Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Motivational Yoda Plaque

The Hubs and I are rather big Star Wars fans (my inner-nerd loves to come out occasionally).

So big, in fact, we dressed up as the whole Skywalker clan for Halloween last year. Hubs was Anakin (pre-Darth Vader), I was Amidala (Clone Wars pre-carefully placed rips), and the kids were Luke and Leia.
Yes, we're training our kids to enjoy the certain galaxy far far away. They may or may not be able to hum the theme. They can.

A couple days before Father's Day (I know, a little late on the posting about it, Amber!), I had a BRILLIANT (easy and inexpensive) idea for a gift.

This has got to be one of Yoda's most famous lines. We quote it all the time to each other when we say 'I'll try.'

Gather It:
  • 6x12 wooden plaque (I got mine at Michaels)
  • Grey Acrylic paint
  • Key Lime & Black Vinyl (or similar colors in paint--- got my vinyl at Expressions Vinyl)
  • Silhouette, Cricut or Exacto Knife
  • Small L brackets
  • Glue or 3M stickers
Create It:
  1. Paint the plaque. I did a couple coats and I left a little wood showing because I wanted it to look a little rundown, like Yoda.
  2. Cut the vinyl. I used my Silhouette and the font SF Distant Galaxy. For the Yoda image, I found a pumpkin stencil, imported it into my software and traced it to get our favorite green Jedi Master. I'll email you the doc, if you have a Silhouette and want to make your own.
  3. If you don't have a Silhouette, I email you the stencil to cut out with your exacto knife... win win. Print the stencil and then trace it onto your vinyl and carefully cut the pieces out.
  4. Take all of the negative vinyl out and use some transfer paper (glorified masking tape--- you didn't hear that from me) to 'transfer' the vinyl to the board. I applied Yoda first and then the words on top of him.
  5. In order to get it to stand, secure the L-Brackets on the back bottom corners with 3M tape or glue.

Voila! Your local Star Wars fan will now of daily force inspiration. Hubs took his to work and it's displayed where everyone can see it when they walk in. (Personal victory because He LIKED it!)

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  1. Love this! Such a classic quote and I love your costumes :)

  2. Awesome. Great family picture too!!

  3. I would love to have you email the silhouette document, this would be perfect for for my boys room Thanks!

  4. I love this! Am just wondering where to put this but I might make this :) Thanx for sharing!


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