Star Wars Christmas Tree

Next month, we’ll be amazed at the new episode of Star Wars – The Last Jedi.

My family and I decided to celebrate this event with a homemade Star Wars Christmas tree. I would like to share the entire process involved and also some templates so that you can create yours.


Step 1: Ships
I suggested that we should use Christmas tree balls as a starting point. Thus, we choose the Imperial ships of the Tie family, for they present spherical cockpits.

Tie Fighter

Tie Fighter (Vader)

Tie Interceptor

Tie Defender

Tie Droid

R2-D2 – Not a ship, but has a spherical head

All parts were glued with hot glue and painted with metallic spray paint silver and rose gold.

Step 2: Tree top – Death Star

Downloaded, printed and assembled Death Star model, available at

Before I glued one hemisphere to the other, I wrapped the inside with foil and made several holes, so that an inner illumination could only be seen through them.

Step 3: Tree Skirt – Imperial Logo

I cut a 42-inch circle on the black felt and a 12-inch circle on the white felt. Both with a hole in the center to pass the tree trunk. The other details were cut into the white felt and everything was glued with hot glue.

To finish, I pasted a garland around the skirt and the inner hole.

Step 4: Stepping Santa
Long ago, we’ve got this Mr. Christmas Stepping Santa. A helmet and a felt cape, and he became Stepping Vader!

Step 5: Lightsabers
I used 100 colored straws and a regular LED string (100 LEDs). I put together each pair using silver tape.

Thanks for reading! Merry Xmas and a wonderful 2018 to you all!


After their first contact with the design of papercraft, it was time to begin their real challenge.

This year, the idea is each class build a dinosaur. For this, I created models of a Tyrannosaurus, Pteranodon and a Styracosaurus. BTW, these three models are available for download from the Workshops page.

Basically, the parts are cones and truncated cones. Each student should build one or two parts.

They were very excited about the task, which was divided into: Score, Cut, Fold, Glue and initial perception of where each part goes.

I was really impressed with the ability of some students, who managed to assemble very small parts.

Finally, they completed the assembly of the dinosaurs, joining the parts they build. Parts were numbered for easy identification.
Tyrannosaurus partsPteranodon footTyrannosaurus leg

The painting was done later, during the art classes.

Remember, you can download these models from the Workshops page, and try them with your kids!