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

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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

That’s No Moon, It’s a DIY Death Star Valentine

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You might not think about love when you gaze upon the Death Star (unless, perhaps, you’re Director Orson Krennic), but your valentine will know you care when you hand them this handmade card. This simple pop-up card can be assembled quickly, no doubling of efforts required!

What You’ll Need

  • Textured silver scrapbook paper
  • Black, red, orange, and yellow card stock or scrapbook paper
  • 65 cm heart paper punch
  • Small heart paper punch
  • Black permanent marker
  • White acrylic paint
  • Clear glue
  • Scissors
  • Paintbrush
  • Pencil
  • Black pen

Get Started!

A Death Star Valentine's Day craft is made.

Step 1 : Begin by folding the silver scrapbook paper in half, with the white side out. Trace or draw a large circle on the paper, about four and half inches in diameter, with the top part of the circle on the fold. This will be the inside of the card. Cut out the circle, which should make an hourglass shape when unfolded.

Step 2 : Use the folded circle as a template and trace the shape on the remaining silver paper. Cut it out. This will be the front of the card.

Step 3 : Cut a heart from the same silver paper with the heart paper punch.

A Death Star Valentine's Day craft is made.

Step 4 : Cut a notch, about one inch in length, in the fold at the top of the card. Press it forward and unfold.

A Death Star Valentine's Day craft is made.

Step 5 : Open the card. Gently push the notch inside and press the card closed, so that it forms a stair shape when the card is opened.

Step 6 : Cut a heart from the red paper with the heart hole punch.

A Death Star Valentine's Day craft is made.

Step 7 : Lightly trace the opened inside of the card on the yellow paper to use as a size guide. Draw a burst shape on the yellow paper inside the traced circle and cut it out.

Step 8 : Again, use the yellow burst as a template, lightly trace it on the orange card stock for sizing. Draw a smaller burst inside the traced burst and cut it out.

A Death Star Valentine's Day craft is made.

Step 9 : Glue the smaller orange burst on the yellow one, and the red heart on top of the orange burst. Let dry.

Step 10 : Fold the burst in half. Glue it to the front of the stair shape and on the bottom half of the card. Close the card and trim any parts of the burst that may be sticking out of the sides. Let the glue dry completely.

Tip: Close the card and place books or other weights on top of it to help it dry flat.

A Death Star Valentine's Day craft is made.

Step 11 : While the glue is drying, begin making the front of the card by using the black permanent marker to draw the trench across the center.

Step 12 : Next, glue the silver heart you cut previously just off-center and close to the trench.

Step 13 : Dip the unbristled end of the paint brush in the white paint and start adding the lights on the Death Star. Add as many as you’d like, grouped together in rows.

A Death Star Valentine's Day craft is made.

Step 14 : Use the small heart hole punch to cut a tiny black heart, and glue it to the center of the silver heart. Let the paint and glue dry completely.

Step 15 : Once dry, glue the painted front of the card on to the front of the folded card. Let dry completely.

Finally, open the card to make sure the pop-up works correctly and add a personal message.  Our suggestion: “You can’t repel love of this magnitude!”

For more DIY Star Wars Valentine’s Day crafts and ready-made cards, check out Cricut for creative patterns, CSS die-cut card packs, a Hallmark mailbox and card kit perfect for the classroom exchange, and other ready-made cards from American Greetings and Lovepop

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

That’s No Moon, It’s a DIY Death Star Valentine

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

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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

Craft a Nice, Juicy Gorg-ament for Your Holiday Tree

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Gorgs are delicious treats both on Star Wars Resistance’s Colossus station and in real life. But did you know they also make a perfect holiday decoration? Papier-mâché, wooden beads, clay, paint, and a splash of glitter combine to add a little personality to your holiday decorations, kids’ playrooms, or refueling station.

Kaz is shown in a scene from Star Wars Resistance.

What You’ll Need

  • Round papier-mâché ornament
  • Two large wooden beads
  • Air-dry clay
  • Model Magic clay
  • Cream, grey, turquoise, pale green, and black acrylic paint
  • Craft knife
  • Hot glue gun
  • Paint brushes
  • Glitter

Get Started!

Step 1: Begin by hot gluing the two wooden beads on top of the ornament on either side of the hanging string, opening side down. Let cool.

Step 2: Fill in the openings on the top of the beads with the air-dry clay and let dry.

Step 3: Next, use the air-dry clay to fill in around the sides of the bead, making the eyes look attached to the gorg’s body (the ornament).

Step 4: Shape eyelids for the gorg with the air-dry clay, and gently press the clay to the top of the wooden bead. Blend as needed and let all clay dry completely, preferably overnight.

Steps to make a glitter gorg ornament.

Step 5: Paint the belly of the gorg with the cream-colored acrylic paint. Paint the body and the eyelids with the grey paint and let all paint dry.

