Thursday, November 11, 2010

Vintage Yardstick Star

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!

Jane

71 comments:

  1. Jane, I like this star far better than PB's. Well done. ♥O

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  2. This turned out really well...I love it above the fireplace...can't wait to see how you decorate this room for the holidays! I mentioned you on my post today :-)

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  3. Wonderful! I like this better than the PB too! Very clever.

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  4. JANE
    I AM IN LOVE!!!
    So funny I am working on a star from paint stirrers
    I am saving all the yardsticks I bought on vacation to frame out my bathroom mirrors.
    question, why don't you have store????

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  5. I like this idea and just came across three yardsticks I've collected. Looks like I need a couple more and I'll have an awesome star for the holidays.

    Thanks for sharing this idea. I love it!

    Kathleen

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  6. You continue to amaze me with your creativity! I like the vintage yard sticks better than the mass produced star! Love it!
    Sherry

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  7. What a great idea! I have some old yard sticks - you know the ones that fold together. Wondering if I could somehow make those work?????

    Jeanine

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  8. Awesome! I have two barn wood stars I dry brushed with some pale aqua and used in my family room redo. Your star reminded me of how much I really really love a rustic star....especially at Christmas :)

    So beautiful and perfect for a rustic lodge feel for the holidays!

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  9. Great idea and a wonderful use for something so simple.

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  10. I love this. I'll bet you knew you would someday make something great with those yardsticks!! It looks great on your mantle. I love this wall.

    XO,
    Jane

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  11. Hi Jane,
    Awesome star and you can also make one with folded rulers... :)
    You have such fun and great ideas!
    Happy weekend!
    Warmly,
    deb :)

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  13. Jane, you put Pottery Barn to shame. Your star outshines theirs by a mile. Love the yardsticks!

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  14. Jane that is so spectacular! It will look great on that fireplace wall. I am looking forward to the completed decorations. I love the star! You are so creative. Thanks for joining Junkin Finds Friday!!

    Hugs,
    Linda

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  15. Yours is much better than the Pottery Barn version. I love watching you decorate!

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  16. Great job on the star... your rock fireplace is gorgeous!

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  17. Super idea, Jane. I have to say that I like yours even more that PB!! Kudos to you for a really smart idea. Love your big fireplace!
    xo
    Debra

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  18. I love, love, LOVE IT, Jane! I love old yardsticks! Looks fabulous and such a beautiful fireplace, too! Can't wait to see what else you do!

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  19. How clever of you Jane! It looks great! I cannot wait to see the final look.

    ~ Tracy

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  20. Jane it is fantastic, love the style you got here, with the old liners, and the bolts--
    and it fits perfectly above that wonderfull fireplace of yours- Thank`s dear, for a great idea.
    Hugs,Dorthe

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  21. ...and that my friends is what we show to all of the naysayers about why we collect things like yardsticks! Seriously Jane, that is fabulous! PB would be jealous! Theresa xoxo

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  22. Hi Jane,
    You've done it again! Another wonderful creation. I just love the star and yours looks better than PB's!

    hugs
    Sissie

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  23. What a great idea, Jane! I love how you adapted this to the yard sticks. The size is just perfect for your mantel, too! What a great looking fireplace - I love it!

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  24. Wow--that's your basement? Mine is unfinished, filled with tools, and so cold down there. The Cave.

    Great project!

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  25. I love this project! It looks great. I'm always looking for vintage yard sticks, but I can't find them around these parts.

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  26. Beautiful! I've been eyeballing those stars in various places... also been eyeballing an old wood snowfence I'm trying to get up the nerve to ask for so I can make stars too. Yours is great!

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  27. I found your blog from Margo's Junkin Journal. You are ONE TALENTED LADY! You have made some awesome creations.

    Smiles,
    Teresa

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  28. You always come up with great ideas. My Dad has a bunch of yardsticks and I'll have to see if he'll part with some of them. I'd love to try this!

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  29. Wow! Your vintage yardstick star is far more interesting and attractive than the Pottery Barn star. You can leave this up all year! What a wonderful space. I'll be eager to see it decorated for the holidays. You are full of talent, Jane! ~ Sarah

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  30. Jane,
    This is fantastic!!! Even better than the Pottery Barn one for sure! Thanks for popping in for a visit, it was so nice to see your sweet face on my blog, I'm glad you're still around. I hope you and your family are doing well.
    Hugs,
    Karen

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  31. Jane, This is my first visit to your blog, and I am so impressed by this project! I will be back to read more.

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  32. Great idea Jane! I like your star way better than PB's.

