Want to carry a cosplay prop that looks like wood without dealing with the weight of the material? You could use a light wood, or you could turn to PVC plastic. Instructables user zaphodd42 shared a tutorial on how to give the flat plastic a wood grain texture with sandpaper, a metal file, and oil paint. The file is key to giving the surface of the PVC the right texture. Pull up reference photos online so you can make the grain resemble one that would occur naturally. After the PVC is textured, oil paint is used to finish the effect.
Make a robot friend with Adafruit’s CRICKIT – A Creative Robotics & Interactive Construction Kit. It’s an add-on to our popular Circuit Playground Express, FEATHER and other platforms to make and program robots with CircuitPython, MakeCode, and Arduino. Start controlling motors, servos, solenoids. You also get signal pins, capacitive touch sensors, a NeoPixel driver and amplified speaker output. It complements & extends your boards so you can still use all the goodies on the microcontroller, now you have a robotics playground as well.