7.15.2011

Tutorial: How to Mod Podge a Wood Star for Home Decor

I was looking to add a little POP of color to my home decor. The more I search for the style that I want to go in for the feel of my home, I am drawn to country•ish stuff.. with hints of lime green and red. {I know... it's kind of a mish mosh of colors, but it's still a work in progress!!} When I saw this paper... I thought it was absolutely perfect -- and I just had to use it for a project... and here's what I came up with!

A 3•D star!

Want to make your own!? Here's how:
Supplies:
• 1 wood craft star {got mine at Joann's with a coupon for less than $2}
• 2 sheets of scrapbook paper {on sale at Joann's for 4 for $1. Mine was two sided... perfect match!}
• sponge brush
• scissors
• scrap piece of paper
• pencil
• mod podge
• string
{the only things I bought were the star and the paper... I had the rest on hand... talk about a cheap project!}


Step 1:
Grab your scratch paper and your pencil. Try and form your paper around on side of your star. Then with your pencil, trace the outline of the triangle.


Step 2:
Cut out your traced triangle and double check that it fits on both sides of your star. Trim your pattern piece if necessary.


Step 3:
Trace your pieces and cut them out! Make sure you cut 5 pieces of each side of the pattern. {trace 5 on one print. Then turn your pattern over and trace 5 on your second print}


Step 4:
Lay out your pieces. I found it helpful to lay them out as a traced and cut them. Make sure they all fit and that you have your pattern the way that you want it.
{If you want to distress your papers, do that step now.}

If your star came with a ribbon attached, remove the ribbon before you start gluing. Feel free to save it so you can re•tie it on your star to hang it once your star is completed. 


Step 5:
Load up one triangle section with mod podge and stick your paper on it. Smooth out the paper as best as you can.


Step 6:
Repeat. Repeat. Repeat.


Step 7:
Once you have all of your pieces mod podged on, make sure your papers are all sitting nice and smooth.


Step 8:
Cover your entire star with 2-3 layers of mod podge. This not only helps the papers to stick even better, but it adds gloss and texture to your finished product as well!


Step 9:
Turn your star over and find the pre•drilled hole for hanging. If you are going to be hanging your star, take a pencil or the tip of you scissors and punch through the hole {on the back} and through the paper. Then thread your string or ribbon through it and tie.

Then, display your finished star. If you have a mantel, you could stand it up and lean it against your wall to add to your mantel decor. I don't have one {unfortunately}, so I hung mine up. I am still trying to decide exactly where I want it to end up so I am trying it out in different areas of my home...


I used hemp twine from Wal-Mart {super cheap for a big bundle} to hang mine. I love the texture of the twine and the "old"•ish look it give it.


Happy crafting!!! Hope you have a great weekend!

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4 comments:

  1. Great idea. I am sure my local craft store has some of these stars on clearance after the 4th too. Thanks for sharing!

    Blessings,
    LaVonne @ Long Wait For Isabella

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  2. Hi im a new follower from the blog hop
    Loved your star idea and would love to try it, if i can find a wooden star to buy in the uk lol
    Pleas come visit me anytime
    www.jollyjillys.blogspot.com

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  3. That is way too cute! I must try it! I'm your newest follower. I'd love it if you followed me back at http://organicplanet.blogspot.com/

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