Give Dad the Perfect Co-Pilot: A DIY Chewbacca Paperweight

This Father’s Day gift rocks. No, actually, it’s a rock.

Father’s Day is the day when we all try extra hard to remind Dad how much he’s loved with a classic gift, like a necktie or a “World’s Best Dad” mug. If your dad is a Star Wars fan (and who isn’t), turn another classic Father’s Day gift — the paperweight — into something unique, memorable, and, well, fuzzy.

A large rock can be crafted into your dad’s favorite Father’s Day present ever with just craft fur, upcycled bottle caps, and googly wiggle eyes. Dad can use this DIY Chewie, inspired by his appearance in Solo: A Star Wars Story, as a paperweight, doorstop, or new pet rock. No matter how he chooses to enjoy it, he’ll appreciate the gift of the galaxy’s best co-pilot and beloved fuzzball.

What You’ll Need

  • Large round rock
  • Brown craft fur
  • Two water bottle caps
  • Silver acrylic paint
  • Googly wiggle eyes
  • Black fabric paint
  • Brown felt
  • Hot glue gun
  • Scissors
  • Paint brush

Get Started!

Step 1: Begin by washing the large rock you collected with soap and water. Let dry completely.

Step 2: Cut a double-pointed oval shape out of the craft fur long enough to reach the top and bottom of the rock. Cut four or five more shapes approximately the same size until you have enough to cover the rock.

Step 3: Hot glue the craft fur pieces around the rock, lining them up next to each other as best you can. Let cool.

Step 4: Paint the outside of the two water bottle caps with the sliver paint, and let dry completely. You may need additional coats for full coverage.

Step 5: Glue the googly wiggle eyes inside the dry bottle caps. Next, glue the bottle caps on the top side of the rock to make Chewbacca’s goggles.

Step 6: Use the black fabric paint to draw Chewie’s nose and smile beneath the eyes. (Or a growl, if you think your dad wants his co-pilot to be tough.) Let dry.

Step 7: Cut a thin strip of brown felt. Glue it under one bottle cap, and then wrap it around the back of the rock to the other bottle cap. Trim it to fit and glue it in place to make the strap for Chewie’s goggles.

Your fuzzball is complete! Whether he’s hard at work holding down the fort on your dad’s desk or swooping through the stars, Chewbacca is a co-pilot and friend anyone would be lucky to have.

Kelly Knox is a freelance writer who loves creating crafts with her daughter. Follow her on Twitter at @kelly_knox, and take a look at her blog the st{art} button for more Star Wars art projects and craft ideas.

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