Build Your Own Star Wars Rey Staff For Cheap

For Halloween, I am going to be Rey from Star Wars. I wanted to make my costume as close to the real as I could. The only problem was my budget I didn’t want to pay a whole ton to buy or make my own staff. I had seen things that other people had used foam paper to make other staffs to fit their cosplay outfits. So I found this picture and use foam paper to make the Rey staff.

Attach Foam Paper to PVC

I bought a package of foam paper that has a sticky back it helped in some parts but others it could be a pain at times. The sticky parts got all covered up in the end by the spray paint so it wasn’t sticky anymore. I cut the pieces and attached them to the 1 inch PVC pipe. I had this pipe left over from a previous project it’s about 5ft tall. After I had the foam paper attached I went back and hot glued it onto the pipe. If you don’t go back to hot glue it, they will fall off.

Before PaintStar wars rey Staff

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Middlestar wars rey staff 3

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Spray Paint it

The next step was to spray paint it. I used Rust-Oleum hammered black. You could go back through and add some brown, gold etc. to make it look more worn. I really didn’t have the time right now to add more.

rust-oleum spray paint

Add Fabric and Brown Burlap String

I used the same crinkle fabric just like I used for my Rey costume. Then I used burlap string to go around the middle. I hot glued all of it to the PVC Pipe. You will want to place this in the middle of the section of the Rey staff.

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Straps 

I used an old fake leather purse and cut straps out of the back of the purse.

 

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Cut out chunk from the back of purse27

Hand traced cut out. You need to cut two out.28

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I sewed the lining of the purse to the inside of the cut out to give it more strength since it wasn’t thick leather it needed a little support. Then I took a strap from another thrift store purse the one I used for my costume pouch. I sewed this to the leather straps pieces I made. Then I attached snaps the end of the pieces. I hand sewed the leather and the snaps on. When you attach the snaps make sure they are the right way, the first time I sewed it wrong. Also, don’t mind my drawing on the leather I did fix it when I cut it out 🙂

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Finished Rey Staff

Finished star wars rey staff

 

If you would like some ideas on how to make it look more worn you can check out these sites.

Youtube easy weathering

Youtube weathered metal effect

 

 

For my full Rey costume please click here!

 

 

Things Needed For Project

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    1. 1  inch PVC pipe cut to your desired length. Mine was cut to about 5Ft
    2. Paper foam any color you will be spray painting over it.
    3. Spray paint
    4. Leather Pieces
    5. Strap
    6. Crinkle Fabric
    7. Burlap string
    8. Brown thread
    9. sewing needles

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How To: Attach TV Antenna To Your Whole House. Cord Cutting At Its Best!

So we decided a few months ago to cut out satellite TV. We were spending close to $100 per month for just satellite TV Ouch!  We really don’t watch a whole ton of TV so paying that much felt pointless. So buying a TV Antenna we felt was the right way to go.

Currently, we watch a lot of shows on Netflix and buy or rent movies on amazon.com. We still wanted to get the regular local tv for shows we watch on the CW, Fox, NBC, CBS, etc.

Total right now since cutting the cord. We maybe spend $25 a month to watch Netflix and rent or buy movies. Before we would spend more like $110 with Netflix and TV. That is a savings of $85 per month.  There are a lot of places that money could go per month I am sure you would too. I am going to check into a DVR service like tivo with my son’s sports it’s hard to be home on time to hit it live on TV, plus who wants to watch commercials 🙂 I think once I do this we may be at $35 per month. That is still much cheaper than where we were at.

Buying the right TV Antenna

Make sure you buy the right TV antenna for your distance away from the transmitter. We had to buy the outdoor long distance one because we were further than 50 miles away from the transmitter. You can search for the transmitters in your area at https://www.antennasdirect.com/transmitter-locator.html The reviews on the antenna we bought were pretty good I was surprised how clear the channels come in. I think it was better than our dish was, this is in 4k so it’s nice and works best on our 4k TV.

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Setting up the cord and connecting to the house

So the first step to finding the cord that is connected to your house system.I swear this process took more time than it should’ve. I thought oh we will just connect to the satellite splitter and connect the cord to the antenna on the roof no problems right! Wrong we connected it and it wouldn’t work. We ended up having to follow the cord to the box then to the house . Ended up following the cord wrong like 3 times but finally got it. Here’s a pic of where it ended up going.

WHAT! behind the utility box!

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Once we found where the wire was it was connected to the other box pic below. We unscrewed the box door and connected the cord from the antenna to the cord to the house. Then we went downstairs to the utility room. To find the cord coming in from the wall to the cord box downstairs.

