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.

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
1-40 of 42Next »
kj_steel9 months ago

this is amazing! i'm currently deployed and my husband and I are both star wars nerds something fierce. i can't make it where i'm at and i would like it to be a surprise. would there be a way for you to make this and I can pay you via Paypal or something to send it to our house as a xmas surprise?

craineum (author)  kj_steel9 months ago
Thank you for such a wonderful compliment. However, as this build is rather involved, and I have many other things keeping me busy, I will not be able to make one to send to you. Sorry :(
zumchikara9 months ago

Where are the instructions for making this? That is incredible and something I've been trying to figure out how to build for the past 10 years. Just didn't really have the know how.

craineum (author)  zumchikara9 months ago

It should be on the page where you made this comment. There are multiple steps/pages so make sure you click the "Next" button to see it all.

cmartin489 months ago

This is amazing - hugely impressed! I'm going to give it a shot, although I'm sure it won't be ready for this years tree :) I searched for the SG23 fiber optic cable but am coming up short. Based on your experience, do you think the SG35 would be ok instead? As I understand it, it's still 0.75mm, just more strands. Thanks!

craineum (author)  cmartin489 months ago
Yup that should be just fine. You can also make this simper by not using a laser, and just using LED's.
ksykes9 months ago

Really well done! Nice build.

craineum (author)  ksykes9 months ago
Thank you :)
I know this was posted a while ago, but I really need to know how to do this. I love starwars...duh...my boyfriends birthday is coming up in december and it is incredibly crucial i have this for him.
craineum (author)  christina.ogden.39 months 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.

sunpialia2 years ago
I found a site to offer these LED lights to decorate your Christmas trees which is http://www.ledlightshub.com.
knikoleh2 years 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!!!
hmccarthy2 years 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-jamie5 years ago
that is by far, one of the coolest things ive ever seen lol
You should start making some more research...
hungyhipo 25 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 25 years ago
Keep reaching for the stars, and your dreams will come true.
hungyhipo 25 years ago
no hard fellings but you are a star wars geek
craineum (author)  hungyhipo 25 years ago
I don't know why you said it like that... I am proud to be the geek I am ;)
Bigev5 years ago
I'm just nerdy enough to appreciate this. Yay.
jupeter55 years ago

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

koal15 years ago


WardXmodem5 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_Nox5 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. Caleb5 years ago
"that's no moon"
I love that you saw this and had to comment too. This is why we are friends.
leafrog5 years ago
I am in awe of this. Brilliant.

And now I plan to start collecting Star Wars tree ornaments.
Danno_B5 years ago
Waitaminit!  That's no moon - that's a Christmas tree topper!  Woot!
 nice comment dude
jerjod5 years ago
 Such an awesome idea.  The Hallmark guys really missed the boat.  Fiber optics for super laser = genius.  Love it!
dwcarr5 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)  AngryRedhead5 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
1-40 of 42Next »