Make an Eye-Catching DIY Dianoga!

There’s something alive in here…

It’s not your imagination — there’s a monster lurking in your house!

Add the unnerving trash compactor monster to your home décor with a fun Halloween craft. The dianoga, as it’s also called, first creeped out fans in Star Wars: A New Hope, and you can also spot a smaller specimen at Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge. Make your own dianoga to pop up from behind a sofa or peek out the window to add Star Wars flair to the most spine-tingling time of year!


What You’ll Need*

  • Paper plate
  • Dark red paint
  • Dark red, yellow, and black construction paper
  • Dark red or brown yarn
  • Red crayon
  • Paper hole punch
  • Scissors
  • Pencil
  • Glue

*The activities in this article should only be done with adult supervision.

Get Started!

DIY Dianoga step 1

Step 1: Begin by painting the concave side of the paper plate red. Let dry.

DIY Dianoga step 2

Step 2: Trace the paper plate on the yellow paper as a guide for sizing. Draw an eye shape in the middle and cut it out.

Step 3: Draw and cut out the elliptical pupil shape from the black paper.

DIY Dianoga step 4

Step 4: Color in the sides of the yellow eye with the red crayon, leaving a circle of yellow in the center.

Step 5: Glue the pupil shape to the center of the yellow eye. Let dry.

DIY Dianoga step 6

Step 6: Punch four holes on the two sides of the red circle.

Step 7: Cut eight small pieces of string, each about six inches in length. Tie the string through the holes you punched in the plate.

Step 8: Glue the eye to the middle of the red circle and let dry.

DIY Dianoga step 9

Step 9: Cut a rectangle of the red construction paper about eight inches long and four inches wide. Glue it to the back side of the dianoga’s head and let dry.

DIY Dianoga final DIY Dianoga final

Your trash compactor monster is complete! Stick it behind your furniture to keep an eye on you and the kids this Halloween season.

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Kelly Knox writes features and DIYs for Her writing can also be seen on Marvel, DC Comics, IGN, and more. Follow her on Twitter at @kelly_knox to talk Star Wars, games, and crafts.

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