6 Easy Baby Yoda Crafts and Recipes

Star Wars fans can get extra excited for The Mandalorian Season 2 with these out of this world Baby Yoda Crafts and Recipes! Make these crafts, you must! 6 Baby Yoda Crafts to Get You Excited for The Mandalorian If you’re looking for cute Baby Yoda Crafts, you’ve come to the right place! I’m excited […]

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Star Wars Graduation Party Printable Tags

Printable Star Wars Graduation Party Tags are a fun Graduation Party Idea and perfect for an out of this world celebration! Star Wars Graduation Printable Tags May the 4th be with you! Celebrate your Star Wars loving graduate with these cute printable designs. Graduation is coming up and if you know a Star Wars fan graduating, you […]

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Galaxy Jars

Learn how to make glow in the dark Galaxy Jars. This easy craft is perfect to make when watching 3Below on Netflix. Light up your galaxy jars, pop some popcorn and snuggle up for an out of this world adventure!

How to make Glow in the Dark Galaxy Jars. An easy DIY craft tutorial and party decor idea for kids. #craft #kids

Glow in the Dark Galaxy Jars

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With kids out of school for the holidays, this is the perfect time to get crafty at home! Today’s craft idea for these easy glow in the dark Galaxy Jars was inspired by Tales of Arcadis: 3Below, a cute new animated series streaming now on Netflix. It’s perfect for the whole family to watch together over the holiday break!

From the director Guillermo del Toro and the team behind DreamWorks Trollhunters, 3Below is a hilarious tale of alien royalty who must escape intergalactic bounty hunters by blending in on a primitive junk heap known as Earth.

Make one or two of these Galaxy Jars, grab some popcorn and snuggle up for some out of this world family adventures!

How to make Glow in the Dark Galaxy Jars. An easy DIY craft tutorial and party decor idea for kids. Inspired by 3Below, a kid Netflix series.

About 3Below

3Below follows two royal teenage aliens, Aja and Krel, and their bodyguard Vex, as they flee a surprise takeover of their home planet and crash-land on Earth. Now on the run from intergalactic bounty hunters, they must blend in and adapt to the bizarre world of high school all while attempting to repair their ship to return to and defend their home planet.

How to make Glow in the Dark Galaxy Jars. An easy DIY craft tutorial and party decor idea for kids. Inspired by 3Below, a kid Netflix series.

Easy Galaxy Jars Craft

I thought glow in the dark Galaxy Jars would be fun to make and then light up while watching this new series! After we got to testing the galaxy jars, I came up with two different versions for you to choose from.

How to make Glow in the Dark Galaxy Jars. An easy DIY craft tutorial and party decor idea for kids by Living Locurto.

  • On the left is the No-Mess Galaxy Jar version with a printable galaxy backdrop from 3Below.
  • On the right is the slimy Ooey Gooey Galaxy Jar version that I know your kids will enjoy making. Just like Princess Aja’s alien dog, Luug, it’s a slobber mess, but of course super fun!

 

How to make Glow in the Dark Galaxy Jars

With only a few ingredients, these glowing Galaxy Jars are a piece of cake to make! Here are the directions for both versions that I showed in the photo above.

What you’ll need to make the Ooey Gooey Galaxy Jars:

How to make Glow in the Dark Galaxy Jars. An easy DIY craft tutorial and party decor idea for kids by Living Locurto.

Step 1

Remove the caps to the glue and squeeze some of each color onto a plate (plastic disposable is best). Use a plastic spoon to pick up some blue glue and rub it around the inside of a glass jar. Coat the jar well, but not too thick.

Next, spread some purple glue around, then add some pink in several places.

 Galaxy Jars are an easy DIY craft tutorial and party decor idea for kids by Living Locurto.

Step 2

Place the jar into the microwave and set the timer to 40 seconds. The heat from the microwave will heat the glue making it crystalize on the glass. You might need to heat for 30 additional seconds if you don’t notice the glue drying.

CAUTION: The jar will be HOT. Use an oven mitt to remove the glass from the microwave.

