DIY Rustic Wood Star Ornament

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Add some fun, rustic style to your tree with this large wood star ornament!

Again, I love adding large ornaments to our tree to give it a bit of dimension, and this wood star is the perfect way to do that!

This wood star is easy to make and looks like a million bucks.

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I hope you have fun with this one!

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For a printable copy of the materials and instructions, scroll down.

Materials Needed:

Tools Needed:

How to Make a Large Wood Star Ornament

STEP 1: Cut the wood pieces.

Start by cutting 10 pieces of wood out of your dowel – each one will be 4″ long with an 18° angle cut on the top and a 54° angle cut on the bottom.

To do this, mark your 54° angle on your dowel using a protractor and straight edge. Then use your hand saw (or band saw, if you have one) to cut that edge.

Now, measure 4″ up from the top of that cut and make a mark. Then use your protractor to mark a line down from that mark at 18° and cut that line with your hand saw.

Repeat this until you have all 10 pieces.

**After making a cut for one piece, the piece you’re left with on your dowel should have the right angle for one end of the next piece. Simply turn it over and cut the other end to make things go quicker!**

STEP 2: Glue the wood pieces together.

Start by gluing all the longer edges together in groups of two using super glue gel (I love this kind!)

You should end up with 5 “V” shaped pieces.

Then, these “V” shaped pieces together on the short edges in a group of 3 and a group of 2.

This last step takes a bit of finessing.

If you find that when you go to glue these two larger sections together that you have some small misalignments (like the one shown below) use your sanding block to sand down the end of one piece until they fit nicely together on both ends.

Finish gluing the start together once you have all the pieces aligned just right.

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STEP 3: Paint and hang.

To achieve a distressed or rustic look, paint your star using the “dry brush” method.

This is done by putting a little paint on your brush, dabbing most of it off, and then brushing the wood with an almost dry brush.

The paint goes on thin and uneven, but gives it that distressed, rustic look without having to do any sanding!

After you’ve finished painting and let it dry, tie a piece of jute twine to the top as a hanger and you’re done!

I love the way the paint looks on it!

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Customize this project to match your décor using whatever color paint you like (I think red would be really cool too) and the string of your choice!

As promised, here are the printable instructions:

Yield: 1 Ornament

DIY Wood Star Ornament

DIY Wood Star Ornament

Make a large, rustic wood star ornament in this easy-to-follow tutorial!

Active Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Difficulty: Moderate

Instructions

  1. Cut 20 pieces of wood at 4" long with angles of 18° and 54° on either end.
  2. Glue the longer cut sides together in groups of 2 to create five "V"s.
  3. Glue the "V"s together into a group of 2 and a group of 3.
  4. Sand the pieces connecting those two halves of the star until the fit perfectly then glue the two halves together.
  5. Paint the star using the "dry brush" method to achieve a distressed look without sanding.
  6. Tie a piece of jute twine to the top for hanging.

Notes

Try a different color paint or a different type of string to make this match your décor and preferences!

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1 thought on “DIY Rustic Wood Star Ornament”

  1. Love these. I’ll never forget we made them at the same exact time when they first came out in the PB catalog. I went the miter saw route with a dangerous angle, you’re much smarter with the band saw. Still a beautiful project.

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