Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Cardboard "Tin" Stars

So, I've always liked the look of tin stars. The real ones can be expensive, now if you know me, that means I'll just find something else to like...UNLESS I can make it myself!

So, after some online searching, and the ideas from Grey Luster Girl, it cost me....nothing! Here's mine!
How to make barn stars out of cardboard
 It's quite simple actually. You just need some cardboard (I used a cereal box for the little one and a pizza box for the larger one). 

First step, trace and cut out your star. Don't have a star to trace? I used lined filler paper (because you can see through it) to trace a star I found on google images - then I traced that onto the cardboard.
Next, score the star 5 times, from each point. I pressed hard with a pen to make the creases. (You can see the creases in the above picture if you look closely)

Now, fold on all of your creases. It should look like this!
Next, I colored on the edges and creases with a sharpie, so after I painted it I could get these lines to show through and look more distressed, or like tin.
Now it's time to add the paint! For the little star I just mixed some green I had with white to get that color. Then I rubbed on edges and the creases to get the darkness from the sharpie to show a little bit more (picture is before I did that)

If you want to hang them up, add some string (I used embroidery floss) to the back with tape.
 (Yes, that is a Lucky Charms cereal box - my 24 year old husband still loves his sugary childhood cereal!) they are hanging up! Tada!
I'm not sure how I'm going to display them yet, but I'll try a few things! They are so much fun and really simple as you can tell!

If you make any I would LOVE to see how yours turn out!
Also, consider following me on facebook or twitter - I'd love making new blog friends! 

"My name is Brie and I like to party" - See where I've been linking up!


  1. LOVE STARS, Love yours stars, love the colors, well done. winks-jen-COM

  2. Oh wow! That is awesome. I also love those stars but just won't pay the money for them. Thanks to you I can make my own :)

    Debbie - new follower

  3. That is such a great idea, with an even better price tag! They turned out great.
    Thanks for joining our Mingle With Us Blog Hop, I look forward to following each other's blogs:)

    Amanda Joy

  4. Hi Brie! I love those stars- they look wonderful! I just purchased a few from Joann's in hopes of making some sort of star arragement on my livingroom wall. Thanks for the awesome idea - I am in the process of moving {which means LOTS of boxes} so I might try a bigger version of the stars you posted. We will see!


    PS: Your blog is adorable and I'm your newest follower- can't wait to see more!

  5. Very unique idea. :-) Hey, following back from Measuring Flower. Thank you so much for linking up to MondayMingle! Oh, and adorable blog. :-) Hope to see you again next week!

  6. Wow! They do look just like the metal stars - love it! Thanks for sharing, Brie!

  7. Great project! I found you through the linking party at Night Owl Crafting! :)
    I'd like to invite you to join my T.G.I.F. Linky Party to share your fabulous projects. I'm looking to grow my weekly party with fabulous projects just like this one. Here is the direct link and I hope you can visit sometime.
    T.G.I.F. Linky Party every Thursday evening - Tuesday

  8. so pretty! way better than spending 55 bucks!!!

    Thanks for linking up to Your Whims Wednesday :)

  9. I LOVE these stars!!! They're amazing! I'm so impressed that they're made from cardboard!!!

    Thanks so much for linking to "20 Below Thursday"!

  10. I had some real Stars gifted to me years ago and always wanted to get more but not pay the I will make myself some.Thank you sharing this Tutorial

  11. These look exactly like the tin ones!! So smart and they look fabulous! I would love it if you could link these up to my link party tomorrow night!
    Jenn :)

  12. Oh - I pinned these too!
    Jenn :)

  13. this is just amazing! never in a million years would i have thought of this! i like the fact too that if they fall down, they won't be a hard smack to a little head! thanks for linking this up to my tip-toe thru tuesday party! hope to see you again this week!

  14. Great idea! Can't wait to make my own...for NO $$$!

  15. Great job! Thanks for linking up last week at Sew Woodsy last week! Hope you'll join us tomorrow and link up!

  16. I can't believe those are cardboard. They look amazing-especially since they were free!

  17. Wow cardboard huh! I am so doing this tomorrow with my other projects!!! :D

  18. You've been featured on Fabulousity Friday at Sweet Tea Serendipity! Check it out & pick up your award here:

  19. I adore stars and shared some of mine at SNS tonight. I need to make some of these for my Cowboy Christmas tree. Thanks for the tutorial!

  20. I'm following now too. Hope you can stop by and see my barn stars.


  22. Hey, I was just wondering how you hung the stars? Im afraid if I use a nail and a string that they will blow off the wall.

    1. Hey Nicole! I actually ended up just using tape! You can put tape right over the string and then stick it on the wall - that way you can't see the nail and don't have to worry about nail holes. (use painter's tape if you want to make sure not to peel any paint!)

  23. What a neat idea! This would be a great guest post if you would like
    thanks for hopping on over my way
    - Emily

  24. The stars look great! I just added them to my list for Cardboard Boxes Up-cycled!

  25. This is great! Just did one for my daughter's room and shared on my blog! Thanks so much!


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