Posts Tagged ‘DIY’

DIY Crocheted Yoda Hat

Bonnie Burton | October 19, 2010

Here’s a great fan-made craft of a Yoda hat for those of you who know how to crochet!

My four-year-old son decided that he wanted to be Yoda for Halloween. I took about two days to whip up this hat for him. He really wanted the eyes on there. I was just going to do the ears and hair, but he begged me for the eyes! It was fairly easy to do and I think it turned out well. Though I now want to keep going and make it a full Yoda face…though the poor kid couldn’t see then. Maybe after Halloween, I’ll add the rest of the face!

Check out how you can make your own version of this hat here:
Yoda Crochet Hat (via

Making Darth Fairy!

Bonnie Burton | October 11, 2010

Inspired by the pretty in Pink Princess Vader costume, this fan took it a step further to create a purple Darth Vader costume for her youngling!

With last year’s fairy costume in hand I set out to make her dreams come true. We had an old Darth Vader mask that I primed and spray painted lavender. Princess Fierce brought me a broken toy crown that I took apart, painted green, added purple glitter sparkles and mounted to the mask.

I redesigned the straps to the mask to be purple and green ribbon from the sides and one piece with loops across the top. Allowing me to tie a bow through the loop and basically make a net that sat on her head. She was ecstatic. The mask wasn’t too tight but yet did not slip. She wore it comfortably for most of 8 hours.

With mask done I moved on to what every good fairy needs…a wand. I found some adorable lavender flowers for half price at Hobby Lobby. Score! I spray painted a styrofoam ball, with thumb pressed dimple. I added on Death Star detail with a green sharpie then glued it into the flower’s center. Add some green and lavender ribbon to the flower stem and we have the Death Star Flower Wand.

The final touch was Vader’s control panel. Using a picture of Vader for a guide I cut out pieces of purple and green felt and glued them down to a purple panel. Stitched the panel on to the fairy costume and Darth Fairy was born.

Read more about this awesome here:
Making Darth Fairy

Milk Jug Stormtrooper Helmet Craft!

Bonnie Burton | October 4, 2010

Want a stormtrooper helmet but can’t afford it? Drink some milk and make your own! Here’s a super-easy & fun craft for fans of all ages. I’m filing it under the “Wish I Had Thought Of That” craft.

Milk Jug Stormtrooper Helmet Craft

Fan Throws the Ultimate Star Wars Party! Team | October 4, 2010

Yoda Oreos and Blue Milk! Princess Leia cupcakes! Han Solo in Carbonite Jell-O! Double-sided lightsaber hot dogs and bacon-wrapped pretzel lightsabers! This may be the coolest (and tastiest) kids’ Star Wars party we’ve seen yet! chats with Jenn from about her awesome Star Wars party and how you can throw one of your own!

Why did you decide to throw such an awesome Star Wars party?

Right now is a funny point in my kids lives, they are really into The Clone Wars and just starting to put two and two together about who Anakin really is in the older movies — “Numbers 4, 5, and 6″ as my youngest son calls them. I’ve been a fan for a long time, so now I feel like we are all on the same page, liking the same things — it’s great!

What part of the party got the biggest reaction?

People loved the Princess Leia cupcakes. I blog different cupcake recipes every week on my recipe site so I’m always trying to think up something new.

What was your favorite part of the party?

My favorite part of the party was drawing up all the new recipes. I know the movies pretty well and it was hard to stop myself from going overboard (believe it or not). The Han Solo in Jell-O was the most fun to make, just because I thought it was going to be hilarious and it turned out even better than I had hoped.

Why do you think fans of all ages need to throw their own Star Wars parties?

The movies provide so many references, the theming is endless! I don’t think it matters how old you are, Star Wars is fun for everyone. While this was a kids party, it was the adults who got the biggest kick out of all the recipes I came up with.

Read more about it here (Plus RECIPES!):
Foodbuzz 24×24: The Ultimate Star Wars party!

Make an Astromech Cake

Bonnie Burton | August 20, 2010

Make this astromech cake with cake mix, Rice Krispie Treats, cream filling and some creativity.

“The whole thing is layers of red velvet cake with white chocolate ganache and chocolate hazelnut buttercream filling throughout. And yes, the Rice Krispie Treat arms.”

Making The Most Amazing R2-D2 Cake Ever
(via B-Side Blog)

DIY Han Solo in Guacamite

Bonnie Burton | February 2, 2010

Last February, we reported about the awesome Han in Carbonite “He’s No Guac to Me Dead” entry by Rob Saccenti at Guac Bowl 2009. So in honor of Guac Bowl 2010 we couldn’t help but hope Rob would give fans a few pointers how to do their own tasty tribute to Han.

