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!
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!
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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.
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.
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!
For this Chewbacca craft you will need:
Paint stir stick
Brown faux fur
Dark brown felt
Medium brown pom pom
2 googly eyes
Hot glue gun
How to make it:
A printable version of these instructions is available at the end of this post.
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.
Cut two 5”x½” strips from the remaining fur for arms. Glue arms to the back of the stick.
Cut a 9”x½” strip of dark brown felt for the bandolier.
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.
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.
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)
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)
Wax paper (to protect your work surface)
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.
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.
One at a time, remove the shapes, paint a layer of Mod Podge®, replace the shapes and finish with another layer.
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.
This post first appeared on YMC with the title: A Genius Way to Bring Your Family History to Life.
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
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.”
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
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.
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 Watermelon, Kiwi and Lemon Fruit Slice Umbrellas
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Hot glue gun
1 clean pint carton
18 inches butcher’s twine
Acrylic paint and primer
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).