DIY Cardboard Star & Rusting Technique

DIY Cardboard Star

 Okay, Okay, I know.  More stars?  Yes…cause I’m from Texas…and that’s how I roll.  Today, I’m gonna show y’all how to make a cardboard star.  This is no ordinary star…it’s 3-D.  It’s really easy.  I am showing the readers over at LCI how to do the Rust Technique.

Okay, So my star is a 22″ star.  That’s what you’ll make, if you use my template as it is. (Star template here).  If you want to make it larger…or smaller, all you have to do is enlarge or shrink my pattern.  I lucked out…and had some big boxes…from my gift certificate shipment from Lamps Plus  and Hometalk’s lamp challenge.  Did y’all see my lamp from that contest?  Have you heard of either of them?  Well…you REALLY need to check them out, if you haven’t!!!

DIY Cardboard 3-D Star

First, take the triangle that I’m providing, and begin to trace.  There is no need in tracing the inside portion…but it won’t hurt if you do.   Make sure with each triangle…the lines from the sides form a straight line.

DIY Cardboard 3-D Star

Yes…it’s that easy. Now…cut it out.  Mark it from each tip, straight down to the inset portion below each one…

DIY Cardboard 3-D Star

Once each one is marked…score from each tip…

DIY Cardboard 3-D Star

to where all the lines intersect in the center.

DIY Cardboard 3-D Star

Now…fold each line…in on itself…so that you crease each score line.

DIY Cardboard 3-D Star

Now open back up…and finish the lines below the intersection for each point….score.

DIY Cardboard 3-D Star

Now crease the opposite direction as the points. On mine, I creased the opposite side of the scores…and then for the lower creases…I bent them onto the side that wasn’t scored.

 

Now, cut five small strips of cardboard…at least long enough to reach across the widest part of each point.

DIY Cardboard 3-D Star

Use them to force the points to stay the depth of each point.
Now begin to work with your points and attach the strips and glue on each end…and hold in place with some clamps of some kind, until it has dried.

DIY Cardboard 3-D Star

These stars are awesome…and really lightweight…so these little cross braces are enough to hold your star on a nail or small hook…. :D

DIY Cardboard 3-D Star

Now you can move on to the paint treatment…click here to head over for the rust technique.

DIY Cardboard 3-D Star

There are so many ways these little jewels would look good… Maybe we’ll explore that more later! :D
I’ve linked this little darling up with:
Three Mango Seeds

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