Let’s make our favorite Star Wars characters out of toilet paper rolls! This Star Wars craft is great for kids of all ages including older kids and all you need is some empty toilet paper rolls (or craft rolls), some glue and paint!
My daughter and her friends are ALL about Star Wars at the moment, Princess Leia this, Padme Amidala that! So as most of my crafting inspiration comes from the littles, I started tinkering with a few toilet rolls to see what Star Wars Crafts would emerge.
Making R2-D2 from toilet roll was an obvious idea so I decided to craft on and make Princess Leia and everyone’s favorite Chewbacca too.
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Toilet Paper Roll Star Wars Characters Craft
The Star Wars characters are SO easy to make, just glue and paint really, keep reading to see how.
Supplies Needed to Make Set of Star Wars Movie Characters
Directions to Make Set of Star Wars Characters from Toilet Paper Rolls
First slit the tops of the toilet or craft rolls as shown to create cardboard flaps that can be folded over to have a top of the head for each of the Star Wars characters.
Fold over and glue into position. I use a glue gun for *instant* hold results which makes it easier and faster…and you don’t end up holding it for minutes waiting for the glue to dry!
Paint the toilet roll cores with a coat of white paint and allow to dry – if your craft rolls are already white, then skip this step.
When the base coat of paint is dry, lightly sketch on the features of your movie characters with a pencil onto the painted craft rolls.
Then just start painting the colorful details of each character…
Chewie is a favorite because he is loyal and brave while still a little huggable. The details that you can paint to give him that obvious Chewbacca look:
- Hairy exterior – I used scattered brush strokes for this
- Hair around eyes – in this case, they are almost eye lashes, but give that feeling of hair around the eyes
- Chewie’s teeth
- Chewbacca’s distint nose shape
- Leather sash with metal
Princess Leia Character
For Princess Leia’s hair buns I simply glued beads onto each side of her head and painted them the same brown color as I had mixed up for her hair. I left her with less detail because the hair is so distinctive and just gave her a necklace.
For R2D2 the painted details were more about portraying a series of buttons and panels. When you look at R2D2, you see a white body and blue accents. Even though my shade of blue is different than the movie character (a little brighter), it is obvious what character it is!
Keep painting around the pencil guidelines on each roll and very quickly the kids will end up with a full set of fun characters to act out any wild and wonderful Star Wars scenes across your living room floor!
Use this as a really good way to experiment. You can see that just a few key details can be enough.
Keep going to include C-3PO, Jedi masters and even the ugly Jabba The Hutt!
- Toilet roll cores/ paper tubes
- Acrylic paints
- Two beads
- Glue gun
- Paint brushes
- Cut slits in the top of a craft roll, fold over and glue in place to seal off one end of the roll creating a top of the character's head.
- Paint the toilet roll a base layer of white paint and allow to dry.
- Sketch the details of the Star Wars character you are creating with a pencil.
- Start painting along the sketched lines.
- For Princess Leia, glue a bead on either side of her head and paint the same brown color as her hair to make her signature hairstyle.
- Experiment and have fun!
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- Chewbacca sings Silent Night…need I say more?
Did you have fun making paper Star Wars characters? How did your toilet roll Chewbacca, Princess Leia and R2D2 turn out?