Sunday, November 21, 2010

Christmas Star Ornament

This past summer I posted about one of my best garage sale finds:
55 folding rulers
Since buying these I have bartered a few, sold a few, and used a few in my decor.

After I made my yardstick star a couple of weeks ago (see post here),
I decided that I would make some stars on a much smaller scale for my tree using parts of a folding ruler.

I took one of the folding rulers and broke it apart.
 I sawed each piece to a 4" length and sanded the edges.
Using the same basic directions as the larger yardstick star, I took five of the ruler pieces and laid them out in the shape of a five point star.
 After drilling a small hole at each point, I inserted a brad (these are from some of my scrapbook supplies) into each point.
The brad ends fold back to hold the points together.
Side note: Be careful when drilling the holes at the points.  The wood can crack easily and you can end up with this:
 But that little accident actually helped me decide how to embellish my ornament.
After putting some glue in the crack to insure the piece would not break off, I dug through some more of my scrapbook supplies to find an embellishment that could hide the crack.
This metal "Happy Holidays" ribbon slide and ribbon not only helped hide the crack but added some nice detail to the ornament too (I also painted the brad heads red to coordinate with my ribbon).
So here's the first of what (hopefully) will be several different ornaments I will be posting about in the next few weeks.

I'm joining the party over at Between Naps on the Porch for Metamorphosis Monday.
I'm also sharing this with Stephanie Lynn @ Under the Table and Dreaming for her Handmade Ornament Exchange Party.
Lots of wonderful projects at both parties, make sure and check them out.

 Have a great week.

Jane

52 comments:

  1. Jane this is so cute.
    I have seen the huge ones made of these but never scaled down to this.
    FYI did you see pottery barn selling the rulers now.
    Whats next I wonder...
    I am actually liking the crack showing, but anything chippy cracked and aged gets my attention!!
    AMY

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  2. Cute, a small tree would be adorable with lots of ruler stars on it!

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  3. That is cute! I love how you staged it on the oil can. I'll be checking back for more inspirational ornaments from you.

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  4. OMG that is the cutest! You are so creative. I love it.

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  5. This is precious! What a great find...55, really? WOW! Thanks for the tutorial too!
    Sharlotte

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  6. First of all I am wondering why someone would of had 55 rulers at one sale (did they own a hardware store?) LOL anyway those stars are adorable. Can't wait to see your decorated tree with them.

    -Danielle

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  7. Love it! I passed up some folding rulers this weekend because the sellers wanted just a bit too much and they weren't willing to barter...was hoping to make a giant star like yours.

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  8. You are so clever and creative...the ideas just keep coming! I love these little ornaments, great job, Jane!

    XO,
    Jane

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  9. It's those cute little details that make your creations pop! This time it's the red brads, festive ribbon and of course the medal slide.
    Again, another cute creation you have come up with.

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  10. Hey, that was a great idea using the embellishment to hide the crack. Now that's taking lemons and making lemonade! I love those measuring sticks. What a find!
    Brenda

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  11. Jane the things you come up with just amaze me! These are just so cute. That metal Happy Holidays slide just makes it for me!

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  12. Such a creative idea! So glad you share with us. We are inspired.

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  13. Love that idea!!! I love the embellishments that you added too:) Glad you bought those rulers!!

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  14. Jane,
    Yes...I do remember you finding all these rulers...love what you have done here...these stars are very cute!!!!

    Blessings,
    Linda

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  15. There you go again! They look great.

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  16. Soooo cute! Thanks for sharing b/c I have a yard stick just like that one and I've been wanting to do something with it! You've given me the nudge I needed. Now all I need is that oil can... =)

    Jeanine

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  17. That is so cute! How do you consistently think up these great things?

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  18. It turned out adorable, I love the red details!

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  19. Hi Jane,
    Those are adorable! How did I miss the post on the big ruler star, I love it! Have a wonderful Thanksgiving.
    XoXo

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  20. How Adorable ~ You always come up with the Sweetest Creative Ideas....
    Cheryl

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  21. Hi Jane...I absolutely love this project. I was wondering if I could link to this post and use one of the pictures for a feature I'm having on my blog called Handmade Holiday Gifts. I will be doing the post on December 1st and would love to have this included.
    Thanks so much for sharing,
    ~Karen~

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  22. Hi jane,
    Just darling little ruler stars :)
    Also love how you are displaying your shiney brights. The "tree" is perfect.
    I hope your Thanksgiving is wonderful!
    Warmly,
    deb :)

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  23. Jane, these are so cute. What a great idea to do them in the "mini". ADORABLE!

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  24. Hi dear Jane,
    how cute they are- and very ,very, sweet with your embellishment, -love the : happy holliday sign-too.
    Hope your monday is lovely,
    Hugs from me.
    Dorthe

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  25. I marvel at your creativity and am inspired to try some of your projects. Thank you.

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  26. Really cute and love how you hung it on the oil can!

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  27. Jane,
    I love it! Your addition of red on the tacks really makes the project pop!
    As always, I'm looking forward to seeing more of your ruler creations!
    Dee Dee

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  28. Once again you've done it!!! Love it - need to go thrifting....
    xoxo
    Pammy

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  29. I just found your blog today and have spent about 30 minutes pouring over older entries.. I love it and am so glad I found you...

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  30. This is so cute, Jane! And the red heads on the brads just make it even more special!!

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  31. So adorable Jane...what a great idea!
    xojanis

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  32. Just perfect. I have seen them as tiny crosses too on a necklace.

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  33. Come over and see me this week - I don't want you to miss this giveaway!
    I still am loving these stars!!!!
    xoxo
    Pammy

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  34. These are so precious! I love the red brads and the embellishments. I seem to find the folding rulers one at a time and the same with the yardsticks. That's quite a haul you found. Love that big star:-)

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  35. Pottery Barn should hire you on as a stylist.

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  36. oh my gosh, those are great! Found your blog via Fiona and Twig's... just in time for some holiday decorating inspiration!

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  37. Oh my are these the cutest ever?! thanks for sharing!

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  38. too cute !! i have a bunch of broken ones...i will be making these right up !! (i think we are kindred spirits...we have so many of the same items in our stash !)

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  39. These are adorable, love the red brads. So funny, I was just telling someone about all the cool things I see blogging and one of them was about the 55 folding rulers! I'm getting better though, recognizing names and faces and remembering what stories go with which blogger. All your Christmas decorations look fabulous, I'm just starting here and my house is a mess!
    Susanne.

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  40. I just found you via Under the Table. These are absolutely precious. You have made my morning.

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  41. Hoped over from Under the table: absolutely awesome! I love these--so cute! This has got to be one of my favorite ornaments ever!

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  42. Hi Jane these are so darling! I really like the large star too - You have such a way with vintage items! Thanks so much for linking to the party. I have featured this today. Hope you have a wonderful week! Stephanie Lynn

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  43. I just saw this on Under The Table and Dreaming and fell in love with it! I wish I could find a good deal on those rulers, there are so many possibilities for them. You did an beautiful job on yours.

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