My project today was inspired by a picture I saw in the Pottery Barn catalog.
While browsing through the pages of their current Christmas catalog I saw this large votive star. It measures approximately 46" and costs $129.00.
Pottery Barn Photo
The lower level (basement) in my house has somewhat of a lodge feel to it. I'm planning my holiday decorations for the space this year to have a rustic feel using woods and natural elements. Here's a picture of my fireplace wall.
I thought a large star would look great as part of my mantel decor and the Pottery Barn picture got me thinking about how I could make a star of my own.
I went to my studio and found my collection of vintage wood yardsticks.
I love the old wood yardsticks with advertising on them.
This one is from an old coal company.
This one is from a bank in my hometown.
And this one is from Sears.
I took five of the yardsticks that had a similar width and laid out a 5 point star.
Once the star was lined up I drilled holes through each point of the star and inserted one of these nuts into the front of each point and screwed the bolt on the back.
Here's the front of one of the points.
And here's the back.
Here's what your star should look like.
There's one last step I needed to do to the star before it was finished. I took one small screw and screwed it into one of the areas where the yardsticks cross each other. This insures that the wood will not shift, causing the star to lose it's shape.
Now the star is ready to be displayed.
This is just one element in what is to be my Christmas mantel. I will be posting the completed decorations after the Thanksgiving holiday.
See that other star to the left of my yardstick star in the above picture? It may just make it's way into my decorations too.
If you can't find any vintage yardsticks, obviously new yardsticks stained or painted would
make great looking stars.
I'm linking today with:
Debra @ Common Ground for Vintage Inspiration Friday
and Linda @ A La Carte for Junkin Finds Friday
Have a wonderful weekend!