Star Wars Garden Craft Week Part III: Return of the Jedi

Oh, yeah—I’ve done it now. I’ve made a Death Star gazing ball. No one stole my plans to do it and hid them in R2D2, so here it is:

 
I used a $3 bowling ball from the thrift store and very few supplies to make this Death Star gazing ball. It’s not so much for gazing, actually, but you get the idea.
 
  1. I cleaned off the ball in the tub. No kidding. I should have taken video.
  2. I spray-painted it with primer-gray spray paint; perfect color and texture.
  3. I used sand paper on the areas where I got overzealous with the primer because there were some drippy areas.
  4. I took a rubber band to mark the “equator” and painted that on right away so I’d have a better frame of reference.
  5. I used a roll of tape to trace out the circular “dish” area and then painted it.
  6. Using masking tape I slowly went about painting sloppy squarish bits in different shades of white, black and gray.
  7. I went back and outlined the areas with a Sharpie
  8. I added some glitter for the bling factor. I feel this step enables me legally to call it a gazing ball. I’m not sure why.
  9. I sprayed over the Death Star again very lightly with more primer-gray spray paint to age it a little. 
  10. I shellacked the hee-haw out of it. One blast isn’t going to penetrate THIS shield.
 
Now it’s sitting on the ground in my garden. I think it would be cool to have a gazing ball stand for it, but I’m thinking it’s awesome enough that I shouldn’t draw too much attention to it. I’m still enough of a Chicagoan that I worry that my patio furniture is going to be stolen each night, why not this really rad Death Star?
 
This concludes Star Wars Garden Craft Week, but I have to admit I’m just getting started. I haven’t heard a whole lot of feedback so I don’t know if you want more. I’m crying inside.
 
Come to the forum and tell me what you think.
 
 

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Big, loud and fun- Amanda Thomsen landscapes by day and blogs at night. Her blog, Kiss My Aster, on Horticulture magazine's website has alienated/enraptured dozens. She co-authors a blog called Plants That Suck that is about plants that suck. And she is the less popular half of the podcasting team, Good Enough Gardening, which makes her feel like the "Roy" of of Siegfried and Roy, but without the mauling. She lives in Chicago and does not EVER put ketchup on hot dogs.

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