DIY Christmas Wood Star

This post is part of a series entitled “12 DIYs of Christmas”.  You can see all the projects and post in this series here.

For the 10th DIY of Christmas, I created a DIY wood star!

Christmas Wood Star (13 of 15)

This was very easy and inexpensive to make. Here’s the supplies you will need:

  • Five – 5 gallon paint sticks – Home Depot sells these for $0.98 for a pack of 3
  • paint or stain of your choice
  • wood glue
  • saw or snips to cut sticks

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I cut off the curved handle ends of the paint sticks to create straight sticks.  Then lay out in a star arrangement – you’ll have to play with it a little to get all the ends straight.


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Then secure all the tips and where the sticks meet with wood glue.  I ended up putting some paint cans and heavy objects on top of it overnight for it to dry.

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Now, this is where you can do what I say, not what I did… Smile  I think it would be easier to paint or stain before you glue instead of after the star is all assembled.  I already had mine assembled so it was a bit more of a challenge to paint all the little sections and edges.  I used some Decoart Chalky Finish white paint for mine.

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Once it was dry, I sanded/distressed the edges and then brushed on some DecoArt dark wax and rubbed it right off. I just wanted to create a bit of a distressed/antiqued look.

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And here it is!  I want to show you several ways in which you could use this star.  I honestly love them all – maybe I just need to make some more stars Winking smile  If you needed a tree topper this would be a super cheap and easy DIY tree topper – cost less than $2 if you already have paint + glue.

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Since the paint sticks are wood, you could stain them and have a stained wood tree topper star too.

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Or you can just use in a display someplace…

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I think it would look better on a solid door but it would be pretty used as a door hanger too.

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Another place I could prop it up and use it Smile

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And one more idea.

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And I know I keep showing you stuff hung on my chalkboard… I may just have to change out my chalkboard decor each day until Christmas. Winking smile  I love everything I have hung on it!

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So many ways and places you could use a simple wood star.  You could make varying sizes too by using the smaller paint sticks for a smaller star, or not cutting off the curved handle to make an even bigger star.  I have really enjoyed using these 98¢ packs of wood paint sticks – you’ll actually seem them for the last 3 projects of this series Winking smile  They are a cheap, easy way to do wood projects.

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Where would you use a wood star?  Would you stain or paint it?  Have you ever crafted with wood paint sticks?

I am sharing 12 easy and inexpensive Christmas projects just like this during 12 DIYs of Christmas series.  You can see all the projects in this series here.  And check out all my past Christmas DIY projects and decor here.


  1. Such a great idea! Simple and beautiful!

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