Friday, October 30, 2015

DIY Stormtrooper "Gift Wrap" {recycling Star Wars style}

Is it obvious this past year has been filled with purging on so many different levels?
That pile of "use it someday" empty packaging in the garage stood no chance.

Once the labels were taken off (using a hair dryer), the whole thing got two coats of white spray paint. Save your name brand paint for something fancy- the 98 cent variety works just fine for this project.


Those ding dang words kept bleeding through the spray paint no matter how much I tried to persuade them otherwise.

(check out that date and judge me if you must)

(it wasn't even the oldest one either)

A quick google image search for "printable stormtrooper mask" found this guy. At this point, you could totally cut the whole thing out, tape it on and be done. Or you can use the force to bust out the pastel chalk things from an old art set,

scribble all over the back,

place it back onto the jar, and trace over the design with a pencil. When you finish and lift off the paper you'll have a perfect-ish pattern.

that pesky printing got strategically placed underneath a part that would be painted

A paintbrush and some black craft paint and your Bucket Head is complete. Any leftover chalk can be wiped off with a wet sponge after the paint is dry.

Filled up with goodies and dressed up with a pom, ol' Stormie is all set to go celebrate a birthday.

Check out other Star Wars gift wrapping ideas here and here.


  1. This is amazing. Love popping in to check out your creativity!!

  2. very clever! i think the date would come off with acetone or paint thinner before painting, but maybe not. i had the same problem on wood beams-the code stamped on them would not be covered with primer/paint...had to just turn them upside down for the project.

    1. That's a great idea! I've always just rubbed it off with a green scrubby sponge and some dish soap, but totally skipped that step because I'd be painting it and it wouldn't show. OR SO IT SEEMED. ;)

  3. I used to have a big box in a spare room full of random packaging that I "might use one day". I now feel completely validated. I love you for that.

    1. As if there was any doubt that we are the same kind of crazy ;) I'm down to under a dozen now...progress!!

  4. OMGoodness!!!! I love this! I need to find some containers that I can use to wrap Christmas gifts like this. How cute would that be?!?!?! I'm getting some ideas here and that can be very dangerous. My son's girlfriend has recently started crafting with me and together we are very, very dangerous. She'll love this idea. Thanks for posting this for us.


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