In our Style Challenge series, we ask some of our favorite bloggers from around the web to surprise us with their ideas for creating a stylish and functional space using Home Depot products as a starting point.
We were anxious to see what Ashley and Greg Brown would come up with when we sent them a big box of Home Depot Christmas decorations for our Holiday Style Challenge. On their blog, 7th House on the Left, Ashley and Greg write about renovating and decorating their home. But for us, they show us their geek sides by creating a Star Wars-themed Christmas tree. Greg explains how they came up with the Star Wars theme. And check out their clever ideas on how to give ordinary Christmas ornaments a Star Wars treatment.
Everyone who knows me knows I’m what you might call a “professional geek.” I’m a web developer, Doctor Who and Star Wars are at the very top of my “favorite franchises” list, and one of my favorite pastimes is tweaking my computer. So when Home Depot sent us this bonus item in our “Mystery Box,” we knew right where it needed to be … my office.
Ash and I thought it would be fun to embrace the awesomeness of Yoda and put together a Star Wars Christmas tree. We started out by purchasing a 5-foot pre-lit tree from Home Depot. By the way, whoever came up with the idea of pre-lit trees is a genius. An absolute genius.
Even though the tree came with lights, we found these really cool mini R2D2 lights on HomeDepot.com. I’m a big fan of R2 (he’s a no-nonsense kind of droid, and I respect that), so they had to go on my Star Wars tree. With little R2D2s all over the tree, it was still missing some classic Christmas, so we decided to keep keep it simple with the ornaments. I mentioned to Ashley that Star Wars isn’t really “shiny” like normal Christmas ornaments.
Knowing how seriously I take my sci-fi, Ashley came up with a great idea! She took a set of gold ornament balls and spritzed on a tiny bit of Rust-Oleum’s oil-rubbed bronze spray paint, then rubbed the paint all over the ornament using her hands (yes, it was messy!). Each ornament took under a minute to finish and they dried really fast. I think they turned out great! It doesn’t hurt that they look a little bit like the thermal detonator from the first Jabba the Hutt scene in Return of the Jedi. I told you I take this stuff seriously, haha!
Now, we needed some color. When you think Star Wars and color … what comes to mind? Light Sabers! Ash picked up a bunch of light saber cupcake toppers from a local party store. I cut off the bottom part of the cupcake toppers (the part that sticks in the cupcake) using a pair of side cutters. Then I used attached them to some wire ornament hangers. A few minutes later, we had a full set of mini Light Saber ornaments. These little pops of color really help bring home the whole Star Wars theme and look really in front of the lights.
Every tree needs a tree topper. Without going “too themey” but still keeping with the sci-fi look, we took the tree topper from the ornaments we received in our “mystery box” for our main outdoor project and spray painted it using oil-rubbed bronze spray paint. I was tempted to “rough it up” by distressing it a bit, but I didn’t want to take away from the awesome ornaments Ash did. So, I decided to let it be — and I actually really like the look!
We finished off our Star Wars tree by making a tree skirt using some natural burlap fabric (found over in the Home Depot garden section). We decided to use burlap because it looked natural and rustic but when we put it around the tree, we noticed it looked a lot like Yoda’s robe. Coincidence I think not ;)
I really like the fact that it’s equally classic Christmas and Star Wars. The classic star and ornaments are great, but the finishes really scream sci-fi.
I’m hoping that we can get some high-quality, unique Star Wars character ornaments in the near future. It would really bring the whole thing together. In the meantime, Yoda is doing a really good job of bringing home the vibe force.
Overall, I’m really excited about how the tree turned out, and it will be a lot of fun to tweak and add to over the next few years. Have yourself a merry little Yoda Christmas, everyone!
Read more from Ashley and Greg Brown on their blog 7th House on the Left. They offer up terrific advice and projects guides as they renovate and decorate their 1970s brick ranch house in Hannover, Virginia. Be sure to check out their amazing retro TV outdoor Christmas display the also did for the Holiday Style Challenge. Thanks for sharing your ideas for decorating a Star Wars-themed Christmas tree, Greg and Ashley!
Here are some of the Home Depot items Ashley and Greg used in this Star Wars themed Christmas tree:
- Kurt S. Adler 36 in. Star Wars Yoda Lawn Decor
- Martha Stewart Living Christmas Collectibles Set of Red, Green, Blue, and White Ornaments with Tree Topper (for the tree topper star)
- Home Accents Holiday 5 ft. Pre-Lit Wood Trail Clear Pine Christmas Tree with Clear Lights