How to create your very own Millennium Falcon

6 Jun 2018 3 min read

With SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY in cinemas now, Millennium Falcon fever is back! If you feel inspired to get your craft on, why not try making this Cardboard Box Office-style Millennium Falcon?


You will need:

  • 2 large pieces of cardboard - A3 should do the trick
  • 4 paper plates
  • 1 cardboard tube
  • PVA crafting glue
  • Craft knife or scissors (all cutting should be done by an adult)
  • Pencil
  • Light grey paint - acrylic is recommended
  • Paintbrush

Step one

Trace around a paper plate and from that circle create a teardrop-like shape. Carefully cut out this shape and use it to trace around to create three more identical shapes. You should now have four in total.      

Step two

Glue the four teardrop-like shapes on top of one another to create a thick base.      

Step three

Slice the cardboard tube at an angle about a quarter of the way down.      

Step four

Turn the sliced end of the tube around and glue it an angle to the longer piece. Then slice out two strips along the longer section, the same width as the height of the base you created earlier.      

Step five

Slide the tube over the base and glue it into place.      

Step six

Cut a small half circle from each of the four paper plates to fit around the tube and glue the plates onto the base (two on the top of the base, two on the underside).      

Step seven

From your remaining cardboard, cut out two strips, two circles, and a wedge and glue these onto the top of the base to create the top structure of the Falcon. (See picture 11 to see how they should be arranged.)      

Step eight

To create the cockpit, slice off the upper half of the end of the tube.      

Step nine

Slice the removed piece of tube into various strips and glue to the tube to make the cockpit windows.      

Step ten

Cut out a few strips of cardboard the same width as the base height and glue around the edge of the Falcon. Nearly there…      

Step eleven

Now paint! Before starting, lay down some newspaper and perhaps put on some protective clothing, as this can get messy! Carefully apply a layer of light grey to get that iconic Millennium Falcon look.      

Step twelve

After the paint has dried, use a pencil to draw various lines, squares, and circles to add some detail to the exterior of the Falcon. Smudging the pencil makes realistic-looking blast scars!      

Step thirteen

Ready for the Kessel Run!      

Meet the Cardboard Box Office team who created this fabulous Falcon, a cardboard tribute to SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY and dozens of other famous movie scenes in cardboard. Read the interview.

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