May the force be with you, all on this most special of Star Wars holidays. Here at Friday Frivolity we’re celebrating May the Fourth Be With You and I’m bringing you a Yoda craft to honor one of my favorite Jedis. This glow-in-the-dark shadow box is great if you’re looking for homemade Star Wars room decor.
A shadow box is necessary for this craft. The one I used was given as a hand-me-down and I kept it stored for years. Every time I was asked why I kept it I said I knew I was going to use it one day and finally I did. I’m sure you can find these at craft stores but I’d also check garage sales and thrift stores that sell knick knacks.
Glow in the dark paint is what’s used to make this shadow box glow. I found a tube at Walmart for around 2 dollars. The shadow box I used had a fabric-y material on the inside so I used a plain sheet of paper as well to back it.
For the design I used black foam sheets also from Walmart that were 33 cents a piece. I used one sheet for this project but depending on how intricate your design is more may be required.
Glue and a good pair of scissors are the only materials left. It was a little tricky cutting certain details into the foam so I used cuticle scissors for those parts but an X-acto knife would’ve been perfect.Feel #theforce with this Yoda shadow box. #starwarsday #maythe4thbewithyou #yoda Click To Tweet
May the force be with you shadow box
First you’ll want to get on the glow in the dark paint. As I mentioned earlier I used the paint on a sheet of paper that I attached to the back of the shadow box. I wasn’t sure if the paint would’ve stuck to the fabric material it had. I used a white paper and black foam but it would be interesting to try black paper and white foam. I was really worried the glow wouldn’t happen so I applied 3 coats to my paper. The instructions on my paint stated to wait an hour in between coats so just read your paint bottle and it’ll let you know what to do. I’d also like to note that while I used a regular paintbrush, a foam roller would work well and you’d see less lines when it’s lit up.
Once the glow in the paint dries attach it to your shadow box with glue and let that dry.
Now the fun part comes: cutting out your design. I Googled “Yoda outline” and found a nice one of him standing up and holding his lightsaber. You can print it out and then use that as a stencil. I used a sheet of paper over my phone to trace the image. Do whatever works for you. You can also cut out the saying “May the force be with you” and stars to complete the design.
When all your pieces are cut out lay them into the shadow box to decide your layout and then glue them. Since the foam can be heavy be sure to press each piece for a second or two after you put the glue.
Let that dry and assemble back your shadow box. I let mine dry by the window to do double duty and charge the glow in the dark paint while it dried.
Now display it and feel the force!
It was super difficult to get a decent picture of it on camera but it looks really great at night. This picture doesn’t do it justice.
This shadow box is easy to make and would be a fun Yoda craft to do with the kids. It makes great Star Wars room decor that has the homemade touch.
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