Chewbacca Craft from a Paint Stir Stick

Chewbacca Craft from a Paint Stir Stick

If you are out looking for a Chewbacca craft, you won’t find a ton, at least not yet. But as far as characters from Star Wars goes, Chewbacca and R2-D2 seem to be the fan favorites. When I was coming up with the list of ideas for my Star Wars craft book, Chewbacca was on there several times. My favorite Wookiee craft from the book was this Paint Stick Chewbacca; I just think he turned out so cute!

Great tutorial for this super fun Chewbacca craft from Amanda Formaro's book, Star Wars Mania!

Chewbacca Craft from a Paint Stick

I’ll admit that I have a few favorite projects from this book. This Chewbacca craft and the R2-D2 project I posted last month are right at the top of the list. But I also love the C3PO project from the cover (also pictured above) and the cute little Ewoks as well. This was my favorite book so far. I had so much fun making the crafts in this book and I seriously cannot wait for the new movie in December! In fact, if you haven’t heard about it yet, September 4th has been dubbed #ForceFriday, gearing up excitement for the December release!

Mess Alert! I am not going to lie, this was a super messy craft because of the faux fur. It’s fine when you buy it, but as soon as you start cutting it it’s just like being at the hair salon, only without the plastic cover they put on you. Little hairs. Everywhere. So if you want to adapt your Chewbacca craft and use felt instead, you won’t get that furry feel, but he’ll still be cute and you won’t have to vacuum.

Great tutorial for this super fun Chewbacca craft from Amanda Formaro's book, Star Wars Mania!

But seriously. How could you resist that face??

Fun Star Wars Facts

  • Chewbacca is a Wookiee; yes, there are two e’s and the species name is capitalized!
  • Did you know that George Lucas’ inspiration for the Wookiee was actually his dog, Indiana? Yes, Indiana was his name, which was also used as inspiration in Indiana Jones. George Lucas is quoted as saying “He was the prototype for the Wookiee. He always sat beside me in the car. He was big, a big bear of a dog.” 
  • Wookiees come from the planet Kashyyyk, average almost 7 feet tall, are comfortable in most climates, are excellent marksmen, and live for several hundred years!
  • While Wookiees speak a language of their own (called Shyriiwook), they are capable of understanding humans. They are unable to speak our language due to the structure of their vocal cords.

Star Wars mania - Star Wars craft book by Amanda Formaro

 

Now that you know more about Chewbacca and the Wookiee race, I know you’ll want to make one of your own. So let’s get started!

Great tutorial for this super fun Chewbacca craft from Amanda Formaro's book, Star Wars Mania!

For this Chewbacca craft you will need:

  • Paint stir stick
  • Brown faux fur
  • Dark brown felt
  • Gray felt
  • Medium brown pom pom
  • 2 googly eyes
  • Hot glue gun
  • Scissors

How to make it:

A printable version of these instructions is available at the end of this post.

Great tutorial for this super fun Chewbacca craft from Amanda Formaro's book, Star Wars Mania!

Cover the paint stick with faux fur. It’s easiest to turn the fur upside down and glue the stick to the back, then glue, fold and trim.

Great tutorial for this super fun Chewbacca craft from Amanda Formaro's book, Star Wars Mania!

Cut two 5”x½” strips from the remaining fur for arms. Glue arms to the back of the stick.

Great tutorial for this super fun Chewbacca craft from Amanda Formaro's book, Star Wars Mania!

Cut a 9”x½” strip of dark brown felt for the bandolier.

Great tutorial for this super fun Chewbacca craft from Amanda Formaro's book, Star Wars Mania!

Cut six squares and rectangles from gray felt for the ammo boxes.

Glue the ends of the brown felt together to connect them and glue the ammo boxes onto the bandolier. Place bandolier over the top of the paint stick, over one arm and under the other. Glue it in place.

Use glue to attach pom pom nose and googly eyes.

Great tutorial for this super fun Chewbacca craft from Amanda Formaro's book, Star Wars Mania!

DIY Family Collage

DIY Family Collage

Kids and their parents can craft a collaborative family tree using paper and glue.

At our house, you won’t find family photos hanging on the walls. But you will find art. Lots and lots of art.

And although we (my husband, my mom, my kiddo and I) all make art on a regular basis, we rarely collaborate on pieces.

Until now.

Before he passed away, my dad became interested in genealogy and started piecing together a family history of sorts. I’ve always loved the idea of creating a family tree and have plans to (someday) organize the information my father collected to design something informative and decorative. However, until that day comes, I thought it would be fun to make a mini version – as a family – using materials we have kicking around the house.

