Wednesday, November 12, 2008
I Can Make That! (Or You Can Make This!)
Just a Girl is having a "I Can Make That" party and never wanting to be one that is left out, I decided to join in with some papered barn stars. This is not my original idea--it's one of those I tucked in my brain, maybe saw it in a magazine?? But, I haven't seen a tutorial on it so I thought I'd share. I probably am showing you way too much of the process, but here goes.
I started with a bunch of metal barn stars. I bought these at a place called Real Deals. The larger ones were $2.60 and the smaller were just under $2.
I sorted through my stacks of scrapbook paper to find what I wanted. If you are color/design challenged, scrapbook paper mats (pads) make it easy as they have coordinating paper all together.
I then used a sheet of white computer paper and pressed it on the star to make a pattern. The larger stars all had the same sized points, the smaller one all had different sized points or arms or whatever those are called. Ignore the chocolate smudges on my pattern, I was making (and eating) chocolate chip cookies at the time.
Next, use your pattern to cut out your paper. Press the paper on the star to get the fold on it and to check to see if it fits (not sure why my pinky is up--must have thought I was having tea).
I used modge podge (watered down a little because I wasn't sure I had enough). I always put the modge podge on the item and on the paper. I think Martha told me that helps prevent bubbles. Then cover it all in decoupage glue.
When it was good and dry I sanded the edges with fine grit (220) sand paper. I then stained it with walnut stain. See the difference the stain makes? When the stain is dry, spray a clear finish on the stars.
And there you have it. The little ones still need a ribbon through them. The larger ones have a hanger on the back. Check out Chris's blog--I have found lots of great ideas and blogs from her party.