Cue the Imperial March, y’all.
I made a Darth Vader Christmas Tree and it’s easily my new favorite Christmas decoration. Ever.
I’m so excited about this and so in love with this golden shrine of Darth Vader heads that I don’t even know where to start.
The idea came to me like this:
Conversation with my Star Wars-obsessed son, Jack
Me: Do you have any ideas for a fun Star Wars Christmas decoration that I could make?
Jack: A Darth Vader Christmas tree?
And so it was born.
I’m going to show you how I did it and tell you what you need to make your own. It wasn’t hard, but it was time consuming (and kind of messy). But OMG. It was so, so worth it…everyone in the house loves it and it brings a smile to my face every time I see it!
Here’s what you need to make it (these are affiliate links when applicable):
- Plaster of Paris (I bought this 8lb bucket on Amazon, but you could also buy this at your local Home Improvement store). I used about 3-4 pounds (you’ll be making lots of Darth Vader heads).
- Star Wars silicone molds (which you can use for tons of other stuff…I’ll link to the other things I’ve made with them at the bottom of this post)
- Styrofoam cone, 15″ x 4″
- Wired ribbon for bow (I also used a star like this that I bought at Michaels for the top of my tree)
- Miniature ornaments (I found some like this in the miniature Christmas tree section at Michaels – I bought two packs)
- Metallic gold spray paint
- Glue gun
- I used an empty Dole fruit cup for the trunk because that’s what I had around the house. You could also use an empty tuna can.
Here’s how to make it:
You’ll need to make a ton of Darth Vader heads out of Plaster of Paris. There will be directions for mixing the Plaster of Paris on the package, but it was 2 parts plaster to 1 part water. There is only one Darth Vader mold in the silicone set I bought, so I just kept making Darth Vader heads as I thought about it over the weekend.
I made 50 heads and it worked out perfectly for this tree. Be sure to mix small batches of the Plaster of Paris as it won’t last more than a few minutes before starting to set…so you’ll need to mix a new batch for each round of heads.
This was definitely the slowest part of the process, but I just worked on these when I had spare time. If you have a ton of molds, this could be done *way* faster.
Once they’re all dry, take them outside and spray paint them all.
You’ll also want to spray paint your styrofoam tree.
The heads needed two coats of spray paint. The tree needed three (but it dries super quick, so this didn’t take long). Be sure to spray paint your trunk at this time, too.
I did a ring around the bottom of the tree, then one above it, and kept repeating until I had glued all the heads to the tree. I knew they wouldn’t all match up perfectly, so I started each line of Vaders from the same side of the tree…that way, any mismatch-y lines ended on the back of the tree (and I plan on putting that side against the wall, but honestly, it looks great from any side…it’s not perfect, but it looks fine to me).
There will be gaps between heads, and I used these spaces for the little ornaments. I glued a dot on the tree and then stuck the ornament in the glue (I tried gluing the ornament first, but that resulted in burnt fingertips – ouch).
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