To make your own collage – unique to your kin – all you need is a willingness to get messy, a desire to tear some paper, a few enthusiastic family participants and the following supplies…

  • A variety of paper (construction paper, tissue paper, wrapping paper, scrapbooking paper, etc.)
  • A canvas board or piece of cardboard (something stiff)
  • Scissors
  • An old paintbrush and a yogurt (or similar) container
  • Mod Podge® (this is an all-in-one glue, sealer and finish but if you can’t find it, use watered-down craft glue instead)
  • Old magazines
  • Wax paper (to protect your work surface)

Making a Family Tree Paper Collage. KinderArt.com

First, select some texture-rich paper and cut it into shapes. We decided on long and short rectangles, but that doesn’t mean you have to.

Using an old paintbrush, slather the canvas with Mod Podge®, lay down the paper and paint more Mod Podge® on top. In this case, more is more. Don’t be afraid to use LOTS of glue.

Once the first layer has dried, glue some torn tissue paper over top of the textured paper until you feel happy.

Next, each family member can start cutting out some shapes. Our collage features figures made up of long, narrow rectangles and three different-sized circles. I think they are reminiscent of people, or trees. My daughter insists they are lollipops.

Making a Family Tree Paper Collage. KinderArt.com

Meanwhile, someone can start cutting out letters from old magazines for everyone’s titles. This is a pretty tedious task so I’ll come clean right here and tell you that after we cut and pieced together several letters, I went to my computer and printed out the rest. These were all glued (using my kiddo’s glue stick) onto rectangular pieces of paper.

I included my late father because – although he’s been gone for seven years – I like to think he still drops in from time to time.

Then, everyone can start to place the paper cutouts onto the prepared background.

Making a Family Tree Paper Collage. KinderArt.com

One at a time, remove the shapes, paint a layer of Mod Podge®, replace the shapes and finish with another layer.

Making a Family Tree Paper Collage. KinderArt.com

Voila! A wonderful keepsake for you and your kid(s) that you will be proud to put on display. Unlike our family photos. Kidding. Not kidding.

Making a Family Tree Paper Collage. KinderArt.com

This post first appeared on YMC with the title: A Genius Way to Bring Your Family History to Life.

Spring Flamingo Birthday Party

Spring Flamingo Birthday Party

Looking for a fun and flirty party theme for your next big event?! Check out this completely darling Spring Flamingo Birthday Party

Its vibrant color combination,  festive sweets, and super cute stationery are sure to give you the inspiration needed to plan one fabulous fête; a fête that will most certainly have friends and family a flocking!

Here are the details included in this fabulous birthday celebration that I can’t seem to get enough of:

  • Spring Flamingo-inspired stationery + printables
  • Pineapple cake pops
  • Custom Flamingo and flower cupcake toppers
  • Paper fan arch backdrop
  • Colorful balloon bunches
  • Flamingo, pineapple and fern-shaped sugar cookies
  • Banana marshmallows
  • Hand-painted macarons
  • And more!

 

Sign from a Spring Flamingo Birthday Party via Kara's Party Ideas - KarasPartyIdeas.com (19)

Cake from a Spring Flamingo Birthday Party via Kara's Party Ideas - KarasPartyIdeas.com (6)

Cake Pops from a Spring Flamingo Birthday Party via Kara's Party Ideas - KarasPartyIdeas.com (7)

 

Doughnuts from a Spring Flamingo Birthday Party via Kara's Party Ideas - KarasPartyIdeas.com (8)

Drink Bottles from a Spring Flamingo Birthday Party via Kara's Party Ideas - KarasPartyIdeas.com (9)

Cookies from a Spring Flamingo Birthday Party via Kara's Party Ideas - KarasPartyIdeas.com (10)

Cupcakes from a Spring Flamingo Birthday Party via Kara's Party Ideas - KarasPartyIdeas.com (11)

Favors from a Spring Flamingo Birthday Party via Kara's Party Ideas - KarasPartyIdeas.com (12)

Cupcakes from a Spring Flamingo Birthday Party via Kara's Party Ideas - KarasPartyIdeas.com (13)

Flamingo-inspired Cupcakes from a Cupcakes from a Spring Flamingo Birthday Party via Kara's Party Ideas - KarasPartyIdeas.com (14)

Macarons from a Spring Flamingo Birthday Party via Kara's Party Ideas - KarasPartyIdeas.com (15)

Macarons + Sugar Cookies from a Spring Flamingo Birthday Party via Kara's Party Ideas - KarasPartyIdeas.com (16)

 

Cookies from a Spring Flamingo Birthday Party via Kara's Party Ideas - KarasPartyIdeas.com (18)

 

Spring Flamingo Party Details:

This is what Angie shared about the party- “Since Caitlin’s birthday is in April, we thought it is just fitting to have her 1st birthday with an array of Spring colors and flowers to make it vibrant and festive. And for an extra dose of fun, we added pink flamingos and pineapple and ferns to the mix!

