Merchandise from The Mandalorian quickly went from non-existent to everything you could possibly want, but for some of us, we just can’t get enough Baby Yoda. Whether you’re looking for a completely unique take on The Child, or you need something to tide you over until the budget allows for your next big Star Wars merch purchase… or you just really need a doorstop, we have just the DIY for you.
This Star Wars DIY is made with a bag of rocks, styrofoam, and papier-mâché, but it’s simple enough for even inexperienced crafters! We’ll tell you how it’s done with just the steps below.
What You’ll Need
- Medium-sized burlap bag
- 3″ styrofoam ball
- Craft foam
- Large bowl
- School glue
- Two straight pins
- Black paint pen
- White paint or paint pen
- Light green acrylic paint
- Pink pastel or chalk
- Paint brushes
- 4-5 medium sized rocks
- Hot glue gun
Step One: Begin by cutting the burlap bag 6 inches long by 4.5 inches wide. (Glue together an additional strip of burlap about 8 inches long and 1.5 inches if you’d like to make a handle.) Hot glue the seams of the inside of the bag together, and glue down the top edge on the inside to prevent fraying. Set aside.
Step Two: Next, cut a half-circle from the craft foam about 3 inches long, with the edges of the top and one side straight to make The Child’s ear. Use the ear shape as a template, trace it on the remaining foam, and cut out the other ear.
Step Three: Hot glue the straight pins to the straight edge of the ear. Let cool and push the ears into either side of the styrofoam ball.
Step Four: Squeeze the glue into the large bowl. Mix with water, about 1/4 part water to 1 part glue.
Step Five: Tear the newspaper into small strips. Dip the strips into the glue mixture and cover the head and ears completely. (This is messy!)
Tip: Once you place the strips, you can fold and mold them to create textures and details like ear folds.
Step Six: Let the newspaper strips and glue dry completely, preferably overnight.
Step Seven: Once Baby Yoda’s head is dry you can paint it with the light green paint. You may need two coats for complete coverage. Let dry completely.
Step Eight: Rub the pink pastel or chalk on a piece to paper to create a powder. Dip a dry paint brush into it, and then brush it on to the inside of The Child’s ears.
Step Nine: Next, sketch The Child’s face with a pencil. When you’re satisfied with how it looks, trace the sketch with the black paint pen and let dry.
Step Ten: Make the light reflections in the eyes with the white paint, and let dry.
Step Eleven: Fold down the top edge of the bag to finish Baby Yoda’s robe. If you made a handle, hot glue it to the inside of the bag.
Step Twelve: Fill the burlap bag with rocks.
Step Thirteen: Hot glue The Child’s head to the bag.
Your DIY doorstop is complete! Baby Yoda will be there to greet you every time to enter the room.
Header Image: Kelly Knox/Lucasfilm