    -Danielle

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  33. Just stopping by from Junkin Party!! How so very creative!! Your star has more character!

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  34. I love old wooden yard sticks too! Although I got smacked with one once when I was a child. Okay I got smacked several times with one. :D
    Love the rustic/natural elements used in Christmas decorating. Hope you will show us what it looks like when you are done. ~Ames

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  35. Off I go to the thrift store for yard sticks - BRILLIANT! Thanks for the great idea.
    Pammy

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  36. That's amazing!! Love this idea. I have no yardsticks, but wood and trim is cheap....hmmmm....What a beautiful beginning and I can't wait to see the finished fireplace!

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  37. Wow! I love it!
    Great Job!
    Thank you for sharing!
    Leticia

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  38. What a great idea! I love vintage yardsticks but I always set them back down because I can never think of anything to do with them.

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  39. Wowwwwwwwwwwww!! I love this idea and sooooo easy. Now...I ask "why didn't I think of that?" You're a genus!!!!

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  40. Jane,
    I love it! Even better than Pottery Barn's. Thanks for sharing. Have a great weekend.
    Monica

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  41. Terrific star and use of yard sticks! Love it.

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  42. Yet another reason why I just love your blog. Those are really awesome! Great idea, Jane!

    Have a great weekend!

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  43. Jane your star is great!! I would have thought about using yard sticks!!

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  44. Wow...A great job on the star of yard sticks

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  45. I really like this-I've got quite a few of those laying around-neat!

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  46. Jane your ideas are fabulous!! I can't wait to see what else you'll be treating us with this holiday season!

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  47. What a perfect way to use those lovely yard sticks. You are very clever. I just bought a 6" advertising ruler for my sewing basket. It is so much nicer than the plastic one it replaces.

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  48. Now Jane, that is inspiring! I love getting ideas from PB too, I never have executed any though lol!~ Your fireplace is so pretty. I have the same extinguisher, I think you may have seen that some time ago. Well thanks for sharing the inspiration, very well done!

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  49. Great idea for your Mantel, and the use of the vintage yardsticks is perfect. Being a Texas Gal, I have a thing for Lone Stars, and have collected quite a few. Thanks for the idea to decorate with them for Christmas!

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  50. Terrific idea! It's a great size for you mantel. Which is gorgeous just by itself! I am wondering now what else I could use for a star!

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  51. Oh Jane, you are coming up with project ideas that make my heart go pitter-pat! I have a thing for old rulers too. I never seem to see them. Where do you find yours? I am in love with your star. I'd say that you qualify as a crafting star!
    Brenda

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  52. That looks awesome Jane. I like it much better than the PB one!

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  53. I am in total awe of your talent. Such wonderful ideas and a creative mind. Always a joy when I see you have a new post!!

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  54. What a great idea! I like your's much better.
    Would be great with winter greens added for a winter display. Thank you for sharing your photos.

    Wishing you a wonderful weekend!
    Hugs, Sharon

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  55. There will be a run on vintage yardsticks all over the country and it will be all your fault. : D

    The star is just wonderful. See Jane work....

    xxx

    z

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  56. Who needs Pottery Barn at those exorbitant prices when they can just visit you for the thriftiest, most amazing makeovers. Your footstool turned out so sweet. The spice rack is fantastic in all its uses. And guess what, I have that same little Eiffel Tower. I think my husband brought it home the first time he went to Paris (I still haven't been yet). And your star is amazing! your creativity is boundless. Have a great week. :) Tammy

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  57. What a fabulous rustic idea! I can't wait to see the mantel completely done and the other star will work in fabulously!

    Carol

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  58. Jane, Pottery Barn and Martha Stewart can't even compare to the the 'brain of Jane'!!! This is wonderful. I hope I can find some yardsticks now! Suzan is probably right, there won't be one left in the entire country when they see this creation.

    I am not sure you know what an inspiration you are to me. I know that you have a lot on your plate, and you still find the time to share your awesome ideas with all of us. You inspire me so much.
    Love to you...

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  59. Jane what a awesome idea. It looks great! Now I can't wait to see your mantel all deck out for Christmas.

    Have a wonderful day.
    Gail

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  60. That's beautiful. Love the woodsy look to it. Can't wait to see the rest of the mantel.

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  61. How simple and cool! And I love that you already had the elements on hand for this.

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  62. Is there any way you would sell the Delaney Implement Star you made? (It says Burdett Kansas on it)

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    1. Hi Allison,
      I'm sorry but I don't have the star anymore that says Burdett, KS. All of the yardstick stars I made have been sold in my booth. I'll keep my eyes open for more yardsticks from Burdett.
      Jane

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