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Once you are at your coaxial cord box you will see cords going everywhere. We had to find the main cord from outside. Ours had red tape on it I felt we got lucky with that. I put that coaxial cord into the middle of our splitter that was marked in. Then I attached all the rest of the house coaxial cords to the splitter. We had this 8 cord splitter that fit all the cords leaving room for one.  So if we ever feel we need more TVs connected we can 🙂  Maybe one day we will connect this to the wall it still looks like this. Its located in our utility room that we only go into a few times a year.

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Now you will need to connect your TV to the wall we used coaxial cables to connect the. We did have to buy a few different sized coaxial cables to do this. Make sure when you buy the coaxial cables you have enough length to reach the coaxial plug to the TV.

Then you will need to go to your TV and do a channel search (in the menu on the tv). We had the TV antenna on the ground pointed in the direction of the transmitters. You can search for your transmitters at https://www.antennasdirect.com/transmitter-locator.html  We had to wait a few minutes for the channels to start popping up. From there we were OK to attach the antenna to the roof. Make sure you unplug the cord from the box while we attached it to the roof for safety reasons then reconnected it once it’s attached.

House antenna

The next step from here we attached the cord to the outside of our house using a 50 ft coaxial cable to connect it from the roof to the box. We used coaxial cord holders and nailed them into the wall. I’m not sure they will hold for a long time where our house has stucco. Note: After 5 months the coaxial cable holders are still holding.

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Once this is all set up and connected you can do a channel search (located in TV menu) again and you should be set. We did this on our LG TV, Roku TV, Vizio TV, and it all worked.

You can look at this site for what’s on TV now. I also use

I also use TV Guide to look up shows.

Update: We recently purchased a Tivo. You can look up shows on their guide and find shows to watch. Also, you can link your account to Netflix, amazon video etc to watch it right from your tivo. We pay around $15 per month for our tivo subscription. It helps to record shows I forget about. Regular tv has tons of shows I watch things like, Jane the virgin, vampire diaries, the flash, new girl, scandal, this is us, a baking show don’t remember the name, NFL playoffs some anyway 🙂 Anther good thing with all the winter storms we have had our antenna has held strong and we have yet to lose signal.

Items needed

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Antenna

coaxial cable for outside and inside

coaxial cable holders and hammer or screwdriver- depending on the holders you get.

splitter if you don’t have one

TV Note if your TV was built before 2009 you will need a digital converter box

You will need a drill and attachment for the bolts provided in the kit

Hammer

Ladder for getting on the roof.

Source

Digital converter

Antenna search

What’s on TV

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I put this little page together so everyone knows exactly what’s going on. I would like to make it clear to my readers.

I’m Amberly I am a serious DIY’er that has a lot of fun. This website is a look into my creative life. I love doing projects, sharing them, sharing techniques, getting feedback, and more.

I never “sell” editorial posts or anything like that. This goes for the blog and all my other various social networking channels. Every post and every page are my own creation unless I say otherwise clearly. No one pays me to do reviews or changes my opinion on anything based on payment.If people do send me free things it won’t change my opinion on whether or not I will recommend it!

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Great examples I love and use Rust-oleum products in a lot I create. I wouldn’t recommend them if I didn’t personally use or like them. I currently do not get paid to use Rust-oleum products.

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Thank you very much, and if there are ever any concerns whatsoever, feel free to contact me.

Whats This? Make Your Own Life Size Nightmare Before Christmas Jack Skellington

What’s this theirs magic in the air! What’s this build your own Jack Skellington! At our house we love The Nightmare Before Christmas, Jack Skellington is our favorite character. I wanted to share it with everyone. My hope is to have a few charters from the Nightmare Before Christmas throughout our Halloween decorations. In the future I would like to make Oogie boogie, Sally, zero etc. This project is very time-consuming. It took me a few months to work on it spreading it out over the weekends mainly. You could finish it maybe in a few days if you have the time to dedicate to it. I would estimate I spent close to $100 to make him.

Here is the DIY on each thing  to make the full Jack Skellington.

Jack’s Head

live size jack skellington nightmare before christmasTo start the project I started working on the pumpkin kings head, it’s made of paper mache, paper paste, spray paint, acrylic paint, wall joint compound, and PVC pipe

I used a punching balloon for the base. A 20-inch beach ball might work better to make his head. With the balloon or beach ball inflated start covering it with your newspaper cut into strips 1-2 inch strips wide and 5-8 inches long. Use this mixture Elmer’s glue 1/2 cup to 1/2 cup of water ratio to cover the strips in. dip a paintbrush in the mixture, painting some glue onto the balloon stick the strip down and then painted the strip on. Cover the whole thing until the balloon or beach ball is no longer showing. Repeat this process 2-3 times so you have a total of 3-4 layers. I allowed each layer to dry before adding the next layer.

