I’ve had a dream for awhile – a dream of having a Star Wars themed Christmas. Because when you’re obsessed with the original trilogy, it naturally makes sense, right? I finally executed my dream this year with a Star Wars themed Christmas tree as part of the Michaels Makers challenge! Let me be honest though, the whole process wasn’t easy. It took me awhile to figure out which particular Star Wars theme I would go with. I finally decided to make my tree a little more subtle (if there is such a thing when your theme is Star Wars?) and go with the droids. Why? Because they are silver and gold, and I like those colors for Christmas. They’re actually pretty traditional. I figured that someone might approach my tree and think, “hmmm . . . . what are those?”
Then they’d come a little closer and see this:
I bet you are wondering how I made them. It’s REALLY easy.
You’re going to need:
- Non-breakable fillable ornaments – I used 8 large and 12 small
- FolkArt multi-surface paint in Titanium White and Pure Gold (about 4 – 5 bottles each)
- Sharpie paint markers – Black, blue, red, silver
- Paper towels
- Cups for draining excess paint
And all of these supplies are available from Michaels!
Making the ornaments is really easy. Simply take the lid off of an ornament and squeeze some paint inside. Roll it around and shake (use paper towel to cover the top) until you coat the inside. I’m sure you are asking me how much paint to put inside the ornament, but it really depends. Just play with it and you’ll quickly learn. Start with less and add more if you need it.
Because after you fill the ornaments, you’ll want to drain them! I purchased small cups and placed the ornaments upside down to drain. At the same time, they are drying. It can take a few days depending on the climate, so keep that in mind! The paint drains relatively quickly and you can place it back in the bottle (which I did). If you see any areas where the paint didn’t quite stick, repeat the process.
When you’re done, replace the lids and you’ll be left with some awesome droid canvases!
There’s no trick to making the faces. I honestly just winged it. On C-3PO, I used a fine tip Sharpie oil paint pen to draw the face. On R2-D2, I drew the dots first, then the boxes around them. Then the silver around that, and the lines at the bottom. Let the ink dry.
Then hang them!
What did I do to put the tree together? I flocked it first with a snow spray purchased at Michaels. I let that dry, then put a gold ribbon around it. I placed a star topper on the very top, then hung up the Star Wars ornaments. I filled in with silver and white glitter balls!