May The Force Be In Your Cube
It’s someone’s birthday and they happen to be a fan of Star Wars. A big fan. What do you do? If you want to go overboard you can create the famous Death Star battle at Yavin with some low-budget items. All right, Gold Leader, let’s take stock of what we need to create.
The Death Star
To create the Death Star, you may want to try papier-mâché over a balloon which you can then paint elephant gray and paint black squares on to it. As you can probably guess given my word choice and my track record, I did not make the fully operational battle station out of papier-mâché. Instead I used a styrofoam ball that would not take on paint without a nice lathering of wood putty. Why wood putty? It was available.
Can’t you see the resemblance? Sorta?
Made completely out of office supplies this was the most fun and fitting Star Wars fighter jet. A step by step assembly is provided by Instructables.com. I did make a couple of modifications. This time, for the better. Per the Instructables instructions, you will need a memory card to mount the binder clips which will become the wings. Instead of wasting a memory card, cut out a piece of cardboard. Then when all is assembled spray paint it gray. When that has dried, apply some red acrylic paint on the side of the sharpie for the characteristic red stripe.
These lightsabers are easy to make, cheap and fun to whack others with. Take a pool noodle and cut it in half with scissors. With silver and black duct tape you can make the handles. Any nerfherder can make one.
Admiral Ackbar’s Snack Bar
After any battle, warriors tend to get a might hungry. And we’re not talking about blue milk. Rather it would do better to have some Thermal Detonators (whoppers), Han’s Rollos (rollo minis), Qui-Gon Jinn-Ger Snaps (ginger snaps), Princess Leia honey buns (honey buns). The idea originally came from Hello My Sweet and she even sells these decorations on her Etsy store.
Star Wars Paper Dolls
The proverbial icing, in my opinion, to any decoration is to find the personal touch. In this instance, a friend and I cut out the famous characters and superimposed the heads of our team so it would appear as though we are traveling in the Millennium Falcon, which I was lucky to find at a garage sale.
Enjoy and may the force be with you!