Let the jar completely cool.

Add more glue if you want more color and repeat the heating process. Only do this a few times, overheating can cause the glue to burn and darken the glass.

How to make Galaxy Jars. Easy craft tutorial by Living Locurto

Step 3

Once the jars have cooled, add a battery operated votive candle or glow stick and enjoy looking into the galaxy when it gets dark!

How to make Galaxy Jars. Easy craft tutorial by Living Locurto. Watch them glow in the dark! How to make Galaxy Jars. Easy craft tutorial by Living Locurto. Watch them glow in the dark!

You’ll love the way the jars look with blue and pink glow stick bracelets! We had bad storms last night which caused our power to go out for several hours. Guess what came to the rescue? Talk about perfect timing. ha!

How to make Glow in the Dark Galaxy Jars. Easy craft tutorial by Living Locurto.

How to make Glow in the Dark Galaxy Jars. Easy craft tutorial by Living Locurto.

 

What you’ll need to make the No-Mess Galaxy Jars:

  • Glass Jars
  • Battery Operated Votive Candle or Glow Sticks (in pink, purple or blue)
  • Free Printable 3Below Galaxy Paper

Click Here to Print the Galaxy Paper

Click here to print the Galaxy Paper

 

Step 1

Print the Galaxy Paper and trim to fit the size of your jar then place a battery operated votive candle or glow stick into the jar. That’s it! These look great on a party table or to use to hold pens and pencils.

How to make Galaxy Jars. Easy craft tutorial with free printable by Living Locurto.

How to make Galaxy Jars. Easy craft tutorial with free printable by Living Locurto.

I hope you enjoy these easy glow in the dark Galaxy Jars craft ideas! Check out the new animated series Tales of Arcadia: 3Below on Netflix Family today. We’re having fun watching it together as our Galaxy Jars glow!

How to make Galaxy Jars. Easy craft tutorial inspired by 3Below by Living Locurto.

 

Watch the official 3Below trailer below. Happy New Year!


 

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These Are the BEST Family Movies of 2017

By Betsy Bozdech, Common Sense Media

From superpowered adventures to book-based favorites to amazing true stories, these movies offer the best of 2017 for kids, teens, and families. They entertained us, made us think, and gave us plenty to talk about. At the same time, they offered worthwhile messages, modeled important character strengths, and left us oohing and aahing at their big-screen spectacle. All also earned the Common Sense Seal, which means they offer an exceptional media experience to families.

Many of these movies are available on DVD or in your streaming queue — and some are still in theaters.

Born in China, age 6+
This beautiful, fascinating documentary — which introduces viewers to remote, rarely seen parts of China and the animals that live there — mixes honest scenes about the dangers of life in the wild with themes related to courage and family.

Cars 3, age 6+
There are a couple of intense sequences in this diverse, uplifting “threequel,” but the characters learn key life lessons, and there are positive messages about perseverance, communication, empowerment, and mentorship.

Coco, age 7+
Pixar’s vibrant film about the Day of the Dead is a tribute to Mexican traditions and customs. There are some sad moments, especially for those who’ve lost beloved relatives. But it also has powerful themes of perseverance, teamwork, and gratitude, and it encourages audiences to love and appreciate their family and follow their dreams.

The Lego Batman Movie, age 7+
Clever, creative, and funny, with nonstop action, this big-screen Lego movie has strong takeaways about teamwork and humility, but you never feel hit over the head by them because you’re too busy marveling at the movie’s technical achievements and laughing at the snappy humor.

Beauty and the Beast, age 8+
This gorgeous remake of Disney’s “tale as old as time” is fantastic, although definitely a bit scarier/more intense than the animated original. But as always, the story encourages viewers to look beyond the superficial and to be compassionate, curious, humble, and generous.

Jane, age 8+
Jane Goodall is an excellent example of someone who marched to their own drummer and became a pioneer in their field; her story, documented here, epitomizes the values of perseverance, hard work, determination, curiosity, and compassion.

