Here's a quick craft that took forever because I am both indecisive and a raging perfectionist. (WHO'S WITH ME??)
(I'll give you a moment to decide.)
I nearly scrapped this whole post, in fact, but I still like the concept, so maybe it will inspire some of you to take a whack at it:
Retro raygun goodness!
The idea hit me way back when I found the materials for my $2 steampunk ray gun. I noticed some shiny plastic wineglasses at the same dollar store, which looked kind of like this:
With the glass bases stacked like that, I immediately saw the business end of a retro raygun. Aw yeah.
So I bought a pack of 4 for a dollar, then found an old foam Easter egg from my craft stash:
This egg is a bit larger than your typical plastic 2-piece eggs, and I think I originally found it at JoAnn's... or maybe Wal-Mart?
Quick sketch of my design idea:
By tracing the egg I was able to get those curves almost exactly right for the top fin and handle.
Next I cut out the handle sketch, which John used as a template to cut out a scrap of hard pink insulation foam:
(I eventually reversed the egg, which I think looks better.)
This pink insulation isn't very smooth, but the texture striations look a lot like wood grain, which is a happy thing for a handle! Or you can Spackle and sand it smoother. (See the rounded edges?)
John took it upon himself to do all the painting, and became mildly obsessed with smoothing out that foam handle texture. So even though my end result is smooth, your's doesn't have to be.
First coat of red spray paint.
The fin on top of the raygun is craft foam covered in aluminum metal tape, which I lightly scored with a toothpick to give some texture:
Those lines also help hide any dings or dents, since metal tape is so easily scratched.
The lightning bolt and the screw heads on the handle are also metal tape: for the screws I used a hole punch, then scored a straight line through the middle with a tooth pick. Easy-peasy.
Everything is held together with E-6000, but if I were to do it again, I'd drill a hole in the egg for the post of the cup bases to sit in, to make that joint stronger. Since the rest of the gun is literally all foam, the rest of the joints are plenty strong.
Oh! And the finishing touch: a clear fried marble on the very tip. For SPARKLE.
If you want to make your own egg raygun, keep in mind it would be much, MUCH easier to make a steampunk version, since then nothing has to be smooth or shiny. (It's amazing how many imperfections a little aging can cover up!) Even this design would look more realistic if I were to brush-and-wipe some thin black paint on it. I just didn't want to sacrifice all the shiny chrome. (SHINY AND CHROME!)
Hope this inspires some of you to get crafty this weekend! And if you're looking for more ideas, be sure to check out my Crafts Page, where I've got photos & links to every tutorial I've ever done.