Wednesday, November 5, 2014

"W" is for Wood Stars

DIY wood stars

Make your own wood stars wall decor just in time for the holiday season, I'll show you how down below.

First let's start with the inspiration.  I know you saw these milled log stars over at Pottery Barn and you love them too!  But you don't want to pay $129 for the pair?

Don't worry you can make your own wood stars for about $4 each.  Really.

But before you can build these stars you need the plan, specifically those angles, in order to get the perfect star shape.

Thankfully my fellow blogger Jamison at Rogue Engineer is handy not only with building projects but also with the technical side of things and he has the plans, including all the angled cuts you need to make a perfect 5 pointed star.

In addition to Jamison's plans you will probably need a wedge jig.  Check my post here on how to build a wedge jig for a miter saw.

How to build wood stars:

I used less than one 1x3x8 pine board for each star.  You could definitely use a 1x2 or 1x4 if you're adventurous!

Step 1: Set up the wedge jig and make steep angle cut.

Step 2: Set the miter for the second angle, flip the wood, measure and cut.

Step 3: Repeat the process 5 times for each length.  Do a dry fit to test for accuracy.

Step 4: To connect pieces take one short and one long piece together at the 36 degree angle.  Glue and staple (see 2 pieces on right above).  The staples allow you some maneuvering.  Flip the connected pieces over and use a finish nail on the visible side (see 3 pieces on right above). 

Step 5: Layout all pieces good side down, glue and staple remaining joins.

Step 6: Flip star over to good side up, use 3/4" finish nails to secure pieces.

Step 7: Stain as desired.

Hang and enjoy!  I hung these stars from one single nail and they haven't moved.  Can't wait to dress them up for the holidays! 

Rogue Engineer has tons of other great plans you must take a look.

Playroom storage bins - yes please.

I'm linking up to:

Christmas Spectacular @ The Shabby Creek Cottage
Sand and Sisal
The 36th Avenue

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Inspiration Exchange @ City Farmhouse
SAS @ Funky Junk
That DIY Party @ The DIY Showoff
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Share Awesomeness Thur @ The 36th Avenue
Pretty Things Thursday @ Scissors & Spatulas
Flaunt it Friday @ Chic on a Shoestring
Frugal Friday @ The Shabby Nest
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Remodelaholics Anonymous @ Remodelaholic
inspiration board @ Carolyns Homework
Sunday Showcase Party @ Under the Table & Dreaming


Korrie@RedHenHome said...

I love these SO much!! said...

These stars are fantastic and can go from season to season, love!

ANNE said...

so cute!! I adore these! Pinned :)

Our Pinteresting Family said...

Beautiful! They are great!

thistlewoodfarm said...


I came over here to tell you that you made me laugh out loud this morning with your comment and then I saw those STARS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Please, please let me feature them on Thistlekeeping! Just one pic and I will link back to you. :)


Bryan Born said...

So inspiring! I was looking for a Christmas project, and had just about decided to make routed trivets when I came upon your stars. Brilliant! (Couldn't resist the pun).

Anyway, with a bit if creative measuring, yesterday I made two nesting stars out if 1x2 oak. They'll work well as trivets as we'll as being attractive on the kitchen wall. Thanks for the detailed instructions!

Daddywoofdawg said...

I've read this over and over it say's staple a long and a short but I don't see any measurements.

Philipp Timokhin said...

What is the measurements for your wood?

Reno Compare said...

Great idea and great stpe by step instructions. We'd like to share this over at ours for our upcoming Christmas decorations post and I'll get a link to you when it's live...Thanks Jamie

Reno Compare said...

Here you go, hope you like it.

Happy Holidays