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Decorate your home this Christmas with a DIY wooden star. Using just 5 materials, this easy-to-build Christmas decoration will look great sitting on your mantle or hanging as a wreath on your door.

It’s finally that time of year where you can say tis’ the season for Christmas decor. Heaven forbid you should set up your Christmas tree in early November, says the grinch. Or start listening to Christmas music in October. Well, I say let freedom reign! Sing those Christmas songs at the top of your lungs and enjoy decorating your home festively whenever you feel like it. 

Last year Christmas was a little different (the ever so memorable year 2020 — shall I go on?). This year, I am looking forward to Christmas even more than usual. And because of that reason, I went ahead and started decorating our home for Christmas late fall. I’m a little more of a simple Christmas decor type of person. We have the standard tree, some stockings and a nativity scene. But I really like using natural or vintage items to adorn our homestead. Things like homemade cinnamon ornaments and dried oranges. Or repurposing old items into something new, such as a wooden star.

Several years ago, my parents renovated their 1900s farmhouse, adding in a new kitchen, bath and laundry room. Inside the walls were hundreds of pieces of old lath board. And because we are a save it type of family, we kept all of the boards thinking they’ll come in handy one day.

Well today is the day!

Five vintage boards have now been turned into a beautiful wooden star for Christmas. Not only was the Christmas craft fun, it was very budget friendly too. 

Simple Christmas Craft

Do you have scrap wood laying around your homestead? Then you can make this wooden star decoration. If you don’t have any extra wood or lath board, not to worry. Your local hardware store should sell lath board. You can also use trim board or yard sticks. See the “tips for making a wooden star” section below for even more ideas.

Once you have selected your wood, all you need are some nails, floral wire, ribbon and a piece of greenery – live or artificial. To make your star, trim your boards to 24”, lay out in a star shape, secure with a nail and attach the greenery and bow. This project is incredibly customizable. Need a smaller star? Just cut the dimensions in half. Don’t have any fresh pine around your property? Grab some dried eucalyptus or use pine cones or berries instead. I used 2.5” plaid wired ribbon but you can easily swap that out for a traditional red satin ribbon instead. Whatever you make will be beautiful!

Easy DIY Wooden Star

Materials

5 lath boards cut to 24” (see notes for other types of wood you can use if you don’t have lath board)
5-10 nails ( I used these 11/16” nails)
Floral wire
Ribbon (I used around 5’ of 2.5” thick ribbon)
Greenery such as a pine branch
Hot glue gun

Instructions

To create the wooden Christmas star, start by cutting your lath boards to 24” long.

Next, arrange your boards in a star shape. Below I have included an image of how I laid out each piece.

Using a nail, secure all 5 points of the star. Depending on how your boards connect, you can also add a few nails to the adjoining boards in the center of the star for extra stability.

Once your star is nailed together, it’s time to attach the greenery. I clipped a branch from my parents cedar tree but you can also use pine, eucalyptus or faux greenery. Place the end of the branch in the center of the top board. Using floral wire, attach the branch in an X shape, going from front to back and twisting tightly on the backside to make sure the branch does not fall off. Optionally, you could also use hot glue to adhere the greenery to the wooden star.

Now it’s time to create the ribbon. Cut one 27” piece of ribbon for the bow, one 5.5” section for the center and one 25” piece for the tails. Using the 27” length, create a loop overlapping the ends and securing with some hot glue. Wrap the 5.5” piece around the center of the loop you just created. Overlap the edges and add some hot glue. Do not glue the center to the large loop. Grab the 25” length of ribbon, feed the ribbon through the backside of the center loop. Pull the tails down and arrange as you desire to finish the ribbon. Add some hot glue to the back of the ribbon and place in the center of the star — making sure you adhere it to the wood and branch.

Sit your beautiful wooden star on a mantle or shelf. Alternatively, tie some twine around the top and hang the star on your front door to create a lovely Christmas wreath.

Tips for Making a Wooden Star Decoration

This wooden star tutorial is super customizable. You can scale the star size down or up depending on your preference. If you use thicker wood than the lath board I used, you may want to use a larger nail size.

I reused some old lath board from my parents farmhouse. You can also buy new lath board at Home Depot or other hardware shops. Other great wood options for this project include vintage tobacco sticks, trim board, extra large paint sticks and yard sticks.

Bows are not easy to make. Reading a how-to tutorial is great but sometimes seeing a visual is even better. Here is an excellent video that demonstrates how to create a bow.

Wooden Christmas Star

Wooden Christmas Star

Materials

  • 5 lath boards cut to 24” (see notes for other types of wood)
  • 5-10 nails ( I used these 11/16” nails)
  • Floral wire
  • Ribbon (I used around 5’ of 2.5” thick ribbon)
  • Greenery (such as a pine branch)
  • Hot glue gun

Instructions

    To create the wooden Christmas star, start by cutting your lath boards to 24” long.

    Next, arrange your boards in a star shape. Below I have included an image of how I laid out each piece.

    Using a nail, secure all 5 points of the star. Depending on how your boards connect, you can also add a few nails to the adjoining boards in the center of the star for extra stability.

    Once your star is nailed together, it’s time to attach the greenery. I clipped a branch from my parents cedar tree but you can also use pine, eucalyptus or faux greenery. Place the end of the branch in the center of the top board. Using floral wire, attach the branch in an X shape, going from front to back and twisting tightly on the backside to make sure the branch does not fall off. Optionally, you could also use hot glue to adhere the greenery to the wooden star.

    Now it’s time to create the ribbon. Cut one 27” piece of ribbon for the bow, one 5.5” section for the center and one 25” piece for the tails. Using the 27” length, create a loop overlapping the ends and securing with some hot glue. Wrap the 5.5” piece around the center of the loop you just created. Overlap the edges and add some hot glue. Do not glue the center to the large loop. Grab the 25” length of ribbon, feed the ribbon through the backside of the center loop. Pull the tails down and arrange as you desire to finish the ribbon. Add some hot glue to the back of the ribbon and place in the center of the star — making sure you adhere it to the wood and branch.

    Sit your beautiful wooden star on a mantle or shelf. Alternatively, tie some twine around the top and hang the star on your front door to create a lovely Christmas wreath.

Notes

You can buy new lath board at Home Depot or other hardware shops. Other great wood options for this project include vintage tobacco sticks, trim board, extra large paint sticks and yard sticks.

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