Step 6: Paint the gorg’s eyes turquoise and let dry before adding the pupils with the black paint. If you’re having trouble with the small dots in the pupils, dip the other end of the paint brush in the black paint and gently dot it on the wooden bead.

Step 7: Add two black dots on the front of the ornament for the gorg’s nose. Let all paint dry completely.

Steps to make a glitter gorg ornament.

Step 8: Use the Model Magic clay to make three small fin shapes. One will be the larger fin on top of the gorg’s head, and the other two will be smaller fins for the back of the ornament. Let the clay dry overnight.

Steps to make a glitter gorg ornament.

Step 9: Paint the fins a pale green and let dry.

Step 10: Hot glue the larger fin to the top of the ornament, and the two smaller fins on the back side.

Steps to make a glitter gorg ornament.

Step 11: Use silver or holographic glitter glue over the dry grey paint and let the glitter dry completely. Repeat on the belly with a white glitter, and let dry.

Your gorg ornament (or, if you prefer, gorg-ament) is complete! Make it together with your kids to celebrate Star Wars Resistance and the holidays this winter.

Steps to make a glitter gorg ornament.

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

Craft a Nice, Juicy Gorg-ament for Your Holiday Tree

Star Wars Pet Makeovers Transforms a Pooch into Jabba’s Pal

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I never imagined I would give my dog a makeover. But when Oh My Disney! contacted me to see if I wanted to give my pet, Chuy, a Star Wars makeover, how could I resist? I immediately said yes, while my dog celebrated his good fortune with a nap on the couch. Chuy is my 12-year-old Chihuahua, and he’s gotten used to being dressed up in my handmade creations. Over the years, I’ve dressed him up as Ebenezer Scrooge, a Star Destroyer, and most recently, a porg! One character I’ve always wanted to dress Chuy as is Salacious B. Crumb. Not only is Salacious one of my favorite Star Wars creatures, but Kowakian monkey-lizards and Chihuahuas do look similar.

When I arrived on set for Star Wars Pet Makeovers by Oh My Disney, Chuy and I didn’t know what to expect. We got whisked away into hair and makeup (for me) and then we met with costume designer, Ngozika Okeke to discuss outfit options. I got a little distracted by all the incredible-looking Star Wars masks and helmets. [Insert Tusken Raider battle cry here.] Thankfully, Ngozika helped me get back on track when she shared some of her ideas for Chuy’s makeover. I also showed her the Boushh-bounding outfit I had put together for the photo shoot. After we added a makeshift bandolier to my ensemble, it was time for Chuy’s big moment.

Jennifer Landa poses with her dog, Chuy, who is dressed as Salacious B. Crumb.

Chuy’s Salacious B. Crumb makeover was perfect. Ngozika made his costume from feathers, which meant the pieces were extremely lightweight and easy for my little guy to wear. My Return of the Jedi dreams were realized when I saw the dog-sized Throne Room, complete with a small Jabba the Hutt! I was floored by how screen-accurate the set looked and how it was tailor-made for Chuy. Bounty hunters aren’t supposed to smile but I couldn’t stop beaming during the photo shoot. The photo shoot was a mixture of fun and hilarity, but it also ended up being a special day for both of us, I think. As I mentioned earlier, Chuy is a senior dog. He’s got a lot of energy left but he’s definitely in his twilight years. And after my daughter was born, he moved to a lower rank in the pack. So the makeover ended up being a chance to spend some quality time with my little buddy — hanging out, laughing, eating treats — just like Jabba and Salacious B. Crumb.

If you’re interested in dressing up your furry friend, here are my 5 pet costuming tips!

Jennifer Landa poses with her dog, Chuy, who is dressed as Salacious B. Crumb.

1. Know your dog. The most important thing when picking out your pet’s costume is to know what they will feel comfortable in. Some dogs don’t like having their legs or paws covered. Other dogs are happy to sit in an Ewok hood and body suit all day. If this is your pet’s first time dressing up, try something easy-to-wear like Yoda ears or a BB-8 hoodie. This will give you a better sense of what their comfort level is…and whether they’re ready to rock that Han Solo wig and vest.

2. Choose fabrics wisely. Once you know your dog’s comfort level, it’s time to think about fabric options. Soft fabrics like fleece or fake fur are always a safe bet. Synthetic fabric like polyester is often used to make pet cape costumes, like Darth Vader, or dresses, like Princess Leia’s in A New Hope. I have learned that my dog prefers fleece and fake fur fabric over polyester costumes. It all depends on your pet’s personality. If you have your heart set on that Lando Calrissian dog costume, try it on your pet. But if they give you a look that seems to say “This deal is getting worse all the time,” it might be time to ditch the cape.

3. DIY or store bought? There are so many choices when it comes to Star Wars costumes for pets. You can find lots of affordable options online and in pet stores. The great thing about buying a pet costume from a store is that it comes in multiple sizes to ensure the best fit for your pet. If you’re looking for a Star Wars pet costume that is outside of the box, like a Star Destroyer or TIE Fighter, DIY’ing it will be your best bet. Just make sure that whatever costume you choose, your pet can move freely and breathe easily.

