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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.
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 (Craftzine.com)
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. Starwars.com 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.
According to USA Today, actor couple Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt celebrated Halloween this year in Star Wars style.
Rather, Star Wars and furry animals seem to be all the rage in the Jolie-Pitt home, as evidenced by last week’s Halloween costume selections. Said Jolie: “We were Boba Fett (Maddox, 6). My littlest daughter (Shiloh, 17 months), we couldn’t figure out if she was a bunny or a monkey, so she was a ‘bunkey.’ My 2-year-old (Zahara) was a bunny, and my 3-year-old (Pax) was a monkey. I was Curious George and Daddy (Pitt) was a Stormtrooper.”
For more inspiration for your Sith O’ Lanterns, check out these great Cinematic Pumpkin Carvings on /film! Not only do they feature some of the most intricate Star Wars pumpkins we’ve seen in awhile (we especially enjoyed the Darth Pumpkin), but also carving homages to such films as Batman, Monsters Inc., Nightmare Before Christmas, Shaun of the Dead and many more.
(photo from FantasyPumpkins.com)
Wired magazine wants to see your geekiest Jack O’ Lantern this Halloween! So if you have a tribute to the Death Star, or Yoda, or heck even Gonk — then submit it for their gallery here:
Show Us Your Geeky Jack-o’-Lanterns
If you need more ideas for how to make your own Star Wars-themed Jack O’ Lantern, check out the patterns here: Spooky Sith-O-Lanterns
For you Dr. Who fans out there, celebrate the spooky season with this tutorial on how to make a robotic Dalek Halloween pumpkin!
And be sure to check out how to make cool Sith-o-Lanterns on starwars.com here:
SOURCE: Craft Magazine
Despite their cadaverous pallor, zombies are hotter then ever. Marvel zombified their heroes and villains with the smash hit Marvel Zombies series, and now Star Wars gets the undead treatment thanks to sculptor Michael Barrera’s awesome work that can be seen at his website, aipresents.com.
The latest issue of Toyfare (Dec 2007, #124) — now on newsstands — has Barrera’s step-by-step instructions on how to turn a slave Leia into a zombie as part of their Customizing 101 column.
Also in this issue for Star Wars fans: an interview with Ralph McQuarrie about the concept artist action figure currently available from Hasbro, a spotlight on the Kotobukiya ArtFX statues, and the Hasbro / Dark Horse Star Wars Comic 2-Packs.
It’s never to early to start crafting your epic Star Wars Halloween costume now. In fact, you might glean a few tips and plenty of inspiration from artist Dave T. Smith who makes his own costumes which show entire scenes of science fiction and fantasy films including the Star Wars saga.
WFMU’s Beware of the Blog interviews the artist about his magnificent costumes and why he makes them.
When most people put on a costume, they feel empowered by the concealment, and fall into becoming (or commenting on) whatever the costumes represents. What do you become in these costumes?
Over-heated. Actually, there’s always a sense of freedom that comes from anonymity. Being masked allows for more risks and risque’ conversation with complete strangers. Usually, there’s a lot of ice for me to overcome, but these costumes overtly display my humor and creativity and provides the “street culture” (I define ‘street culture’ as pop-culture-lite, knowing the big sci-fi movies that aren’t too obscure – Star Wars works where Brazil would not) a method of almost instant identification. It’s fun to watch people squint at me trying to figure it out, followed shortly by an expression of pleasant surprise.
Any funny stories?
While wearing Gotham, I remember one guy commenting that he “really liked my retaining walls,” of all things to notice. Another looked at me quite defiantly saying, “You can’t do this!” “Too late,” I replied, “I already did.” Also, one Halloween, as the Death Star, a friend of mine was playing drums in a Celtic folk-rock band at Irish pub and I arrived between songs. So he directed everyone’s attention toward me. I noticed the vocalist at the mic was dressed as Princess Leia so I pointed back and told her that I had a prison cell with her name on it, recalling the very first Star Wars movie.
Read the full interview here:
The Peculiar Sci-fi Costumes of Dave T. Smith