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DIY Cardboard Star Wars Vehicles – Millennium Falcon & Rey’s Speeder

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I am so excited to finally be able to share this little labor of love with you today! We’ve been wanting to create these for a while so STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS coming out next week and a fun group party with some other bloggers was the final push we needed to get them done. And they are SO much fun.

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We made the Millennium Falcon and Rey’s Speeder. The Millennium Falcon is an old fave that still makes an appearance in The Force Awakens and Rey is a new character I have a feeling we’ll love and she has such a fun, unique vehicle we thought we’d try that one out!

I’ll walk you through how we made these, but feel free to do what works with what you have.

For the Millennium Falcon we started with a box as the seat and I had some old foam board that wasn’t usable for anything else anymore. I recommend sticking with corrugated cardboard if you’re going to spray paint them in the end because the foam board didn’t hold up as well.

How to build a cardboard Millennium FalconI made 1/2 of the basic shape of the Millennium Falcon on a piece of foam board, cut it out with a craft knife and scissors and then traced it onto 3 more pieces and cut all of those out. This allowed me to make it a bit bigger.

How to build a cardboard Millennium Falcon How to build a cardboard Millennium FalconFor the top portion you’ll want to cut out an opening for the “cockpit”.

How to build a cardboard Millennium FalconI used hot glue to secure all of my pieces. It dries quickly and holds well on the cardboard (plus it’s cheap). So I glued each have together and secured them onto the box – 1 set on top and 1 set on the bottom.

Since there was so much hanging over I cut pieces of cardboard to glue in between the top and bottom for support. Add as much as you need and press down on the top to see where more might be needed.

How to build a cardboard Millennium FalconThen I added cardboard to the outside to finish off the sides. To make the cardboard “bend” easily roll it up or over a corner first.

How to build a cardboard Millennium Falcon How to build a cardboard Millennium FalconDon’t worry about cutting it exact, you can trim it down after it’s glued on.

I sprayed it all grey (used about 2 cans) and the boys helped me add some details with black acrylic paint with a smaller paint brush (I traced some bowls and sketched the circles first). By keeping a more free, fun kid style theme it made it easier to add small details without stressing about them!

How to build a cardboard Millennium Falcon How to build a cardboard Millennium FalconAnd here’s how it turned out.

DIY cardboard Star Wars Millennium Falcon DIY cardboard Star Wars Millennium Falcon DIY cardboard Star Wars Millennium Falcon DIY cardboard Star Wars Millennium Falcon DIY cardboard Star Wars Millennium FalconRey’s Speeder was a bit easier simply because of the shape. Her speeder has a larger front which I just cut out the flaps on the end of a box into a half circle and then added cardboard around the outside to round it out.

How to build a cardboard Rey's Speeder from Star Wars: The Force AwakensHow to build a cardboard Rey's Speeder from Star Wars: The Force AwakensI had a longer box but it was very thin and since kids would be riding it (like a saddle) I had my husband make up a quick wooden support for the inside so I wouldn’t worry about the seat ever collapsing. This goes most of the length of the middle piece.

How to build a cardboard Rey's Speeder from Star Wars: The Force AwakensThe back piece is a shoe box that I covered in kraft paper since it was dark to begin with. I also spray painted some disposable coffee cup lids for the back and attached them with glue.

How to build a cardboard Rey's Speeder from Star Wars: The Force AwakensThe front was sprayed orange with some brown and the center with a gray acrylic.

How to build a cardboard Rey's Speeder from Star Wars: The Force AwakensWe again made our details very loosely using black and gray acrylic paint. And then added on a saddle at the end (just another strip of cardboard).

DIY cardboard Star Wars Rey's SpeederDIY cardboard Star Wars Rey's SpeederI think it turned out well and it’s fun for the kids to play on!

DIY cardboard Star Wars Rey's Speeder DIY cardboard Star Wars Rey's Speeder DIY cardboard Star Wars Rey's Speeder DIY cardboard Star Wars Rey's SpeederIn the end, they were a HIT! I think we might brainstorm some more – what vehicles would your kids want to play (or watch a movie) in?!

I mentioned that we did a little party with some other bloggers (which I’ll post tomorrow) but you can check out all of their tutorials today!

Strawberry Mommycakes (who lent her cute little girl as one of the little Rey’s) / Mom Endeavors (who lent me her little Han Solo) / Just Destiny (who has the other little Rey) / See Vanessa Craft / A Night Owl 

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Allison Waken is a wife, mom of boys and Phoenix, AZ native. She has been creating inspiring content for All for the Boys since 2011. Allison loves travel, movies and spending as much time as possible with her family while she can!

6 Comments

  1. These are such a great idea! I plan to use this tutorial to make them for my cub scout Star Wars Blue and Gold Banquet! This could be a great photo booth prop! Thank you for sharing.

  2. I love these!!!!! About how large was the finished falcon? I can’t wait to try and make these

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