Cut eye holes and mouth

Once it’s all dry you will want to cut the holes for the eyes and nose also mark the mouth. What I did was draw on the eyes nose and mouth with a pencil until it was where I wanted it. Then I took a kitchen knife to cut out the eyes and nose holes, this did break the balloon in the middle. I then carefully pulled all the balloon pieces from my eye holes.

This picture is my first attempt at the face but it’s the only pic I had of the newspaper part. The next step you will need to take strips of newspaper dipped in the paste to make the eye sockets you lay it across the eye and let it slide to the depth you want. Then fill it in until the hole is no longer a hole.
paper mache jack skellington

Next step is to fill the whole outside and eye sockets with paper paste this makes it stronger and more filled out for details. I used the following recipe for the paste.

1 Roll of inexpensive toilet paper. Do not use Costco or an expensive brand it doesn’t break down as well
2 tbs of Mineral Oil (baby oil)
1 cup of regular, all-purpose joint compound
3/4 cup of flour
3/4 cup of Paper Mache Paste Source

 

 

 

 

Paper clay

Take the paper clay and start placing it all over the head. I put it fairly thin on the whole head. Around the eyes, nose and mouth I built it up to and edge to help bring out the features more. On the mouth, I left the line in the middle open and just built up around the line.

 

At this point, you can add the pipe or an attachment piece. If you do the pipe you connect the head directly onto the shoulders. If you do the attachment piece you would attach it to a neck

Cut Teeth

Once this is all dry take a Dremel tool and cut out the slits for the teeth. Then take sanding paper or a sander and sand it down I used 220 grit piece. The paper clay I had was pretty lumpy you might be able to get yours less lumpy then I did when you make the paper clay. Once I had it all sanded down I took the joint compound and filled in all the holes and lumps etc. I had to make it more smooth it was bugging me. Sanded it to get it more smooth using the joint compound. Make sure it’s dry before you sand. This picture below is before I filled it in with joint compound

After it is all smooth to your liking take something to wipe the excess powder off with a towel, compressor hose, etc will do the trick. Now you can add spray paint it I used Rust-Oleum white. After it is coated well and dried you can take your black acrylic paint and paint in the black for the eyes, nose, and mouth.

The last step for the head seal it with clear spray paint.

paper mache and paper mache jack skellington

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jack’s Bones

You may want to make yours a little shorter or different. Currently, I have mine leaning against the wall till I find a better solution. When I find one I will update this post.

I took the current lengths and put them together.1 inch PVC pipe cut to shoulder to elbow 13 inches, elbow to hand 14 inches, the neck is 5 inches, shoulders and hips are cut to 3 1/2 inches each, middle body 23 Inches, thighs 15 inches, knee to foot 13 inches.

Start with a board for the base with floor flanges attached. To get the distance of where I needed the floor flanges I put his legs and hips together then drilled the flanges onto the board.

4 90 degree connectors, 4 45 degree connectors (you could do two more to adjust arms differently), 4 connector piece, 3 connector piece

 

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Jack’s Shoes

You will want to build shoes for him. I took a box of soda cut it up and made it look like shoes by taped it with masking tape, then I added some paper clay, and spray painted it black I used Rust-Oleum black spray paint.

Leave holes so the PVC pipe can fit in it.

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Jack’s Clothes

After you put it all together put the white shirt on it then stuff it with filling. Sew the bottom and leave a hole for the PVC pipe to fit. I used safety pins to hold the top part together you could sew this too I find it easier to adjust things when I need to just have safety pins.

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Fit the jacket

Take a thrift store cotton sports jacket and fitted it to the arms. I added black fabric to lengthen it( his arms are really long) and add tails. The picture with my son shows how long the arms are, they reach his feet.

 

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Pants

Next, I took black yoga pants and I fitted them to the legs. After you’ve got it to where its all fitted you can start painting the puffy paint stripes on it to turn it into the black pin-striped suit. The white stripes are made from white and glow in the dark puffy paint together to give it an extra pow. It ended up taking 2 white and 1 glow in the dark paint to get it all stripped. I took the paint and mixed it all then poured it back in the bottles. Lay the clothes on a table and started painting the stripes on. Let it dry overnight before turning it over to add it to the back side.20150903_175621

Now you can dress him I added filling to the crotch part of the pants to make it more filled.

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Jack’ s Hands

I took wire put a 12mm spray painted black bead on the end. If you can find black beads it’s better to use them then to spray painting some. Next, I molded air dry clay for the white parts on the hand and strung on the beads as I went. Once I had created the fingers I used duct tape and taped the wires together. Then I filled the top and bottom with air dry clay. The wires stuck out the back so then I attached it to a PVC coupling (one where you can connect two pipes), taping the wire and hand to it then added it to the arm. Make sure you use black tape it helps hide it better.

