This month, our house is celebrating Star Wars Reads by reading as many Star Wars books as we can. Our storytime is one Star Wars book after another. My kids love it! With them enjoying it so much, I thought I’d add another level of fun to storytime.
I had seen a picture on Nerd Craft Librarian of two librarians wearing a Yoda headband and a Princess Leia headband and decided to create our own to wear just for fun while reading. It looked like a simple, quick paper craft that the kids would get into, so why not. One of the great things about the headbands is that they require just a few supplies to get started. Once all the supplies are collected, the creativity begins.
- Light Green and/or Brown Card Stock
- Tape and Glue Stick
- Green and/or Brown Marker
- Medium-sized Circle Object to Trace
Princess Leia Headband
To make the Princess Leia headband, it starts with tracing 2 medium-sized circles. To make mine, I grabbed a dish from the kitchen and traced the circles I needed. Once I had the circles, I used a brown marker to make a swirl pattern on each circle to make it look like a hair bun.
Then I used a standard ruler as a template for the width of the headband. Next, I cut (2) 12 inch lengths of brown cardstock and attached the 2 pieces together to create 1 long strip. Once I had the long strip, I sized it to my child’s head and taped the band together to make a circle.
Finally, I attached a bun circle to each side of the headband. Then it was complete.
Now to make the Yoda headband, it starts with drawing 2 Yoda-shaped ears. I didn’t have a template, so I just drew it freehand. My ears were approximately 7 inches long and 3 inches wide. You need it a little longer so that there is enough cardstock at one end to fold a notch to help when attaching the ear to the headband. Once I had the ears, I used a green marker to outline the outside of the ear and add an inner ear section.
Then, as I did with the Leia headband, I used a standard ruler as a template for the width of the headband. Next, I cut (2) 12 inch lengths of green cardstock and attached the 2 pieces together to create 1 long strip. Once I had the long strip, I sized it to my child’s head and taped the band together to make a circle. After that, I folded over a small section of the flat end of each ear to create a tab. The tab allows the ears to stick out as Yoda’s do.
Finally, I attached an ear to each side of the circle headband. To attach an ear took 2 steps. First, I glued the folded end to the headband. Then to add further support, I taped over the tab. After that, it was done.
The kids thought their character headbands were great and enjoyed wearing them while we were reading and just for fun around the house. Another Win-Win project.