5 DIY Christmas Decoration Ideas for Star Wars Fans

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The Darth Vader Tree

Darth Vader Christmas Tree
Darth Vader Christmast Tree. Pinterest

This idea has been gaining traction over the last few years because it's both clever and easy to pull off.

All it takes is a Darth Vader helmet placed atop your Christmas tree as a topper, and a black "robe" (or just a long piece of black cloth) draped around the back. Suddenly you've got the perfect silhouette of the Dark Lord of the Sith and a Christmas tree. You can add a lightsaber if you want, but it's not required.

An added benefit to the Vader Tree is that one entire half of the tree doesn't have to be decorated or lit!

Here's another good one. This idea works with other characters, too, like this tree modeled after a Clone Trooper. It wouldn't be hard to come up with one using Yoda's head and robe, or Boba Fett's helmet and cloak.

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Star Wars Snowflakes

Stormtrooper Snowflake
A paper snowflake based on a Stormtrooper helmet. Anthony Herrera

Want to make your guests do a double-take? If you've got plain white paper and some scissors, you make it happen.

The maestro of Star Wars Snowflakes is designer Anthony Herrera, who has graciously posted new snowflake patterns as free PDF downloads the last four years in a row. The 2015 collection is all designs based on The Force Awakens (don't worry, there's a BB-8 snowflake). Oh, and don't miss the adorable Admiral Ackbar pattern in the 2012 collection.

Download them here:

If you're up for trying more intricate patterns that will require tremendous patience, you can try out these more detailed designs by Matters of Grey.

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LEGO Ornaments

LEGO Slave I Christmas tree ornament
LEGO Slave I Christmas tree ornament. Chris McVeigh

The kids will love this one. Any household with kids in it has has LEGO bricks on-hand. Put them to good use by building your own Star Wars-themed ornaments.

If you need a little help, master builder Chris McVeigh has downloadable instructions for Death Star, Slave I, and Millennium Falcon ornaments on his website. But really, anything is possible. The only limit is your imagination -- and how small you can make a LEGO creation look like something from Star Wars!

Don't forget that Minifigures make great ornaments, too! Glue a tiny hoop to the top of their heads, or if you don't want to add something so permanent, just loop a wire hook around their necks.

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Soup Can Lanterns

Star Wars Lanterns
Star Wars Lanterns. FrugalFun4Boys.com

I'm crazy about this one, because it looks so cool and it's inexpensive. These kinds of nail-punched lanterns are popular gifts that can be bought in historic districts like Williamsburg or my own local Old Salem.

For a one-of-a-kind touch at your next Christmas party, line your driveway with these, a la luminaries. To make them, you'll need tin cans, nails, candles (or battery-powered tea lights), and black spray paint. The cans can come from any kind of canned food (like soup).

Sarah from FrugalFun4Boys.com, who came up with the idea, suggests filling the cans with wet sand and freezing them to make the nailing easier. Then you just trace a pattern and punch out the holes, drain the sand, paint the can black, and you're good to go.

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Star Wars Wreath

Star Wars Wreath
Star Wars Wreath with C-3PO and R2-D2. SuperVixenBadGirl on Etsy

Like Christmas trees, wreaths are great because they're a blank canvas. You can do anything you want with them, so the sky's the limit.

All you need is something circular you can stick things to. Craft stores have styrofoam wreath cores that are easy to attach things to with push pins, staples, strings, wire, glue, or anything else you can think of.

Get some cheap birthday party favors or napkins and affix them to your wreath. Take an action figure or toy, put it in the center of the wreath, and then wrap the wreath in decorative ribbons and silk flowers that match the toy's color. Try a wreath shaped like a character's head, or go abstract.

If you need more help brainstorming, Pinterest is full of ideas, as is Etsy.

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