrored Line Props

This rose is 100% guaranteed curse free! Though it’s still probably best to be nice to all wandering old women asking for shelter…

This reassuringly benign replica brings the visual magic of the enchanted rose from the Disney animated film Beauty and the Beast into your home. In the movie, the rose and the prince have a spell cast over them; the prince is cursed to live as a beast unless he can learn to love before the magic in the rose fades. To replicate the rose’s enchanted glistening, programmable light effects are embedded into the replica’s rose and underneath the petals. The rose shines constantly, and the petals twinkle to show the magic fading. The lights are powered by a usb cable. It is a beautiful, one of a kind addition to any Disney fan’s décor!

This prop is built around a glass dome with a wood base. The topper and golden base are made with 3d printed plastic and coated with an epoxy resin. The rose flower and petals are also 3D printed, but with transparent red plastic. The rose stem is made of dyed plastic. The light effects use 5 LEDs powered by an Arduino Gemma microcontroller.

The dome is 9 inches (23cm) tall and 6.5 inches (16.5cm) wide.
The usb cable is 3 feet (.9 meters) long.

About the Artist:
Alex started his prop business, Mirrored Line Props, after he had trouble finding replicas available from his favorite movies and shows. He primarily uses 3D printing, but likes to incorporate additional materials like wood, glass and aluminum for an authentic look and feel. He specializes in adding lighting and material effects to his props. This is his second year contributing props to Desert Bus, and he hopes to continue to make bigger and better props each year.

October 3, 2016 5:25 pm
Posted by: Kara

Pokemon Needlepoint

Created & Donated by Keroan


Pokemon Needlepoint 009Haven’t you always wanted to catch them all? Let’s assume that for nostalgia’s sake, we can draw the line at the original 151 Pokemon – now YOU can indeed be the proud owner of a full collection without walking entirely around Australia and hoping your phone battery doesn’t die, or struggling with your old gameboy cables. This Pokemon piece is truly epic; for its completion, its crafter Keroan put in over 1 year of daily stitching for a couple hours a day! Enjoy it as an art piece to make your neighbors jealous or as a totem to complete your Dratini summoning circle – the choice is yours. If you want to be the very best like no one ever was, help out some children and become the Pokemon collector you were born to be!

This needlepoint is made of traditional needle pointing aria, DMC pearl & matte floss. It measures 29″ by 16″ (borders are all approximately one inch for mounting).

The original pattern for this piece was created by Servotron on the Sprite Stitch forum boards.

About the Artist:
Kelly, aka Keroan, first learned to sew from her mother, who hoped to teach her to quilt and needlepoint rugs. But Kelly realized one can only have so many cats the walls before it looks too ridiculous to have friends over. Therefore, Kelly turned her needle to more geeky purposes and has ascended to a higher plane of sewing.

July 21, 2016 1:02 pm
Posted by: Kara

The Cards Against Desert Bus prize will be DSCN0733making a return for DBX!

This custom Desert Bus themed Cards Against Humanity set will be back, only bigger, better, and QWOPier than ever. As before, all of the cards have been crowd sourced from the amazing Desert Bus community.

Did you see something in Desert Bus 9 that would be a perfect card? Was your favourite Desert Bus reference not already included? Well you’re in luck! Submissions are now open for this year’s set. Head on down to in order to submit your ideas for the newest version of Cards Against Desert Bus.

Submissions will be open until 12pm PDT on July 31st.

And remember, you may not be able to see him, but his name is _________.

April 9, 2016 9:00 am
Posted by: Kara

Are you a maker of things?

Want to show off your mad skillz AND raise money for a good cause?

The craft-along for Desert Bus 10 is open for submissions! This means that if you have an idea for a unique, fantastic, handmade item that you would like to donate to Desert Bus 10 now is the time to let us know!

Details on the submission process can be found here.

All submissions must be received by June 30, 2016. Please expect a 1-2 week response time.

Here are some examples from the Desert Bus 9 craft-along:

We can’t wait to see what your wildly creative geeky minds come up with!

October 12, 2015 5:30 pm
Posted by: Kara

Steven Universe Cheeseburger Backpack

Created & Donated by briedoof

Cheeseburger Backpack


Are you going on an awesome adventure? Then you absolutely need the packing power that this cheeseburger backpack provides. Who knows when you’ll need a dozen sandwiches, an inflatable raft, a giant sweater, comforting plushies, board games, or anything else you can possibly shove into this giant cheeseburger backpack before you leave. As long as you don’t forget that one important thing you absolutely need, cheeseburger backpack can provide you with the space for everything you might find useful on your adventures. It’s just up to your spine whether you can handle everything it can hold.

The backpack was made using thick plastic lined upholstery nylon, cotton duck cloth, thick faux micro suede, zippers, batting, bias tape, thread. It measures approximately 19 inches in diameter at the bun, with a varying height depending on fullness. Strap length is adjustable.

Cheeseburger Backpack 2

Cheeseburger Backpack 3

Cheeseburger Backpack 4

November 22, 2013 7:54 am
Posted by: Mia

Get yourself poké or Portal gear. Driver Cam has been so engrossing: challenges, giveaways, general goofiness. While Andy takes us through a tension-release exercise (or is it tension-retention?), I’m writing to ensure the busking doesn’t cause you to tragically miss out on silent auctions. (The “I” in this case is Shandi.)

set of 3 Pokemon Eevee-lutions Venetian Carnival Masks

set of 3 poké masks

by Cultureshock


Portal ‘Keep Calm’ Needlepoint

Portal 'keep calm' needlepoint

by Julisana


Pokemon coasters

Embroidered poké coasters

by Jen Bagdasian


These auctions end in approximately 2 hours from this posting time, at 10 a.m. PST.
Check out all the silent auctions remaining here:

Bidders away.

