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

These Death Star Waffles Are Now the Ultimate Power at the Breakfast Table

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You know the Empire’s motto: if you’re going to make a battle station, why not make a prototype out of waffles first. Valentine’s Day is a time of love, even for a moon-sized super weapon. These holiday breakfast treats are tinted to honor the hue of Quadanium steel coupled with the effervescent pink tied to Valentine’s Day.

Making these sweet space stations will surely win over your valentine this February 14. That’s no moon…it’s my heart.

Valentine’s Day Death Star Waffles

You’ll need:

  • Death Star waffle maker
  • Heart-shaped cookie cutter

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2½ teaspoons baking powder
  • Pinch of salt
  • 2 cups buttermilk
  • 2 eggs
  • 4 oz cream cheese, softened
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla
  • Pink food gel dye
  • Black food gel dye

Step 1: Prep the waffle iron by greasing generously with non-stick spray. 

An easy Death Star waffles recipe for Valentine's Day.

Step 2: In a bowl whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt.

Step 3: Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients then add the buttermilk, eggs, cream cheese, and vanilla.

An easy Death Star waffles recipe for Valentine's Day.

Step 4: Separate the batter equally into two bowls. Into one, add a few drops of pink gel dye until combined. In the second bowl, add a drop of black gel dye, stirring until gray in color.

An easy Death Star waffles recipe for Valentine's Day.

 Step 5: Pour the batter into the prepped waffle maker, and cook until crisp. (Note: Death Star waffler will brown the waffles.)

An easy Death Star waffles recipe for Valentine's Day.An easy Death Star waffles recipe for Valentine's Day.

Step 6: Use the heart-shaped cutter to cut out a heart from both a pink waffle and a gray waffle. Interchange the hearts in the waffles.

An easy Death Star waffles recipe for Valentine's Day.

Step 7: Serve warm with syrup.

Death Star waffle maker available from ThinkGeek. Lightsaber flatware available at Hot Topic.

Jenn Fujikawa is a lifestyle and food writer. Follow her on Twitter at @justjenn and check her Instagram @justjennrecipes and blog www.justjennrecipes.com for even more Star Wars food photos.

These Death Star Waffles Are Now the Ultimate Power at the Breakfast Table

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