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Quick & Crafty: DIY Takodana Terrarium

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Takodana Terrarium 1

MATERIALS:

  • Glass vase/bowl or cloche
  • Takodana Encounter action figure set
  • Preserved or artificial moss
  • Fake ferns, succulents, or other plants of your choice

 

I’m calling this DIY a “Quick & Crafty” project because it truly is super easy and quick to make! Maz Kanata and BB-8 are my favorite characters from The Force Awakens so I had to buy this Takodana Encounter action figure set when I saw it at Toys”R”Us. Plus, it came with Rey and Finn! What a deal!

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I wanted to display my new action figures in our home, but our bookshelf is getting full and I knew I didn’t have time to make a diorama with Maz’s castle. Then I remembered that I had a terrarium left over from our wedding! The night before my wedding, my sister, cousin, and I crafted the night away doing last minute projects, including making 5 terrariums that would be displayed at the venue. I dubbed them the Endor terrariums because we placed tiny Ewoks inside amongst the ferns and succulents.

Cacá Santoro Photography

After the wedding, I didn’t have the heart to dismantle my beloved terrariums. Instead, some ended up in a box in the garage and one was collecting dust in the closet. But no more! I love repurposing old items and giving them new life. Since I made the terrarium almost 2 years ago, I don’t have step-by-step photos. But the steps are so easy, you don’t even need them!

STEP 1: Select your glass vase or cloche. You can find great options at the craft store. I found a vase similar to this one at Michaels in the sale section.

Glass bowl vase

STEP 2: Buy your greenery. I bought the moss, fake ferns and succulents at Michaels as well.

Moss & Ferns

STEP 3: Fill the bowl halfway with moss. Then place the succulents or plants of your choice in and top of the moss. I used 5 succulents for my terrarium but sticks, rocks, and other green plants would also look neat. As Rey first said when she saw Takodana,”I didn’t think there was this much green in the whole galaxy.” So when selecting your fake plants, go green! I also added a few ferns towards the middle and back of the bowl for height.

STEP 4: Add Maz and the gang! Place your action figures inside the bowl in and around the moss and plants. No need to secure them down with anything since the figures will be pretty secure once you nestle them into the moss.

Takodana website

And that’s it! Like I said, this DIY was super quick and easy. I placed our Takodana terrarium on our windowsill and I just love seeing Maz and the gang every time I’m in the kitchen. It’s not a screen accurate Takodana terrarium but it makes me happy just the same. I think it’s the perfect way to display these new action figures! May the Craft be with you! 😀

DIY Chewbacca Doll

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Chewie Doll

I’ve been on the hunt for a Chewbacca doll ever since my daughter was born. I’m trying to brainwash introduce Luci to the universe of Star Wars, whether it’s through books, toys, or music! The talking Chewie plush at the toy store terrified her so I knew I had to rectify the situation and find her a Wookiee she could love. So, like many of my DIY inspirations, I decided to make a Chewbacca doll myself!

I found this pattern by Draw Pilgrim and it worked perfectly! Pilgrim’s pattern and instruction made this project easy and fun to do. I did have to modify a few things because I couldn’t find corduroy fabric that was the right shade of brown. The fabric was either too light or too dark; so I went a different direction and found this tan, furry fabric that looked just like Wookiee fur!

Fuzzball

I’m not going to lie, this fabric is an absolute pain to work with. My living room became covered in faux fur and the thickness made it tricky to sew. But as the doll started taking shape, I forgave this beast of a fabric.

WIP

Like I said, the Draw Pilgrim pattern made the doll-making process easy, but here are a couple tips from my experience:

I scaled the pattern to 100% instead of scaling it to fit my paper. My rationale was that a larger pattern would make it easier to cut and sew my thick fabric. For Chewie’s face, I cut and stitched it exactly as Pilgrim’s instructions stated. For the eyes, I used black buttons from Joann’s Fabrics. I used craft felt for his nose & mouth and hand-stitched them on.

Chewie Face

I ended up stuffing the legs and arms first and then attaching them to the body. Again, this was a modification because of the furry fabric.

