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Christmas STAR

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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
  • Scissors
  • 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.
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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!

Ashley Johnston
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Ashley Johnston

Owner at Make It & Love It
Ashley Johnston is a professional DIY costume maker, sewist, crafter, and owner of Make It & Love It. She is a mom of 5 and a wife to a very patient (with the craft clutter) husband. In case you’re wondering, she always chooses crafting/sewing/designing over mopping/dusting/wiping base boards……but bathrooms/laundry/full bellies are always attended to. Whew!
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  1. Bonnie Deibel says:

    Adding to my previous comment…If you use the samller chip board type stars, you can always make 3 of them & hang them together. I’d make them different from one another but with the same coordinating materials, whether it be scrapbook paper or fabric.

  2. Bonnie Deibel says:

    You can purchase a light weight chipboard type star at your various craft places & online. Paper Wishes may even have them. I bought 2 of them through Close To My Heart, if you have a demonstrator whom you can purchase these stars from. The Internet will even help you with finding a Close To My Heart demonstrator. The stars may be smaller, however, but you can do the same thing.

  3. Amy says:

    I Love This!! I did one for our front door but instead of using modge podge I used paper and the zyron and put them on magnetic backing so I can use the same star for multiple holidays.

  4. Cheryl Ulmer says:

    This is a great project and I love your colour choices. Thank-you.

  5. Kristy says:

    Hi – I absolutely LOVE this star project. I’m excited about making one, but I can’t find large tin stars that are cheap enough to make it worthwhile. You mentioned that you bought yours on sale for $3.50…what a steal! Can you help me out with a place or two that I may be able to find tin stars at a reasonable cost? Thanks so much!

  6. Sandy says:

    I’ve made this star twice and love them both! I have a big one above our bed and a smaller one in the nursery. I get complements on them all of the time! Thanks for the tutorial!

    1. Kristy says:

      Hi Sandy – you mention that you’ve made this project twice…can you tell me where you bought your stars? I’ve been looking for cheaper ones, but can’t find any anywhere! :-( Thanks!

  7. Jamie says:

    I absolutely LOVE your blog! So many wonderful ideas!!! Thank you so much for taking the time to put all of your projects on this blog, it makes me think I can really do crafty things!

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  9. Natchel says:

    Where did you find that star? I would see them everywhere until now, when I actually want to get one!

  10. Kara, Garrick, Rylee and Jadyn says:

    I saw a link from a friend of a friend’s blog and I just wanted to let you know I love your blog! Thanks for sharing your creative!

  11. Alicia Alee says:

    I love the star! I would love to try this; now to hunt down a metal star. So cute! I love that you’re doing this craft blog. You are so creative and talented!!! I will definitely be checking in often.

  12. Madame Mauri says:

    Your star is so cute! A friend of mine invited us over and we did a similar star. We used Christmas wrapping paper instead of fabric. I painted mine first, so white stuck through the edges. Then I distressed it (after the paper was on) with distressing ink. Finally I sprayed it with a glitter spray. The picture that we were following to do the craft had the bow on top. Unfortunetly I am not good at doing bows, I like the way your ribbon is better. Thanks for that idea!!

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