Ah, the cheerful summer sunshine is as bright as an exploding Death Star! (Both of them.) Capture a little bit of that energy and joy in a DIY that mimics a stained glass suncatcher. Anyone who spies it hanging in your window will know that a creative Star Wars fan lives inside.
With some patience and a steady hand, you’ll turn colorful tissue paper and our X-wing helmet template into a sunny homage to your favorite pilot.
What You’ll Need
- X-wing helmet template
- White cardstock paper
- Tissue paper, various colors
- Black marker
- Craft knife
Note: This DIY calls for a sharp craft knife and is not suitable for children.
Step 1: Print the X-wing helmet template on the white cardstock paper.
Step 2: Begin carefully cutting out the white spaces between the black lines with the craft knife. Make sure you have a cutting mat or other protection for the table underneath the paper.
Step 3: Once all of the white space has been cut out, use a black marker to fill in any uneven edges.
Optional: Flip over the helmet to the unprinted side and use the marker to make those lines black as well.
Step 4: Cut out the helmet along the outside line with scissors.
Step 5: Choose your colors of tissue paper. You can make the helmet screen accurate with red, yellow, and white, or create a rainbow effect with several different colors.
Step 6: Lay the tissue paper on top of the suncatcher where you’d like that color. Trace the black lines underneath as a guide to accurately measure the shape.
Step 7: Cut out the tissue paper along the traced line.
Step 8: Squeeze a thin line of glue along the black line on the helmet and gently press the tissue paper in place.
Step 9: Continue tracing, cutting, and gluing until every white space except the top circle is covered.
Step 10: Let all the glue dry. Your suncatcher is complete!
Tape the helmet or hang it from a suction cup hook on a window for a colorful reminder of the galaxy far, far away.
Kelly Knox writes features and DIYs for StarWars.com. Her writing can also be seen on Marvel, DC Comics, IGN, and more. Follow her on Twitter at @kelly_knox to talk Star Wars, games, and crafts.
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