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Have a geektastic holiday with these paper snowflakes of BB-8, Finn, Kylo Ren, Poe, Rey and the First Order Stormtroopers by artist Anthony Herrera.

Read more about the paper snowflakes in my CNET article here!

Download templates to the paper snowflakes in my CNET gallery here!
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Need a geeky gingerbread treat? Make it so with this tasty "Star Trek" tribute to the U.S.S. Enterprise made by Trekkie bakers.

Read more in my CNET article here!
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A shot-by-shot, low-budget fan remake of the latest "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" trailer has all the scenes we've been drooling over, but with a lot more charm.

Watch the video and read more in my latest article on CNET.
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By Bonnie Burton

To celebrate the holiday season, here’s a handy guide on how to make festive Santa (and elf) hats for your favorite action figures, statues and toys... oh yeah, and taxidermy!

What You Need:

1. Red and Green felt
2. Red and Green construction paper
3. Red and Green ribbon
4. Cotton
5. Craft glue
6. Needle and thread
7. Paperclips
8. Stapler
9. Scissors
10. Tape
11. Adult-sized Santa hat


1. Cut small circles of different sizes (to fit various heads of your toys/statues/taxidermy) from construction paper. These will serves as your guides to cut circles out of your felt, ribbon, fabric and other materials.

2. Take one of the circles and roll into a cone shape. Paperclip the edges together in case you need to reshape the fabric before you glue or sew.

3. Place the cone hat on top of different toys to see which one it fits. If you need to resize it, take off the paperclip and roll the cone again until you get the size you want.

4. Once you have the cone hat the size you want, use craft glue along the edges you want to seal. Keep the paper clip on so it can stay in position as it dries. If you want a fancier hat (especially if you’re using felt) sew the edges together instead of using craft glue.

5. To make the trim and ball for the hat, roll the cotton into little puffy balls and strips.

6. Next, glue the strips along the bottom and put a tiny cotton ball on top. Use your real Santa hat as a guide. Or just wear the hat as you make little ones.

7. Good job, you’ve just made your first Santa hat! Happy Holidays!

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By Bonnie Burton

During this holiday season, eat your meals in style with these fancy felt napkin rings of your favorite Star Wars characters! These napkin rings are easy to make and fun to use for any meal worthy of Jabba the Hutt.

What You Need:

Velcro circles
Craft glue
Small googly eyes
Black, beige, gray, red, dark green, light green, brown and purple felt squares

How to Make Star Wars Napkin Rings:

1. Cut rectangles 2 inches wide and 7 1/2 inches long from the felt. This will be the body of your napkin ring.

2. Cut out a slug-like shape from the dark green felt and the exact shape but smaller from the beige felt. Glue googly eyes and a thin line of black felt for the mouth on the beige felt piece, then glue that on the green piece. Now you have Jabba the Hutt!

3. For Yoda cut a circle and two small triangles from the light green felt for his face and ears. Glue on googly eyes, a small green felt square for a nose and a small red triangle for a mouth. Yay for Yoda!

4. Cut out felt squares, 1 1/2 inches wide and 2 1/2 inches long, in different colors. Glue your characters on different squares. Then glue each character square on the left end of your long felt rectangle strips.

5. Repeat step 4 with different characters if you want to make a whole set of napkin rings. We made Jabba the Hutt, Admiral Ackbar and Yoda. Use other shapes of felt and experiment with making other Star Wars characters like R2-D2, Princess Leia, Ahoska Tano, C-3PO, Anakin Skywalker, Plo Koon and more!

6. Glue a Velcro dot at the end of your rectangle strip. (Most Velcro dots are self-adhesive so you may not have to actually glue it to your felt.) This will fasten your napkin ring to the other end of the felt when you wrap it around a napkin!

7. Now wrap your ring around a napkin and secure it to the Velcro dot to make a ring. Place next to your silverware at your next celebration dinner. Time to eat in Star Wars style!

Be sure to discover more fun crafts in The Star Wars Craft Book.
bonniegrrl: (YodaDoll)

Vlogger Jennifer Landa made this AWESOME video of her making the Jabba the Hutt Body Pillow craft
from my book The Star Wars Craft Book!
bonniegrrl: (YodaDoll)

Review of my book from Kirkus Reviews.