Kedi, age 8+
Sweet, loving, and filled with beautiful visuals of felines and the surprisingly moving and fanciful thoughts of those who know them, this cat’s-eye view documentary is full of respect, compassion, and love of animals.

The Red Turtle, age 8+
This beautifully animated, dialogue-free drama about an island castaway who finds companionship in a very unexpected way has some peril and violence, but it’s the themes of empathy and love and messages about the importance of family that will linger.

Wonderstruck, age 9+
Set in both the 1920s and 1970s, this thoughtful, arty take on Brian Selznick’s excellent novel is a historical adventure for all ages that explores the importance of family and friendship, as well as the value of perseverance, curiosity, art, and science.

Spider-Man: Homecoming, age 10+
Clever, funny, and true to the Spider-Man spirit, this take on everyone’s favorite web slinger has perilous moments and some salty language, but ultimately it’s tween-friendly, with messages about courage, perseverance, and responsibility.

Star Wars: Episode VIII: The Last Jedi, age 10+
The epic middle installment of the current Star Wars trilogy has thrilling sci-fi action, as well as several strong female characters, notable diversity within the Rebellion, and strong messages of courage, teamwork, hope, and loyalty.

Step, age 10+
Moving and inspiring, this powerful documentary about a group of Baltimore high school students in a step-dance troupe offers a bounty of positive messages about teamwork and perseverance, as well as great real-life role models.

Wonder, age 10+
Based on R. J. Palacio’s hugely popular, award-winning novel, this drama about a tween boy with a facial difference is earnest and sweet, with great messages about kindness, friendship, and acceptance based on who someone is, not what they look like.

The Breadwinner, age 11+
This intense, beautifully animated drama from the co-director of The Secret of Kellsis set in post-Taliban Afghanistan and has scenes of upsetting, realistic violence against girls and women — but ultimately, themes of perseverance, curiosity, and courage prevail.

My Life as a Zucchini, age 11+
If your family enjoys stop-motion animation and your kids are ready for big themes with a side of laughter and possibly tears (as well as strong themes of empathy), this Oscar-nominated French-Swiss animated movie about an orphaned boy who goes to live in a group foster home is a must-see.

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, age 12+
Marvel’s favorite motley crew of reformed outlaws is back for another space adventure full of classic tunes, epic battles, and charming comedy. Things definitely get violent, but underlying the action are clear messages about teamwork, friendship, and unconditional chosen-family bonds.

Thor: Ragnarok, age 12+
It has lots of explosive action, but this is also the funniest movie to date about the hammer-wielding hero. Packed with wild, bold choices and tons of cinematic style, it deals with themes, including courage and perseverance.

Wonder Woman, age 12+
Both starring and directed by women, this engaging, entertaining, empowering origin story set during World War I is a surprisingly diverse superhero adventure with strong messages about teamwork, courage, and compassion.

Your Name, age 12+
Stunningly animated and well acted, this extraordinary Japanese coming-of-age tale is equal parts body-swap comedy, time-travel romance, and adventure film — with themes of compassion, empathy, and curiosity.

Marshall, age 13+
Despite some mature material, this biopic about eventual U.S. Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall has excellent role models and strong messages about courage, teamwork, and tolerance, making it a great pick for families with teens.

Megan Leavey, age 13+
Inspiring and poignant, this fact-based drama about a young Marine corporal who bonds with a bomb-sniffing dog has tense, violent moments — but also clear themes of teamwork, perseverance, communication, and courage.

Tickling Giants, age 13+
This powerful documentary about an Egyptian surgeon-turned-comedy-talk-show host who’s been hailed as the “Jon Stewart of Egypt” is both funny and thought-provoking, underlining the importance of both bravery and comedy as tools for dissent.

 

Meet the New Han Solo

Surely you’ve heard that a Star Wars movie devoted to exploring the origins of your very favorite scoundrel, Han Solo, is in the works! 

This new film in the Star Wars cinematic universe will chronicle the adventure-filled past of the iconic pilot and everyone’s favorite Wookiee—and filming just started in London!

Want to see your new boyfriend…I…mean the young fox playing Han Solo?

FEAST YOUR EYES. 

