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Craft ideas and materials for kids and families at our ‘Imagination Station’

  • Post Date: 3/9/2021
  • Author: Beth Watkins, education and publications coordinator
  • Reading Time: 2 minute read

Has your creativity been zapped by the pandemic? Is your household’s budding artist in need of new inspiration? Starting March 9, we will begin an Imagination Station at our front desk. Simply stop by Spurlock's information desk during open hours and pick up a FREE bag of craft materials, including pipe cleaners, a battery-operated candle, card stock, glue stick, textured papers, origami papers, a bag of sequins and other small decorations, and a mailing tube with caps to make shakers. We also include a list of projects developed by museums around the world that make use of the materials. Other useful supplies are everyday art materials and household goods like paper, pencil, pen, glue, and scissors. You can also download the list projects and their instructions at our Spurlock Crafts public file (external link). 

Star Wars Characters Toilet Tube Craft


  • toilet tubes
  • cardstock paper
  • tacky glue
  • scissors
  • fringe-cutting scissors
  • stapler
  • colored straws
  • circle craft punch
  • hole puncher


  1. Cover the tube. Cut a piece of cardstock to 4x6 inches, then wrap around and secure with staples. Cut smaller strips of paper to create details (like a grey top on R2D2) and “hands” for grasping light sabers.
  2. Use your circle punches, hole punch, and fringe scissors to cut shapes for buttons, wraps, and other details using images for reference, and glue the shapes on.
  3. For Yoda, use the “owl ear” method of bending the opposite sides of the top of the tube. They will naturally bend on a curved angle. The points will be upward, just bend them down a bit so they’re more parallel to the surface of your work table. Add Yoda’s face details with a black marker.
  4. For Darth Vader use a 2 1/2″ circle punch, trim the sides and the bottom of the circle to make the helmet. Use squares, rectangles and triangles cut from cardstock to create the details.
  5. For the lightsabers, trim a colored drinking straw and glue a small piece of paper around one end to create the handle.