How to Make a Star Wars TIE Fighter Using Starbucks Cups
Make your very own Starbucks TIE fighter.
If you’re like us, you see Star Wars everywhere—even in your morning latte.
Take Dan Winters, for example. A few years ago, WIRED’s chief photographer was standing in line at Starbucks when inspiration struck forcefully. “The ribbing on the drink holders reminded me of solar panels,” Winters says. “That instantly registered ‘TIE fighter’ in my head.” That sent him on a quest to create a Yoda-sized TIE fighter using only stuff from Starbucks. All told he needed one tall lid, 10 96-ounce coffee boxes, 12 sample cups, 37 grande cups, 63 drink holders, 216 stirrers, and a workspace significantly larger than a coffee-shop table. As for all that coffee? Into the trash, Flyboy!
Got a few minutes to spare and an espresso-sipping princess to impress? Make your very own TIE fighter, or anything else from the Star Wars universe. Use ‘Bucks cups or any other random objects and share it with us on Instagram and Twitter using the hashtag #MakeStarWarsStuff. Bonus points if you persuade the barista to use the milk steamer to make that iconic TIE fighter sound.
Caption: To make a Starbucks TIE fighter, patience you must have, my young padawan. Dan Winters
Caption: Always know you that which you need. Dan Winters
Caption: Do. Or do not. There is no try. Dan Winters
This story originally appeared in issue 16.11
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