Look at all the cool people in this movie! 

Phil Lord and Christopher Miller are directors co-piloting the movie, with a cast that includes Alden Ehrenreich as Han Solo, Woody Harrelson, Emilia Clarke, Donald Glover as Lando Calrissian, Thandie Newton, and Phoebe Waller-Bridge, with Joonas Suotamo as Chewbacca.

But…I don’t feel like we got a good look at our new Han Solo…

OMG.OMG.OMG.OMG.OMG.

It’s fine. I’m fine. He’s fine.

The film remains untitled and is being references simply as “the untitled Han Solo Star Wars Story.”

The movie will explore Han and Chewie’s adventures before the events of Star Wars: A New Hope, including their early encounters with that other card-playing rogue from a galaxy far, far away, Lando Calrissian.

The film is scheduled to hit theaters on May 25, 2018. Start crafting your paper countdown chain now.

 
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Daughter Shines as Rey in Photos Taken By Photographer Dad

I basically do 2 photoshoots with my kids every year – Easter when they are looking dapper in their Sunday best and Halloween with their costumes. I love doing shoots with them in their costumes. And I’m pretty sure they prefer the Halloween photoshoot more.

Photographer Rich Johnson came up with the idea for a photoshoot with his 3-year-old daughter Kylee as her favorite character, Rey from The Force Awakens. Altering the costume for her and weathering up his BB-8 droid was worth the effort. He found a construction site that could serve as the backdrop and the result is literally out of this world.

Kylee rocks the photoshoot by nailing the spirit of Rey. Aren’t her expressions perfect? Although, I have to admit that my favorites (besides that money shot with the sun flare) are the outtakes where Rich catches Kylee  with a sly smile or laughing. Or that one where she’s giving BB-8 a kiss. Okay, fine, they’re all pretty much ridiculously amazing. You definitely understand how much this photoshoot means to both father and daughter.

All of the photos here are taken by Rich Johnson and posted with his permission.

 

Rich Johnson with his daughter, Kylee as Rey.

 

4 Jedi Mind(fulness) Tricks To Help Your Anxious Child

Do you kids get anxiety? Great tips in this post!

Use the Force to calm their fears.

My favorite movies of all time come from the original Star Wars trilogy. Growing up, I often played with Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader action figures, pretending I too was a Jedi Knight.

It’s not surprising that when I faced adversity in the 7th grade, I turned to the power of the Force.

Middle school hurt. Social intimidation, academic challenges, and parental pressures all set against the backdrop of swirling hormones and my personal penchant for worry.

Around age 12, my anxiety really took flight and started to knock the wind right out of me  literally.

The smallest challenges sparked internal firestorms of thoughts that manifested in stomachaches, crying, and often shortness of breath.

My parents tried to cleave me from the throes of panic with consistent love and reassurance, but to no avail. As I grew, so too did their feelings of helplessness. Not wanting them (or me) to suffer any further, I enacted a plan.

I asked myself what a Jedi would do in this situation. The answer was obvious: use the Force to build a protective shield.

So I built one–an impenetrable emotional force shield. If I were anxious about an exam, I pushed the worry deep inside until I couldn’t feel it. If I didn’t get asked to a dance, I wasn’t hurt because it bounced off my shield and I felt nothing. By my first year of high school I had perfected the practice and became a full-fledged emotional stoic. When my parents asked how I was doing, I would say, “Fine. Fine. Nothing new.”

I believed my own words until the plan started to fall apart, and in the end was nothing short of an epic fail.

Instead of wielding the Force, I numbed it, particularly the dark side. Here’s the thing: numbing my dark emotions had unforeseen consequences; it also numbed the light. 

Research confirms that in squashing worry, sadness, anger, and fear, we also push out joy, gratitude, meaning, and purpose. In choosing not to feel, I became a veritable robot with a ticking time bomb inside.