4. Limit the amount of time in costume. Your pet may not mind wearing that cardboard Boba Fett jetpack at first, but after 5 minutes, your pup may show you that they’ve had enough. No matter how cute your pooch looks in their getup, it’s only fun if they’re comfortable, too. If they have trouble walking, if they keep scratching themselves, or try to bite the costume, that’s your cue to step in. Even cozy costumes made of fleece can become uncomfortable over time so always keep an eye on your pet.

Jennifer Landa poses with her dog, Chuy, who is dressed as Salacious B. Crumb.
Jennifer Landa poses with her dog, Chuy, who is dressed as Salacious B. Crumb.
Jennifer Landa poses with her dog, Chuy, who is dressed as Salacious B. Crumb.

5. Be a dynamic duo. Couples costumes aren’t just for humans, so why not match your pet? Dress up as Luke Skywalker on Dagobah to match your dog’s Yoda costume. Be the AT-AT driver to your dog the AT-AT. Even if your pet is wearing a simple Star Wars costume, like a set of Leia buns, it will all make sense when you show up in a Chewbacca fur suit.

Giving your pet a Star Wars makeover can be a fun experience for you and your furry companion. Just remember that when you get them into character, always listen to your co-pilot’s grunts, growls, and barks.

Catch up on all the episodes of Star Wars Pet Makeovers on Oh My Disney’s YouTube channel.

Jennifer Landa is an actress, host, and crafter. Follow her on Twitter @JenniferLanda and for more Star Wars DIYs, visit her YouTube channel.

Star Wars Pet Makeovers Transforms a Pooch into Jabba’s Pal

Keep It Clean This Halloween With This Star Wars Resistance Pumpkin

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The Colossus platform in Star Wars Resistance may be filled with hotshot pilots and brilliant mechanics, but there’s one crew member who goes largely unnoticed and unappreciated — until now!

Opeepit, the humble Frigosian maintenance worker, is definitely keeping an eye on Kaz. And if you need someone to keep a watchful eye on unruly trick-or-treaters, you can make a pumpkin that looks just like the hardworking hero to make sure things don’t get too out of hand this Halloween.

What You’ll Need

  • Printed Frigosian pumpkin template
  • Medium orange craft pumpkin
  • Black glitter craft foam (adhesive backing)
  • Plain black craft foam
  • Black tape
  • Purple plastic Easter eggs
  • Gray acrylic paint
  • Black permanent marker
  • Battery-powered LED light
  • Pumpkin carving knife
  • Clear glue
  • Scissors
  • Craft knife
  • Pencil
  • Chalk
  • Paint brush

Get Started!

Step 1: Paint the stem of the craft pumpkin with the acrylic gray paint. Let dry completely.

Step 2: Separate the top and bottoms of the Easter eggs and discard the tops. Trace the bottom of one egg with the chalk on the middle of the pumpkin, making two circles for Opeepit’s eyes about two inches apart. Cut out the circles, and one small circle in the bottom of the pumpkin (for adding and removing the LED light) with the pumpkin carving knife.

A Resistance pumpkin craft, step 1.

Step 3: Print and cut out the shapes on the provided template. Trace the L and R eyes, and the larger shape below them, on the backing of the black glitter craft foam. Cut out the shapes.

Step 4: Cut three strips of the plain black craft foam, about a quarter of an inch wide and one inch long. Glue them in the middle of the nose glitter foam shape and let dry.

A Resistance pumpkin craft, step 2.

Step 5: Next, use the craft knife to cut small openings in the middle of the L and R eye craft foam shapes. Make sure the cut-out shapes are small enough to be hidden by the Easter eggs.

Step 6: Cut several pieces of black tape. Place two between the eyes, and then make a “strap” for Opeepit’s goggles going all the way around the pumpkin. (Smaller pieces of tape are easier to work with, but one long piece will also do the job.)

A Resistance pumpkin craft, step 3.

Step 7: Glue the Easter eggs to the L and R eye shapes and let dry completely.

Step 8: Trace and cut out the two buckle shapes on the plain craft foam. Use the craft knife to cut two small rectangles out of each.

A Resistance pumpkin craft, step 4.

Step 9: It’s time to assemble Opeepit! Remove the adhesive backing from the foam pieces and stick the eyes and nose to the pumpkin, completely covering the two circles you cut in the pumpkin previously. Glue the two buckle pieces on either side of the eyes. Let the glue dry.

A Resistance pumpkin craft, step 5.

Step 10: Finally, use the black permanent marker to draw fur shapes all around the pumpkin. (Did you know Frigosians are actually quite fuzzy?) Your Star Wars Resistance pumpkin is complete.

Slide the LED light into the pumpkin and in the dark the goggles will glower at anyone who dares make a mess!

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

Keep It Clean This Halloween With This Star Wars Resistance Pumpkin