Star Light Holiday Decoration

Easy DIY Star LightTinsel, 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 DIY Star LightSupplies:
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.)
-duct tape

Easy DIY Star LightStep 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.

Easy DIY Star LightStep 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.

Easy DIY Star LightSet your star on a mantel or hang it up on the wall, and instantly add holiday cheer to your space!

Easy DIY Star LightYou 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.

  • Happy holidays! Amazing guide about star light holiday decoration. Will love to try this.

  • hmmmmm….. i’m just wondering how big I can go with this… i need something big but simple and sparkly for a mirrored wall and this will be perfect. thank you :)))

  • This is so nice and simple. I may make a few tweaks here and there to make it more personal but it is beautiful as is. Thanks for sharing this project.

  • Love how simple this is and I’m already imagining making it with gold and making a set of three to hang up! Thanks for posting.

  • Thanks! I commented a bit more about the deer in the comment below, but I found them at a local craft store called Pat Catans. -Mandi

  • The deer are probably my favorite decorations this year! I found them at a local craft store (where I live in Northeast Ohio) called Pat Catans. They had moose too and in a variety of sizes. I found some at other craft stores too, but I forget which. Either JoAnn, Michaels, or both. But Pat Catans is always the cheapest place around. I kind of wish I had bought more! I hope they have more next year. -Mandi

  • I love the simplicity of this – it’s beautiful. It would look perfect in my bedroom 🙂
    Hannah x

  • I love the simplicity of this make – its really beautiful. Id love to make a ginormous one for a year round wall feature 🙂
    Hannah x

  • This is beautiful! I think I’m going to have a go at making this! <3

  • Sorry to comment in the wrong place, but the giveaway post doesnt have a comment section and I couldnt find an email address. I think something is wrong with the giveaway post you just posted- it says that it doesnt start until tomorrow.

  • I especially like the setting with the little deer. Where did you get those?


  • I love the idea! I made a more rustic one with pompoms 🙂
    You can see the tutorial here:

  • You ladies always come up with such wonderful things! I love this idea!! I wish I had the space to hang one! =)

  • Love this idea! It’s great that you can simply lean it up against a wall. A big visual impact without taking up much space on the mantel!


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