Are you looking for more Star Wars Kids Crafts? This adorable Chewbacca Valentine Box was a huge hit with the kids! I want someone to make a Yoda one for me, please!
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My house is run by boys. I occasionally try to make it feel more like a mom lives here too, but no amount of air fresheners and candles can cover up the fact that I have three man-children and a Firefighter husband. That means that even for the most romantic holiday, pretty pink decorations, hearts, and glitter rarely exist.
With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, we decided to make fun boxes to hold our valentines in and for my four-year-old son to bring to school. When I asked Mr. J how he wanted to decorate his Valentine holder, he passionately yelled, “STAR WARS!”
Not shocked, we walked the aisles of our favorite craft store for ideas. He chose to make a Chewbacca Valentine Box because…
“It would be so funny for Chewy to eat all the girls’ Valentine’s Day cards. Girls are yucky, mommy.”
(Can he stay this age forever??)
As a family who proudly loves and knows everything about the Star Wars movies, we spend a lot of time making all sorts of Star Wars kids crafts. In our home, we know of Chewbacca as a furry, friendly character, and that’s how we wanted to portray him.
Before we get to the crafting tutorial, I have a confession to make. I am a Mom that loves to perfect things, and I can be guilty of trying to control some of our crafting sessions. But when it came time to make the satchel, I bit my tongue even though I knew I could help make this kids craft more appealing by using something else for the studs. But, my four-year-old insisted that he wanted to draw them on, so I sat kept quiet.
As I watched him hard at work, with his tongue stuck out and his little fingers holding onto the edges of the black felt while he colored, I was so glad I let him run the show! As parents, we must always remember that we’re doing this for them to have fun together and create memories!
Chewbacca Valentine Box: A Star Wars Kids Craft Idea
Chewbacca Valentine Box Materials:
- An empty box. (Shoebox, tissue box, any box will do! The more unique the shape, the more fun he’ll look to kids!)
- Brown felt (This is for his fur. You’ll need enough to cover the whole box.)
- Black felt (This is for his satchel strap. Cut it into a long, thin rectangle.)
- Cap. (Any cap can do; I used one from our old milk container.)
- Googly eyes. (Our family is probably more entertained about these kinds of eyes than most. Even I love how they move all around, but if you decided to make this last minute, the eyes can be made from practically anything…like more caps or cut out pieces of felt!)
- Glue. (We used a glue gun, but the material wasn’t as thick as I thought, so regular school glue will work as well.)
- Other suggestions: white and black construction paper, white and black paint, black and silver markers
Chewbacca Valentine Box Directions:
Step 1: Measure each side of your box on the brown felt and cut out accordingly. Put aside.
Tip: Letting your child do the cutting is a great motor skill practice! We also discussed the difference in using a scissor on regular paper versus the felt.
Step 2: Color the entire cap black. This will be Chewy’s nose. (My son wanted to use a marker, but if your cap isn’t white, black paint will do the job faster and will dry pretty quickly. )
Step 3: Next grab your long thin piece of black felt scrap. (We wanted the strap to look as realistic as possible, so we used a silver marker and Mr. J drew large and small squares on it to represent studs. Glitter and small beads will also make this section of the project really pop!)
Step 4: After all the individual pieces are created, it’s time for Chewbacca to make his debut! Using a glue gun, which should never be used without adult supervision, we carefully added the fur to each side of the box. A lot of glue is not necessary, so just place small circles of glue on each corner and a few spots in the middle of the felt before sticking it to the box. I let Mr. J line up the felt on each side and do all of the sticking himself. This was great for promoting concentration and he really took his time to make sure he covered each side perfectly. Afterwards, he added the eyes, nose, and satchel.
Step 5: As I began to chat with him how where we were going to cut the mouth out in the middle of the box, my son decided he wanted to do something different instead. (I LOVE when their creative juices flow and they come up with better ideas, so I was all for it.) He wanted to cut the slot in the back to insert the cards and make the mouth with the black felt…and because it’s Valentine’s Day, he wanted to make a heart as his tongue! (Did he just say he wanted to use a heart?! I’m pretty sure I melted.)
So I grabbed some more black felt, some red paper we had in our craft closet, and we went to town cutting out a lovable Chewbacca expression.
Originally, we were to cut out a rectangle on the front of the box and leave it as is. Some of you may want to cut teeth to go around the hole, add lips, or anything your little one desires!
Have fun with your little Valentines!
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