Here's a neat gift idea that comes together so quickly, I was kicking myself for not thinking of it sooner.
I wanted to give a hand made Christmas item for each family on my list. What to do? I needed a dozen of them and I didn't want to spend an arm and a leg on the supplies.
I bought this box of wood slats for way less than $10. Thank you, Feed Store brothers!!
I brought the wood home and proceeded to make primitive Christmas stars!
The wood slats are 20" long. Perfect size for a star and easy to work with.
Each star takes 5 pieces of equal length. Paint the wood first then dry brush with black if you want a bit of a grungy primitive look. Otherwise leave the finish natural.
We used our handy dandy air gun stapler to fasten the joints, then bent the staples over on the back side for added stability. Touch up with paint or wrap with Dollar Store jute twine secured with hot glue. We did them with and without twine.
You can leave them plain OR you can crash your stash of Christmas decor, which is what I did. Experiment with your placement then hot glue each piece in place.
Then comes the FUN PART!
I used faux poinsettias in two sizes, fake greenery, wired tinsel, ribbon, small pine cones, glittered branches, plastic decor balls in several sizes and anything else I could lay my hands on.
Lots of blues!
Lots of ribbons and twine wrapped joints.
Here's the biggest star we made out of longer grade stakes.
36" across for the entry wall at my grand kids' new house. We twine wrapped the joints
on this big one and sealed it with clear acrylic spray for outdoor use.
I LOVE the way these came out!
And guess what? They're a hit with the families, too!
And here's the one we kept for our own house.
It's on the baker's rack I decorate every year.
We even made some cooking themed stars for the Lunch Ladies at the school kitchen.
Now I'm kicking around ideas for decorating Patriotic Americana stars for Fourth of July....burlap and sunflower stars for my summertime porch.....autumn leaves and branches for fall....then back to Christmas with snowflakes, white poinsettias and silver branches.
I'm sure I'll be posting more about these stars. Stay tuned!
Materials used for each star-
five wood pieces of equal length
acrylic craft paint your choice of color
staples or nails to fasten the wood
misc. small Christmas decor items
There you go!