Make Your Star Wars Collection Look Most Impressive with This DIY Display Stand

If your Star Wars action figures are outgrowing your shelf space, or you’re the type who just likes to be a little more organized, you can make your own custom display stand in almost no time at all! Spray paint and decals can turn a boring, tiered wooden spice shelf into a scene straight out of Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back.

This action figure display stand is inspired by the duel on the steps of Bespin’s carbon-freezing chamber. (We won’t judge you if you decide to use it just to re-enact the iconic lightsaber battle between Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader.)

What You’ll Need

  • Wooden spice shelf (3-tier)
  • Black spray paint
  • Black acrylic paint
  • Red adhesive vinyl sheet
  • 5/8” circle paper hole punch
  • Scissors
  • Ruler
  • Pencil
  • Paint brush

Get Started!

Step 1: Begin by spray painting the wooden shelves black. More than one coat may be needed. If it’s an extendable rack, be sure to gently pull the shelves out as far as you can for best coverage.

Let the paint dry completely.

Step 2: Use the 5/8-inch paper hole punch to cut one circle from the red vinyl sheet. Cut around the hole in the sheet of vinyl to save the circle as a template.

Step 3: Using the grid on the back of the vinyl sheet as a guide, trace one circle, and then trace another circle about 1-inch to 1.25 inches next to it.

Star Wars DIY display stand - cutting out paper lights

Step 4: Draw two lines connecting the top and bottom of the circles, using the ruler to keep them straight. Cut out the rounded oval shape. Don’t peel the backing just yet — this one will be your template for the other ovals you’ll be cutting out!

Step 5: Cut out six holes in the red vinyl with the 5/8-inch hole punch. Remove the backing and stick the circles to both ends of the “stairs” on all three tiers.

Step 6: Trace the template several times and cut out multiple ovals. For the shelves in this how-to, we used nine ovals total. Punch additional red circles as well.

Step 7: Arrange the ovals and circles on the bottom step to get the spacing just right and to create a pattern of circle-oval-circle. Once you’re confident in the spacing you’d like, begin removing the backing and sticking the red shapes on front side of the stairs.

Star Wars DIY display stand - applying red stickers as lights

Note: You’ll have to remove and re-stick the red shapes if you notice the spacing isn’t working or the shape is crooked. Keep the black acrylic paint on hand for any touch-ups if the black spray paint comes off with the adhesive.

Step 8: Continue cutting and sticking shapes until the pattern is complete. If you have a larger collection, don’t forget to extend the shelving on an expandable rack to continue the pattern.

Kenner figures on a DIY action figure display stand

Your display stand is finished. Arrange your favorite toys on the shelf or tabletop to show off just how impressive it is—and then share it with Star Wars on social media so we can ooh and ahh!

Kelly Knox is a freelance writer who loves creating Star Wars crafts with her daughter. Follow her on Twitter at @kelly_knox.

Make Your Star Wars Collection Look Most Impressive with This DIY Display Stand

Tell Mom ‘Yoda Best!’ with This DIY Star Wars Trinket Dish

Making Mom a handmade, one-of-a-kind gift for Mother’s Day is practically a rite of passage. So why not make her something that she’ll love as a Star Wars fan, and also honors a Jedi Master who’s a one-of-a-kind himself? Use a Yoda cookie cutter or pancake mold with air dry clay and paint to craft a trinket dish that stands out from all the roses.

Don’t have a Yoda cookie cutter? Any Star Wars character cutter or mold will do, especially if it’s the favorite character of the mother figure in your life.

What You’ll Need

  • Air-dry clay
  • Clay roller
  • Star Wars Yoda cookie cutter or pancake mold
  • Light green acrylic paint
  • Gold acrylic paint
  • Clear acrylic spray
  • Sandpaper or emery board nail file
  • Clean, empty cup or small bowl
  • Water
  • Paint brush

Get Started!

Yoda tray craft - scuplting

Step 1: Begin by kneading the air-dry clay to soften it. (You can also add a small amount of water.) Roll it out on the table with the clay roller until it’s no thicker than a centimeter.

