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Admiral Ackbar supplies

Admiral Sackbar's body

The eyes have it

Sackbar smiles

Almost done, but not armed

Finally, arms!

Sticking out his tongue

Attack of the Sackbars

Follow along as a crack crew of Crave-assembled crafters attempts projects from Bonnie Burton's "The Star Wars Craft Book." First up in the series, the Rebel fleet's own trap-detecting Admiral Ackbar. Essential tools for making your own paper-sackified Admiral Ackbar hand puppet: Bonnie Burton's book, scissors, felt, a hot glue gun, and brown lunch bags.

Admiral Sackbar can be made for about $20. The glue gun ought to run you about $4, and a packet of glue sticks for the gun will cost about $8. One-quarter yard of white felt, $2; and about $2 for small square pieces of felt colored golden yellow, beige, black, gray, and tan. A package of brown paper lunch bags shouldn't be more than $3.
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Cut one paper bag in half, crumple it, unfold it, and then glue it to the bottom of a second bag to create Admiral Sackbar's body.
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Cut out felt circles to make Sackbar's distinctive large eyes, then glue each eye together, and glue them to the bag.
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Next, cut out felt to make Sackbar's mouth and nostrils, and glue them to the bag (notice a pattern here?). Measure the white felt so that it's long enough to wrap around the bag, then cut it to size and glue it to the bag to create a uniform for his body.
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At this point, your Sackbar is nearly done. He's just not yet fully armed.
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To make Sackbar's arms, we return to the white felt. Cut two pieces longer than they are wide, and cut fingers from the tan felt. Glue the fingers to one end of each piece of white felt, then roll the white felt into tubes, and glue them shut. Finally, as seen here, glue the arms to Sackbar's body.
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Got any last personalizations to add? One crafter gave his Sackbar a bit of a tongue.
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Attack of the Sackbars! Even though the four crafters made their Sackbars without much deviation from Burton's instructions, each one was distinct and recognizable.
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