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DIY Rustic Wooden Patriotic Stars

DIY Rustic Wooden Patriotic Stars

When 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 🙂



  • Jigsaw
  • 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)
  1. Red, white & blue paint (I used acrylic paint from the craft store)
  2. 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.
  3. Paintbrush
  4. 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.

Aging Wood:

Time to make this new wood look old with my easy DIY Wood Stain.

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 Stars:

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.

Finish Coat:

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 


Sharing at these great link parties:

Busy Monday.  Inspire Me Tuesday.  The Hearth & Soul.  Metamorphosis Monday.  All About HomeFollow the Yellow Brick Home.  You’re the Star.  Unlimited Monthly Link Party.  Inspire Me Monday.  Fabulous Party.  Inspire Me Monday.  Wonderful Wednesday.  Beautifully Made.  Creative Muster PartyWow Me Wednesday.  Your Whims Wednesday.  Tuesday Turn About.  Tuesdays with a Twist.  Wonderful Wednesday.  Creative Crafts.  Share Your Style.  To Grandma’s House We Go.  Centerpiece Wednesday.  Vintage Charm Party.

More great link parties I’m sharing at:

Thinking Out Loud Thursday.  Homestead Blog Hop.  Party in Your PJsArtsy Fartsy Party.   Simple Homestead Blog Hop.   Thursday Favorite Things.  Grace at Home.  Keep in TouchEncouraging Hearts and Home.  Celebrate Your Story.  Funtastic FridayFriday Favorites.  Farmhouse Friday.  Funky Junk’s PartyHappy Pink SaturdayHome MattersFriday With Friends.  Dare to Share.  Saturday Sparks.  Create, Bake, Grow & GatherA Morning Cup of Joe!  Farmhouse Friday.  Happiness is Homemade.  Snickerdoodle Create Bake Make.  Inspire Me Monday.  Love Your Creativity.  Sundays on Silverado.


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  1. Stephanie

    We just finished making these and they look great on my mantle! Thank you for the cute idea!

  2. Kristie

    I love these stars. They would look perfect on my porch! Thank you for sharing this awesome idea! Pinned! 🙂

  3. Audrey

    Hi Tee! I made a set of these stars and they turned out so awesome! I am going to post a picture for you to see how well they turned out. Everyone that comes over loves them. Thank you!

    • Tee

      Hi Audrey!

      Very cool! I love how you added lots of white stars to your blue star!

  4. Mell

    I love your site. I ran across it looking for directions for flower pot horse by the way excellent job on the horse. Yours is the best looking and best instructions I’ve seen. So then I was looking around and found these stars another great post. Just wanted to say thank you for your site and sharing the crafts. You make it all look so easy. I’ll be visiting frequently:)

    • Tee

      Thank you so much for your sweet comments Mell! You made my day!

      • Cute little project! Thank you for sharing this at the Homestead Blog Hop!
        Congratulations on being featured today at the Homestead Blog!

        Ridge Haven Homestead

        • Tee

          I’m so tickled you like them! Thanks for featuring them too! I really appreciate it!

  5. I love red, white and blue decorations. I usually leave them up all summer to celebrate until Labor Day. Pinned this to try out soon.

  6. These are so cute. I love all the patriotic decor. Great tutorial. Thanks for sharing.

  7. I am loving these stars so much!! They seem really easy to make to, so might have to have a go

  8. Oh my stars, these are cute, Tee! 😉 I love using a jigsaw for small projects. Thanks for sharing at Tuesday Turn About!

  9. Julie Briones

    Tiffany, these are so pretty! Perfect for my ‘understated’ RWB taste! Love how you made them look vintage with your homemade stain. So glad to have you at Tuesday Turn About!

  10. I love these. I like how I can customize the look for my home. Thanks for sharing on MM. Pinned.

  11. I love your rustic stars. Thanks for sharing at Vintage Charm!

  12. I chose your post to be one of my featured posts on the Farm Fresh Tuesday blog hop tomorrow! Thanks for participating on our blog hop!

  13. These are so cute! Thanks for sharing on Farm Fresh Tuesdays! Hope to see your inspiring posts again today 🙂

  14. I love your stars and I’ll be featuring them tomorrow! Thanks for sharing at Best of the Weekend.

    Liberty @ B4andAfters.com

  15. These are so adorable! What a great patriotic project! Thanks for linking up to Best of the Weekend. You were one of my features (and it looks like Liberty featured you too!). I will also be pinning and adding to my Instagram stories this weekend. Congrats and enjoy your weekend!

    • Tee

      Thank you, Shelley, for Featuring my Stars and for pinning them! I’m so glad you like them!

  16. Cindy

    Where would I get the stencil, I am having a hard time finding one that is nice like this one. Thank you

    • Tee

      Hi Cindy!
      For the post I initially used a single star stencil bought from Wal-mart in the craft section. Since then, I’ve made several more and I love this stencil HERE much more! Hope that helps!

  17. They look great! Visiting to say thanks so much for linking up with me at the Unlimited Link Party 27. Pinned!

  18. Joanne

    Those are fabulous! Thank you so much for sharing with us at Encouraging Hearts and Home. Pinned.

  19. These are beautiful! I love the aged rustic look. Pinning so I can make these soon!

  20. Thanks for sharing your rustic stars at Vintage Charm!

  21. These are very rustic and charming. Thanks for sharing your post with us this week. I have pinned this to make a few of my own. #HomeMattersParty

  22. Hello, this is one of my personal favorites for last week’s Encouraging Hearts and Home. I hope you stop by and say hello, this post has also been pinned to the Encouraging Hearts and Home board! Thank you for being a part of Encouraging Hearts and Home, we appreciate all that you share. Have a great week ahead!

    • Tee

      Thank you so much, Melynda! I do appreciate your visit and for featuring my stars!

  23. Love that these are plywood – you would never know!!
    I’d love for you to join us over at the Creative Crafts Linky Party every Wednesday through Sunday
    Followed and Pinned! 🙂
    Creatively, Beth

  24. I love this wooden star DIY idea. You are really awesome. Thank you for sharing this article.

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