Author: Burton, Bonnie

Review Date: March 1, 2011
Publisher:Del Rey/LucasBooks
Pages: 208
Price ( Paperback ): $24.00
Publication Date: March 29, 2011
ISBN ( Paperback ): 978-0-345-51116-4
Category: Nonfiction
Classification: Popular Culture

A career crafter shares the unfettered joys of Chewbacca Sock Puppets and Jabba the Hutt body pillows.

Burton, creative editor and blogger for Lucasfilm's immensely popular Star Wars website, applies imagination and accessibility to creations that are "fun, not frustrating." The author makes good use of commonly available supplies found in the kitchen (dry pasta, wooden spoons), the closet (old T-shirts and socks) and the recycling bin (newspapers, bottles). She gives new life to broken toys and Halloween masks, transforming them into adorable and often practical Star Wars artwork. The book is artfully arranged into sections of varying skill levels. Some best suited for interactive role-play, such as the Yoda Felt Doll, while others incorporate holiday themes, or make for creative pet toys and home decor.

Burton's simple ideas have the potential to become functional masterworks like tote bags, pillows and blankets fashioned out of new or used Star Wars T-shirts, a Space Slug Draft Blocker made from tube socks, even an Ewok Flower Vase. Those with a flair for handiwork will delight in a section on nature-inspired projects using pebbles and moss to create "Dagobath Carnivorous" plant habitats or a milk-carton Wookiee Bird House.

Burton saves the most challenging mission for the final pages where, in 19 quick steps, readers can create a gruesomely monstrous Mounted Acklay Head. Easy-to-follow directions, patterns and an inclusive index of basic materials all contribute to the appeal of these unique crafts, including photographs of Star Wars fans alongside their own imaginative constructions.

Whimsical, straightforward fun for die-hard buffs of any age.

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My first Doctor Who craft!
Adipose from "Partners in Crime" episode!
bonniegrrl: (YodaDoll)

If you're in the Bay Area on Sunday, May 4, I'll be doing a Star Wars Craft tutorial at the CRAFT booth area.
Read more about Maker Faire here.
bonniegrrl: (YodaDoll)

Craftster Sammi Resendes from recently impressed me with some rather cute Star Wars Amigurumi dolls of Admiral Ackbar, Princess Leia, Slave Leia, Darth Vader, Yoda, Chewbacca and Han Solo.

So of course I couldn't help but get excited about the Indiana Jones Amigurumi doll recently revealed this week. Way to go, Sammi!

Be sure to read my exclusive interview with Sammi about how fans can start making Amigurumi dolls of their own favorite characters.

SOURCES: Official Blog, Craftzine
bonniegrrl: (TiaraBonnie)

The Glitter Gun is a simple small hand-held device that fires bursts of glitter! Simply pull the trigger and a shower of confetti shoots out the end. Perfect for raves, flirting with glam rockers, and last minute craft projects!

Glitter Gun
bonniegrrl: (YodaDoll)

Craft magazine stopped by Lucasfilm to chat with me about some of the many Star Wars crafts I make for the official Lucasfillm site I explain some of the inspiration behind making Yoda and Hammerhead dolls, the R2-D2 pinhole camera, Mouse Droid Cat Nip toys, Punk Rock Queen of Naboo shirts and more!

Check out the video and more fun stuff here:
Star Wars Crafts - Craft Video Podcast
bonniegrrl: (YodaDoll)

Can't wait for May 3-4, 2008 for the next Maker Faire!
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Yea for Crafty Tardis -- [ profile] crafty_tardis!

Even though I've been doing the Star Wars Craft Projects for for a few years now, I have to admit I've been a die-hard fan of Dr. Who longer than Star Wars. *gasp*

It was the only sci-fi show on PBS we could get living in the middle of nowhere in Kansas, and it started my life-long fascination with all things sci-fi AND British. Tom Baker was my childhood crush long before Duran Duran! ;-)

So I'm so glad that I can combine my craft skills with my love for Dr. Who thanks to the Crafty Tardis LJ community! I am soooo making a Dalek pinata and a cardboard K-9!


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