We added custom made cute flamingo and flowers cupcake toppers as well as the pineapple shaped cake pops to reinforce the theme. On top of the flamingos lawn decoration flanking the birthday cake, and the cookies, we also had to spice up our macarons by hand painting it with flamingos and pineapples for an extra dose of cuteness. Glass bottles are dressed up in custom wrapper ready for the orange punch, while banana marshmallows adds just a zest of yellow to the table. The backdrop with the colorful combination of paper fans and honeycombs just brings everything alive! We are very thrilled with how this table came together.”

Clever DIY Ways to Customize Your Umbrella

Clever DIY Ways to Customize Your Umbrella

Stay stylish in the rain by updating your regular bland umbrella into something spectacular using one of these 6 clever umbrella DIY projects. From painted stripes, stenciled fruit or dots, or applied vinyl patterns one thing is for certain your rain gear will certainly look amazing no matter which DIY umbrella idea you decide to try.

 

 

DIY Striped Edge Umbrella

DIY Striped Edge Umbrella
DIY Striped Edge Umbrella  What I Wore

Add some graphic detailing to your bland black umbrella by painting white stripes to create a posh umbrella that will help you stand out in the sea of black umbrellas when it rains. To update your existing umbrella you can use white paint or white block printing ink and a foam paintbrush to freehand paint stripes around your umbrella as done by What I Wore.

DIY Striped Edge Umbrella 

 

DIY Polka Dots And Heart Umbrella

DIY Polka Dots And Heart Umbrella
DIY Polka Dots And Heart Umbrella  Design Love Fest

This DIY umbrella is super cute, as it has a fun polka dot and heart design in the interior of the umbrella. To re-create the look you will need to cut a circle and heart out of a piece of wax paper to create a stencil that you can use to paint in the design with fabric craft paint in your favorite colors.

DIY Polka Dots And Heart Umbrella 

 

DIY Watermelon, Kiwi and Lemon Fruit Slice Umbrellas

DIY Watermelon, Kiwi and Lemon Fruit Slice Umbrellas
DIY Watermelon, Kiwi and Lemon Fruit Slice Umbrellas  Studio DIY

If you are looking for an original cheerful umbrella to break out next time it rains, these DIY fruit slice umbrella with watermelon, kiwi and lemon designs should do just the trick. Using either a red umbrella for the watermelon, a yellow umbrella for the lemon, or a green umbrella for the kiwi design you can create your own custom fruit slice umbrella by masking off the fruit design with painters tape and painting in the design with fabric paint.

DIY Watermelon, Kiwi and Lemon Fruit Slice Umbrellas 

 

DIY Fluffy Clouds Umbrella

DIY Fluffy Clouds Umbrella
DIY Fluffy Clouds Umbrella  Pars Caeli

Have you ever heard of the proverb ever cloud has a silver lining? Well in the case of this DIY umbrella it happens to be that every cloud has a gold lining. Using sheets of white and gold vinyl to create the fluffy gold-lined clouds you can easily decorate an umbrella using the free Cricut Explore template offered by Pars Caeli.

DIY Fluffy Clouds Umbrella 

 

DIY Gold Polka Dot Umbrella

DIY Gold Polka Dot Umbrella
DIY Gold Polka Dot Umbrella  Sew Bon

Take an inexpensive clear dollar store umbrella and update it to have sunny gold polka dots by creating your own gold vinyl circles to stick on the umbrella. To make the circles all you need to do is use a medium-sized circle punch on sheets of gold vinyl available at craft stores.

DIY Gold Polka Dot Umbrella 

 

DIY Scalloped Edge Umbrella

DIY Scalloped Edge Umbrella
DIY Scalloped Edge Umbrella  Sarah Hearts

Add an elegant scalloped edge to any umbrella by using the scalloped edge template available at Sarah Hearts. Either using a Silhouette to cut gold vinyl or by cutting the vinyl by hand using the template you can easily update your umbrella to have your own custom umbrella that is a fun DIY fashion accessory.

DIY Scalloped Edge Umbrella

 

Goodbye Winter, Hello Spring Party Themes

Goodbye Winter, Hello Spring Party Themes

When the seasons change, so do the party themes and trends. As we move towards spring we are moving away from the earthy, rustic, and natural colors and decorations that were popular in the fall and winter, and start bringing is fresh, bright colors, a rainbow of floral decorations, and themes that celebrate life, love, and new beginnings as the world begins to bloom anew all around. At GOFF Tents and Events we’re ready for spring, so let’s party.

