That’s No Snow Globe! DIY Death Star Ornament Is Pure Holiday Awesome

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Looking for the perfect thing to go along with that Vader helmet tree topper and Star Wars wrapping paper? How about a tiny planet destroying Death Star ornament to hang from your tree perhaps? Thanks to Instructables.com user craftycounterpart, you can have just that.

This particular Death Star might not have the ability to reduce Alderaan to rubble, but it would look super slick hanging up on your tree next to popsicle stick stars and that 3rd grade picture of you in a tree ornament that your mom makes sure you hang up every year. The ornament is ingeniously lit with internal LED’s, giving it the recognizable look of the Death Star as it floats in space and features the iconic Superlaser cannon so everyone will know what it at a quick glance.

As cool as it may be, this is definitely not for the faint of heart or the DIY novice. Make no mistake, getting a Death Star that looks this cool is going to take quite a bit of work and supplies. But given a decent amount of time and elbow work, it can be yours. From craftycounterpart’s post, the material list is long, but pretty doable with a trip to a craft outlet and maybe a hardware store if you don’t keep some tools around the house.

Ingredients:

  • 100mm Clear Acrylic ornaments (sourced fromhttp://factorydirectcraft.com/catalog/products/1302_1039-10569-100mm_clear_acrylic_fillable_ball_ornament.html) They are a nice heavy grade, and come in two halves that snap together which would also create the perfect Equator on the Death Star. They were $1.99 each.
  • Drill press with hole cutter bit (there are probably more refined options out there, but go with what you have available)
  • 400 grit wet/dry sandpaper
  • Rubbing Alcohol (to clean surfaces prior to painting)
  • Epoxy putty (the other mans-best-friend)
  • Lumps of clay (to keep the globes from rolling about during construction)
  • Painters masking tape
  • Xacto knife
  • Straight Edge ruler
  • Spray paint (I used Testors flat aircraft light and dark gray for models from Michaels), plus some darker flat gray primer I already had lying around)
  • LED tealights/small flashlights to take apart repurpose.
  • Old phone cable (for harvesting thin black wire)
  • Soldering iron, solder
  • Additional supplies from Radioshack: White LEDs, small grommets, small electronics board with straight through holes, etc. Just don’t get distracted by all the other shiny in there

Check out the link below and give a shot. If you make one yourself, or another geeky ornament, be sure to let us know on Google+, Facebook, Twitter, or Tumblr and we’ll give it a shout out!

Source: Instructables.com

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