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!!!
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.
Yes…it’s that easy. Now…cut it out. Mark it from each tip, straight down to the inset portion below each one…
Once each one is marked…score from each tip…
to where all the lines intersect in the center.
Now…fold each line…in on itself…so that you crease each score line.
Now open back up…and finish the lines below the intersection for each point….score.
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.
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.
These stars are awesome…and really lightweight…so these little cross braces are enough to hold your star on a nail or small hook….
Now you can move on to the paint treatment…click here to head over for the rust technique.