That bomb went off at age 25. Mired in a messy relationship, I hit rock bottom. Panic attacks, anxiety, and fear were un-tethered and came roaring back. I sought therapy, and with this blessing the trajectory of my life changed. I learned to focus inward, and for the first time in years I allowed all of my feelings — light and dark — to surface without judgment. In doing so, I finally unearthed the true secret of the Jedi: mindfulness.

You see, Luke Skywalker is a beacon of strength and a guardian of peace and justice not because he always feels happy and good. In fact, like all of us, Luke experiences fear, anger, worry, and even moments of hate. And though these emotions can be overwhelming, through his Jedi training, Luke learns to sit with his discomfort. He allows his emotions to surface and pass.

In practicing mindfulness, Luke’s emotions are stripped of their designations. Instead of “dark” and “light” or “good” and “bad,” emotions simply become what they were always meant to be: communication tools.

By the time Luke reaches the final battle with his father, Darth Vader, in Return of the Jedi, he is a master of mindfulness. When anger or worry spark within him, he closes his eyes and feels his emotion, allows it to surface, listens to the message it brings, and then makes a decision on how to proceed based on that information.

My first attempt at Jedi training was based on an unsophisticated understanding of the Force. With a different perspective and years of mindfulness practice, I feel confident in passing on some more effective Jedi lessons to our children.

If you have an anxious child (and especially if they love Star Wars), try these 4 Jedi mind(fulness) techniques:

1. Define the “Force”.


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In the Star Wars’ movies, it becomes clear very quickly that the Force is an awesome power that everyone wants. But what exactly IS the Force?

When I work with kids, I provide them with my interpretation. The Force is the power we get from any emotion whether it comes from the light side or the dark side. From love, joy, and surprise to anger, sadness, and worry, nothing is “good” or “bad.” These emotions are only messengers, and all are part of the Force.

Very plainly, the Force = the power of emotions.

Try this: Ask your child if he or she would like to go through Jedi training. Tell them that their mission will be to decode the secret messages being sent by the Force (e.g., their worried thoughts, their angry feelings).

 

2. Wave hello to the dark side.


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If your child feels anxious, the way around the discomfort is straight through it. We must teach our children not to deny, avoid, or squash parts of their emotional experience. Long-term avoidance of emotions can actually spark and perpetuate depression, anxiety, and substance abuse. When we choose not to face our worry, we are left much like Darth Vader, enslaved by our pain.

The alternative to avoidance is acknowledgement. I understand helping your child acknowledge his or her anxious feelings instead of shutting them down is not an easy choice. Sometimes it’s easier to just say, “Don’t worry so much. Please trust me, it’ll be fine.”

As a parent myself, I completely understand this path. Sometimes we don’t have the emotional fortitude to support a child’s chronic worry, especially when it seems our love and reassurance are not having a positive effect. Anxious emotions are often big emotions that can be uncomfortable for the entire family.

All that said, when you parent an anxious child, you seek one thing above almost anything else for your child: inner peace. Toward this goal, acknowledgement is the stepping stone.

Try this: Next time your children worry, tell them they are a Jedi Knight, and Jedis acknowledge the Force (an emotion) when they feel it. They can wave hello to their worry and say, “Hey, worry. I see you’re back. I’m a Jedi. I understand you’re trying to tell me something.”

 

3. Lean into the Dark Side


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Leaning into the dark side takes training because, at first, it can feel messy and uncomfortable. Leaning in means allowing your child the space to physically feel where the Force or worry is flowing on the inside. Allowing discomfort to pass gets us a step closer to decoding the message from our emotion.

Anxiety activates the sympathetic nervous system, and as such, feelings of worry are often felt in such places as the stomach, chest, and throat. Breathing with visualization can calm the nervous system and begin to kick a child’s logical brain back into gear.

Try this: Obi-Wan instructs Luke to close his eyes and, “Stretch out with your feelings”; Yoda says, “Allow the force to flow through you.” When your son or daughter worries, have them close their eyes and ask them where they are feeling the worry or the Force flowing inside of their body.

Now, ask your children to breathe into the place in their body where they feel the Force. While they take a deep breath, ask them to imagine what the Force actually looks like. What color is it? What consistency is it? Maybe it looks like a dark cloud. Once they have the visual, ask them to breathe the Force out.

