Monday, December 20, 2010

Raffia Wrapped Stars

Another one of the things I was inspired by in Pottery Barn's catalog was the lighted snowflakes and star votive holder.

Vine Star Wall-Mount Votive Holder, Antique Bronze finishWoven Twig Decorative Snowflake, Large

My original plan was to make a few lighted stars.  But then I started worrying about how I was going to hang them (I knew I wanted them hung from my curtain rod) and still get access to a plug.  I thought about going the battery powered route, but then found out that a string of battery powered lights uses 2 C batteries and has a ginormous box that I would have to hide.  So in the end I decided to keep it simple and nix the lights.

Here is what I came up with.

Wanna know how to make your own? I actually made these several weeks ago and have since seen a few variations around the blog world but here is how I did mine.  While it was a relatively easy and inexpensive project, it was a bit time consuming so you are warned.  Lets get started.

I started with 5 three foot dowels. (A)  This will be enough for three stars.  You need to cut your dowels down into 1 foot sections, or whatever size you want your stars to be. (B) I used my pruning sheers to cut them and it worked like a dream.  I then printed off a "prefect star" from the internet because I was worried about my angles being off and used that to line everything up. (C)  You just hot glue the dowels wherever they touch to get your star frame.  Remember that some of the dowels can go behind.  The more connection points the better. (D) You may notice in the pic that I used some wire on the joints, this was total overkill and I only did it on one. Once complete, these babies are surprisingly sturdy.   You then take a chunk of raffia and start wrapping, using hot glue to secure as needed. (E)  About an hour and several blisters later you will have this. (F)  It needed a hair cut so I trimmed a few of the stragglers. (G)  Then just tie a loop of ribbon to the top so you can hang (H) and then repeat two more times. 

If you want to attempt a lighted star, just wrap in Christmas lights before you wrap in the raffia.

So there you have it, raffia wrapped stars!  I know I've said it before but who needs Pottery Barn?!

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Creations by Kara


lennygenn said...

Such a cute idea! These would be so cute on the tree too! My tree topper is a non lit golden star that looks like its wrapped in raffia, so this would look totally cute on my tree! Keep up the good work!

DANA said...

I found you through Polly Want a Crafter and I love this! I wanted to invite you to enter my $50 American Express gift card giveaway that ends in a few days! I also have a link party going on this week! Keep up the good blogging! -Dana

Liz said...

A-MAZE-ING! I want to make one right now!

Kari said...

These look amazing! I love them! Thanks so much for sharing!

Stacy said...

When I saw the little thumbnail of this today I knew it was one I wanted to feature before I ever clicked on it. I should have know it was yours! I love them :)

Ellie said...

Those stars are adorable!!! So glad you shared.

Pam said...

Those are really neat. Great job and thanks for sharing

DANA said...

It's linky party time again! I hope to have you come link up and enter my $50 american Express giveaway! Happy holidays!
-Dana, Saturday Mornings

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