This is our second post on Star Wars and there will be more, make sure you use the search bar to find the other Star Wars posts too. This week I am going to share some amazing Star Wars crafts that are super easy and affordable to try at home.
R2D2 Pencil Holder
I love this, super easy pencil holder for little Star Wars fans, this would also be great as a fathers day gift too!.
Here’s what you need:-
Felt: gray, white, blue, red, black
Cover can with one layer of white felt, tucking excess felt inside the can. From the bottom of the can, cover two-thirds of the can with more white felt. Cover the remaining top third of the can with gray felt. Use felt glue to tuck excess inside the can.
Cut a thin strip of blue felt and glue it where the gray and white felt meet. Cut small rectangles from blue felt to create the blue sections of the droid. Glue rectangles around the gray top section, also gluing one larger rectangle in the center for his camera lens. Cut a black circle for the lens and glue it in place. Glue a small red circle below the camera box and glue three long blue strips in the white section.
Glue three gray rectangles below the blue strips.
Attach clothespins around the rim of the can to secure in place while the glue dries, about an hour or so.
Remove the clothespins and fill with pencils!
Home Made Light Sabers
You don't need to buy expensive plastic light sabres that hurt when you get hit by them. These are super easy and it doesn't matter if you get hit by one. Trim a pool noodle down to a good size and use silver duct tape to create a handle. Just wrap it all around the bottom of the pool noodle. Duct tape comes in a range of colours and designs now which you should find at every good craft shop. Now use black duct tape to create a unique design on the handle. There you go a cheap and safe lightsaber to use.
I promise this craft will be much easier to do buts it's till heaps of fun. The kids can even help to make this one.
For one ship you need:
• 4 pipe cleaners
• 1 balloon
• 2 pieces of cardstock (construction paper can be used also but cardstock will hold shape better)
See, I told you this one is easy, how you doing so far? Now you should have two wings with a fold down the middle.
Now let’s make the body, wing connectors, and put it all together:
• Blow up a balloon and keep it on the small side. Tie a knot in the top and set it aside.
• Take two pipe cleaners and twist them together at the ends to create one extra long pipecleaner. Do the same thing with the other two pipe cleaners. And now you have two long wing connectors.
• Take the first connector and wrap around the middle of the balloon. Twist the ends together on the other side so the pipecleaners are snug around the balloon and won’t fall off. Then twist the ends together so they look like one fused pipecleaner.
• Take the other wing connector and wrap it around the balloon as we did above, but wrap it from the other side. You should have two pipecleaner connectors sticking out from the sides of the balloon.
• Bend the ends of the connectors down at a 90 degree angle.
• Then tape the pipecleaner ends to the wings, at the fold in the paper. Black tape is ideal. But I didn’t have any so I used transparent Scotch tape.
Then tie a yarn string around the top, tape it to the ceiling with Scotch tape….and your Tie Fighter is ready for battle! Team this up with the home made lightsabers and you have a great battle on your hands.
Star Wars Slime!
Not one but two great slime ideas here, we have quite a big selection of slimes now available on Wonder Kids just use the search bar and type in “Slime” to find them all.
Yoda’s Swamp Slime
Now before you begin this one, you will need some brown play dough, check out our “Make it Simple” guide below to make your own play dough, its so easy and costs very little. Otherwise you will need to buy some brown play dough. To make my play dough brown I just added a little coco powder, this turns it a lovely brown colour plus it smells great just make sure little ones don’t eat. I don’t think it will poison them but Im sure it won’t be good for digestion.
How to Make Bubbling Slime
Now this slime os a little different to all the other slimes we have across the site because of the bubbling reaction that you get from the baking soda layer.
2 cups of white vinegar
1 1/4 teaspoons xanthan gum
Food coloring (optional)
Enough baking soda to cover the bottom of your tub
Pour the vinegar into a bowl. Whisk vigorously as you shake the xanthan gum over the surface of the vinegar little by little. Add food coloring, if desired, and whisk it in.
At this point, your slime will have lots of little white clumps of xanthan gum in it (see the photo below). These will slowly hydrate, so put the slime in the fridge for 2-3 hours or overnight.
Get your play container and place the brown play dough in an island, we chose a corner and built a Star Wars set on top (links below)
Now create a layer of baking soda on the bottom of the rest of the play container ready for the slime to be poured in.
Whisk the slime until it’s smooth. It should be cloudy, and the texture should look almost creamy. But gooey.
Test the consistency by lifting some of the slime up on the whisk and letting it run back into the bowl. If it’s too thick to run and pour, whisk in a little extra vinegar to thin it out.
Pour the slime over the baking soda in your tub and enjoy!
To get a dark swamp colour for Yoda’s swamp I used mainly green food colouring with just a drop or two of red food colouring, you won’t need much red food colouring.
This slime uses a slightly different recipe and is NOT edible in any shape or form so this is a better one for older kids. Also because of the chemicals involved I know some people can have reactions from playing with this type of slime, it’s rare but it can happen so it is something to be aware of and if you see any rashes appearing stop playing and wash it off.
Why take the risk of making this type of slime, the texture is brilliant and you can get a big variety of colours with this type too so for slightly older kids this is great and again reactions are rare is just something to be aware of as a possibility.
To actually make the lava slime you will need 4 batches of slimes, Gold (below), yellow, orange and red. they are all the same recipe so I have detailed the gold one below, but just change the paint colour and it will make different colours.
5 oz. bottle of Elmer’s Clear School Glue
2 Tbsp gold paint
1/2 cup (4 oz. or 8 Tbsp) slime activator
Place all of the clear glue into a bowl or cup. Add warm water to the empty bottle. Shake the bottle up, and then pour the water into the bowl with the glue.
Add the gold watercolor to the glue mixture. Be sure to stir it in completely before the next step.
Shake the liquid starch bottle to make sure nothing’s settled to the bottom.
Pour HALF (about 1/4 cup) of the liquid starch into the glue, then stir very well.
Add half of the remaining liquid starch (about 1/8 cup) to the mixture and stir well.
Add the remaining liquid starch and keep on mixing’.
Knead the mixture using hands. It will feel like thick pudding at first. As kneading progresses, it will transform! After kneading for a minute, check the stickiness and stretchiness of the slime. Knead for another minute if necessary, but don’t over-knead.
If need be, add another tablespoon of liquid starch to the slime and knead for another minute or two.
Be sure to add the liquid starch in small increments or it’ll become a clumpy mess!
Combining the Lava Slime
Once you have made four batches of slime one of Gold, one of Red, one of Yellow and one of Orange, grab a large play container and just pour each slime on top of each other. This is also great to add some Star Wars Lego figures, maybe Anakin and Obi Wan to retreat the battle on Mustafar. As they play and mix up the colours it should look better and better like Lava!