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DIY Rustic Wooden Patriotic Stars

Since my birthday always lands on Flag Day, I really was trying to get this post out yesterday…but considering that the 4th of July is just around the corner, it looks as if my timing is right-on after all šŸ™‚

My mom took me to a cute little vintage store locatedĀ in town, about a month ago.Ā  As I strolled around, looking at this and that, a set of three wooden stars caught my eye.Ā  They were sitting in the corner on aĀ worn, little table that was perfectly complimented by these flag-colored stars.Ā  I loved how they wereĀ just rightĀ forĀ ‘dressing up’Ā areas that needed a little patriotic pizazz šŸ˜‰

So I went home, made my own pattern, and whipped out a set of my own!Ā  (and after all, patriotic dĆ©cor can be used more than once a year…Flag day andĀ Independence Day of course, but also President’s Day and Memorial Day as well!

One of my little hens decided she wanted to be a star tooĀ šŸ™‚

Tools:

  • Jigsaw
  • Sander or sandpaper

Supplies:

  • 4x4ft sheet of 3/4in thick plywood
  • Large star pattern & Scissors to cut outĀ (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)
  3. Paintbrush
  4. Stencil Sponge

Print and cut out the star pattern (you can download and print out my free pattern HERE)

Trace 3 stars onto the plywood

Use a jigsaw to cut the stars out

As you can see I cut out more than one set of stars, as Mom and Grandma wanted a set for themselves as well! šŸ˜‰

Then I sanded the rough edges down

Time to make this new wood look old with my easy DIY wood stain

Perfect…now these stars are looking old!

Painting the starts 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.Ā  Go with the grain of the wood, making sure NOT to fill in all of the cracks, and to leave someĀ unpainted wood showing through.

Here is the blue star after being dry-brushed.

Time to paint on the white stars.Ā  Be sure to dab most of the excess paint off of the stencil sponge beforeĀ dabbing on the paint, so that the stars will also have an old ‘worn’ look.

After allĀ three wooden stars are done, spray onĀ a clear finish (I chose not to have them glossy, so I used satin or matte)

Beautiful!

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8 Comments

  1. Stephanie

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

  2. Kristie

    I am definitely making them! I’m so glad I found your site! Thank you! šŸ™‚

  3. Audrey

    Hi Tee! We made a set of these stars and I 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!

    • 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:)

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