May 3, 2013 12:32 pm
Posted by: tally

After a few all-too-short months of recovery time, the Desert Bus team is getting read to hit the road again! We’re planning lots of great stuff for this year, as always. And also as always, we need your help.

Submit to the Craft-Along:
One of the first things we announce at the start of each year’s preparations is the opening of the Craft-Along. Crafters, start your engines and imaginations, because the Craft-Along is now officially open! To find out how to participate in the Craft-Along, follow this link and read the instructions thoroughly, even if you’ve participated before. This year’s submission form is at the end of the page.

Some changes to note:
As well as an outline of all the usual guidelines, there are a couple of notable changes: the Craft-Along has a submission deadline for proposals this year – you must submit your proposed craft idea by August 1, 2013 in order to be considered. Also, this year we can only accept up to two items per crafter, so think hard about what you would most like to create!

And now, go forth, read the Craft-Along submission guidelines, send in your proposal, and get crafting for the children!

May 16, 2012 11:13 am
Posted by: tally

Hello Internet!

Today is a very exciting day, with a very exciting announcement! In fact, two very exciting announcements!

Announcement the first

We have an official start date for Desert Bus for Hope six. We will begin busing on Friday, November 16, 2012. We’ll see you all then! Well, you’ll see us. We will feel you are with us in spirit, and we’ll pretend we can see you. We’ll be pretending a lot of things by the end of that week, like that we’re still even remotely sane.

Announcement the second

Daddy Ashton is here to tell you about the Desert Bus 6 Craft-Along, and how you can be part of it. Please watch the video below for all the crucial details:

Watch for other important Daddy Ashton PSAs in days to come!



May 2, 2011 2:13 pm
Posted by: tally

Last week we announced that Desert Bus 5 will begin on November 18, 2011, and we know that many of you are already on the edge of your seats, wondering how you can get involved in the madness, like, right now. You’re in luck! For the creative, the artsy and craftsy, the make-nerdy-stuff-at-home inclined, we have a way for you to get involved right away, a full six months before the busing begins. You can participate in the Desert Bus 5 Craft-Along!

How? Allow us to demonstrate.

1) Read this ENTIRE post. Then email Tally at [email protected] to explain your craft idea and get her official approval.This is important so that we know what kind of items we’re expecting and can avoid too many of the same kinds of things. We also need to make sure that the idea fits within the guidelines of the Craft-Along which are (see below):

  • Items should be somehow centered around the themes of Desert Bus, video games, general geekery or Loading Ready Run, so they’ll be of interest to our viewers. That’s a huge pool to draw ideas from.
  • Items should be generally family friendly. They don’t all have to be appropriate for kids or anything, but no homemade Mario dildos, please.
  • Items should be of the best quality you can make them. We want your work, but we want your best work, in order to bring in the best donations for the children.
  • We will not be accepting portraits of the LRR crew this year. We’ve had a few of these (some very good ones, we must say) over the past years, and while we do love staring at ourselves for long hours in the mirror, we’re a little dubious that there are a ton of people out there who really really want our faces staring down at them from their living room walls. And if there are a ton of people out there who want this… we don’t really want to know about it.

2) Once you have received approval, make your item.

Probably best not to let your friends play with it, though.

3) Package your item carefully in an envelope or box, and then put it in a second envelope or box, to which you will affix the appropriate mailing information and postage. Please DO NOT SEAL the first (inner) box or envelope.
We’ll do that later, after we take pictures and coo over your awesome item, and before we mail it to its new owner.

This step is so that when we get your item we don’t have to hunt around for packaging materials. We pull it out of the first box, and use the second box to mail your item to its lucky auction winner. Efficiency!

4) Email Tally again ([email protected]) to inform her that your item is finished and to get the appropriate mailing address. Be sure to fill out the very important Crafter’s Form that Tally will also send you at this point. Then send it back to her.

We actually prefer that you email your answers back, even though paper airplanes are wicked awesome.

An important note: Please email Tally when your item is completed even if you already have the Moonbase’s mailing address. We’d like to be able to keep track of what mail we’re expecting and what items have, in fact, been completed. Also, we’ll need to send you that form.

5) Mail your item.

6) When November 2011 rolls around, tune in to the madness of Desert Bus 5…

7) … and die of shock* when your Craft-Along item auctions for more money than you paid for your car.**

*This is the one and only step we’d actually rather you didn’t follow.
**This is actually possible. Not necessarily likely, but possible.

8 ) The deadline for us to receive Craft-Along items is OCTOBER 15, 2011.
That’s the date by which they must have ARRIVED at Desert Bus headquarters. If your item isn’t here by that date, it risks being excluded from the Craft-Along. Late items are also guaranteed to cause Tally and Kathleen extra stress and possibly anger, and nobody wants that. (No, nobody does. Trust us.)

A quick recap of very important points:

  • Please do not begin crafting your item until you have communicated with Tally about it and gained her approval.
  • Remember to double package your item. This helps us out immeasurably.
  • When mailing your item, DO NOT list its value on the customs form as any higher than $60 CDN.
  • Remember to fill out the Crafter’s Form that Tally will email to you and email it back asap.
  • Mail your item early enough that it will arrive by October 15, 2011.

9) Have fun and get crafting!