Posts Tagged ‘Holidays’



Star Wars Halloween Masks

Bonnie Burton | October 24, 2011

Need a last-minute, free costume for Halloween but you’re just not sure which Star Wars character you’d like to be?

Download and print these retro masks originally from Random House Publishing’s 1983 book, The Star Wars Book of Masks!

If you prefer, dress up as your favorite Revenge of the Sith characters with these Prequel Masks!

If you’d rather trick-or-treat as Anakin Skywalker, Obi-Wan Kenobi and the rest of your favorite characters from our animated TV show, check out these The Clone Wars Masks

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Star Wars Pumpkin Stencils

Bonnie Burton | October 24, 2011

No Halloween is complete without a scary pumpkin in the window to greet trick or treaters. Make your own Star Wars pumpkin with these handy printout designs and easy steps below.

DOWNLOAD STAR WARS STENCILS PDF HERE.

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Sculpt a Halloween Yoda Pumpkin

Bonnie Burton | October 24, 2011

Sculptor/illustrator Lawrence Noble gives step-by-step tips on how to make your very own festive Yoda creation just in time for Halloween. Ask your parents to help do the cutting and carving.

What You Need:

  • Pumpkin – 6 to 8″ in diameter
  • Couple of oranges
  • A gourd
  • Tea light candle or glow stick
  • Straight pins
  • Serrated knife
  • Pumpkin carving kit

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1977 Chewbacca Disguise Kit “For Teens and Adults”

Pete Vilmur | October 24, 2011

With several false starts attempting to justify the existence of the 1977 Chewbacca 3-Piece Disguise Kit, we have decided to simply post these pics without comment…

…except to say that the final shot below is of an 11-year-old donning the “disguise” before we realized it was meant, as the package reads, “for teens and adults.”

Riiiiiiiight…

Meet Bones the AT-AT Dog!

StarWars.com Team | October 19, 2011

photos: John Nolan

This adorkable AT-AT dog costume made the rounds last week online. As a craftster, I am always curious how fans make their elaborate cosplay costumes, especially for their pets.

StarWars.com chats with artist and photographer Katie Mello — who works as a Character Fabricator at LAIKA/house, an animation studio (Coraline) in Portland, Oregon — about how she made the AT-AT costume for her dog named Bones!

What is the back story of these photos? Why dress up your dog as an AT-AT?

I have been a Star Wars fan forever. When I was younger, I wanted to work for Industrial Light & Magic when I grew up. I studied everything I could about “special effects.”

By the time I got into college it was clear that everything would be done with computers and I was more interested in making tangible artwork. Lucky for me I discovered stop-motion animation. Now I build puppets for stop-motion productions, and have developed the skills that I need to make just about anything I want.

From the first time we saw Bones, an Italian Greyhound, my husband and I thought he looked like an AT-AT. He has such an unusual shape. Three years later, I finally made him this costume. I also used this opportunity to improve my patterning and sewing skills.

What did you make the costume out of?

First I made a costuming dummy out of upholstery foam, so I could minimize the amount of fittings that I would have to do on Bones. His comfort is important to me. To make the form, I carved the foam into Bones likeness and made sure it matched his measurements. This made the whole process much easier, and I can make other costumes for him very easily now.

The main body is a super-stretchy cotton/spandex, which I patterned for Bones using a shirt that he wears to keep warm. I also made a stretchy cowl to go over his head. I airbrushed this while it was on the costume dummy using airbrush paint.

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DIY Baby Yoda Costume!

Bonnie Burton | October 11, 2011

With Halloween around the corner, now is a great time to start thinking of which Star Wars characters to dress up as.

Parents in search of a fun costume for their younglings might want to check out this fan-made Yoda costume with some rather impressive ear hair!

Find out how to make it here:
Yoda Costume for Baby (via Instructables.com)

Ewoks Photobomb Vacation Photos!

