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Cheap Store-Bought Items Or Junk Used As ‘Star Wars’ Props

Updated February 11, 2021 315.2k views17 items

Star Wars is an epic space saga that takes place through the eyes of both director George Lucas and set dresser Roger Christian, who created most of the intergalactic spacecraft and futuristic knickknacks that can be seen on screen. Anyone who has seen the stellar film series has most likely found themselves wondering how Star Wars props were made. With a limited budget, the set design team of Star Wars: A New Hope certainly didn't have much to work with. In order to construct the entire movie from head to toe, the set dressers went DIY in order to design authentic-looking yet cheap Star Wars props. Regardless of the finances, the team armed themselves with both their movie magic and engineering skills and found a way to make the scrappy sets into some of the most iconic and phenomenal cinema endeavors of all time.

So what did they use for Star Wars props? While a lot of airplane scrap metal was involved, the team didn't shy away from adding a little flare from personal care products, broken audio-visual equipment, Tupperware, and appliances in order to construct new and futuristic devices for the cast.

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  • Aunt Beru And Uncle Owen’s Kitchen Was Filled With Tupperware

    In A New Hope, Aunt Beru and Uncle Owen live out in the middle of nowhere on a remote station. For the set designers, simply making their abode into the shape of an airliner wasn't enough, the inside of their house needed to be dressed as well.

    Since the set creators enjoyed the design of Tupperware and thought it offered a sleek, standardized look, they had several containers shipped to them. Using the ergonomic plastic, the crew constructed the insides of the kitchen.

  • Mos Eisley Cantina Was Fashioned From PVC And Drain Piping

    While the majority of the cantina was adorned with chrome-plated airplane scrap, the things that weren't made out of recycled jet engines and other airplane machinery were constructed of piping.

    PVC and metal sewer drain pipes of all shapes and sizes stretch across the massive cantina, giving the bar a flowing and futuristic look and feel.

  • The Communication Device In The Death Star Conference Room Was A Floor Heater Painted Black

    The Death Star conference room is an evil, black pit. Set designers wanted the look and feel of the room to echo the designs of Albert Speer, the architect for the Germans during WWII.

    Needing a communication device for the set, Roger Christian found a floor heater, chopped off the wires, and spray-painted it black. Sticking it directly in the middle of the black meeting table, he found that the device helped impose a simple yet graphic feel to the set, and the black heater was left in place.

  • Milk On Tatooine Was Made With Blue Food Coloring

    Finding milk on the hot, North African planes of Tunisia was a tough task for the Star Wars crew. Not only did they have to find the milk, they had to make sure it was drinkable by the time they got it back to set.

    Pairing the limited supply of milk with cochineal, a food coloring, the color became just what they needed. However, when Roger Christian attempted the mixture, the milk would curdle and the entire mixture would look awful, so he handed the concoction over to the props team to complete.