DIY Rustic Wooden Patriotic StarsWhen I think of symbols that represent our country, I first think of the Stars and Stripes. So, I decided to make a few stars and I LOVE how they turned out! These rustic red, white and blue stars are truly the “Stars” of Old Glory! They have just enough distressing to give them that old country charm. You can prop them up on the back of your hutch, set them on the on the floor by your entryway, or put them outside with your plants and benches. They are so versatile!
What is great about these rustic, wooden stars, is they can be used more than once a year…Flag day and Independence Day of course, but also President’s Day and Memorial Day as well! Check out my tutorial below and make a set of your own!
One of my little hens decided she wanted to be a star too 🙂
- Sander or sandpaper
- 4x4ft sheet of 3/4in thick plywood
- Large star pattern & Scissors to cut out (to make wooden stars) You can download and print my free pattern HERE)
- Red, white & blue paint (I used acrylic paint from the craft store)
- Small star stencil (to paint stars onto the wooden blue star) In this post I initially used used a stencil bought from Wal-mart which is a single star and has to be repeatedly moved around as I stenciled, but I have since found this stencil HERE and I like it much better, as I can place it and stencil all the stars at once.
- Stencil Sponge
Cutting out your Star:
Print and cut out the star pattern (you can download and print out my free pattern HERE)
First, trace 3 stars onto the plywood.
Next, use a jigsaw to cut the stars out.
As you can see I cut out more than one set of stars, as my friends wanted a set for themselves as well! 😉
Then, I sanded the rough edges down.
Paint on as many coats as you want. Each coat will make your star a little darker.
Perfect…now these stars are looking old!
Painting the stars was easy as I simply dry-brushed the paint onto the wood…
Dip the tip of the brush into the paint, dab off most of the the excess,
Then run the tip of the brush up and down along the surface of the wood. Go with the grain of the wood, making sure NOT to fill in all of the cracks, and to leave some unpainted wood showing through.
Here is the blue star after being dry-brushed.
Time to paint on the white stars. Be sure to dab most of the excess paint off of the stencil sponge before dabbing on the paint, so that the stars will also have an old ‘worn’ look.
After all three wooden stars are done, spray on a clear finish (I chose not to have them glossy, so I used satin or matte).
Happy 4th of July!
DIY Rustic Wooden Patriotic Stars
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