20 minute crafter - make a giant star for less than $5!


Since moving we have a whole new canvas for Christmas decorating this year.  There's a large space above our front door that I wanted to hang a HUGE wreath on...only problem was that a wreath as big as I wanted was at least $60-$70.  Not gonna happen.  In the midst of my search I happened on a photo taken by my friend Trish from Daisys and Dots.
She had my $5 solution.
 Yardsticks from Lowes (on sale for .69c each), hot glue and you could stop there.  For another couple of bucks I added some outdoor paint and lights. :) Done.  Huge.  Awesome. You could even make them from fun vintage ones if you didn't want to put it outside. 
All I did for assembly was to lay them out in a star shape, fiddle with them until they were "right" and hot glue all the placed they touched with generous amounts of hot glue.  
Here is what my corners looked like if you need a little visual. 
I then painted it black (for aging purposes), then coated it in white outdoor paint.  Then covered it with some outdoor sage lights.  To add a little rustic touch I wrapped the ends in wire.

We took this one to friends as a gift and they immediately hung it on their house! 
It would make a great gift year round...why don't you go make some?
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26 comments:

Katherine said...

Love this! It would be perfect over our garage door too! Might have to make one!

Becca @ The Sassy Penguin said...

*squeal*
I.am.in.love!

Thanks so much for sharing. I cannot wait to make these in different colors. This would look fantastic above any mantel!

Stevie said...

Awesome! I've been wanting to make one of these stars...Why did i not think of using yard sticks?!?!?!?!? :)

Cristi Baxter Clothier said...

Love this! I am going by Lowes today to get some yardsticks. Thanks for sharing.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Candice S said...

Super great idea!! I never realized Lowes yardsticks were so affordable, I can't wait to get my hands on some. Great tutorial, this rustic star will match our country Christmas home perfectly - thanks!

Ben and Taryn said...

I'm making one!! Love this idea and thinking it will look awesome without lights on my mantle. Thanks again for another creative project, you rock!

kate said...

yardsticks??? so cute!

Diane said...

I adore this idea! THanks for sharing.

Bunnyslady said...

Awesome idea... so simple and sweet! Thanks for another great project.

A Bridge Of Grace said...

Love!!!

Kelly said...

My father in law just made me one of these with fence boards. But yard sticks...amazing!

Rachelle Fleming said...

This is awesome I'm gonna make 3 thanks for the crafty idea.. I love stars!

Rachelle Fleming said...

This is awesome I'm gonna make 3 thanks for the crafty idea.. I love stars!

Tami said...

Amazing. I am going to make a million of these guys!
Thanks for sharing!

Tami said...

Amazing. I am going to make a million of these guys!
Thanks for sharing!

honey4drea said...

My parents have always had the neighborhood star which was passed down from my grandparents. Now I can easily make my own and for low cost. Thanks!

If you are going to make multiple stars, using "lath" is a better bargain. I got a bundle (makes probably 7 stars) for around $12! It can be found at your local hardware stores (Lowe's, Home Depot, Menards, etc). It is a foot longer so it will make a bigger star and is a bit thicker so a stronger star.

Shelley said...

Thanks so much for the inspiration. I made mine out of Pallet wood. You can see it here. Of course I gave you credit and linked to your post!


http://seeshellspace.blogspot.com/2012/12/pallet-star.html

Shelley

Glacier Dreaming said...

This is a GREAT idea. I picked up yardsticks @ WalMart yesterday - 50 cents each. Used Gorilla glue and now trying to decide on what color to paint it. White seems logical but may go with red...
THANK you so much for posting this.

Pam McFarland said...

You inspired me. Here is a link to my creation. Thanks for the tip!!! http://thepatrioticpam.blogspot.com/2012/12/star-light.html
Pam

Sandra said...

This is a great idea! Can't wait to test this out on my front porch. Thanks for the instructions:)

Maya Topadze Griggs said...

Such a great idea to use yardsticks. Love your version. I made mine with actual fallen tree branches from a nearby park. Can't post my darn tutorial since Blogger is having issues with photo uploading right now :(
I'm pinning your version.
xx
maya

Chrystie said...

Love, love LOVE!!! Pined it! Thanks for sharing!!

Unknown said...

Cute idea! Thanks for sharing...

Deidre Gilchrest said...

Just made this today! come see wont you http://simplysimplisticated4.blogspot.com/2013/10/easy-yard-stick-star.html Thanks so much for the inspiration!

Jennifer said...

Wow! What a great and easy craft! Think I need to go shopping now. Got some areas begging for something like this!!!

paintingal said...

This is such a cool idea...thanks for sharing. Will be making some for gifts.

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