DIY Star Wars Costumes


We had the opportunity to go to Comic-con this year and of course, we had to make our Star Wars cosplay for it! We’ll try to write instructions on how we made these costumes as best as possible as we didn’t document the process by photos.


Ewok Hood:

  • Cut hood and ear pieces. Pin and sew together.
  • Cut face opening – raw fabric edges make a nice touch for this costume
  • Hand stitch black embroidery thread to front of hood

Ewok Staff:

  • We had this bamboo stick
  • Covered one end with duct tape and hot glued twine around it
  • Blade is made from an old foam floor mat



Princess Leia Dress:

  • Sewed her dress (using an existing shirt as a template)
  • Added elastic gold trim around waist

Hair Buns:

  • Cover a basic plastic headband with brown felt
  • To start the buns, cut some circular cardboard pieces and glue them to the sides of the headband
  • Using brown yarn, make 2 very long braids.
  • Hot glue one end of braid to the center of the circular cardboard. Gradually glue and wrap around until you’ve reached the outer edge of the cardboard.






Luke Skywalker Costume:

Shirt is a large rectangle, folded in half with slits cut in the sides to insert a belt.

Green part that covers hat is foam covered with duct tape.



R2D2 Costume:


Used a basic white tank top.

Sew a strip/tube of blue fabric (I used part of an old shirt) to skirt as follows.


Attach the other end of the blue fabric to the tank top.


This is how it looks when sewing is complete.


Added a pocket in the back to hold my phone and wallet!


The details are made from fabric cut and glued to outfit. Also used permanent marker to draw in black lines.

We made 2 different head pieces. The larger one was made from a large plastic bowl. Thought it might be hard to walk around Comic-con with this so we made the smaller one from an old baseball cap. Used a headlight and draped fabric over it. Then glued on the additional blue/red pieces of fabric.


“Obi-Wan, you’re my only hope.”

Hope this helps and inspires you to make some fun Star Wars costumes for you and your littles.

Planning a Star Wars Party? Check out this post for some fun ideas.




See the video on how we made this giant AT AT head from start to finish:


Star Wars Party Ideas for Boys + Girls

This year BOTH of our kids wanted Star Wars birthday parties. Here are some ideas on how we made it happen for them…


We made the Ewok hood and staff for Zander. He wore his Chewbacca jammies with it, which worked perfectly.


We made Zoey’s Princess Leia dress and hair buns and painted her water gun blaster black.



Made these simple light saber napkins using a printable found online.


Created some signs for food/utensils.


Found some hexagon crackers to use for Tie Fighters. Used cream cheese to ‘glue’ it all together.






Made these cupcake toppers square because they are much easier to cut than circular ones!


For Zoey, we made Princess Leia cupcakes. These were incredibly easy to make!


  1. Frost entire cupcake with white frosting
  2. Create hair using chocolate frosting. I put some in a ziplock bag, cut a small hole in the corner and squeezed the frosting out of the hole.
  3. Eyes are mini chocolate chips
  4. Mouth is heart shaped sprinkles
  5. To add Oreo hair buns, insert a toothpick into the center of the cookie, then insert the opposite side of the toothpick into the cupcake.


For Zander, we made made light saber cupcakes. Again, easy and self explanatory.


Hung up some Death Star beach balls and toy Tie Fighters for decor.



Made a giant AT AT head out of cardboard. When attached to our grey play structure it looks like a giant AT AT in our backyard! Check out the video on how it was made.


Darth Vader made a special appearance and had some fun of his own.

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We had the fun opportunity to go to Comic-Con this year and these were our cosplay costumes. Check out the tutorials.


Check out our YouTube page to see this AT AT head being made from start to finish.



Made this cardboard X-Wing fighter for Zander, also. See the post here.

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Converted some boys Star Wars shirts to girls for Zoey. See how to make them here.

Hope this gave you some great ideas for you Star Wars party. Would love you hear from you and see your own creations!

DIY Star Wars AT-AT

Our son loves Star Wars and he wanted a SIxTH (6th) birthday party. We had everything planned from Empire decorations, DeathStar inflatables, hanging Tie Fighters to a guest appearance from the Sith Lord himself, Darth Vader. But we wanted a memorable centerpiece  for the party. So we set out to make a giant AT-AT head to add to our existing gray treehouse. The build was fun and it was awesome seeing our son’s face as well as the guests’ amazement walking into our yard seeing this giant AT-AT greeting you. All that was missing was a circling snow speeder.