To support your child during this process, you can use phrases like, “I am here, and you are completely safe, my young Jedi. This feeling will pass.”

 

4. Put the Light Saber Down


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Our range of feelings (light and dark) creates our emotional consciousness and gives power to the Force. Within this consciousness lie encoded messages. The problem is we usually miss the communication being sent by our emotions such as anger and worry because we are too busy reacting. Swift reactions cover up messages.

Darth Vader tries to provoke these reactions in his son, Luke. Vader says, “So you have a twin sister? If you will not turn to the dark side, then perhaps she will.” Luke feels very angry and even as a full Jedi Knight trained in the art of mindfulness, he does not pause to acknowledge or lean in to his anger. Instead, he reacts right away and begins to battle his father.

When Luke regains his composure, he realizes that his anger is communicating that he wants to love and protect his family, including his father. Luke then decides the best way to teach his father about the light side is to show him compassion. So he turns his light saber off and tosses it aside.

Now, this last step may seem way too esoteric for your child to grasp, but I’ve worked with children for years. Even at a very young age, they are incredibly sophisticated. If we communicate in their language, they get it.

Try this: Let’s teach kids their worry is trying to send them a message, but the message is encoded. As a Jedi, the way to get to the secret message is to be mindful when we feel worried. This means understanding worry has a purpose, acknowledging it, leaning into it, and then making a logical decision on how to proceed.

 

On this quest toward training the next generation of Jedi, may the Force be with all of us.

This article is meant to provide some practical steps to help your anxious child and to highlight the idea we can use different (and fun!) ways to teach our children the art of resilience. For more engaging anxiety relief techniques for your child, join Renee at gozen.com.

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Star Wars Cakes

These Star Wars Cake is out of this world! No-Bake treats that look like Han Solo and Chewbacca. Easy to make desserts perfect for a Star Wars Birthday Party.

These Star Wars Cakes are out of this world! No-Bake Party Treats that look like Han Solo and Chewbacca. Easy to make Twinkie desserts perfect for a Star Wars Birthday Party.

Han Solo and Chewbacca Star Wars Cakes

I’m so excited about these Star Wars cakes! I can still remember the first time I saw Star Wars in the 1970’s. It blew my mind and I’ve been a super fan ever since! Now with so many new Star Wars movies coming out, I had to create some fun food for a Star Wars Party! Because Han Solo and Chewbacca are my favorite characters, I spent some time creating them out of Twinkies!

These Star Wars treats are out of this world and easy to make because there is no baking involved. If you prefer fresh baked cake, bake a sheet cake and cut into small rectangles.

Star Wars Cakes originally published November 4, 2015

Star Wars Cake Dessert Recipe - Han Solo and Chewbacca Twinkie Cakes by LivingLocurto.com

Easy Star Wars Cake Recipe

I’ve got a full video tutorial of me making the Chewbacca Star Wars Cake below. Here are step by step directions for you as well!

You’ll need:

TIP: Add 1-2 teaspoons of powdered sugar to canned frosting to thicken it up so the frosting won’t melt or be runny.

Star Wars Cake Dessert Recipe - Han Solo and Chewbacca Twinkie Cakes by LivingLocurto.com

How to Make Han Solo Cake

  1. Frost the top half of a Twinkie with white or flesh colored icing.
  2. Add chocolate frosting for hair. I used a petal icing tip.
  3. Pipe a white line of icing down the middle of the Twinkie, then cover each side of the white line with black icing.
  4. Pipe on the white shirt collar and arms.
  5. To make the face, roll up tiny bits of Tootsie Roll for the eyes and roll out a mouth. Use chocolate sprinkles or Tootsie Rolls for eye brows.

