That’s No Moon, It’s a DIY Death Star Valentine

Now witness the power of this fully armed and operational pop-up card.

You might not think about love when you gaze upon the Death Star (unless, perhaps, you’re Director Orson Krennic), but your valentine will know you care when you hand them this handmade card. This simple pop-up card can be assembled quickly, no doubling of efforts required!

The Death Star as depicted in Rogue One, with several Star Destroyers appearing small in comparison as they pass in front of the station.

What You’ll Need*

  • Textured silver scrapbook paper
  • Black, red, orange, and yellow card stock or scrapbook paper
  • 65 cm heart paper punch
  • Small heart paper punch
  • Black permanent marker
  • White acrylic paint
  • Clear glue
  • Scissors
  • Paintbrush
  • Pencil
  • Black pen

*The activities in this article should only be done with adult supervision.

Get Started!

A Death Star Valentine's Day craft is made.

Step 1: Begin by folding the silver scrapbook paper in half, with the white side out. Trace or draw a large circle on the paper, about four and half inches in diameter, with the top part of the circle on the fold. This will be the inside of the card. Cut out the circle, which should make an hourglass shape when unfolded.

Step 2: Use the folded circle as a template and trace the shape on the remaining silver paper. Cut it out. This will be the front of the card.

Step 3: Cut a heart from the same silver paper with the heart paper punch.

A Death Star Valentine's Day craft is made.

Step 4: Cut a notch, about one inch in length, in the fold at the top of the card. Press it forward and unfold.

A Death Star Valentine's Day craft is made.

Step 5: Open the card. Gently push the notch inside and press the card closed, so that it forms a stair shape when the card is opened.

Step 6: Cut a heart from the red paper with the heart hole punch.

A Death Star Valentine's Day craft is made.

Step 7: Lightly trace the opened inside of the card on the yellow paper to use as a size guide. Draw a burst shape on the yellow paper inside the traced circle and cut it out.

Step 8: Again, use the yellow burst as a template, lightly trace it on the orange card stock for sizing. Draw a smaller burst inside the traced burst and cut it out.

A Death Star Valentine's Day craft is made.

Step 9: Glue the smaller orange burst on the yellow one, and the red heart on top of the orange burst. Let dry.

Step 10: Fold the burst in half. Glue it to the front of the stair shape and on the bottom half of the card. Close the card and trim any parts of the burst that may be sticking out of the sides. Let the glue dry completely.

Tip: Close the card and place books or other weights on top of it to help it dry flat.

A Death Star Valentine's Day craft is made.

Step 11: While the glue is drying, begin making the front of the card by using the black permanent marker to draw the trench across the center.

Step 12: Next, glue the silver heart you cut previously just off-center and close to the trench.

Step 13: Dip the unbristled end of the paint brush in the white paint and start adding the lights on the Death Star. Add as many as you’d like, grouped together in rows.

A Death Star Valentine's Day craft is made.

Step 14: Use the small heart hole punch to cut a tiny black heart, and glue it to the center of the silver heart. Let the paint and glue dry completely.

Step 15: Once dry, glue the painted front of the card on to the front of the folded card. Let dry completely.

Finally, open the card to make sure the pop-up works correctly and add a personal message.  Our suggestion: “You can’t repel love of this magnitude!”

For more DIY Star Wars Valentine’s Day crafts and ready-made cards, check out Cricut for creative patterns, CSS die-cut card packs, a Hallmark mailbox and card kit perfect for the classroom exchange, and other ready-made cards from American Greetings and Lovepop

Kelly Knox is a freelance writer who loves creating Star Wars crafts with her daughter. Follow her on Twitter at @kelly_knox.

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