I have been collecting those nice hallmark Star Wars ornaments since 1999.  Ever since I got a decent amount of them I have wanted to put a Death Star on top of the tree.  This year was the year (inspired by the instructables community).

I didn't think this was going to be that involved, but it has been my most difficult and longest build yet (hence why I am submitting this on the last day of the contest).  I started out with a feature list that I wanted it to have.

  • AC powered
  • LED lights
    •   white "running" lights, always on
    •   8 green weapon lights
      • Will charge (iterate through each light), then fire (all on)
      • Linked up to death star firing sound effect
  • Sound
    • Randomly (or iteratively) plays Imperial March, Death Star Motif, Death Star firing sound effect.
    • Death Star firing sound will kick off weapon LEDs
    • Button to by pass motion sensor
  • Motion sensor
    • Will kick off sound play
    • Button to turn off
    • Will only trip every x minutes (time delay between trips)

With that I started collecting supplies.

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Step 1: Tools and Materials

  • Mac/PC Adruino IDE and USB cable
  • Breadboard
  • Multimeter
  • #80 Drill bit
  • Hand Drill
  • Drill and Drill bits
  • Dremel
  • Good Soldering Iron
  • Utility Knife or Exacto Knife

Really well done! Nice build.

craineum (author)  ksykesyesterday
Thank you :)
I know this was posted a while ago, but I really need to know how to do this. I love boyfriends birthday is coming up in december and it is incredibly crucial i have this for him.
craineum (author)  christina.ogden.319 days ago

The directions and most of what I remember are here. To make it a little easier you could do without the laser. And there might be LED to fiber optic connectors now as well. You could make it way easier and do it without the sound and controller board. Send me any questions you might have and I will try to answer them.

sunpialia1 year ago
I found a site to offer these LED lights to decorate your Christmas trees which is
knikoleh1 year ago
Would anyone be willing to make one of these for me? I am willing to cover the cost of the supplies and extra for labor and time!!!
hmccarthy1 year ago
Incredibly difficult build but twice as fun to do. The genius behind this creation has gone above and beyond as he has helped me as I make my own version of this tree topper.
mrfoltz3 years ago
You know what would be cool? Is to have a silver X-mas tree??? It would make it look even more "spacey"?
FANTASTIC Ideal though!
big-jamie4 years ago
that is by far, one of the coolest things ive ever seen lol
You should start making some more research...
hungyhipo 24 years ago
I thought it would hurt your feelinings and I would get kicked off the website. any ways i like star wars too but i am not that geeky about it
craineum (author)  hungyhipo 24 years ago
Keep reaching for the stars, and your dreams will come true.
hungyhipo 24 years ago
no hard fellings but you are a star wars geek
craineum (author)  hungyhipo 24 years ago
I don't know why you said it like that... I am proud to be the geek I am ;)
Bigev4 years ago
I'm just nerdy enough to appreciate this. Yay.
jupeter54 years ago

The awesome ness just eminates from such a project, but then Luke just had to blow it up!!!!

koal14 years ago


WardXmodem4 years ago

So many movie/tv special effects are physics-impossible i.e. like the bending rays (without magnetism etc). 

SO modelling it - realistically - or at least WONDERFULLY (as I don't quite remember the original) is GREAT!  

What a COOL idea having light pipe to simulate "rays".    Thank you thank you thank you, I'm smiling!  That's good!
usually when a baby smiles it means he pooped in his diaper so maybe its not so good ur smiling
Ward_Nox4 years ago
OH man i may justhave to make one of these for my uncle and make sure soem one takes a pic of my aunt when he opens it

he has ALL the star trek and star wars Halmark ornaments and this would be a wonderful companion
Cpt. Caleb4 years ago
"that's no moon"
I love that you saw this and had to comment too. This is why we are friends.
leafrog4 years ago
I am in awe of this. Brilliant.

And now I plan to start collecting Star Wars tree ornaments.
Danno_B4 years ago
Waitaminit!  That's no moon - that's a Christmas tree topper!  Woot!
 nice comment dude
jerjod4 years ago
 Such an awesome idea.  The Hallmark guys really missed the boat.  Fiber optics for super laser = genius.  Love it!
dwcarr4 years ago
OMG this is wonderful!!  I am so glad there are people like you.

I wore my ECCO Boba Fett hoodie to work today and no one recognized it! (lots of young women at my work place)

I am 50+ and a girl, btw

Nothing says "Merry Christmas" much like the destruction of a peaceful planet.

Love it!
craineum (author)  AngryRedhead4 years ago
Come on.. its a star :)
It's a small planet.
OMG!!!! ITS PLUTO!!!!! wait its firing a laser.............
Yes, there were alderaan chunks everywhere!
I felt a great disturbance in the Force, as if millions of voices suddenly cried out, "Merry Christmas!" in terror and were suddenly silenced. I fear something terrible has happened.
ha ha ha hilarious
bounty10124 years ago
wow, now I want one.
thepelton4 years ago
My father was a doctor, and got a lot of free stuff from drug companies that wanted him to prescribe  their pills.  One thing he got was an anatomically correct plastic eye on a hollow stand.  I remember that thing sitting on the top of the Christmas tree as probably one of the most unusual tree toppers I had ever seen.  Kind of reminded me of the pyramid with the eye on the back of the dollar bill.  Annuit Coeptis!