Welcome to not-really-hump day! The big difference this week is that there is no hump, just an ever inclining scale of crafty AWESOME!
Today’s CleverPatch ingredients are – glass tea light candle holders (click here to view) & battery operated LED tea light candles (click here to view).
Otherwise known as:
Star Wars Jawa candle with light-up eyes!
Look at that; two sci-fi themed crafts in a row. Very fitting for Christmas seeing as Santa Claus must cruise around in orbit to be able to visit a globe’s worth of chimneys in just one night. Or maybe he’s got his own Millennium Falcon…
The Jawa have always been one of my favourite creatures from the Star Wars movies. They’re just so darned cute with their glowing eyes and big blasters.
And it’s those big yellow eyes that inspired me to create a Jawa Candle Holder, just so that you can have those ominous orbs staring at you in your own house!
Here are the starting elements from CleverPatch – glass candle holder and accompanying LED tea light. No smoke or heat to worry about on Christmas Eve; no one wants a Griswald style xmas tree burning.
Everything you will need to make your own Jawa! The aforementioned candle and holder, along with brown coloured felt, baking paper, and the CleverPatch glass & porcelain paint pens. Scissors and glue will bring this baby together.
The brown felt has been cut out using a template I drew up:
Click on the image above to open the file, then right-click and select ‘Save image as…’
Just print it at A4 size and you’ll have the right fit for the candle holders from CleverPatch (adjust for other sized candle holders).
Use the black paint pen to draw on the Jawa face, leaving two big holes for the eyes. Now colour in the inside of the holder, behind the eyes, with the yellow paint pen. You don’t have to do this but I was hoping to increase the intensity of the yellow glow.
Once the paint has dried glue a small piece of baking paper to the inside of the holder, behind the eyes. This will hide the candle and make all of the eyes glow.
Stick the felt hood cut -out on. Only glue around the eyes and the base. We want the top and sides of the hood to stick out.
Place a drop of glue on the back of the hood, at the very tip. Pinch the tip together so that the halves are glued together.
This makes the hood look more 3-dimensional. I also folded the tip to the side so that it was less perfect looking (more desert Jawa fashionable).
I didn’t have any black felt, so I just coloured in the brown felt with the black paint pen. But you can easily cut the tiny hand and foot pieces from some black felt scraps (These are on the cut-out template).
Glue a hand onto each side, and then a sleeve over the top. Make sure that the sleeve is pinched in the middle to give it a full 3D look.
Flip the little dude upside-down and glue his feet to the inside bottom.
An Awesome Jawa!
I felt bad that Little E didn’t get to help out with this crafty gift. It’s more for older kids, probably 5 and up, who have a more advanced level of dexterity.
So Little E got his own candle holder and he went all abstract expressionism on it with red and green paint pens. Toddler Christmas decoration.
But nothing was as exciting as squirting on the super sparkly red CleverGlitz glitter glue! Lucky it washed off his hands easily.
Phenom-A-Mum pointed out that my Jawa was cool, but not very festive. We’ll fix that.
I would like to introduce you to Santa Jawa, in his red and white pyjamas! A perfect addition to every Star Wars themed Christmas decor.
The little monster-munchkins look great in the light, but I made them to be lit up from the inside. Here’s what they look like at night time, being warmed up on the inside:
There is nothing like being watched by four glowing eyes, as you try to watch telly. I think these Jawas are a HUGE dad-tastic hit!
I’ve got one regular Jawa and one Santa Jawa to give away. If you would like to go into the running to win one of them, answer this question in the comment section below:
Why would a Jawa make your Christmas extra special?
[These are totally dad-made. Be ready for some rustic craft style! Competition closes at midnight on December 14th 2014. Only open to Australian residents. The two most creative and entertaining answers will be chosen as winners.]
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