Yoda tray craft - using the mold

Step 2: Press the pancake mold or cookie cutter into the clay firmly around the edges. Remove the excess clay.

Step 3: If you’d like to remove any facial features, wipe them away with a dab of water on your finger until the face is smooth.

Yoda tray craft - mold complete

Step 4: Gently peel the shape from the table. Place it in the empty cup or small bowl so that it begins to take a curved shape; don’t let it fall in or get wedged. Shape the clay around the edges until it is rounded.

Step 5: Remove the clay from the cup or bowl and place it concave side down on the table to dry. Let dry 24 hours.

Step 6: Using fine sandpaper or an emery board nail file, softly smooth the edges of the clay. Take care to remove any rough lumps or cracks on the edges.

Yoda tray craft - painting

Step 7: Place a small amount of water in your light green acrylic paint; this will lessen or remove the appearance of brush strokes on the clay, but will require more than one coat. Paint the entire dish green except for the edges.

Yoda tray craft - painting complete

Step 8: Use the gold acrylic paint to paint the edges all around the dish.

Step 9: Let all acrylic paint dry completely. Once the green and gold paint is dry, take the dish to a well-ventilated area and spray it with a clear acrylic varnish or sealant. Let dry completely. Flip the dish over and spray the other side, and let dry.

Yoda tray craft - complete with trinkets

Your Yoda trinket dish is complete! Don’t worry if it’s wobbly. A handmade gift doesn’t have to be perfect — moms will find messy paint, fingerprints in the clay, and cracks just as endearing as the gift itself. Trust us. We are wise in the ways of the moms.

Kelly Knox is a Seattle-based freelance writer who loves creating Star Wars crafts with her daughter. Follow her on Twitter at @kelly_knox.

Tell Mom ‘Yoda Best!’ with This DIY Star Wars Trinket Dish

Bring Imperial Style Home With This DIY Death Star Panel Light Switch Plate

Luke Skywalker and Han Solo make quick work of the door panels and cameras in Detention Block AA-23 during the heart-pounding rescue of Princess Leia in Star Wars: A New Hope. You can copy the Death Star’s striking style in your own home by adding a panel on the wall that looks just like the ones they blast. Instead of opening a cell door, however, this one will switch on your lights!

Death Star blast door control panel.

What You’ll Need

  • Large light switch plastic plate (2-gang, 1-blank)
  • Red spray paint
  • Red acrylic paint
  • Silver spray paint
  • 2 large and 1 small rubber cone washers (used in plumbing)
  • 3 thin metal ring washers
  • Green and red glitter glue
  • Thin black duct tape
  • Silver duct tape (or any shiny silver tape)
  • Clear glue
  • Craft knife / scissors
  • Ruler
  • Pencil
  • Air-dry clay (optional)

Get Started!

Step 1: Begin by using the air-dry clay to fill the two holes on the blank side of the plate, if desired. Spray paint the light switch plate red. Set aside and let dry completely.

Step 2: Next, spray paint the rubber cone washers and metal washers silver, and let dry completely.

Death Star light switch craft.

Step 3: Cut a strip of the black duct tape about 9 cm. long, or the length of the light switch plate you’re using. Gently stick it to the table you’re working on. Trace the large rubber cone washer along the side of the tape, and cut out the half-circle. Peel the tape from the table and stick it to the red plate next to the opening for the light switch.

Step 4: Cut another 9 cm. piece of black duct tape and lightly stick it to the table. Place the smaller rubber cone washer on the tape and mark the top and bottom. Cut the tape into two pieces, leaving a gap where you marked it.

Step 5: Trace the larger cone washer on the bottom piece of tape and cut out a half circle. Line it up with the other half circle you cut previously in the first piece of tape, and stick this tape alongside it.

Tip: Peeling and re-sticking the black tape can remove the spray paint from the plastic! If you’re having trouble lining up the pieces, don’t press too hard on the black tape until you have it where you want it. If you do accidentally pull paint from the plate, you can use red acrylic paint to touch it up.