 

Bright, vibrant colors

Spring is in the air, and the colors are starting to change all around. We’re moving from golden, red, orange, and brown, and brightening up the color scheme for the spring-themed parties. Flowers are blooming, and you can get every color of the rainbow, and they are bold, bright, juicy, and vibrant.

 

Fresh flowers and fruit

Much like a gourmet meal, using fresh ingredients will elevate every party. The more you can take from nature to complete your decorations, the more beautiful and luxurious your party will be. Use fresh fruit and fresh flowers to create gorgeous centerpieces and decor for your party.

There’s nothing more beautiful than bright yellow, fresh, juicy lemons and limes in a bowl, or fresh apples, oranges, and berries. Use nature to guide your spring party decor.

 

Spring-themed linens and tableware

You don’t want to go overboard with the colors. Your spring-themed party should make you feel like you are trapped in a bowl of Jelly Bellies. Stick to a few natural decorations and use them strategically.

If you already have a lot of colors from flowers and fruit, stick to neutral linens, which will complement the rest of the decor but won’t overpower. White linens may seem too formal, so you can try linens that are soft, muted yellow, blue, or green that will accentuate your decor, but won’t make your party too chaotic with color.

Let one of our Wedding Planners and our new Floral Department at Goff Tents and Events usher you into spring in a colorful way.

DIY Bird Feeder

DIY Bird Feeder

Welcome songbirds to your yard every spring with a rustic-chic homemade bird feeder. While you could use almost any materials to put together a simple roofed-box to accommodate a handful of birdseed and a sturdy perch, why not utilize used materials to make this project a study in up-cycling? Transform a cardboard shipping box, or as we did here, a pint-sized milk carton, into the structure of the bird feeder before adding scrap wood and surplus craft supplies to decorate. Aside from a bit of cutting using a sharp craft knife, this project is fully kid-friendly, so don’t hesitate to spend a family afternoon around the craft table before displaying your projects in the back yard for some prime bird watching.

 

What You’ll Need

Equipment / Tools

Paint brush
Hot glue gun
Craft knife

Materials

1 clean pint carton
18 inches butcher’s twine
Scrap wood/twigs
Acrylic paint and primer

 

Instructions

 

1. Gather Your Materials

Reach into the recycling bin for the base of this simple project: an empty dairy pint. Rinse the carton well, and allow it to dry completely before using it in any craft. For your bird feeder’s personal touches, opt for homespun materials in neutral hues. Consider using scavenged twigs for a thatched roof, or tortoise-shell buttons to mimic windows. Here, we used balsa wood scraps and butcher’s twine to complete a cozy cottage-inspired bird feeder.

Gather Materials

 

2. Paint the Pint Carton

Opt for acrylic paint when selecting a medium for this bird feeder; it’s animal safe and has great lasting power. If your climate is rainy or moist, consider adding a bird-friendly clear coat, too, before hanging your feeder outdoors. Especially if your pint carton’s original label is a bold color, prime the container with a neutral white acrylic paint before adding color. Be sure to dry completely between layers to avoid a chunky finish.

Paint the Carton

 

3. Trim the Balsa Wood

To create a thatched roof for your rustic-chic birdhouse, source scraps of soft wood or twigs with a similar thickness. Trim each balsa wood length to fit the top of the carton using a sharp craft knife (or a strong pair of scissors). Create enough “shingles” to completely cover both sides of the sloped top of your milk carton. For a more refined, polished look, sand down the cut edges of each bit of wood.

Trim the Balsa Wood

 

4. Cut a Doorway

Using the craft knife, carefully cut an archway into the front of the dry, painted pint container to act as an entry point for birds. Be sure to keep a small lip at the bottom of the carton so that it can still retain a handful of birdseed. To perfect any jagged edges, run a bit of sandpaper along the cut rim then touch up with a little extra paint.

Cut a Doorway

 

5. Add Decor

Embellish your painted pint container by hot gluing the balsa wood shingles to the top, then adding a cute perch. Add butcher’s twine to cover any unfinished edges, or along each of the carton’s edges as trim. Don’t forget to poke a small hole into the top fold of the pint container, then loop a bit of butcher’s twine through for easy outdoor hanging.

Add Decor

 

6. Fill with Seed

Carefully pour songbird seed into the bird feeder just up the bottom edge of the archway. Store extra seed in a spouted plastic container for easy refilling, and add it to your weekly task list along with watering your outdoor plants.

Fill with Bird Seed

 

7. Display the Bird Feeder

Using a sturdy step ladder if needed, tie the butcher’s twine onto an accessible branch of a bird-friendly tree. Maple, oak, and dogwood are all species proven to attract songbirds, but ultimately, invite birds to a cute corner of your outdoor area no matter what fauna grows there (just be sure to avoid driveways or busy walkways).

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