I finally found a craft project that I can finish easily in one sitting: 8-bit sprite art using perler beads.
I was inspired Friday when I stumbled across a post from Geek Crafts' blog, 10 Awesomely Geeky Perler Beads Crafts. Since then, I think I have become addicted to these awesomely geeky creations. XD
Fortunately, there's many classic sprites available online. Two websites that I found particularly useful were http://www.videogamesprites.net/ and http://www.spriters-resource.com/.
To help visualize where to put beads in the board, I used gimp. I just opened up my image and zoomed in about 2000%. It sucks that grid lines aren't available, but the enlarged image was enough to get the job done.
So far I've made two Mario's, a question block (from Super Mario Bros.), Kirby and Lakitu. I hope to make a project with Phoenix Wright and Domo-kun, but I need to get a larger perler bead board. :)
Here's a few more pictures of my little creations:
Pink Mario. He's so cute. :)
Finished hunger Kirby