Posts Tagged ‘Crafts’

DIY Star Wars Costumes for Dogs

Bonnie Burton | October 24, 2008

(Photo by Natalie Zee Drieu)

Craft magazine Senior Editor Natalie Zee Drieu is not only a crafting genius, but a bit of a Star Wars fan. Thanks to her, I’ve been able to do Star Wars craft tutorials at the Bay Area Maker Faire for two years in a row, teaching kids how to make Yoda Dolls and Star Wars Marble Magnets. So when she told me about the Star Wars costumes she made for her adorable little dog and her furry friends, I had to know how. Thankfully, she blogs about the costumes and how you can make them easily from felt, cotton fabric, yarn, and ribbon.

Natalie says:

Ever since last Halloween, I’ve wanted to make Lulu an Ewok costume for Halloween. Last year I just didn’t have the time so I knew I had to get this going this year. It turned out her two best friends Gello (Darth Vader) and Lucy (Princess Leia), wanted costumes too for the upcoming neighborhood Halloween pet party this Sunday. Needless to say, these three are inseparable and known around our neighborhood together so we had to bring the Star Wars theme to all three dogs.

Check out how to make awesome dog costumes of an Ewok, Darth Vader and Princess Leia (with hairbuns!) here:
HOW TO – Make Star Wars Halloween Costumes for Dogs (

Starbucks Star Wars Craft Challenge

Bonnie Burton | October 24, 2008

When I saw this awesome TIE fighter made from Starbucks stuff, my creative Force powers started to tingle. Wired magazine contributing photographer Dan Winters made this impressive TIE Fighter with 1 tall lid, 10 coffee boxes, 12 sample cups, 37 grande cups, 63 drink holders and 216 stirrers!

“The ribbing on the drink holders reminded me of solar panels,” Winters says. “That instantly registered ‘TIE fighter’ in my head.”

You can read more about this craft here:
Contest: Make Art From Starbuck’s Junk (

Of course, I can’t help but wonder what other Starbucks materials would make interesting Star Wars ships, vehicles, creatures and characters. So this is a challenge to all Star Wars fans out there to make something fun out of all those Starbucks lids, paper and plastic beverage containers, stirrers, spoons, straws and so on.

I’ll be diligently working on my statue of IG-88 made of clear Starbucks plastic glasses and straws. Just you wait!

Here’s a scene from the Starbucks near the Lucasfilm campus in San Francisco, for those of you who need extra encouragement. May the Latte Be with You!

DIY Yoda Pumpkin

Bonnie Burton | October 17, 2008

words: Bonnie Burton

Star Wars fan and mother Mindy Scott got into the Halloween spirit and made this festive pumpkin to surprise her kids with a one-of-a-kind tribute. chats with her to find out how she made this awesome Yoda Holiday Pumpkin.

Why did you decide to make a Yoda Holiday Pumpkin?

I decided to do Yoda because my boys, Benjamin (5) and Matthew (3), are extreme fans of Star Wars. My son, Matthew, hums the theme to Star Wars at least three times a day. They are dressing up like Obi-Wan and the orange clone trooper for our Fall Festival. I wanted to surprise them with a pumpkin that stayed in theme with their costumes. They were so excited when they woke up and saw Yoda, they wanted to fight him with their lightsabers.


Han Solo Cross Stitch Sampler

Bonnie Burton | August 13, 2008

(photo by Sherezada Kent)

When I first spotted the Han Solo Blaster Quote Cross Stitch by craftster and fellow Star Wars fan Sherezada Kent I was inspired to find out more. After all, it’s not every day you see a Star Wars sampler. I interviewed Sherezada about the cross stitch, how the idea came about and any tips to get other crafty fans started on their own Star Wars quotes in cross stitch.

What made you decide to do a Star Wars sampler? was hosting a summer challenge, for quotes or sayings done in needlework. I’ve been really into “geek crafts” lately, especially 8-bit inspired stitching and other pop culture influenced embroidery. I felt this challenge would be the perfect chance to make my own unique, geeky stitching, so of course I thought of Star Wars! I’ve been a fan of the films pretty much all my life, so it was the natural place for me to start dabbling in fan-based crafting.

