Tinsel, glitter and gold all have a place in my home's holiday decor, but sometimes it's the simplest things that become my favorite. This holiday star light is one of those simple thing—easy to assemble, and even easier to mix in with whatever style of decor you have in your home. Check out the simple instructions below.
–Easy Cutter or a miter saw
-5 dowel rods (size and type is up to you)
-glue of your choice (I prefer Gorilla Glue for woodworking crafts.)
-paint + primer
-garland of your choice (Mine is from Michael's this year.)
-string lights (optional—Mine are battery operated like these.)
Step One: Cut the edges of your dowels at a sharp angle to fit them together. I didn't measure my angles since they were sharper than the guides of my easy cutter. I fudged it and allowed the glue to make up the difference. Just make sure when you cut the angle on your dowel, that you are cutting it the same on each end—a bit tricky when not working with square dowels with distinct sides.
Step Two: Glue together the edges to make a star shape, then tape them into place until the glue cures. I used Gorilla Glue for a super strong hold. If you also use Gorilla Glue, be sure to wet the ends before gluing, as it activates the glue.
Step Three: Prime and paint your star. I just used primer and didn't even bother with paint. This project was supposed to be quick and easy, or else my crazy side would've come out and I would've spent far too long sanding and painting this bad boy!
Step Four: Wrap the star with your garland and lights of choice. You might need to use glue to keep the garland in place, but since mine had a wire base, I didn't need glue.
You can easily change up this project to make it perfect for your own home's style. Leave it natural for a more primitive look, wrap it in glitzy tinsel for some pizazz, or use a delicate garland and string lights to make it look just like mine. If you make one, be sure to share it with us by tagging your project with #ABMcrafty and #ABMholidayspirit! –Mandi
Credits // Author and Photography: Mandi Johnson. Photos edited with A Beautiful Mess actions.