Chewie arm 2 Chewie arm

I like to make my crafts “screen-accurate” if possible. (I know, it’s a geek quirk. Ha!) Chewbacca’s bandolier is brown so I chose to use a chocolate brown grosgrain ribbon. I tried to create the illusion that the ammunition pouches were sewn into the ribbon bandolier. In retrospect, I could have just sewn the felt pieces down the center, thus creating the same effect!  Instead, I hot glued the grey craft felt pieces onto the ribbon. I hand stitched the bandolier to Chewie’s body in a couple areas, just to keep it secure. Once that was done, my Chewbacca doll was complete!

Bandolier

In the words of Maz Kanata, “I like that Wookiee.” Actually, I LOVE this Wookiee and fortunately, my daughter does too!

Luci and Chewie

Because I used buttons for the eyes, I’ve mainly kept him on her nursery shelf. When she’s a little older she’ll have fun times and many cuddles with her co-pilot, Chewie. Right now she points at him & squeals with delight. Geek parent win! An added bonus is that the total cost of this DIY was under $20! I’m so glad I was able to make a special doll for Luci to have for many years to come. Thank you, Draw Pilgrim for the awesome pattern! Be sure to visit her site to get the pattern and other neat printables. May the Craft be with you! 🙂

Chewie & Falcon

 

How to Make a BB-8 Wreath

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The Hothidays are here which means it’s time to deck the halls with all things Star Wars! For this year’s festivities, I was inspired by The Force Awakens newest droid, BB-8. Whenever I see that little ball whizzing across the screen, it always brings a smile to my face. BB-8 kind of looks like Frosty the Snowman, which makes him the perfect decoration for this holiday season. To make your own BB-8 wreath, here’s everything you’ll need!

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How-To: Zombie Head in a Jar

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Zombie 1

Halloween is almost upon us, so I wanted to make a spooky decoration for the frightening holiday.  I’ve seen a few versions of this craft online, but I gave it a zombie twist to celebrate the return of AMC’s The Walking Dead!  I was particularly inspired by The Governor‘s zombie head aquarium that was revealed in Season 3.

The Governor

Displaying a severed zombie head in your home is perfect for Halloween or if you just want to freak out your friends & family!  So to make your own “walker” in a jar, here’s what you’ll need:

MATERIALS:

Jar 

Printer

Cardstock or Heavy Paper

Laminator (optional)

Hair

Scissors

Plastic or Paper Bags

First you’ll need a jar.  Truthfully, it can be any size you want.  If you want to go more realistic, use a larger jar that’s the size of your head (about 5 gallons).  Or if you want a really strange effect, you can use a more narrow-shaped jar.  I got mine from Cost Plus but retail stores like Target or even thrift stores are a good place to look.

Glass Jar

Next, you’ll need to find your zombie image.  If you don’t have any walkers in your neck of the woods, you can find one online!  I found this zombie and it’s basically a flattened rendering of a 3D head. ( CLICK HERE to download the full size image.)  This is what I’d call a fresh faced zombie—he’s not 100% rotten but he’s on his way!  You can find more images like this by searching for a “3D face texture map”.

Zombie Texture

I recommend using cardstock or heavy paper to print out your zombie.  Ideally you’ll want the paper to be large enough to fill ¾ of the circumference of the jar.  This will give the head more of a 3D effect when it’s in the jar.  For my jar, I used an 11×17 piece of cardstock, and trimmed it down to about 7×17 to fit inside the jar.

You’ll also want to make sure your image is scaled to a realistic head size.  You can figure this out by measuring the distance between the eyes of your zombie.  Eyes are generally between 1-2 inches apart for most people.

Once everything is set up, print out your zombie.

Zombie Print Out

Then cut out around the shape of your zombie’s face.  Because of the shape of my jar, I also cut out 3 small v shapes at the top of his head.  This step is optional but I’ll explain more later.

cut out zombie

To make the paper more durable, I laminated the cardstock.

Lamination

Now roll up the face and slip it into the jar.  Move the paper around to achieve the effect you want.

Folding Paper in Jar

This is where those v’s will come in handy.  Once the paper is inside the jar, bend the center v so that the forehead of your zombie slightly protrudes.  This will give it more a 3 dimensional look.