Why did you choose the blaster quote?
Heh. Funny enough, my husband and I have been playing the Knights of the Old Republic video game lately. We started it up while I was trying to decide on my contest entry. As the title of the game suggests, there’s a strong Jedi element to the plot, and I’m much more of a “blasters and bounty hunters” type of gal. I kept kiddingly grumbling about the “stupid Jedi” in the game, and it just reminded me of Han in A New Hope, lounging in the Falcon, snarking on the Force.

Thus, the idea was born. I had an image in my head of this being something Grandma and Grandpa Solo would have on their Kashyyyk cabin wall, while they rocked in hand-whittled chairs with blaster rifles over their knees. It’s pretty silly, but it’s true!


DIY Lightsaber Hilt and Effects

Bonnie Burton | August 11, 2008

The creative folks over at IndyMogul have done it again! This time they show you how to make your own lightsaber hilt prop from simple materials available at any hardware store, and then how to make cool special glowy lightsaber effects for your own fan films!

VIDEO: Build a Real Lightsaber and become a Jedi: BFX

The Stained Glass Darth Vader Story Team | August 8, 2008

(Photo by Paul Souders)

Not every fan can say they have a stained glass window taken from the design of a drawing they did of Darth Vader when they were a kid. Paul Souders has such bragging rights. Here’s the backstory of the Stained Glass Darth Vader and how it came to be.

What’s the story behind the stained glass design?
In 1977, my family was living in Scottsbluff, Nebraska, where my father (a geologist) was working on a long-term project. His colleague Jim was visiting from the Big City (Lincoln) and took the family to see Star Wars at what was probably the only movie theater in town. Scottsbluff is pretty remote — we got all our movies a month or so after the rest of the country. Anyway, Jim was a big SW fan, had read the Lucas novel, and seen it probably a dozen times already. He was an excellent interlocutor — I was 6 years old and my brother was 4, so a lot of the movie might have sailed over our heads if he hadn’t been on hand to translate. For about five years Jim was like my favorite grown-up.


LEGO LED Stormie

Bonnie Burton | June 6, 2008

Here’s a fun LEGO craft spotted on Flickr by user Onkelond. Give your LEGO Stormtrooper Minifig a cool light-up helmet using a LED and a 1.4 volt battery.

LEGO LED Stormie Craft

SOURCE: Club Jade

Star Wars Crafts Profiled

Bonnie Burton | February 11, 2008

Craft magazine stopped by Lucasfilm to chat with me about some of the many Star Wars crafts I make for the official Lucasfillm site I explain some of the inspiration behind making Yoda and Hammerhead dolls, the R2-D2 pinhole camera, Mouse Droid Cat Nip toys, Punk Rock Queen of Naboo shirts and more!

Check out the video and more fun stuff here:
Star Wars Crafts – Craft Video Podcast

Outer-space Women’s Day Station

Bonnie Burton | November 19, 2007

Ron Salvatore writes about the “Outer-Space Station” craft featured in Women’s Day magazine in 1978. Lucky for you, he also links to instructions on how to make this magnificent play set!

The entire set includes a park with a drawbridge and an abstract piece of sculpture; a rocket launch platform with a retractable roof; a conveyor belt that moves via a hand crank; a living area, including a working elevator and trick staircase; a spring-loaded personnel launcher that “catapults figures into space”; a solar power unit featuring a mass of plastic aquarium tubing; and, perhaps coolest of all, a monorail, that symbol of ’70s futurism, made from a soda bottle and a six-foot length of aluminum shelving bracket. Fully assembled, this thing is large, colorful and filled with action features–it’s pure toy bliss.

Read the full article here:
Outer-space Women’s Day Station

Download the craft instructions here.

Tiny Star Wars Novel: Look at the Size of That Thing!

Pablo Hidalgo | September 9, 2007

This hand-crafted item was found in a hobby store in California specializing in miniature items for doll houses. It is a tiny copy of the Shadows of the Empire paperback, with front, back and spine, and printed interior pages. Now your Star Wars action figures can read about their Expanded Universe adventures.