Star Wars gems to fire up the Force

Last updated 07:46 27/08/2013
C3PO is as surprised as us to learn that you can make many of the Star Wars vehicles from recycled materials like paper cups and wooden stirrers.

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Hold on to your Landspeeders people, this is one for all the Star Wars fans out there. This week we've uncovered, just for you, vehicles from the original space trilogy that you can make from recycled and repurposed materials.

Everyone in the known Universe knows that the original Star Wars movies are not only iconic, but incredibly insightful with a powerful message, right? And although he never said it outright, you just know that Yoda was a keen recycler, with separate bins for plastic, paper and tins set up in his kitchenette out there in the Dagobah system.

And now, you too can show that the Force is strong within you, by creating amazing Star Wars vehicles from leftover bits and pieces. The examples we've discovered include: X-Wing Fighter made entirely from office supplies like a dry Sharpie marker, a pencil sharpener, a broken memory card and some pen caps.

DIY thrift shop Millennium Falcon, which includes parts made from a wooden chopping board, a plastic lid and a spare hinge.

Red Leader paper tube X-Wing, constructed from a paper towel tube, toilet paper tube, chopsticks, a plastic easter egg, a pipe cleaner, paper scraps and empty glue-stick tubes.

Starbucks cups TIE Fighter made from Starbucks' waste, including one tall lid, 10 coffee boxes, 12 small paper cups, 37 large paper cups, 63 paper drink carriers and 216 wooden stirrers.

To get the real sense of these incredible creations, and how to make them, click here.

For more waste information, contact your local council or environment centre. To join Wastebusters, email

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