Oh my goodness, peeps. I swear, each time I write up a post I promise myself (and you guys!) that I am going to write more often. But then I walk away from the computer and life takes over. Over the past few weeks we had our water heater explode, leaving water all over our basement. Then we had to replace our dishwasher. And just this past week the stove went out. Awesome. When it rains, it pours… right? So now I promise to try to write as much as I would like. Deal??
In the midst of all the craziness recently, I have managed to crank out 1 Christmas project. That’s right… ONE! I think I had about 15 planned. Stupid life. Always in the way of my crafting fun. 😉 I even wanted to do a winter home tour but you’ll be lucky if you see a picture of our tree. But seriously… I kinda love this project. Partially because it cost me $0 and partially because it looks way better than I could have hoped. So I guess if I was only going to get one thing done, I’m glad it was these adorable and incredibly easy Rustic Paint Stick Stars.
- 5 wooden paint stir sticks per star – I raided my paint stash and found 5 small paint sticks and 2 large paint sticks. So I just ran to Lowes and grabbed a few more large ones!
- Stain – I used a beautiful color called Provincial, that I had on hand.
- Wood glue
- Jute twine – totally optional, but I had some on hand so I decided to use it!
- Sponge brush
- Clean rag/cloth that you don’t mind ruining with stain.
Start by staining the non-word side of your paint sticks.
For those of you who haven’t worked with stain before, let me give you a super quick tutorial for staining. Step one: grab a brush (I prefer a foam brush because then you can toss it and not deal with clean up) and apply stain to the wood. Step two: let it sit for 5-15 minutes. Step three: using your clean cloth, wipe the excess stain off. Step four: allow wood to dry overnight. The end.
Once your sticks are stained and dry, lay out the sticks in a star shape. The picture above shows you the order I laid down the paint sticks. Then, using a little dab of wood glue, glue the sticks together. The little white asterisks show you where I used wood glue.
You could stop right there and simply have an adorable wooden star. But I wanted to add another little touch of detail to my star. I cut 5 pieces of jute twine to wrap around each point of the star.
Put a little dab of wood glue to the back side of the points of the stars and wrap the twine around the end, smooshing it into the glue. And yes, smooshing is the technical term. I also placed a heavy item on each point after the twine was wrapped while the glue dried… just to make sure that the twine wouldn’t unwrap.
And now you have adorable rustic paint stick stars! I seriously love them. I put them out on our Christmas-ified front porch but once the season is over, I think I’m going to have to find a place inside the house! They are just too darn cute!
Side note: take a look at our front porch all decorated for Christmas! It is my favorite way I have decorated it so far. I love the rustic winter-y-ness of it!
Here is a slightly wider view of our front porch but with the stars in a slightly different place. The pop of red from the front door really works well with the look. And I just reused my old winter pennant wreath from last year minus the flowers. LOOOOVE!!
Have you been Christmas crafting?? How have you been making the time?!?! Want to come make all my projects!?