Your arts-and-crafts Jedi will love these clever tutorials, instructions, and project ideas we’ve gathered from across the galaxy … er, internet.
By Laura Quaglio
A short time ago in a living room not so far, far away, some very excited children – and, yes, more than a few adults — were breathlessly awaiting the upcoming release of the new Star Wars movie: The Force Awakens.
Let’s face it: Even if you’re not normally huge into Hollywood hype or movie premieres, it’s tough not to be more than a little excited about this latest addition to one of the favorite movie series of all time. While you’re waiting patiently (or not) to see the film, keep your young Jedi Knights, Princesses, and little Ewoks busy with these terrific themed craft projects that we found on the Web.
Visit Matters of Grey: mattersofgrey.com
Whether you’re in PA or CA, there’s no snow right now — so why not create a little of your own? We bring you the “largest collection of [Star Wars] designs and templates on the internet.”
Mattersofgrey.com offers downloadable instructions for snipping out an impressive 33 Star Wars snowflake designs, including recent additions such as the BB-8 and Kylo Ren that were inspired by the new movie, The Force Awakens. Admittedly, they might be a tad tricky for tiny fingers. That’s why we’re also offering you the next kid-friendlier craft …
Visit Kids Activities Blog: kidsactivitiesblog.com
Who doesn’t love a good toilet-paper-roll art project?! It’s always a bonus when you can use items you have on hand to help kids craft clever creations like these. Kidsactivitiesblog.com offers some easy instructions for creating Princess Leia, Chewbacca, and R2D2 using some acrylics, a glue gun, and those ever-available toilet paper cores! Bonus: After crafting these characters, your kids will have a great time acting out scenes with them, too.
Visit MuddyBoots: muddybootsblog.blogspot.com
On the Muddyboots blog, you’ll find complete instructions on how to transform colorful swimming pool noodles into soft, gentle light sabers! This project does require a little help from an adult — namely to slash the pool noodles in half at the project’s start. (You’ll get two sabers out of one noodle.) But older kids will love creating their own handle designs with duct tape and black electrical tape almost as much as they’ll love staging mock battles with them once they’re complete. Spoiler alert: This blog ALSO offers fantastic Star Wars party ideas, including a Death Star piñata and complete instructions for a masterfully executed Commander Fox cake.
Visit Origami Yoda: origamiyoda.com
Fans of Tom Angleberger’s bestselling Origami Yoda series will love checking out the complete instructions for folding their own Origami Yoda, Darth Paper, and other favorite characters. Complete instructions are available on Angleberger’s website, along with an invitation for origami “Superfolders” to submit their own Star Wars origami creations for all to see. Additional ideas and instructions are available in the Origami Yoda companion book, Art2D2’s Guide to Folding and Doodling. Who knows? These projects just might awaken your child’s inner bookworm, too …
Visit U-Create: u-createcrafts.com
Does your child have an abundance of both plastic Perler Beads … and a colorful imagination? U-Createcrafts.com has collected a handful of fun patterns to help just such children craft perfect Perler creations of C3PO, R2D2, Princess Leia, and even the Star Wars logo. Once your kiddo completes these classics, you can search Pinterest for additional Perler Bead Star Wars character ideas, or encourage your child to find some photo reference and craft their own original designs.
Want to channel your child’s forces toward good, not evil? Enroll them in a Star Wars themed camp or activity! Search ActivityHero to find lots of options that aren’t light years away.
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