I found a great easy project to add to my Christmas decor. I found the idea on....Little Bit Funky blog. Her instructions were so easy and YES it is made for under $5. Here is what I did.
- 5 wooden yard sticks
- Hot glue gun
- 1 strand of 50 small white lights
- About 15-20 zip ties.
- Black spray paint
- White Spray paint
I purchased my yard sticks from Lowes for $0.60 each. And I found a set of lights on sale for $1.50. So my total price (not including paint, hot glue and zip ties, since my house has these things in stock) was $4.50 total!!!
Start by laying out your star like above. I found this to be only as tricky and as difficult as I make it. I started off by wanting it to be PERFECT and then decided, no the outcome should look aged, not perfect. So I relaxed and then my star turned out OK.
Next I painted the entire star front and back BLACK with spray paint I had.
Once it was dry on both sides, I then went back and lightly sprayed over in with the white. This gives it an aged look.
I let that dry. Then I wanted to attach my lights. Since my strand was a shorter one, I decided not to wrap it around the star....but to fasten it to the star where the lights would always be on the front. So I used zip ties to fasten the lights and just worked my way slowly around the star.
I trimmed the long ends off of my zip ties and WaLa!
Here is what the finished product looked like at night outside my house.
I hope that it will get lifted and secured this weekend to the second level of my house just above the front door. My hubby is away on business this week and I definitely need his help to hang it up higher. So for now my star just rests against the house!
I hope you are as inspired by this post as I was of Little Bit Funky's post....it is a great, easy, inexpensive idea to adding more lights in a fun shape! If you make your own, please post a photo back to me so I can see yours too!!! I love how everyone can put their own spin onto a project like this!!!
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