Bonnie Burton | September 26, 2011

While most of our parents let us believe in Santa, the Easter Bunny, Hanukkah Harry and the Tooth Fairy for as long as they could, not every many of them would photoshop them into your family vacation photos.

So when awesome “Dad of the Year” Anthony Herrera photoshopped imagines of Ewoks into his family’s vacation photos so his kids could continue believing that the beloved inhabitants of Endor really existed.

You can check out all his Yub Nubtastic photos here:
This is What Happens When Your Dad’s A Graphic Designer: Ewoks!

Anthony Herrera writes on his blog:

Being the Star Wars geek that I am (so is she), I told her that this is where the Ewoks live. She spent a good chuck of our time hiking keeping a lookout for any Ewoks. Coming home I can’t say that she wasn’t disappointed that we didn’t find any. I had to explain that they are extremely shy and hardly ever let anyone see them. After we got home, and after I had a little time alone with the photos, I told her I thought I saw something strange in a few pictures.

We viewed them on the TV to get a larger image. You can imagine how surprised and excited she was when we discovered that we didn’t see any Ewoks, but they saw us, and had certainly taken an interest in her and her little brother. Maybe I’m a little wrong for lying to her and falsifying the pictures, but I don’t care. She’ll never forget the time she spent in the big woods with Ewoks.

Read more about it here:
A Dad Photoshopped Ewoks Into His Family Pictures to Convince His Kids Ewoks Were Real (via Gizmodo.com)

Death Star Cosplay Dress!

Bonnie Burton | July 29, 2011

When I first came across vlogger and craftster Jennifer Landa and her awesome Star Wars videos on Youtube I knew eventually she’d create an amazing cosplay Star Wars costume, and sure enough she did!

At this year’s San Diego Comic-Con International, she debuted her fancy Death Star dress complete with galaxy tights and a TIE Interceptor hair accessory! StarWars.com chats with Jennifer about her Imperial couture that would make even Darth Vader smitten.

Why did you decide to make a cute dress of the Death Star?

For months I couldn’t decide what I wanted to cosplay as! I just knew I wanted to do a quirky take on someone or something from the Star Wars universe. I had seen a Death Star costume before and loved the idea of cosplaying as a thing instead of a person. I love personifying objects! So when I saw Robin E. Kaplan’s adorable print of a girl dressed as a Death Star, I freaked out. Her Death Star character was so cute and feminine and anything but a scary super weapon! After that, I knew I had to go as Miss Death Star.

How did you come up with the design?

I wanted the costume to have a space-age yet retro feel! So I decided to make the Death Star more like an exaggerated bubble skirt. I cut the skirt so it was a shorter length and chose a form-fitting bodice. For me, it was important to keep the whole look feminine and flattering. When I was designing the costume, I came up with the character “Miss Death Star.” I imagined her to be a cross between Ethel Merman and Judy Garland. I know, it’s a little strange but the fun part about cosplaying is really getting into character!

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How to Make a Snow AT-AT!

Bonnie Burton | February 28, 2011


Photo by Miguel Valenzuela

So you have a lot of snow and you’d like to recreate one of the coolest battles in the Star Wars films? Get your mittens on and start packing snow into an AT-AT worthy of Hoth!

Miguel Valenzuela writes:

My daughter sitting on top of an AT-AT Snow Sculpture. It’s about 4 feet tall (1.2 meters). I know the main canons are a bit big but anything smaller just wasn’t holding or showing up. I built it over a period of two days. About 3 hours the first day then one hour the second day. By leaving it overnight it helped freeze the top layer making it stronger.

Learn how to make an AT-AT Imperial Walker Snow Sculpture here.

More photos here: Snow Sculptures

Sith Witch Cosplay

Bonnie Burton | January 19, 2011

In honor of the Nightsisters on The Clone Wars check out model and costumer Mary Ellen Berglund dressed as a Sith Witch in this photo by Bryan Humphrey.

More info here.