Star Wars X-wing Fighter Wall Art

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After getting ripped off on the Internet when I tried to buy some Star Wars art for my husband’s man cave I decided to just make something myself that would truly be unique. This back lit X-Wing fighter was the result. He absolutely loved it and it matched the room well.

First thing I did was get a large piece of 1/8 in maple plywood and draw the image i wanted on it. I was thinking an X-Wing fighter would be a great fit for the Star Wars Themed Room.

Next I cut it out. That was fun. I highly recommend getting a roto-zip for this. it worked great and allowed me to cut around the smaller details.

I wanted the ship to have a bit of unique texture so I decided to at it using some Deco Podge.

I used a thin newsprint wrapping paper that had some grey coloring. I considered using regular newspaper, but there were too many colored photos and fonts and I didn't want it to be too distracting.

Once the Deco-podge dried I painted the spaceship using acrylic paints with a photo of the ship as an example for coloring. I wanted it to have an almost 3d appearance so I tried to make the shadows harsh.

Almost done. I added a couple of clear coats of satin polyurethane to protect the paint job.

Got the finished product hung up. To accomplish this I added 1" x 2" boards along the back of the piece to allow for hanging attachments and for the lighting. It also made the plywood more stable. Oh, and I added backlit using led tape light that I purchased from IKEA. It changes colors.

Looks cool in the dark too.

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  • 19698379
    on May 27, 2019

    That's really cool. How did you manage to do this without him finding out?

  • Gert Domber
    on May 9, 2020

    DID HE LOVE IT ? HE SHOULD, GREAT JOB AND VERY DIFFERENT FROM YOUR USUAL STUFF.

  • Linda
    on May 11, 2020

    Where did you find the pattern. Please share if you don’t mind. Love this!

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