Need a little something to cheer up your door or a wall with a little Christmas cheer? This star is pretty simple and doesn’t take a lot of time. (Well, unless you are interrupted a bagillion times by a toddler who wants a cracker, water, play-doh, etc. ……..Oh well.)
What you’ll need:
- The most expensive part of this project is the metal star. But if you can find one on sale (I got mine for $3.50) then it doesn’t cost much to make.
- Make sure you have enough fabric to cover your star (I got 1/3 yard each of two different colors but 1/4 yard would have been plenty to cover my 25″ star).
- Mod Podge (hopefully you already have some in your craft stash)
- A sponge brush (That’s what I used. A paint brush would work great too.)
- Ribbon, if you like the look of it.
- Paper and pencil
- Clear acrylic gloss spray, optional
If you are using two different colors like I did, you’ll need 5 different cutouts of each of the colors. If you’re only using one color, you’ll need 10 cutouts. First, you need to make a pattern out of paper by placing a piece of paper (you might need to tape 2 pieces together) over the star and shape it around one side of the star, making creases in the paper.
Then, lay it flat and trace over the creases to get sharp, accurate lines.
Then, cut it out and place it over the side of the star to see if it fits. Trim if necessary.
Then cut out 5 pieces of one color of fabric, turn over the pattern, and cut 5 pieces out of the other color of fabric.
Then, lay down some newspapers (or Kmart ads like I did). Then spread some mod podge over one of the sections with your brush and smooth the piece of fabric over it, smoothing out any air bubbles. Don’t worry if it doesn’t fit perfectly. Just make sure you cover all of the metal and you can trim the excess later. (This happens because the fabric sometimes stretches as you smooth it out…….don’t worry though!) Do one section at a time (so that the mod podge doesn’t dry out) until you have completed the star.
Then turn your star over and you’ll probably see some excess fabric. Trim it off and anywhere else that needs a little touch up.
Then apply a generous amount over the whole thing (not the back), making sure to smooth down any fabric that has lifted or puckered.
And don’t be afraid if it looks like this with smears of white and cloudiness. It will dry clear. I promise.
After it dries completely, spray with some clear acrylic gloss if you’re going to be hanging it outside. Even then, I don’t think I would hang it out somewhere completely unprotected. The gloss doesn’t completely seal the mod podge, which is water soluble. But it should be fine on your front door, under a ledge.
Let the gloss dry and you’re done! Way to go. Whew, now go take a rest and maybe eat a hunk of fudge…….you’ve been hard at work creating!