Posts Tagged ‘Crafts’



Fully Operational Fandom: Custom Star Wars Action Figures

Amy Ratcliffe | February 28, 2014

Fully Operational Fandom

Have you ever felt frustrated when you walk down the toy aisle at any given store and don’t see a figure of your favorite Star Wars character? As awesome as it would be to have at least one of every character ever seen on screen or mentioned in the Expanded Universe, it’s impossible for Hasbro to do. The costs of manufacturing all those figures and the accompanying packaging would be high enough to make Darth Vader come in to uh, cut some corners. Who needs consultants? A little Force choking will do the trick.

You don’t have to lose hope when you can’t find what you’re looking for; even if you dress like a Stormtrooper, you probably don’t give up as easily. With a handful of materials and patience, you can transform existing action figures into whatever you want. Tired of seeing Mara Jade in the black catsuit? Obtain a Mara figure and change her wardrobe. Don’t like the only Corran Horn figure on the market? Create your own.

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Why Valentine’s Day Is Better with Star Wars

Tricia Barr | February 13, 2014

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With the new year well underway, specialty chocolate boxes and hearts of red, white, and pink on display signal that February has arrived. Valentine’s Day is often thought of as a day for romance and lovers. While talking about the mid-month event on the latest episode of Fangirls Going Rogue with my co-host Teresa Delgado and special guest Amy Ratcliffe, we recalled how we celebrated the holiday in our youth. For children, giving Valentine’s cards isn’t so much about romance, but rather a way to remind others of our friendship. In an age of social media friends, when connections are often electronic, the three of us all decided that the holiday provides a good incentive to express not just romantic feelings, but also to reach out and remind our friends that we were thinking about them too.

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How to Make a Star Wars Paper Rose

Amy Ratcliffe | February 10, 2014

If you’re planning to pick up flowers this Valentine’s Day, you’re probably going with roses. It’s the most popular choice for the holiday, and for good reason — roses are classic. You can’t go wrong. The only negatives are that florists know the stems are in high demand and mark up prices, and no matter how beautiful they are, real flowers die. Why not opt for a paper, Star Wars-themed solution? You can craft lovely, personalized roses from the pages of comic books, magazines, or books. Crafting the faux flowers just takes a few supplies and patience.

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Fully Operational Fandom: Do You Want to Build a Snowtrooper?

Amy Ratcliffe | January 16, 2014

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For many people, it’s winter time. And at least in the United States, this winter hasn’t exactly been mild. We’ve recently been experiencing brisk temperatures and painful wind chill factors. The local meteorologist doesn’t rank the cold in comparison to Hoth’s climate, but I’m going to assume it’s close. I haven’t frozen on the trip to the first marker (my mailbox) and back yet, but I’m sure it’s only a matter of time before I have to learn what a tauntaun smells like on the inside from experience.

What? I have the tauntaun sleeping bag from ThinkGeek.

Winter isn’t all misery and gloom though. It can be an opportunity to get outdoors and build snow people and creatures, to set up AT-ATs and reenact the Battle of Hoth from The Empire Strikes Back, or you can enjoy your time indoors with movies and crafts. So many Star Wars options, so little time.

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Origami Yoda Goes Prequels, The Clone Wars, and the EU

Tom Angleberger | August 5, 2013

Jabba the Puppett

Jabba the Hutt — the familiar, canonical, original-trilogy scene-stealer — is the star of the new book in my Origami Yoda series, The Surprise Attack of Jabba the Puppet. But inside, readers are going to find some unexpected faces.

In previous books in the series, one or two kids have shown up at school wielding origami Star Wars puppets. These Star Wars characters, in turn, wield their influence on the kids — Origami Yoda counsels patience and wisdom, Chewbacca (the Fortune Wookiee) encourages bravery and loyalty, and when Darth Paper shows up there’s some serious dark side behavior.
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Fully Operational Fandom: Scissors Are the Lightsabers of Crafting

Amy Ratcliffe | June 13, 2013

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One of my favorite activities at summer camp when I was a kid was crafting. I wasn’t remotely athletic. The camp’s pond was a muddy brown, and I didn’t like to imagine what was beneath the surface. There wasn’t horseback riding and only a few hikes so I spent as much time as possible making friendship bracelets, creating images with Perler beads, and experimenting with Shrinky Dinks. I sadly didn’t know anything about Star Wars at that age (I’m a late bloomer), otherwise I’m sure I would have been making Leia buns from yarn and paper-mache astromechs.

It’s just a fun way to express your fandom. Tons of fans choose to funnel their passion for Star Wars into crafting home goods and wearables.

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Jaxxon Easter Egg Diorama Craft

Bonnie Burton | March 29, 2013

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While a galaxy far, far away might not be home to the Easter Bunny, it is home for the Star Wars smuggler Jaxxon, who just so happens to be a Lepi — a green rabbit species hailing from Coachelle Prime. Pay tribute to this beloved Expanded Universe character with this easy-to-make Easter craft.

What You Need:

  • green, red and small brown pom-poms
  • Colored pipe cleaners
  • Colored ribbon
  • Glue
  • Glitter
  • Green, pink, red, white and yellow felt
  • Small googly eyes
  • Thin cardboard
  • Large plastic Easter egg
  • Feather gift wrap decoration (optional)

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DIY Gilded Action Figure Headband

Tessa Braun | March 15, 2013

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Looking for something to do with your action figures and in the mood to wear a funky, Star Wars-themed headpiece? Don’t be a silent sufferer. Take action. Follow these simple steps to make your very own gilded, stylish and ever-so-practical Star Wars headband.

All you need is:

  • Star Wars action figure (or any other Star Wars toy)
  • Gold spray paint
  • Plastic headband
  • Hot glue gun and sticks
  • Additional embellishments, such as craft balls.

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DIY Couples Clothespin Dolls: Star Wars Edition!

Tessa Braun | February 12, 2013

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If you would like to craft a keepsake that celebrates both love and Star Wars this Valentine’s Day, then get to work on these kissing clothespin dolls. I made two versions of the dolls with my favorite galactic couples: Padmé Amidala and Anakin Skywalker and, of course, Princess Leia and Han Solo.

What you need:

  • Clothespins
  • Pencil
  • Acrylic paint
  • Fine paint brush
  • Hot glue gun
  • Small button
  • Leather cord
  • Small brass hardware washer
  • Fine black pen

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DIY Winter Star Wars Sun Jars

Tessa Braun | December 19, 2012

DIY SW Sun Jars Glowing

Still on the hunt for the perfect holiday gift? If you’re on a budget and like getting crafty, look no further! A wintry Star Wars sun jar is a festive and fun project that makes a wonderful gift for loved ones. The jar stores sunlight during the day and then glows in the dark, adding some brightness to these long winter nights. (Kids, please get your parents to help you with this!)

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