Hey, fellow Trekkies and festive folks, check out this Tribble Floating Ornament! So, picture this: a Christmas tree decked out in all its holiday glory but with a geeky twist. I’m a die-hard Star Trek fan, and when I met my Trekkie husband, it was like, “Yep, our kids are gonna grow up surrounded by Starfleet vibes.”
Now, our kids have grown into quite the science fiction fanatics and every year, our Christmas decorations tell a tale of intergalactic adventures! This year, I’m spilling the deets on how I made a Star Trek Tribble Floating Ornament. Buckle up for a crafty journey!
Star Trek Forever
Our holiday traditions are a fusion of Christmas cheer and Trekkie love. Raising our kids to be little Trekkies was a given, and now, our home is a festive mix of geeky decorations from Star Trek, Star Wars, Dr. Who, and so many more science fiction references.
Years ago, I saw a post on Pinterest where someone put some pom poms in an ornament with a printed picture of Captain Kirk. There wasn’t a website or a tutorial, but it was pure brilliance and I knew I wanted to make a similar ornament as a gift for my husband.
You can read the full recap here if you’re unfamiliar with the Trouble with Tribbles episode of Star Trek: The Original Series. The Enterprise crew beams down to a space station and falls in love with the cute and cuddly Tribbles, tiny alien spheres of fluff. Unbeknown to the crew, Tribbles reproduce at an alarming rate, and soon chaos ensues.
I won’t give away the end, but now you know enough to see why this ornament is so great! Think twinkling lights, tinsel, and a Star Trek Tribble Floating Ornament stealing the spotlight on our Christmas tree this December.
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How to make the Star Trek Tribble Floating Ornament
For this stellar project, you’ll need:
- 4″ flattened sphere clear ornament (I got at Dollar Tree but these are similar)
- Transparent plastic sheet or Acetate
- Printable vinyl
- Yellow vinyl
- Mini faux mink pom-poms
- Cricut cutting machine
1. Print and Cut:
So, for phase one, I downloaded a screen capture and then used my favorite home printer (Epson EcoTank Photo ET 8550), to print Captain Kirk’s mug on printable vinyl. I let my Cricut work its magic, cutting out the Captain’s image and a clear plastic circle, but you could also do this by hand. I added the SVG cut files and a printable PDF version to the T&T Creative Library. More info on becoming a member for FREE is below!
2. Apply Image and Wording:
Time to get artsy! I carefully stuck Captain Kirk’s face onto the clear plastic and, for an extra kick, added yellow vinyl wording, “Trek the Halls.” Bam! The Star Trek vibes were starting to beam up.
3. Assemble the Ornament:
Roll up the transparent sheet and insert it into the 4″ flattened sphere. Tribbles, aka mini faux mink pom-poms, joined the party inside the ornament on either side of the transparent sheet, and voilà, hang it up. Our tree just leveled up in geekiness with this Tribble Floating Ornament!
How To Download Free Tribble Floating Ornament Files
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- Reality check—my tribbles had these pesky jewelry findings. Cue the pliers for a quick jewelry extraction mission. Oh, and figuring out the tribble distribution took a bit of trial and error. Front? Back? Let the balancing act commence!
- I loved the slick look of printable vinyl, but no worries if you don’t have it—regular printed paper works, too!
Do you want to skip the words? No prob! The yellow vinyl wording is optional—make it your own!
- The “tribbles” I ordered came in tons of different colors. Make sure you only use the ones that are the appropriate colors.
As the holiday season barrels towards us, I can’t wait to see Captain Kirk proudly hanging on everyone’s Christmas tree. Spock would be jealous if he had emotions! Crafting this Star Trek Tribble Floating Ornament was like bringing a piece of the Starfleet into our home.
To my fellow Trekkies and craft enthusiasts, may your holidays be filled with joy, creativity, and a dash of Trekkie magic. So, grab your materials, hit warp speed, and make this Christmas one for the geeky history books. Live long and prosper, my friends! ??
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