Here’s some great tips Rob posted on his blog awhile back in this step-by-step process for making his Han in Guacamite masterpiece in case any fans want to try it themselves. Just be sure you have 50 avocados worth of guacamole on hand!

I built a 6’8″ x 2’8″ frame using 2×8 redwood boards. I made an inside lip out of 2x4s, leaving just enough room (3/4″) so that my 6’5″ x 2’5″ MDF board would be flush with the top when I dropped it into the frame, and then trimmed it all out with door casing. I used bondo to seal all my gaps and nail holes.

The only piece I bought ahead of time was the face, because I knew it was the most important part of the whole thing. I was lucky enough to find master special effects makeup artist Bill Forsche through the internet, who just happened to have an amazing sculpt of Han’s carbonite-frozen face.

I got the frame built, and starting adding the face and body elements. After making his legs out of chicken wire, I started sizing, cutting, and preparing the clothes for the papier mache bath.

The body was created using a plastic torso I found at a used mannequin/store display shop downtown. It only went down to the top of the thigh, so I had to build out the rest of his legs to the knees using molded chicken wire. The hands were tough…One hand was made using one of those articulated wooden artist’s hands you can buy at an art store, and covered it in papier mache. The other hand, not nearly as nice, was foil covered in papier mache.

The boots were old work boot toes I cut and epoxied to the board. For the clothes, I cut up and old t-shirt and pair of Dickies, and dipped them into a papier mache bath (flour, water, and Elmer’s glue) that Emily prepared. The next day, the clothes were still a little damp, but the warmth of the sun was definitely helping. While I waited, I started painting the frame, and I ran to the hardware store to pick up 6 paper towel holders to spray paint silver and add a little detail to the side panels. By the time I came back, Han was dry, and I finished the paint job.

Check out the photos and instructions here:
“He’s No Guac to Me Dead”

Read more about Guac Bowl here:
Guac Bowl’s Back, and Creamier than Ever
(via NBC Los Angeles)

PVC Lightsaber Craft

Bonnie Burton | November 12, 2009

Using a swimming pool foam noodle, PVC pipe and an end cap and an electrical tape, you too can make this crafty lightsaber for younglings to act out their favorite Jedi battles.

Do your kids (boys in particular) love swords and/or lightsabers? Mine do. In fact everything at our house can be turned into a sword with a little imagination. We saw some of these swords at a craft fair a few years ago and decided to make some on our own. They are super easy.

We have a outdoor use only policy and strict rules about not hitting one another with them. The swords can only touch swords. They are only to be used in pretend combat as they could do some serious damage. My boys have also used them as baseball bats to hit tennis balls around our backyard.

Read the full craft tutorial at The Idea Room:
PVC Swords/Lightsabers

Kid’s Stormtrooper Costume Craft

Bonnie Burton | November 5, 2009

Using foam sheets, glue, Velcro strips, spray paint and a few other inexpensive items you can make these impressive stormtrooper costumes for your little ones, just like this crafty fan did.

This is my cheap attempt at stormtrooper costumes for my 4 and 6 year -olds. It’s made to be lightweight and flexible for comfort but still hold true to the movie armor and look cooler than the store-bought stuff out there. Because of the materials used, these costumes won’t hold up to rough play or prolonged wear. Actually, they got pretty beat up after simply trick or treating.

Within the steps I’ll tell you how I did certain things and what I would do differently. My son’s costume was my first attempt and spent about 18 hours on it, not including drying time for paint and glue.

My daughter’s costume took less time because I based it on my son’s templates just smaller and I gave it a little less detail (and I was less careful with cutting and gluing). Anyway, hope you find the instructions helpful. The result was a ton of fun and the kids got a lot of attention. Cheers!

Read the full instructions here:
Kid’s Stormtrooper Costume

How to Roar Like Chewbacca Team | October 16, 2009

Some crucial skills in life never seem to be taught in schools. Case it point — the Wookiee roar. Now thanks to these step-by-step instructions by this lovely Star Wars fan, you too can chitchat like Chewbacca in no time.

WATCH VIDEO: How to Make the Chewbacca Noise

Yoda Costume for Kids Craft

Bonnie Burton | October 15, 2009

Crafty gal and Star Wars fan Susan Beal made this awesomely adorable Yoda costume for her 18-month-old daughter Pearl, and was sweet enough to post all the instruction on how she did it in case others would like to make one for their younglings.

Susan Beal writes:

I used an Empire Strikes Back Yoda action figure for inspiration, and carried him around the fabric store to loosely match fabric colors to him and his outfit. The central piece, a simple brown robe, is altered from an adult T-shirt, and the other elements (a hat, snake, belt, and walking stick) are all quick sewing projects using basic templates.

Find out how to make this adorable costume here:
Kids Yoda Costume (via Craft)