DIY- Darth Vader Mask- Instructions Included

Rogue One is being released soon. Time to build your fun Darth Vader Mask!

My son and I are excited to go to the movie wearing our masks.

Please note these masks aren’t super sturdy it is only paper foam. This is also my own design if you use my idea please give me credit 🙂

Also if your face is longer or wider you will need to adjust the pattern by adding some length or width to the pieces. My head is a child’s size large in hats to give you an idea of how the mask fits 🙂

Things Needed for the project.

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First step

Cut out the pattern for the project or as you are working on it. I tried to label them appropriately so hopefully you understand. You may have to adjust some of the pieces as you go. This pattern is ment to fit a small face.  Here is the link to the PDF pattern DarthVader Mask Pattern

Watch my video for more details on the steps-Note its in two videos and it is my first video ever for youtube so please be kind!

Second Step

Get hot gluing!

Be Careful not to burn your fingers with the hot glue, I may have burned mine a few times.

I started with the face triangle part and built from there. You may want to try it on as you go and adjust for your face.
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Third step

Build your helmet next it’s in video 2. I kept trying mine on to make sure it fit right.  In my pattern, I did a short one for children and a longer one for adults. This picture below is of my youngest wearing the shorter one. I did take off a little length from the back he kept knocking it off. My boys love playing dress up so this is just another fun piece to their collection.

 

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Fourth step

Once you have it all glued and togeather you can go around the seams with electrical tape to hide the hot glue seams. Unless you are amazing or don’t care at the hot glue seams then you wouldn’t need to do this step. I wanted mine to look as black and polished as possible.

 

Fifth step

Now you can attach your hood to the mask. You can hot glue it on or you can use velcro. I used velcro so I could wear the hood separate if I wanted to.

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Darth Vader Mask Videos

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Make Your Own Rey Costume

For Halloween, I was Rey from Star Wars. I thought this would be a fun costume and I would get more than one use out of it, like wearing it for May 4th at work 🙂 Building the Rey Costume was pretty easy it just has a lot of pieces to it.bb8-3

I started with the base of the costume. I had a grayish white shirt so I used it. I got my pants from the thrift store and I ordered my shoes (slippers from 6pm.com)

The Pants

So I took the thrift store pants cut the bottom 5ish inches of the legs off. Then I cut a strip from the cut off piece, tied it to my leg, and tucked the pants around it like the pictures below.

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The wrap

I bought 3 yards of this crinkle fabric I realize now I should have bought 4 yards to make it thicker. Instead, I had to cut it in half and half again. Then I sewed it in 4 pieces add length to it. I wanted to use just two pieces like the original costume. This is the source I used (you will have to scroll to the diagram) to get the wrap on right

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The Belt and Bag

I took two thrift store belts and a thrift store bag to make the side pouch.  Start with a piece of leather cut into a longer wider rectangle, I took one from another purse and attached it to connect the two belts together and hide where the belts connect. To make this leather piece I cut it from a thrift store bag and sewed on velcro to attach it.

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To add the bag /purse I cut the purse strap off of it and then cut two holes in the back to thread the bottom belt through. Save your purse strap for you Rey staff DIY Here.

Arm Wraps

I bought gauze from the store and brewed up some coffee and let them soak in it for a while then I wring it out and let dry. I smelled like coffee it was great 🙂 It did a good effect of making it look dirty and worn. If you look in the picture you can see the square piece of leather covering the belts like I was trying to explain above. Sorry, I should of taken a better picture. rey-arm

 

Leather Arm Band

For the leather arm band I took a thrift store purse and cut off the front. I then hand sewed it together to make my band. This was so much cheaper and easier than buying it online or making it out of real or fake leather. I hope you can find a cool purse like I did to make yours easy too.

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Final Look Finished Rey Costume

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Here are the links for BB8

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Haunted House Playhouse

My little boys always loved playing in my inlaws play house. I had on and off searched for used playhouses and could never seem to find one for cheap. So my cousin moved into a house and wanted to get rid of a pink and purple one. I had hesitated at first then did some Pinterest searching and realized we could spray paint it. He gave us the playhouse for free which was amazing 🙂 After doing a search I found this haunted house playhouse and it was exactly like the house we got. So asked my boys what color they would like to paint it they decided on green and black. Then the idea turned into the haunted house playhouse we made.