See it come together from start to finish…

Zoey’s 1st Birthday, Tea Party Style


Confession, Zoey is actually 2 now and I am just now getting around to posting this. I’m only a year behind, could be worse.

I was researching ideas for her party when I came across these A-frame tents. I thought they would be perfect for a tea party outside.


I made both of our dresses. For hers, I followed this straight forward tutorial for a pillow case dress. I love the owl and fox print. To make it even more adorable I added the pom ribbon to the bottom hem.


My dress extended to the floor. Sorry, this is the best photo I have. I made this dress using an existing shirt as a pattern. Luckily, I used fabric that does not fray so I was able to leave the neck, sleeves and bottom hem unfinished. The only seams are down the 2 sides and on the 2 shoulders. Fit snug like a bug, a little too snug for my taste but I wasn’t about to make another one so here you have it.


For our sweet, sweet Zoey, we had a sweet ice cream bar loaded with toppings. Throughout her party I used recycled baby food jars for various things from ice cream toppings, party favors and candles.



For this heart collage of photos I used these Fotoclips. They are awesome and can be used to form different shapes and even make lampshades.


These party favors were made from recycled baby food jars.


The tiny Zoey banner was made using skewers, yarn and paper.


Hope this inspires you to do something special for you and your littles.

Recycled Glass Jars

After just a few months of feeding Zoey baby food our house started overflowing with them. I was on a mission to recycle them…somehow. These are some of the ideas I came up with: candles, party favors and candles.



These were all used for my daughters first birthday party.





After the success of recycling baby food jars, I started applying the same habit to larger jars as well. I’ve only filled them with treats but I’m sure they’d be great for baking mixes, salt scrubs, canning fruit, stationary supplies, the possibilities are endless.

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Turn your old jars into succulent gifts!



Time Flies Birthday Party


Where did the time go? Just yesterday you were a tiny newborn in my arms for the first time. Today you are a ball of energy, running, laughing and playing. No matter how old you grow, you’ll always be my baby. Happy Birthday, Sweet Love.

Confession. I started planning this party less than 24 hrs before it started. I reused a lot of material I already had but it turned out great, nonetheless! Beats spending months at a time planning like I’ve done in the past. Here’s to a lot less party planning and a lot more time spent with family. Hope this gives you some ideas on how to throw together a last minute party of your own.


  • This banner was made using the Cricut. Reused from her first birthday. Considering it took forever to make, it will likely be used for every birthday party she has.


  • These poms have been taking up space in my closet from a baby shower over a year ago and I finally put them to use. Hang some paper airplanes from them and there you have it. Clouds and airplanes, flying high.



  • Folded paper airplanes with copy weight paper
  • TIME FLIES was printed large on card stock and hand cut
  • Everything was duct taped to the stuco wall



  • Party favors. Plain paper lunch bags purchased at Walmart.


  • Hand drawn thank you


  • Airplane craft and stencil purchased on Oriental Trading. Got these about a year ago on sale, just waiting for the perfect time to use them.


Lego Party

For my Lego obsessed little boy, we made him the best 3rd birthday party ever. He’s actually 4 now, so this post is way overdue, but better late than never, right?




My husband was the mastermind behind this sweet race track. I gave him a vague idea of what I thought might be cool and he amazes us with this. We brought our train table outside and filled it with Legos for the kids to build their own creations. Some built cars, some built elaborate trains that were 10 cars long.



We use a lot of tissue and toilet paper in this house! Could not think of a better way to recycle them than to build a giant Lego 3 for my 3 year old and to use as decor.


I used gift wrapping paper to cover the tissue boxes and toilet paper rolls, which were cut and hot glued to the boxes.


The circles on these Lego boxes are made from foam sheets.


I made this simple birthday banner using Illustrator. I have the file somewhere on my other computer. If I can find it, I’ll definitely share.


Lego Party Favors:

  • Boxes are from Ikea
  • Lego Stickers are from a sticker book found at Michaels
  • 3-D animal puzzles are from Oriental Trading
  • Mini club crackers were from Vons/Safeway. I made the top “Thank You” card. Again, the file is buried on my other computer somewhere.


Lego Snacks:

  • Club crackers with cheese
  • Graham crackers with marshmellows cut in half so they acted like glue to adhere to the cracker


Lego Jewelry:

  • The ring is hot glued together
  • For the necklace and earring I asked my hubby to drill a tiny hole on top to insert the chains and links.


For these I simply filled the cones with cake mix and baked them. Added the wrapper afterwards. Again, this file is somewhere. If I can find it I’ll definitely share.

There you have it. Hope it gives you some ideas for your own Lego party!