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I Made a Sonic Screwdriver Out of Toilet Parts…

…And it looks fantastic.  Plus it lights up.


At least, I think it looks fantastic.  And the Wolvog flipped out over it.  I would love to be able to tell you how I made it except that I don’t know the names of any of the parts I used beyond washers and toggle bolts.  And a lot of super glue.  And random parts from the plumbing section at Lowes.

I love it so much that I’m making two more — the parts cost me next to nothing and the whole thing took me about 10 minutes to assemble.

By which I mean 10 minutes of assembling while wearing a shit-eating grin:


Trying to have a good Halloween and spend very little money at the same time.  Putting that MFA to good use.  Finishing the TARDIS t-shirts next…


Look at this post!  It’s tiny!  Miniscule!  And it’s not even Monday.  But what are you doing reading this?  Go prepare your post for #MicroblogMondays!

P.S. I fashioned the screwdriver using these two images, but I couldn’t find a template.  So it’s a little wibbly wobbly.  But also took less timey wimey than following instructions.


1 nicoleandmaggie { 10.19.14 at 8:41 am }


2 earthandink { 10.19.14 at 9:09 am }

I think that sonic screwdriver is absolutely perfect!!! (And I love the T.) I think you’re smart to have extras at the ready. If it gets broken, there will be tears without a backup, because that’s in the land of prize possession for sure.
Perfect use of an MFA. Definitely.

3 earthandink { 10.19.14 at 9:12 am }

PS: I’ve known a couple of set/prop people and that it totally something they would do. (Geordie in ST:TNG’s eye piece was famous for being made out of a banana hair clip.)

4 Andy { 10.19.14 at 9:45 am }

Absolutely awesome!! You rock!!

5 Cristy { 10.19.14 at 10:22 am }

Nicely job! Now please post Your instructions. Because wow is right!

6 loribeth { 10.19.14 at 11:41 am }


7 Another Dreamer { 10.19.14 at 1:20 pm }

That is AWESOME!

8 Battynurse { 10.19.14 at 1:26 pm }

I love it!

9 Katherine A { 10.19.14 at 3:33 pm }

That is fantastic!

10 Mic { 10.19.14 at 7:52 pm }

Wow, that’s nifty!
Ps: love the batman shirt!

11 chickenpig { 10.19.14 at 8:51 pm }

You could totally sell these on Etsy and make a million dollars! I want to put in an order for one for my husband right now!

12 JustHeather { 10.20.14 at 1:56 am }

Oh! My! And it works!!!! I want one too!!! I think my husband would get a kick out of it too. Even if you don’t know all the part names, you can take a picture of the pieces, right?! *wink wink*

I love that you are being totally and utterly cool in a thrifty way. That is my favorite!!

13 Ann Z { 10.20.14 at 9:56 am }

That’s amazing! Well done!

14 Elizabeth { 10.20.14 at 11:35 am }

Freaking fantastic!!!

15 Tiara { 10.20.14 at 12:11 pm }

When I 1st say the title I thought it said out of toilet paper & thought, “Huh?” Very crafty!!

16 Ann { 10.20.14 at 12:34 pm }

AMAZING! I want one! There is something so satisfying about making a costume for your child, putting effort into making it awesome. The chance to give them something tangible (but not bought!) that expresses how very precious they are, and how their very existence makes us full. (I am still basking in the glory of the fire truck with working headlights I made for my son last year. It’s falling apart now, but he still loves it.) And I think most parents try to do this in some way. For some it’s being crafty, or good at baking, or other Pinterest type activities. For others, they show it in another way more directed to their gifts. But somehow, most parents who have the time and means, try to do their own version of this. Staying up late, putting thought and effort into something just to make their child’s eyes light up. And I love it.

17 Justine { 10.20.14 at 10:11 pm }

Holy sh#*. You win.

18 Mali { 10.20.14 at 11:55 pm }

Damn it. I had a comment written here that bragged I had already written and posted my #MicroblogMondays (cos it was Monday here already) posts. Then I open my computer and discover I never clicked on “Submit.”

I do have to say you made an amazing sonic screwdriver. I showed it to my husband. He wants one! Love the T-shirt too. A new side business?

19 Delenn { 10.21.14 at 8:42 am }

I love you. 🙂

20 Kasey { 10.21.14 at 10:04 am }

I love it! I believe ours was similar made from various plumbing parts and led lights.

21 Jon Rutledge { 10.24.14 at 2:07 pm }

That is “FANTASTIC!” (Extra points for what doctor catchphrase was used)

22 Amber { 10.24.14 at 5:00 pm }

That is awesome!

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