You know those 3 dimensional metal stars you see everywhere in country decor? If you look down your street, you'll probably see at least one hung on the outside of your neighbor's homes ...unless you live somewhere outside of the Midwest, in which case you may have no idea what I'm talking about!
This is my patriotic metal star that has sat in a box for probably 4 years:
It's an adorable little star, but when 4th of July comes around every year I rarely have the motivation to dig through my decor storage to get it out. Rather than pitching it, I thought I'd give it a makeover! I had been brainstorming ideas for awhile, and after a big thunderstorm this Summer and lots of branches down in my yard, this is what I came up with:
I covered the star in branches from my yard! It cost me not a penny to makeover, and it looks fabulous with all my decor!
Here's how you can make your own:
- PAINT -
Start by spray painting the star. Ideally you'll want to use a color that will match your branches more closely, but white was all I had at the time. Not a big deal, since it will all be covered anyway!
- COLLECT BRANCHES -
Gather branches from your yard in various sizes. You'll want to look for the straightest branches possible.
- MEASURE & TRIM -
Measure the longest edge of your star and cut your branches into sections about that size. Hand pruners or loppers would work best for cutting the branches, however I used the first tools I could find in the garage that could do the job. I'm an excited DIY'er!
- GLUE -
Hot glue the branches onto the star, starting with the biggest branches first and trimming as necessary. Vary the shape and color of the branches to give it lots of interest and dimension!
Now go back and fill in any gaps between the branches with smaller branches. This process takes a lot of time and patience to find the right size and shape branches needed, so grab a cup of coffee and turn on some music while you work!
When you're all finished, this is how it should look:
It's a perfect neutral decor accent and adds SO much texture and dimension!
I've used it all over my home...
I love this chic makeover on a country classic!
Now please excuse me while I go clean the giant mess of branches and trimmings scattered across my craft room... I won't even show you what my floor looks like!