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Power Wash

We borrowed my in-law’s power washer to get all the spiders and gunk. I tried with a hose at first and the gunk wouldn’t move at all. After we power washed it, we then took the house apart. When taking the house apart there were a few screws we had to remove then we could pull off the top. Once you have the top off you can turn the bottom over and slid the pieces apart.

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Spray Paint

I used 2 and a half cans of Rust-Oleum black spray paint and 2 cans of rust-oleum lime green. We painted the top of the house black including the inside because what boy wants pink showing. Then we painted the outside seats, inside seat, lights, and umbrella cover lime green.  With it all apart on our grass it was easy to spray paint. You do have to tape off the lights so you can put the green spray paint in it later. I let it dry overnight before putting it back togeather.

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Haunted House Playhouse Finished Look

Haunted house I’m in love with it! All the kids in the neighborhood love it too!

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My children love this playhouse and it’s cool because first it’s Halloween haunted house and it’s not pink or purple 🙂

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Build Your Own BB8 Droid From Paper Mache

Build BB8-For my Rey Costume. I wanted to build my own BB8 droid. You should follow the instructions to build your own too. Its a semi-simple process get started now.

So I decided I would build my own BB8 out of paper mache. I had intended on making it a moving one but didn’t have time to finish it. Now after I have it all painted I don’t know in the future I could cut it in half to add the parts 🙂 It’s too pretty now and looks good just sitting there.

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Paper Mache

So the first step to creating your bb8 you will need to get a 20″ beach ball. Add on the newspaper strips with this mixture Elmer’s glue 1/2 cup to 1/2 cup of water ratio to cover the strips in

You will need to get a 20″ beach ball and add on newspaper strips with the mixture Elmer’s glue 1/2 cup to 1/2 cup of water ratio.

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You will need to add 3 layers of paper mache on the ball. I usually use a paint brush to add the strip on with the glue mixture.

 

Make It More Sturdy

After you do the layers of newspaper, you may want to add on layers of fabric to make it more sturdy. I use some white cotton fabric. After you add that layer on you will have to add one last layer of paper mache.

 

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Filling It In With Joint Compound

Next step I took joint compound and filled in the divots. After you let this dry, sand the joint compound with 220 grit sandpaper to make it as smooth as possible.I would suggest doing this outside with a mask and glasses it makes a mess. Then you will need to wipe the ball off so the spray paint goes on with no problem Now you can add your white spray paint on.

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Paint BB8

Now it’s time to paint on the circle’s Note: doing circles on a circle is not the easiest thing. I used a pencil first to draw it all out then fill in the paint. You can use acrylic paints to paint it. I used this source to know what to paint each circle.

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After it was all painted I clear coated it with Rust-oleum clear coat spray paint.

 

BB8 Head

I bought a smooth hollowed out styrofoam half circle. I used a knife to cut the edge it might be better if you have a foam cutter to get a cleaner edge. You will then want to paint the head I went through with a pencil to make the marks then filled it in with paint. I google searched images for the head to get it as close as I could to the real one. For the one eye I used half of an easter egg and I had this cheap plastic circle frame thing I put around it. I spray painted the egg, frame, and second eye with black rust-oleum spray paint. The little eye and antennas are made from Fimo clay. I also took the electrical tape to the ends of the one antenna. It’s ok but you might find something better for the antennas. I hope you enjoy making one as much as I did.

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Items needed for this project


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Redo Your Own Beautiful Entry Table

This is my experience redoing an entry table and I thought I would share my experience with you.

First, off I should start by saying I am in no way a professional this post is how I did the project. Please remember to use safety at all times.  This post contains amazon affiliate links for more info visit my disclosure page.

Before Pictures

I bought this entry table from the thrift store for $15.  I never seem to find good furniture for a good deal, it needed to be made over it had some scratches across the top and on some of the legs. Sorry, I forgot to take a copy of the table top before.
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Redo Table-Clean and Sand First

Clean it off first so any gunk is removed before you sand or paint.

We sanded the top using  80 grit sandpaper on our orbital sander. This sandpaper is super rough and sands quick watch it if you use this don’t stop moving the sander or it will be hard to go back later to fix it.It leaves little swirls in the wood if you go too slow. I have seen a project before with swirls left in and when they stained it the swirls were darker than the rest of the table 🙁

We then used 220 grit to smooth it out.  After we did the top and as much of the sides as we could we took a Dremel tool and got up close to the edge to get the dark stain out.

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The next step we lightly sanded the legs and base of the table.