Folding V

Then stuff the jar with plastic or paper bags so that the picture remains flattened against the inside of the glass.

Plastic Bags

For a more hair-raising effect, you can use a wig or even human hair if you dare.  Place the hair in the jar and adjust it however you like.  The messier it looks, the better.  For those hard to reach places, use a screwdriver to move the hair around.

Screwdriver

Close the lid…and you’re done!  This creepy décor will have your friends and family wondering what’s gotten into your head.

Front & Side Profile

✄ Happy crafting!  ✄

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DIY LEGO Boba Fett Clutch

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I recently saw this amazing LEGO clutch on Etsy and instantly fell in love.  The craftsmanship is admirable but since I’m trying to curb my shopaholic ways, I decided to make my own version of this clutch…with some Star Wars flair!  The design I came up with was inspired by Boba Fett’s helmet.  It’s a simple LEGO design and a subtle homage to my beloved Bounty Hunter.  I think it’s the perfect little clutch for any geek chic gal!

 

WHAT YOU’LL NEED:

Green Clutch or Handbag (or a neutral colored clutch like black or white)

LEGO base plate

LEGOs (in green, red, black & gray)

Scissors

Pen

Paper

Ruler

Super Glue

Power Drill

Screwdriver

Small Screws

 

To get started, you’ll want to find a clutch that is made from a sturdy and slightly thicker material.  I found this pleather clutch in downtown Los Angeles and was pleased at how well it matched my green LEGOs.  In fact, it even matched the LEGO version of Boba Fett!

TIP:  You can buy all kinds of LEGO bricks (in various quantities) off of ebay and BrickLink.   

Once you have your clutch, measure the area where you want your LEGO design to be.  For mine, I decided to cover the entire front of the flap.

Using your measurements, draw a stencil of the flap onto a piece of paper.  Then cut it out.

TIP:  Make your stencil slightly smaller than the area you’ll be covering.   Since you’re adding LEGOs on top of this plate, this will ensure that your finished LEGO design fits properly onto the flap.

Now trace your pattern onto the back of the LEGO plate, then cut it out.

TIP:  When cutting the LEGO plate, achieving a perfectly straight line can be tricky.  First, cut along your traced pattern.  Then flip the plate over and try to cut as closely to the studs as possible.  Don’t worry if some of the edges are a little rough.  Your LEGO design will cover those imperfections!

Now it’s time to create the LEGO design!  Using green, red, black, and gray LEGOs, create Boba’s helmet and visor.  Arrange the black legos in a wide T-shape.  Then add some red legos around the T-shape for the outer visor.  For the curvature in Boba’s helmet, place a few gray bricks on the bottom half of the red bricks.  Then cover the rest of the plate with green bricks.

TIP:  Remember how I told you not to worry about those rough edges?  Now is the time to cover them up!  Strategically place your LEGOs so that they slightly hang over the edges of the plate.  Since you’ll be gluing the bricks to the plate, each stud doesn’t have to be secured in a hole.

Once you’ve arranged your Boba Fett design, it’s time to super glue it!  Remove a few bricks at a time.  Add a small amount of glue onto the base plate and onto each LEGO itself.

TIP:  Take your time during the gluing process.  Super Glue bonds extremely quickly.  Once you glue that LEGO brick down, you won’t be able to get it off!  Also, Super Glue leaves a dull film on the LEGO so avoid getting any on top of the brick.

When you’ve finished your Mandalorian masterpiece, place it on the clutch and mark where you want the screws to go.

Use a power drill to drill a small hole through the bag and part of the plate.  Drill very slowly.  If you go too far you could drill a hole right through a LEGO!

Insert the screw into the hole, then use a small screwdriver to twist the screw into place.

Use as many screws as you think necessary to secure the plate onto the bag.

TIP:  If you don’t feel comfortable drilling, you can use utility Velcro to stick the plate onto the flap.  First Super Glue the Velcro onto the back of your LEGO plate.  Then on the front of your clutch, sew the other portion of Velcro.  Then stick the plate onto the front of your bag and voila!

Now you have a Bounty Hunter handbag that’s absolutely Fett-ching!  Happy crafting!  (◡‿◡✿)