Death Star light switch craft.

Step 6: Next, cut three thin strips of silver tape the length of the plate. If you’re having trouble making straight cuts, stick the silver tape on a cutting mat and run the craft knife along a ruler.

Death Star light switch craft.

Step 7: Place two silver strips along the left and top edges. Place the remaining strip on the right of the light switch, closer to the switch than to the edge.

Step 8: Use the clear glue to glue the cone washers and metal washers to the light switch plate between the black and silver tape on the left side.

Step 9: While the glue is drying, paint the screws that came with the light switch plate red. Let dry.

Death Star light switch craft.

Step 10: Fill the inside of the bottom two ring washers with green glitter glue, and the top one with the red glitter glue. Let dry completely.

Death Star light switch craft complete.

Once all glue and paint are dry, your Death Star light switch is operational!

Kelly Knox is a freelance writer who loves creating Star Wars crafts with her daughter. Follow her on Twitter at @kelly_knox.

Bring Imperial Style Home With This DIY Death Star Panel Light Switch Plate

Give Your Holiday Guests the Warm Fuzzies With a DIY Chewbacca Wreath

Chewbacca is taking time away from the family this Life Day to stay at your home for the holidays! This furry Chewbacca-themed wreath will make your guests feel right at home from the moment they spot it on your front door. Add the ornament or a Wookiee action figure to clue in guests who might not easily recognize Star Wars characters, or leave it with just Chewie’s bandolier.

Either way, every time you come home and open the front door, you won’t be able to resist saying, “Chewie, we’re home.”

What You’ll Need

  • Foam wreath
  • Brown craft fur
  • Wide gold holiday ribbon
  • Brown holiday ribbon (not as wide as the gold ribbon)
  • Large white jingle bells
  • Chewbacca ornament or toy (optional)
  • Scissors
  • Hot glue gun
  • Flexible measuring tape

Get Started!

Chewbacca wreath craft - scissors and tubing.

Step 1: Begin by wrapping the measuring tape around the wreath to measure its circumference.

Chewbacca wreath craft - cutting fur.

Step 2: Cut pieces of the brown craft fur as wide as the circumference you measured so that each piece fits neatly around the wreath. Shorter pieces are easier to glue on the wreath, so don’t cut the fur longer than four inches or so.

Chewbacca wreath craft - wrapping fur around tube.

Step 3: Once you have cut several pieces of craft fur, begin wrapping them around the wreath and hot gluing them to the foam.

Note: Make sure each piece of fur is adhered in the same direction and slightly overlap for a smoother look. Also, place the lengthwise “seam” of the fur pieces all on the same side of the wreath for the same reason.

Step 4: Continue gluing the fur until the entire wreath is covered. If you missed any small areas, cut and glue small pieces of fur to fill it in.

Step 5: Wrap the wide gold ribbon once around the wreath on the top right, and glue the ends down on the same side as the fur seams.

Step 6: Wrap the brown ribbon once around the gold ribbon and glue it down.

Chewbacca wreath craft - attaching bells.

Step 7: Hot glue the large white jingle bells to the brown and gold ribbon, evenly spaced, to finish the bandolier.

Step 8: Cut a long piece of gold ribbon and a shorter piece of brown ribbon. Fold the gold ribbon into a loop, and then wrap the brown ribbon around it to make a bow. Glue the ends down and adjust the gold ribbon until you have a neat bow. Glue it to the bottom of the bandolier.

Step 9: Hot glue a Chewbacca ornament or toy to the wreath if you want to make sure everyone knows who your favorite Wookiee is. (The hot glue will likely damage an action figure, so choose carefully!)

Chewbacca wreath craft finished!

Your Chewbacca wreath is complete! Ho-ho-hhhaaargghhh!

Kelly Knox is a freelance writer who loves creating Star Wars crafts with her daughter. Follow her on Twitter at @kelly_knox.

Give Your Holiday Guests the Warm Fuzzies With a DIY Chewbacca Wreath