Saturday, November 20, 2010

A Retro Christmas Star and a New Giveaway

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Ok...so this is the star I saw at the country living fair. I'm not sure why I didn't buy it when I saw it. Probably because it was very large and it was 100 degrees outside and I was not feeling too Christmasy! I kept thinking about it when I came home and was sorry I didn't grab it that day. Rather than wallow in my regrets I decided to make my own.


Retro 50's Christmas stars.


I had these metal frames from last Christmas which had been covered in evergreens. The perfect foundations for my stars. I am sure they would work just as well on grapevine stars too.


I went out to all the thrift stores and bought all sorts of bulbs. Most packages cost less than 1.00. I also found some great vintage bulbs which I will use on the tree and not waste on the stars.


I bought gold tinsel garland and hot glued it to cover the frames. I cursed all the way through the project because I kept burning my fingers with the glue. Fa la la la uck!!!


I just stretched the garland and hot glued it until there were no openings.


I was concerned that it would not be sturdy enough but it was.


I started by gluing a large bulb right in the middle.


Then added other balls to the sides.


As I worked my way out to the tips of the stars I added smaller bulbs.





The assortment of bulbs.




These were really easy and fun to make. I think I will be making some wreathes this way too and will show the pics when I make them.