Monday, June 20, 2011

Slat Star

I'm in the process of creating my "summer" mantle display.  I have a few finishing touches to add before the full reveal but I wanted to share with you my slat star.  My goal with this display is to give it an Americana feel, without it being so "4th of July" that it can't stay up for awhile.  I think my star is the perfect addition.


Fun huh!?  I took some liberties with the American color scheme in order to make it fit with my decor, but I love how it turned out!

I also love the shabby finish.


So if you want to make your own, here is the method to my madness.


A.  Start by making a paper template of a star.  Then lay out some scrap slats and trace your star.

B.  Then carefully cut each slat following your traced lines.  It's a pretty easy task as long as you do it in order and not let yourself get confused.

C. All cut!

D.  Then paint the slats.  The top third I painted a light blue and then the rest I alternated red and white.  Once again, don't let yourself get confused.  Lay your star out and mark what color each slat needs to be before you start painting.

E.  Take all your slats outside and give them a good sanding.

F.  Finally, hot glue the slats together to form your star.  I finished mine off with a coat of dark wood stain also.  And that's it!  

A super cute slat star that will look great with any patriotic or summer display!


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25 comments:

Kathy@DandelionsandDustBunnies said...

Super Cute. What a great idea.

Amy said...

Very cute! I never thought to change the shades up to fit in with your house for longer than the fourth! Great idea all around!

Sarah @ The Bird's Papaya said...

*sigh* this canadian girl, wants to be american, so I can make this.

Janet said...

Great idea! I love the shabby look and colors of your star as well. Love this!

Madigan at madiganmade said...

Love this! It is simple and festive for the 4th! (I'm lovin red and aqua for it)

CraftCrave said...

Just a quick note to let you know that a link to this post will be placed on CraftCrave today [21 Jun 01:00am GMT]. Thanks, Maria

Tiaras & Bow Ties - Think Smink said...

What a great star for the 4th! May just have to give it a try!
Love to have you stop by to see my painted star for the 4th as well over at tiarasandbowties.blogspot.com

Kim

btanders said...

Cute! Thanks for sharing!

http://btanders.blogspot.com

Red, Blonde and Burlap said...

I LOVE this! It's perfect decoration for the 4th too! Great job!

April said...

This is so cute!!

Erin said...

I don't typically decorate for the 4th...but this is just fabulous!! :)

Bethany @ A Fish Who Likes Flowers said...

Very cute idea!

CraftCrave said...

Just a quick note to let you know that a link to this post will be placed on CraftCrave today [22 Jun 01:00am GMT]. Thanks, Maria

LrSchwtz said...

I have to tell you this is one of my favorite patriotic crafts. It's so simple and beautiful. Please stop by www.laughloveandcraft.com today and link up to my Share the Wealth Wednesday Link Party! I'm your newest follower!

Sweet Peas and Bumblebees said...

How cute! I love anything involving stars so I just added your project to Pinterest! I would also LOVE if you would link up your project to our {{What I Made Wednesday}} linky party...it's going on now! And, I'm your newest follower! =)

~Briana
sweetpeasandbb.blogspot.com

james @ agirlcalledjames said...

i love it

Heather at Dragonfly Designs said...

It turned out goergeou!! Can't wait to see the reveal! TFS!

Paula said...

Love this project!

Kara said...

I love how it turned out! It looks just perfect on your mantle. :)

Susan @ homeroad.net said...

Where did you get the wooden slats? Did you buy them? Thanks!
Susan @ homeroad.net

Michelle@Somedaycrafts said...

I love this when I saw it on Wednesday. The aqua is so pretty! I am featuring this at the patriotic party at somedaycrafts.blogspot.com.

Korrie@RedHenHome said...

Absolutely love this. Pinning now!

simplydesigning.blogspot.com said...

This is so super cute!

I am featuring it on my blog on Sunday!

Thanks for linking up!

Ashley
www.simplydesigning.blogspot.com

Lindy@Itsy Bitsy Paper said...

This looks great!

I am having a Red, White and Blue Linky Party and would love for you to stop by and join in!
http://www.itsybitsypaperblog.com/2011/07/red-white-and-blue-linky-party.html

Robin & Steven said...

So cute! Where do you find those slats? And what did you cut them with?

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