Yesterday my son came home from school with a challenge. He didn’t see it as a challenge of course, to him it was a reasonable request – tucked away in his school bag was a stick. ‘Mummy, I want to make a lightsaber’. Of course. This was given the added bonus that I’d spent the last three days ill on the sofa unable to do anything, but as everyone knows all mums are secret magicians and if your child turns to you and expects you to be able to turn a stick into a lightsaber then some how you need to be able to make that so. This is a properly quick lightsaber diy, not the kind of nature craft that makes you ooh and want to be a hippy mum but the kind of real, achievable diy that you can do with your kids, even from your sick bed, and your kids are happy with the results. I guess that’s what crafting is round here after all.

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So this is what we did, I dragged my sorry self out into the garden to look for another stick for the youngest (because otherwise hell would break out) and then the kids chose what colour they wanted their lightsabers to be. Red for the eldest while the little broke hers in half and decided that she wanted blue and yellow. Not super Star Wars-ish but if anyone’s on the Dark Side it’s her and we know better than to argue about these things.

We made our lightsabers by wrapping the sticks in electrical tape, you can pick up a pack of five or six colours in the pound shop normally. Although normally I’d like the idea of painting these or something a bit more nature craft-y I have to admit this was great as it means the colours were really strong and also meant that while I was ill I didn’t have to deal with two paint covered children. Bonus.

Both kids were super pleased with their lightsabers and both of them actually wanted to pose with them for me to take photos of them for this post, and you know what? They were great pictures. Probably the best in-action ones I’ve taken of my kids for this blog. But my daughter’s clothes are covered in about 5 different kinds of soft fruit and my son was wearing his school uniform. Typical! So the pictures aren’t perfect but they did have loads of fun playing with these, not a bad craft to come up with when you’re at home ill!

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Every now and again I do a craft with my kids that I really, super love. Don’t get me wrong, I love all the kids crafts and activities that we do but one or two really stand out for me as the ones that will always put a big grin on my face. Ladies and gentlemen, this is that post. Today, it’s a Death Star craft. I haven’t been doing so much crafting with my son recently, we’ve always loved doing superhero crafts and activities but he’s really been into drawing recently, but we watched Return of the Jedi at the weekend and I just knew that he would love this. Oh, and hey, I did too. Did I mention that?

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I think there must be very few kids or grown ups that don’t like Star Wars! We’ve spent the last few weeks re-watching our favourite Star Wars films in anticipation of The Force Awakens being released. My kids love crafts that are about things they really love (have you seen our Batman crafts?!) so I thought some Star Wars crafts for kids would be perfect for them and maybe for your kids too?!

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Every week this summer I’ll be sharing some craft ideas along with some of my blogging friends, everything’s being made with materials that a lot of parents have lying around and this week we’re kicking it off with stick crafts! I had this idea that we were going to do some beautiful thing with real sticks, but to be honest, give my kids a real stick and all they want to do is hit stuff. True fact! My son and I went hunting for inspiration and he decided that he really wanted to do a Star Wars craft. I thought maybe Boba Fett (my favourite) but he’s four so he calls the shots, instead we’ve made a fun little Darth Vader craft stick puzzle that’s super thrifty and I think super cool too!

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