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DIY Darth Vader Christmas Wreath

The holiday season has arrived and homes everywhere are putting up festive decorations. At my house there is a mash-up of traditional decor on the inside and Star Wars fun on the outside. With an inflatable Darth Vader and BB-8 hanging out in the front yard, the neighbors are sure to notice that we love Star Wars in this house. To add to the festive, geeky holiday decor, my husband challenged me a few weeks ago to create a Darth Vader Christmas wreath for our front door.

As I’ve never really made a fully decorated wreath before, I was a bit hesitant and not sure that I could make a wreath worthy of putting out for the world to see. Though after some Internet inspiration, I accepted his challenge and set out to make a fantastic, new addition to our holiday decor. I found aspects of several different Star Wars wreaths on-line to be eye-catching and decided to incorporate each of them into my own wreath.

From the start, I knew I wanted a Darth Vader mask at the center and a Star Wars-esque holiday phrase attached somewhere on the wreath. After those two key pieces, I knew I also wanted recognizable figures from the movies placed around the wreath. With these ideas in mind, I headed to the stores to gather supplies.

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My first stop was Michaels Craft Store. As I searched through Michaels for further inspiration, I found an 18 inch evergreen wreath that was a perfect size for my door, sparkly ribbon that reminded me of hyperspace, and a multi-pack of small silver and white ornaments. Next stop was Wal-Mart’s toy section. In the toy section, I was able to find a Darth Vader mask and small Star Wars toys to accent the wreath. While at the store my husband mentioned how funny it would be to have a candy cane lightsaber. As we were thinking about what we could use to make such a thing, we saw a child with a candy cane filled with M&M’s and had a light bulb moment. Empty out a candy cane tube, paint it, and fill it with lights. So we found the M&M candy cane and headed to the check out. Thinking I had all that I needed, I headed home to get started.

I started constructing the wreath by wrapping the ribbon first. After, the entire wreath was wrapped in ribbon, I attached it to the wreath with green floral wire. Next, I decided to attach a Santa hat to the Darth Vader mask. I secured the hat by safety pinning the hat to the mask’s elastic strap. Then I used a piece of floral wire to secure the mask to the center of the wreath.

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Once the mask was secured, I began tentatively placing the Star Wars figures and small ornaments around the wreath to see where I liked everything. After looking at it with everything on it, it seemed to be missing something. That is when I decided it needed lights. My husband suggested red lights and after thinking about it, I decided that red lights would be perfect for a Sith wreath. Though this did mean another trip to the store.

Back from the store with a 50 bulb strand of red lights, I set to work placing the lights around the ribbon. Once I had the lights wrapped around, I secured the end to the wreath again with floral wire.  Then I worked to secure each figure and ornament to the wreath with floral wire. Next, I set to work on creating the candy cane light saber.

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Now I thought that making this would be quick and easy. Famous last words. First problem I encountered was getting the wrapper sticker adhesive completely off. Tried removing the adhesive with rubbing alcohol and hot water and soap. Neither removed the glue completely. The next issue was that the black paint I used to paint the handle didn’t adhere very well and began to flake off before I could do the lightsaber detail work. Final problem was the red paint on the blade. It streaked pretty badly. With my lightsaber in a bad state, I had to figure out another option for a light saber. Enter in the extra mini lightsaber part that came with our Kylo Ren lightsaber.

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The mini lightsaber had the right blade color and was the right size. We just had to figure out how to light it up. After looking it over, my husband figured out to make it work. He drilled a hole at the bottom of the handle and then fed red lights up into the blade to make it glow. A true team effort saved this portion of the wreath. Now the final piece to finish was the sign.

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After a family discussion, we all decided the best saying was “I Find Your Lack of Cheer Disturbing”. Once that was agreed upon, I had a plan on how to make it happen. First I applied 2 coats of black paint to the board. Next, I measured the board into 3 sections for the 3 lines of text. I wrote, in pencil, the saying while using a ruler to keep the letters level. Once I had the letters the way I wanted, I used a fine-point silver paint pen to trace the letters. To finish prepping it to add to the wreath, I screwed 2 small screw eyes into the top of the board. Finally I used floral wire to attach the board to the bottom of the wreath.

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With everything in place, I put the wreath up and plugged it in. It has a few flaws, but for my first attempt at making a wreath, I’m pretty happy with how it turned out.

If you want to make your own Darth Vader Christmas wreath, below is a supply list to help you get started.

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Darth Vader Christmas Wreath Supply List

  • 18 inch or 24 inch Evergreen Wreath
  • Decorative Ribbon
  • 50 Light bulb Strand
  • Floral Wire
  • Wire Cutters and Scissors
  • Small decorative Christmas bulbs (found mine at Michaels)
  • Darth Vader Mask (can find in toy section at Target and Wal-Mart)
  • Santa Hat
  • Star Wars The Black Series Titanium Series Vehicles
  • Small Wooden Board (found mine at Michaels)
  • Black Paint
  • Paint Brush or Sponge Brush
  • Fine-point Silver Paint Pen
  • 3/4 inch Screw Eyes

 

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