You’re All Clear to Make an X-Wing Helmet Suncatcher!

Now let’s craft this thing and go home.

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.

Luke Skywalker in his X-wing

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
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Pencil

Get Started!

Note: This DIY calls for a sharp craft knife and is not suitable for children.

X-wing Helmet Suncatcher step 1

Step 1: Print the X-wing helmet template on the white cardstock paper.

X-wing Helmet Suncatcher step 2

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.

X-wing Helmet Suncatcher step 3

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.

X-wing Helmet Suncatcher step 6

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.

X-wing Helmet Suncatcher step 9

Step 9: Continue tracing, cutting, and gluing until every white space except the top circle is covered.

X-wing Helmet Suncatcher

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. 

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Kelly Knox writes features and DIYs for 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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