 

jack skellington hand clay and beads

 

Bat Tie

I drew on the foam paper in pencil then cut it out. It took 3 foam pages to make this tie, 2 pages for the wings and 1 for the bat head.jack skellington bat wing tie

Bat face

  • Cut out the shape then take the edges and cut slits in it and glue it together to make it more 3D.
  • Then take 2 flat pieces to cover the face and make it more smooth if you don’t do this then it doesn’t look as nice.
  • Next, draw the lines and eyes with the white puffy paint.

 

Jack skellington bat wing tie 2

Back of Bat

  • On the back, I laid out the wire and Put the duct tape over it to hold it on.
  • Add the elastic band onto the bat. I hot glued it to the back of the bat head.
  • Now you can add it around his neck and bend the wires on the back.

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The Total Look

life size jack skellington

Christmas Outfit

life size christmas jack skellington

I used 3 yards of red fleece fabric I think it might have been too much so I do have extra. I took the Halloween pants and cut out the red fabric the same length and width, I did this with the jacket too.  This way the legs and arms were to the correct length. Then added the white fluffy fabric around the neck hole, the base of pants, hat trim, nd beard. The white fluffy fur fabric is impossible to cut without getting the fluffy part all over so keep that in mind when cutting.

To make the boots I added black fabric around the bottom of the pants and used his shoes as the base.

For the hat, I measured his head and cut out the red fleece to fit. I double checked with the fabric around the head to make sure I cut it right. once Then I sewed the fabric and added the white fluffy fabric to the edge and a ball for the other end

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Items you will need for the project- 

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  1. Newspaper the black and white sections work the best (I used a lot of the ads but they tend to fall off easier)
  2. White Elmer’s glue or off brand (1/2 water to 1/2 Elmer’s glue ratio for paper mache paste)
  3. Toilet paper the cheap kind
  4. Cheap paint brush
  5. Joint compound I bought the premixed can.
  6. 1 inch PVC pipe 4 8 ft lengths
  7. beach ball
  8. 220 sand paper
  9. 1 Inch for all:2 PVC connectors to connect to the floor flanges, 4 90 degree connectors, 4 45 degree connectors (you could do two more to adjust arms), 4 sided connector piece cross style , 3 sided connector piece, 2 pipe couplings that will connect the hands to the body. (please note some of these links are for more then 1 peice)
  10. 2 Floor flanges plus 8 screws check your board so you don’t go through. The link isn’t the same as the one I used its more for a reference 🙂
  11. wood board
  12. Clear spray paint
  13. White spray paint
  14. black spray paint
  15. black acrylic paint
  16. thrift store pants, jacket, white shirt,
  17. puffy paint 2-3 white, glow in the dark if you want
  18. Air dry clay
  19. 12 mm beads
  20. 3 foam black paper sheets
  21. wire
  22. black tape ( I used gorilla glue duct tape)
  23. elastic 4 inches to be safe 🙂
  24. Black fabric 2 yards
  25. stuffing for body and hip filling
  26. Hot glue gun and a few glue sticks
  27. Red felt fabric 3 yards
  28. white fluffy fake fur fabric (Christmas outfit) 2 yards
  29. safety pins

I really enjoyed making this project it did take a lot of time. This will be something you can be used for years to come. If you make one post it in the comments!

I originally got this idea from a youtube video

Here is the source

Thanks!

Amberly

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Hi, Everyone!

This is Amberly the creator of Creative Mommy Bear. I am a full time working mom. I am a mom of two of the sweetest boys and have been married for over 10 years to my husband Brian. We moved into our current house over 2 years ago. Since moving into our house the creative juices are flowing. We moved from a small 900 sq ft house to just over 3000 sq ft house. I have so many things I want to do and create to make our house more us.  I love doing home DIY, home decor, painting, redoing rooms, crafts, prop like making, and just having some fun. By no means am I great at writing but I love sharing my ideas with others!

Growing up I always helped out with the family farm. So working with my hands started at a young age. I started picking cherries at age 6 and weeding our family garden. I would always help grandpa with chores around the property. Even if it was him just giving me nails to pound into a board to keep me busy.

I went to college for a while to pursue an art degree, I never finished due to financial struggles. Since taking art classes I love doing a lot of different things and trying new techniques mainly to deal with home decor and fun props.

I started my blog October of 2016. I am looking forward to showing you some of the joys in my life.

Please note while I do DIY and tutorials I am by no means a professional please read through each post carefully and consult a professional when needed.  I will not be responsible for injuries or damages while following a tutorial from my site. All tutorials are done at your own risk. Please be safe and smart when doing a project.