May The Crafts Be With You

The Star Wars Craft Book by Bonnie Burton features over 40 fun and inexpensive crafts, making this book a perfect gift for a Star Wars fan or an avid crafter. If, like me, you’re both, then you will love creating awesome crafts like the AT-AT Herb Garden, the Yoda Finger Puppet, and (one of my favorites) “Han Solo in Soaponite.”

The Star Wars Craft Book

This fully-illustrated book is mainly geared toward kids, and all of the crafts are simple to create, but creative enough to spark a child’s interest. Crafty teens and adults will love making these projects too! Five different categories (playtime, home décor, holiday crafts, nature & science crafts, and Star Wars style) feature crafts to give, crafts to keep, and (most importantly) crafts for all ages, budgets, and skill levels. Keep an eye out at garage sales and second-hand stores for Star Wars action figures, t-shirts, and magazines to use in your projects.

For my inaugural Star Wars craft, I decided to take on the super kid-friendly “Star Wars Collage Box” project. This craft makes an excellent gift, and is fully customizable!

Star Wars Craft Book

My inspiration, excerpted from The Star Wars Craft Book.

My materials:

Small Star Wars images

You can get these from a variety of sources. I clipped mine from old issues of Star Wars Insider magazine.

Paper mache box

These little boxes are great for decoupage projects. They are basically super-sturdy cardboard, and you can pick them up at any craft store in a ton of different shapes and sizes. This little round box was only 99 cents at Michaels.

1-inch foam paint brush

Acrylic paint and a small paint brush

The original craft suggests covering the box with felt, but I decided to paint mine instead. Since I usually have paint and brushes on hand, I didn’t include that in the final price of the project. However, two-ounce bottles of acrylic paint are only 59 cents at Michaels, and you’ll have lots left over.

Mod Podge

Again, I always have this on hand. It can be a bit pricey, but a jar will last a long time.

Once you’ve assembled your materials, the rest is a snap! First, paint your box and let it dry. You’ll probably need two coats, but if you’re using acrylics then each coat only takes a few minutes to dry.

Once all the paint is dry, start making your collage! Using your foam brush, spread some Mod Podge on the back of each image and smooth them onto the box and lid in whatever design you see fit. I let mine overlap little bit. Once all of your images are glued on, paint everything with a thin, even layer of the Mod Podge. As you can see, the Mod Podge goes on white, but it will dry clear. I did a total of three coats of Mod Podge on this project. The more coats you do, the smoother your finish will be.

Collage Box Lid

Allow your project to fully dry (it can take a few hours) and it’ll be ready to use! Kids can use these to store jewelry, collections, or any other kind of of trinkets. I plan on using mine as a gift box!

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  1. This looks like so much fun! 🙂 Love the pictures you added!

    Alice @ Alice in Readerland

  2. This looks so fun, definitely something I can do with my 7 year old. Thanks so much for the tutorial!!

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