This is a first. I'm sharing a tutorial that is a direct result of a pin. What am I talking about?? Well, a couple of years ago, I wrote about a paper star that I had made for Christmas gifts (see HERE) and someone pinned it on Pinterest. As a result, I received several emails on how to create it.
I know it's so late in the season, but I thought I would show you, if for no other reason than it archive it. So let's get started!
Star form (Click HERE for a paper mache version to buy), sheet music or book paper, shipping tag, jingle bells (not pictured), Mod Podge (abbreviated MP), glitter, tinsel garland, various paint brushes.
I'm am usually on the use-what-I-have-around-the-house mindset, and I had these star ornaments for years and years and didn't use them anymore, decided to alter them as gifts. I think they are plastic, once they were gold, then I spray painted them red, and now they will finally be made into pretty paper star gifts.
Begin by tearing vintage sheet music or book paper into squares, not too small about 2-3" squares are best. It took two sheets per star in this case.
I think most people are familiar with how simple it is to decoupage, I worked on one point at a time, brush on a layer of Mod Podge
Lay a square on
brush another layer on top, smoothing the paper on. This needs to happen pretty quick, you don't want the MP to dry. Don't be afraid to use your fingers to get it really smooth. Once you have the entire star form covered, let it dry completely. Make sure it is completely dry, because the next step is glittering. If there is even a little wetness the glitter will stick, and probably where you don't want.
I personally like to use Martha's glitter because it is super fine and super sparkly, but you could use a glitter/glue combo for this step, it's just a matter of preference. Glitter the edges of the star first, then the 'veins' of the star. You could do both sides if you like, but I just did one side.
With a small paint brush, brush on a small line of MP, one vein at a time, sprinkle glitter on, knock off excess. Move around the whole star....gluing and glittering as you go. Let dry completely.
Once it is dry, it's time to embellish the top point. Here you can get as creative as you want.
I chose some tinsel garland (tied on like string) jingle bells (tied on with jute) and a little shipping tag that I stamped with 'Merry and Bright' (I also glittered the edges of the tag). If you would like to know how to stain shipping tags, I explain it HERE.
This little doodad helps create a little focal point and is a great detail, get creative with how you can personalize this.
I also made a third one using a flat on the back metal 'barn star'
I really like how sweet these turned out!
They could be hung on the tree or in the center of a wreath, countless ideas!!
As a little a thank you to all of YOU, I want to offer two of these up in a giveaway! In appreciation for all the visits and comments and emails THANK YOU!! It is so close to Christmas, so I'll just run this through Monday the 19th.
All you have to do to get a chance to win is comment telling me your favorite Christmas Song, easy right? I'll randomly pick a winner on Tuesday, good luck!
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