The Perfect DIY Present for a Star Wars Fan – Advertisement Feature
A few days ago, Hubby declared he did not want a single present for Christmas. Why does he do this? This announcement meant one thing, really: no surprise for you either, Honey! Yuck, yuck, yuck! I love presents! By that, I am not saying I expect to be showered with expensive gifts, leather handbags, designer shoes or diamond necklaces.
You know those little presents, those attentions that show you have been listening after all? A favourite chocolate bar, a framed drawing by the children or that small notebook you spotted a few months ago: they are the presents that matter.
I know, I know, he said: “I don’t want any presents this year.” What he really meant was: “You’d better not spend a penny, lady!” With that in mind, I decided to make him a present with what I had at home. I had just been sent a couple of packs of collectible Royal Mail Star Wars stamps. Ideal, I would turn the presentation packs into Star Wars memorabilia for Hubby.
Have I mentioned that one before? Whenever we go to a wedding, my other half starts humming (very quietly) the Imperial March as the bride walks up the aisle. The children are as keen as their dad when it comes to Sci-Fi. Crevette even had a Star Wars birthday party last year.
Although I am not remotely interested in all things Jedi or spacecrafts (understatement of the century!), I got rather enthusiastic and bought newborn Wriggly a knitted Yoda hat for the occasion.
Sorry, I digress. I love quick crafts that can be turned into a present for loved ones. They are pretty special and if they can be put together in no time with few materials, it is always a bonus in my books!
With a colour scheme and a Star Wars theme in mind, I started gathering a few things I had at home to showcase the special edition stamps. I found frames we no longer needed, card, ribbon, and all it took to complete our project was a quick trip to town for a couple of small cans of spray paint.
Spray painting is by far the quickest way to get a frame in the exact colour you want, but if you are a novice like me: beware! The first time I spray painted frames, I thought I would be clever and do it outside. What a mistake! It was windy and lots of fluff, leaves and insects kept getting into the paint. I then moved indoors but although I had carefully protected (or so I thought) the area in which I was working, my washing machine still has tiny specks of paint on… two years on!
What you need:
Royal Mail Star Wars Presentation Pack which includes the Star Wars Miniature Sheet.
A couple of frames (30x21cm, 25x20cm)
Old cardboard boxes, newspaper or paper you were going to recycle
Dark blue card (night sky colour)
Gold card and ribbon
Double sided tape
Gold and dark blue tissue paper
Optional: a few extra frames and Star Wars themed photos or prints
What to Do:
Sand the frames quickly (a couple of minutes per frame). This stage is important as it will enable the paint to adhere better and last longer. Wipe clean to remove all dust particles. Place each frame in a cardboard box lined with old newspapers.
Trick: Place toothpicks or kebab picks under the frames to make spray painting easier and avoid the frames getting stuck to the paper.
Spray paint the frames in a well-ventilated room. Spray the paint evenly, taking care to reach the sides of the frames. Leave to dry overnight and spray again, making sure the finish is even.
In the meantime, you can work on embellishing the stamp presentation packs and cutting photos. Dark blue and gold is a perfect combination for the stamp sets. I always find that whatever you are trying to display looks a lot more striking when backing (approximately 0.5cm on all sides) on a lighter colour (gold in this case). A little gold ribbon adds some more texture and allows you to compose your display the way you want without distracting the eye away from the stamp set.
For the Star Wars Miniature Sheet Stamp Set, I only wanted to display the stamps, so I used ‘Star Wars‘ from the background to add to my set of photos, for consistency and to make sure the four frames really looked like a set.
Here you go: the perfect handmade gift for Star Wars fans and collectors! What do you think?
Which item from the The Star Wars™ Stamp Collection do you like most?
Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. All opinions and photos are my own.