How to Make Chewbacca Cake

  1. Divide the two chocolate frostings into a decorating bag so when you frost your cake, the hair looks multi-colored.
  2. Begin frosting the Twinkie by starting with Chewy’s head. Start in the middle and pipe outward.
  3. Frost the rest of the cake.
  4. Pipe a nose and mouth with black icing. Use a white icing writer to pipe on fangs and give the eyes a pop of white!
  5. Add an additional mustache around his nose. Then add more frosting hair from his nose to his forehead.
  6. Melt a Tootsie Roll for 10-15 seconds in the microwave and roll it out flat. Trim to a 1.4″ wide utility belt. Press silver sprinkles into the candy to make it look more realistic.
  7. Make some arms on either side of the cake.

Cute Star Wars No-Bake Party Treats. Han Solo and Chewbacca Twinkie Cakes by @livinglocurto

Refrigerate after finishing. Take out of the refrigerator 15 minutes before serving. You can also turn them into Cake Pops by adding a lollipop stick.

 

Watch me make the Chewbacca Star Wars Cake


STAR WARS CAKES

Easy no-bake Star Wars cakes! Cute Han Solo and Chewbacca desserts are out of this world! Perfect for a Star Wars Birthday Party.

  • Disposable Icing Decorating Bags
  • Chocolate Frosting
  • Salted Caramel Frosting (or something similar that is light brown)
  • 125 Petal Frosting tip for Han Solo's hair
  • 223 Grass Frosting Tip for Chewy's hair
  • Black Icing
  • White Icing
  • White Icing Writer
  • Silver Sprinkles
  • Tootsie Rolls
  • Twinkies
  • Chocolate Sprinkles (optional)

How to Make Han Solo Cake

  1. Frost the top half of a Twinkie with white or flesh colored icing.
  2. Add chocolate frosting for hair. I used a petal icing tip.
  3. Pipe a white line of icing down the middle of the Twinkie, then cover each side of the white line with black icing.
  4. Pipe on the white shirt collar and arms.
  5. To make the face, roll up tiny bits of Tootsie Roll for the eyes and roll out a mouth. Use chocolate sprinkles or Tootsie Rolls for eye brows.

How to Make Chewbacca Cake

  1. Divide the two chocolate frostings into a decorating bag so when you frost your cake, the hair looks multi-colored.
  2. Begin frosting the Twinkie by starting with Chewy’s head. Start in the middle and pipe outward.
  3. Frost the rest of the cake.
  4. Pipe a nose and mouth with black icing. Use a white icing writer to pipe on fangs and give the eyes a pop of white!
  5. Add an additional mustache around his nose. Then add more frosting hair from his nose to his forehead.
  6. Melt a Tootsie Roll for 10-15 seconds in the microwave and roll it out flat. Trim to a 1.4″ wide utility belt. Press silver sprinkles into the candy to make it look more realistic.
  7. Make some arms on either side of the cake.
  8. Refrigerate after finishing. Take out of the refrigerator 15 minutes before serving. You can also turn them into Cake Pops by adding a lollipop stick.

If you prefer fresh baked cake, bake a sheet cake and cut into small rectangles.

May the Force Be With You!

These Star Wars Cakes are out of this world! No-Bake Party Treats that look like Han Solo and Chewbacca. Easy to make Twinkie desserts perfect for a Star Wars Birthday Party.

 

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Star Wars Graduation Party Printables

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May the 4th Be with You!!

If you have a graduate who is a Star Wars fan, you’ll be happy about the latest update to my Star Wars Graduation Party Printables. I just updated the files to be 2015 ready!

Whether you’re hosting a preschool or senior graduation party, or just need a cute graduation gift tag, these designs will make great conversation pieces!

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New Star Wars: The Force Awakens Teaser

Raise your hand if you’ve got a Star Wars fan at your house! We’re all kinds of excited over here!

“Chewy we’re home!”

Today in Anaheim, California, J.J. Abrams (writer/director/producer) and Kathleen Kennedy (producer) kicked off Star Wars Celebration with an exclusive new look at STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS. They welcomed surprise special guests from the film: Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaacs as well as veterans of the original saga Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Anthony Daniels, and Peter Mayhew. The talented team of filmmakers and actors shared a behind the scenes look at the upcoming film and, to the surprise of fans around the world, debuted a brand new teaser trailer.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens Trailer