So, my son is one of the biggest Star Wars fans I know. He has a huge Star Wars figure collection, Mace Windu being his favorite Jedi. As we as a family love themed birthday parties, it was a given that he would have to find Star Wars Birthday Party Ideas! For two years in a row and we had a blast both times! We made Star Wars Pinatas, Yoda plates, a target game, a pin the lightsaber game and we even had Darth Vader trying to steal the Birthday cake! Also, we invited our friends with a very fun e-invitation, like the intro of a Star Wars Movie! Read on to find out more!
DIY Star Wars Pinata Ideas
When I think about making pinatas, I always think that I can’t make one that is cute or with a character I like… for example, I could in no way allow kids to hit Yoda or another Yedi, pinata, or not! So, when the time came to decide on the DIY Star Wars Pinata, we had these two ideas: the first one was a very easy Death Star Pinata, and the second one a slightly more complicated but still easy Darth Vader Pinata.
1) How to Make a Super Easy DIY Death Star Pinata
All you will need for this pinata are:
- a white round paper lampshade (I bought mine from IKEA),
- a piece of cardboard,
- grey spray paint,
- black marker,
- some fishing line or other kinds of string and of course
- Star Wars candy and favors!!!
Assemble the lampshade per instructions. Cover the bottom hole with a small piece of cardboard (secure with some tape). Go outside and spray paint the whole thing grey (if you find a grey lampshade, by all means, buy that if you want, and just skip spray painting it!). With the black marker, add a few features (rectangles to the lampshade so it resembles the Death Star. Fill the Death Star carefully with candy and favors. Since it is made out of paper, take care not to overfill it or else it will bend or even rip. Add the string to the wire on top of the Death Star for hanging. All you need now is a stick and children to hit the pinata and get all the bounty!!!
2) How to make a Darth Vader Pinata
To make the Darth Vader Pinata you will need:
- a cardboard box (I use a cereal box or use some thicker cardboard),
- painters or another tape,
- craft glue
- black crepe paper
- Darth Vader Mask Template.
Print the Darth Vader Mask Template in a size that will suit you and your box and use it to cut the back and front of the box so they resemble the shape of the mask (you will end up with two mask-shaped cardboard pieces). Don’t worry too much about details, they will most likely get lost when you’ll add the fringes.
Use the box’s sides or cut out a few 4″ wide strips (the longer the better) to use them to connect the two mask-shaped pieces to each other. To do that, use the adhesive tape, which is kind of the most tricky part, especially at the beginning.
Remember to use some string or rope to make a loop for hanging your pinata on top.
Also, don’t forget to fill your pinata with goodies before sealing it completely!
When you have finished with the cardboard pinata, it is time to decorate it. Cut out 2” wide strips of the crepe paper and cut fringes into them.
Try to make them as long as they need to be to cover the pinata from end to end in each row so the result will be nicer looking. Now, with patience, glue all the strips onto the cardboard. Repeat on the back and the sides. This is the most time-consuming step for making the pinata, but it is a rather fun process.
Lastly, cut out the Darth Vader mask highlights from your template and glue them to the front of your pinata. We painted Darth Vader’s eyes red, for a fierce result! Didn’t it turn out great?
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More Ideas Star Wars Birthday Party Ideas
Star Wars E-invitation (with text for inspiration!)
To make the e-invitation, I used the Star Wars Crawl Creator (link further down), and finding the story to tell was so totally fun! I tried to incorporate the things I prepared for this party – which I tell you about below – into the invitation.
This is our e-invitation text in English to give you some inspiration (you can watch our Greek e-invitation video below)! Oh, Episode “6” because that was the age of the Birthday boy! And the name of the Planet was the name of the place the Birthday party was going to be!
A long time ago in a galaxy far far away
THE BIRTHDAY PARTY
The Jedi Padawan George is on a secret mission to complete the Jedi training at his Birthday Party on the planet Ef Zin Siatista.
But he doesn’t suspect the sneaky trap that the Dark Empire is preparing.
To succeed in facing the menace, George will need the help of all of his Jedi Padawan friends, who also have to complete their training that same day.
Will the brave Padawans be able to complete their training in time, be worthy of acquiring their lightsabers and share their food and treats, so they can in the end be victorious over the Dark Empire and finally be free to cut and eat the out-of-this-world birthday cake?
Will you, young Padawan, come to fight by his side?
Here is how the invitation looked in Greek:
Isn’t that great? I really enjoyed it! And here is the link to the Star Wars Crawl Creator to make your own personalized e-invitation!
I prepared green Yoda plates for the cake. To make them you will need just green party plates, and use a stapler to attach some green Yoda ears which you have to cut out of green cardboard.
Softaball target game
We made a softball target shoot game (took an old big carton, painted the whole thing with black spray paint (outside!), glued some space stickers I had in the house, and then we just cut out different sized circles, glued some Star Wars Villains on the circles for targets).
Pin the lightsaber on the Jedi DIY game
Another game we prepared, was the “Pin the lightsaber on the Jedi” game. We even made a DIY blind mask. We simply drew out a Mace Windu, our son’s favorite Jedi, and prepared some paper lightsabers. These paper lightsabers had two-sided tape on the back of them, so they could be “pinned” to the Jedi! The kids loved it!
Lightsaber for the Jedis for completing their training!
Lastly, we gave out some super
cool pool noodle foam lightsabers real but safe lightsabers!!! – for every kid after the “Jedi Training”. You could also use some fun inflatable lightsabers!
The moment Darth Vader crushed the party
When the training ended, suddenly, Darth Vader invaded our party to steal the birthday cake! We actually wrote a teaser about this in our invitation! Did you see it? And fortunately, all of our newly trained Jedi friends managed to fight the Darth Vader off with their newly acquired lightsabers and Jedi skills, and so we could eat the cake after all!!!
To be honest, we did take the cake out of the carton first, before Darth Vader tried to steal it, just to be safe, haha!
It was really fun and all of our guests and our birthday boy had a blast!
You can find a great tutorial with pictures showing the steps to make the Darth Vader pinata at the Minireve blog, that we slightly adjusted since we didn’t want a string pulled pinata as in that post. Check it out here.
Using this same technique you can make virtually any Pinata you can think of… I for one am looking forward to making the next – girly this time – Birthday Pinata 🙂