$1 Wooden Star

Posted by on May 16, 2013 in 4th of July, Crafts, Holidays | 32 comments

$1 Wooden Star


Craft ideas for Memorial Day and 4th of July

These DIY $1 wooden star crafts or wall art for Memorial Day and 4th of July are so inexpensive to make. Yes, the large wooden star cost less than $1  and it didn’t come from the dollar store.I saw something like this at an antique show for $15, and the only difference was that they used “antique” wood.  Since I didn’t have any “antique” wood, I thought of a way to make the wooden star craft using something everyone can find!

$1 Wooden Star    www.grandparentsplus.com

What an easy, fast decoration to make for Memorial Day & July 4th!

I went to my local lumber store and found lathe! Perfect!

I happened to find a bin with seconds and it had several wooden lathe pieces that were only 29 cents each! They were just right! With further digging, I found some broken ones for only 15 cents each! So, I went out of there with enough pieces for two large wooden stars and one smaller star – all for around $2.00! That makes each wooden star less than $1. If you need to buy paint, that would be extra, but I had some leftover spray paint that I used. See, it really is a $1 wooden star!

Another option is to use yardsticks, but I had only one!

Directions for making a $1 wooden star:

1. Cut 5 pieces all the same length. (I used 24 inches for the large wooden star)

DIY $1 Star www.grandparentsplus.com

2. Lay wood pieces out one at a time  just the way you would draw a 5 point star.

(You know, the ones teachers draw on kids’ papers.)

Adjust so that they look the way you want.

 $1 Wooden Star


3. Hot glue or staple each point in place. (I used hot glue)

4.  $1 wooden star – finished! (except for paint). That was fast, right?   If staining, I recommend applying it before putting it together.

Make the $1 wooden stars different sizes and different colors (red, white & blue or stain)

If using this for a kid craft, put together the stars ahead of time and let kids decorate them in red, white and blue paint, markers, patriotic star stickers, glitter, sequins, etc.

Using smaller pre-colored craft sticks in the same way, the stars  look like this…..

$! Wooden Star    www.grandparentsplus.com

Another option for a $1 Wooden Star

The colored sticks came from a package of Super Jumbo Sticks approx 5 inches long (30/pkg). The package cost $2.99. It was more than the lathe!

Kid friendly idea:

Kids have  fun decorating these with glitter, beads, stickers, etc.! Hang in a window,  from a chandelier, or use in a mobile for the 4th of July!

I made the red wooden star crafts above  from a  package of pre-colored  5 1/2 inch slim sticks.

(125 pieces / various colors @ $2.99)

$1 Wooden Star      www.grandparentsplus.com

So many of the pre-colored sticks are colors other than red, white, and blue. You have very few pieces of the patriotic colors. If you’re looking to save money, it is cheaper to buy the plain wood sticks and paint them yourself.

All of these ideas are so inexpensive! Visit your local craft store or the next time you visit the lumber store, check out the lathe and make a $1 wooden star for yourself!  Proudly display it on Memorial Day and 4th of July! Add a star to your patriotic arrangements.

$1 Wooden Star      www.grandparentsplus.com

Add a wooden star to your decor.

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Phyllis (Oma)

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  1. This is such a clever and resourceful idea. The stars look great on your porch! I think I’ll be making quite a few of these, can’t wait to dig through our wood stash!
    Featuring you on Project Inspire{d} tonight. Thanks so much for linking up!

  2. Love iras like this, easy and fun! Just in time for the 4th of July! Thank you so much for sharing your post on the HomeAcre Hop, hope to see you again tomorrow! – Nancy The HomeAcre Hop

  3. Very cute! I haven’t heard of lathe – now I am going to have to look for it in Lowes.

  4. What a cute and easy idea for decorating. You could use this for several holidays. Pinned it!!

    Thanks for sharing!

  5. Lovely idea and great for kids to do

  6. Thank you for sharing your darling stars with us at the linky party at http://www.FineCraftGuild.com !

  7. This makes such a cute addition , love the large red star in the wheel barrel

  8. Thanks for stopping by and linking up your awesome project! Stop by again next week and link up more of your awesome projects!

    Have a wonderful week!

  9. This is so cute! Thank you for sharing. You are one of the features tonight at the Make it Pretty Monday party at The Dedicated House. Pop on over and grab a feature button for your blog. The party is live now. Hope to see you again at the bash! Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

  10. Congratulations! You’ve been featured at SHOW-licious Craft Showcase this week! You may stop by and grab a Featured button at this link….http://sew-licious.blogspot.com/2013/05/saturday-show-licious-craft-showcase-33.html.

    Thank you for participating!

  11. Thanks so much for sharing this gorgeous post at the Say G’Day Saturday linky party. I’ve just pinned it!

    Hope you can join in again this weekend.

    Best wishes,
    Natasha in Oz

    • I’ll be there!

  12. Hi!!! Yes you are featured today as our #1 Craft Project of the Week! Way to go!!! For some reason your link wasn’t showin up but now it is fixed! We hope people stop in and get the tutorial! Thanks so much for sharing with us each week!
    Susie @Bowdabra

  13. What a great idea! When we moved we got rid of a lot of our holiday decorations. Thank you for sharing at Fluster’s Creative Muster.

    Fluster Buster

  14. What a great craft! I love the simplicity of it and yet it makes a statement!

    Thanks for sharing at the In and Out of the Kitchen link party! I look forward to seeing what you bring next week.

  15. Super cute! Love it! Thanks for sharing at Give Me The Goods Monday! Can’t wait to see what you bring next week! Jenna @ Rain on a Tin Roof

  16. They don’t look like they were only a dollar. What a clever idea. Need to make some of these.
    Have a wonderful week,
    @ Eclectic Red Barn

  17. So cute and a great way to involve little ones in the 4th of July! Thanks for linking up at Family Fun Friday.

  18. Cute idea! I’d love if you’d like up to The DIY’ers: http://homecomingmn.blogspot.com/2013/05/the-diyers-and-some-favorites.html

  19. Very cute and festive! Thanks for sharing at Pinworthy Projects

  20. Love your star and you made it. Looks great in your old cart…..ready for the party. Andi

  21. Very cute!

  22. Love the detail it brings! Thank you for sharing on Mondays Pin Hop Party!

    Shelly- cohost

  23. Great idea!! Love all your Patriotic vignettes!!


  24. I love stars! Yours are awesome!

  25. Awe! Super festive! I am visiting from Show and Tell Saturdays!



  26. Greetings! I saw this fun tutorial over at Six Sisters Stuff!! I am in love with stars! I am so excited you shared this! I am planning on making for holiday décor now! Thanks so much. I hope to visit again. Please check out my love of stars at my blog! Thanks again.

  27. What a lovely element for the Memorial Day/4th of July decorations. I will be starting this soon. I am glad I saw this at the Friday Flash party.

  28. So cute! I am thinking that I could hang one – or a configuration of a few- on my front door instead of a wreath! For that price, it’s worth the experiment! Thanks!

    • Sounds great! I have since made a couple more of different sizes and they look great together! Paint one red, one white and one blue!

  29. Be sure to thank your sons for serving our country! So glad my post helped! I always like things I can do on a budget!

  30. Perfect festive touch! I would love for you to link to http://hickorytrailblog.blogspot.com/2013/05/assets-and-efforts-linky-party-2.html



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