Make sure after its all sanded that you clean it so no wood sand is left behind.

Removing Embellishment

I took off the old embellishment and added this new one. I used a flathead screwdriver to pry the old one off then I used wood glue to glue the new one on. Use clamps to help keep it on while the glue is drying this makes it stay on longer.

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Staining

We then took gray stain and stained the table top. We stained the whole top including the edge. The sides of the tabletop were pressed wood and had a few areas that didn’t take the stain well. We were ok with it having a few imperfections you may not be. If you do not and use a similar table maybe paint it to match the legs or the stain it will still look great! We had to stain it 3 times to get the color we were going for. I followed the directions on the can of stain also used a foam brush to apply the stain once you can throw away the brush.

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Paint

We painted the legs with the chalk paint mixture

It is 1 cup paint (white interior house paint) to 1/3 cup water and 1/3 cup plaster of Paris.

Because our table was so dark it took 4 coats of paint to get the color coverage I wanted.  You could use regular paint or a different mixture to get the coverage you want. I really just like the look that chalk paint has to offer. I really didn’t have extra money to get the real chalk paint so making this mixture was a lot better for what I needed.table-14

Sealing the table

After its all dry we had to seal it. For the top, we used polycyclic to give it a hardtop that won’t easily stain, crack etc. We used wax for the legs. Follow the directions on the can to apply the polycyclic and wax.redone entry table white and gray

Final Redone Entry Table

Here is the final look. I love it and can’t wait to redo more things.

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DIY: Insulate Your Garage Door

This is a DIY on how to insulate your garage door. I had noticed last year our garage was really cold in the winter. I wanted to insulate the door, I had heard and saw personally how this can help keep it warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer. As the winter season went on we never had time to do it. So this year as we were winterizing the trailer and doing yard clean up I was like we are going to do it!

This is seriously an easy project!

First step

We first measured the door and then cut out the pieces to fit the door.

Second Step

You will want to cut out the pieces using scissors or a sharp box cutter. The last layer on the insulation was hard to cut through.

Not all garage panels are created equal! We learned the 4 top side panels below the windows were the same, the middle 4 panels were the same, bottom outside panels the same, and bottom middle the same. Also, double check your measurements before putting the insulation in some of our panels got mixed up.

For our two car garage, we needed 3 25 ft rolls. We had originally bought two but needed a third later.

Third Step

Glue the insulation to the garage door. We used two tubes of nail glue although one tube was close to covering it. If you have a one car garage one tube might be enough.

We used the glue on the high parts of the door like the picture below.  Wrapping towels around the bars on the door helped the insulation stay up while the glue dried.

Now our insulated garage door is done 🙂

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All Done Here are the things you will need for your project. This post contains affiliate links for your convenience if you would like more info on affiliate links visit my disclosure page.

Things needed for project

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Make Your Own Genie Costume

My husband decided for Halloween he wanted to be a genie. So we found a similar idea but didn’t want to pay a lot for a costume. I decided I could make this genie costume for cheap. I think it cost me $15 total to make. That price includes the vest and spraypaint 🙂

This genie costume is a little inappropriate but it’s for an adult Halloween party so please don’t get offended its all in fun.

Step one:

Take a moving box and trace a lap shape on it handle included.genie2

Step Two:

Take a box cutter or scissors and cut out the shape. I left the handle attached at the back I didn’t cut it in half to make two whole pieces.

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Step Three:

Tested it around your waist. Then cut and add cardboard in the front for the lamp shape. It’s best to tape this lengthwise. You might want to do a few small pieces width wise but short so the spray paint part doesn’t look weird like mine did. You will also want to tape the back part togeather.

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Step Four:

After you get it all taped to your liking you will want to spray paint it. I used two different cans of spray paint  Krylon gold color and gold Rust-oleum sparkle spray.

Step Five:

Now you can add Rub Me!  If you are making this for a child forget to add the rub me 🙂 This can be a little dirty but for an adult party, it was perfect!genie7

Step Six:

Added wire and cotton balls to the end to create smoke coming out of the end. I used hot glue to attach the pulled apart cotton balls to the wire. Make sure you fold down the top of the wire you don’t want to poke someone’s eye out.

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Final Genie Costume Look

To create the full look we bought a blue vest from the thrift store. I also bought some fake hair to attach to my husbands head. I attached the hair with liquid latex and it worked really well.

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My husband had so much fun with this genie costume.

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