Merry Sithmas: How we made our own Star Wars Christmas lawn ornaments #Do It Yourself#Christmas#geeky#lawns#star wars December 17 | Guest post by Sarakenobi I saw a Christmas card last year that had an AT-AT with reindeer antlers that said "Merry Force Be With You." I thought that would be awesome in my yard… and then thought about adding the sleigh and tauntaun reindeer from there. Here's how we made all of this ourselves… I borrowed an overhead projector from our local library and used pixlr.com and the internet to find pictures that I wanted and printed them on overhead transparencies. I don't have a garage or a shed, so I took over the living room. We bought some 3/8" plywood because it was cheap. It wasn't that sturdy, and I think if I was to do it over I would get some thicker boards. While using the overhead projector my kids thought it was the best thing ever to project toy shadows all over the place. I turned the lights off and traced the outlines of the patterns on the boards. While I traced, my husband, Mike, cut the boards with a jigsaw in the kitchen. (We really, really need a garage!) To make the "Merry Sithmas" sign, I painted it out and then we drilled holes in it and pushed red lights through. We tried a few ways to put them in the ground before settling on one that seems to be working pretty well. We took landscaping markers and drove them into the ground and THEN screwed the tauntauns on. With Vader and the AT-AT we used metal conduit piping. Mike drove them into the ground and then we attached the wooden pieces with some brackets. I used nylon clamps to put rope light "reins" on — I wanted something lightweight to hold the rope lights because I didn't want any extra stress on the boards if it got windy. It was windy and rainy the first day they were out and they are holding nicely. I added spotlights and a Santa hat and voila! I am extremely pleased with how it turned out and I can't wait to add more next year! Join our community! Reporter Name * Reporter Email * Original text Enter the original text here. Edited text* Enter your suggested copyedit here. Notes You can add a note for the editor here. * Required information. Fix Typo Guest post written by Sarakenobi Sarakenobi is a geek who lives in a small town in North Carolina. She loves her family and anything with glitter and rainbows. You will often find her with power tools or a good book and you will never know what she's going to do next. https://twitter.com/Sarakenobi PREVIOUS Why part-Vulcans make bad partners NEXT How to get out of your head, and into the moment Show/Hide comments [ 27 ] Those are amazing! I wish I was your neighbor! 9 agree Reply I'm pretty sure at this point they just roll their eyes :p I live in a neighborhood where there aren't many younger couples with kids – they are mostly retired. 1 agrees Reply Merry Sithmas to you too! 7 agree Reply I love this the most. I hope we have a yard next Christmas! 1 agrees Reply Thanks 🙂 Reply THIS IS MY FAVORITE THING!!! 17 agree Reply Thanks!!!! Reply I absolutely love Darth in the sleigh. That is hilarious. Also the Sithmas sign is amazing! Very creative and fun. 4 agree Reply Thank you 🙂 Reply it was my favorite to do too! the AT-AT took way too long :p Reply This is awesome! My husband and I are apartment dwellers currently, but this gives us ideas for the future. Sithmas and Yulethulhu together – heh heh heh. I am also left pondering how a Star Trek version of this would look, for my family with a yard! Reply We were torn, I wanted to do a TARDIS with a wreath, but Star Wars won out with cleverness 🙂 1 agrees Reply You win the internet today. Freaking brilliant. 2 agree Reply THANKS 🙂 Reply I love this, so clever! I totally have a buying-plywood rage right now, argh! Reply DO IT! DO IT! DO IT~! I'm eating box macaroni and cheese until Christmas though :p Reply I love this! Awesome! (Is there any way you would be willing to email me the black and white – your computer outline of this? ) Way cool! Reply sure! email me at sarabookworm at gmail! 1 agrees Reply A little late – but for those of you without a yard – here's a super awesome indoor alternative for this year! A little fiddly but oh so worth it. I filled my work pod with these last Christmas, along with an Ewok nativity scene – it was my best work all year 😉 http://www.anthonyherreradesigns.com/index.php/8-ahd-blog/8-star-wars-snowflakes-2013 1 agrees Reply Best lawn ornaments EVER. Reply So amazing! I too am filing this for possible future use. I wish I could drive by your yard every day. Reply I forgot to show you that we updated it – https://twitter.com/jmgl/status/547910360175759362/photo/1 we added Ewoks building a Wampa snowman, R2 and C3PO caroling and a very huge Death Star ornament on our roof (that was so hard to do!) Reply Hi! I just find this (two years later…) and it's amazing! Could you email me the computer silhouettes, please? Reply Are you still online? Reply I exist! Reply Making the at-ats today how big of a board is it. Making two one crashed and another walking so when it snows I'll have the battle of hoth. Reply That is amazing. Our Christmas cards this year include a photo of my daughter on the front, in her Darth Vader Halloween costume. I glued on some snowflake sequins, and it looks as if she is using the force to call them to her. The inside reads "May your days be merry and bright, and may the force be with you". 'Force' is written with glitter letters, because why not? They are probably my favourite nerdy Christmas cards ever. Reply Join the conversation Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Participate in this conversation via emailGet only replies to your comment, the best of the rest, as well as a daily recap of all comments on this post. No more than a few emails daily, which you can reply to/unsubscribe from directly from your inbox. No-drama comment policy Part of what makes the Offbeat Empire different is our commitment to civil, constructive commenting. Make sure you're familiar with our no-drama comment policy.