Monday, June 14, 2010

Patriotic Star Door Decor

My door has been sitting empty of any decor since Christmas was taken down.  So I decided to put something together that wouldn’t take much time and that I could do while chilling with the kids outside.  I came up with this cute arrangement:
It’s styled after all those wreaths we saw around Christmas time with the scrap fabrics just tied around a wire.  For mine I used a wire coat hanger.  To make the even points I measured approximately how long my hanger was after undoing the twisty part at the top.  Then I divided that number by 10 because that is how many bends I was going to need to make to get my 5 points.  So say your wire measured at 42 inches.  That means you need to make a mark every 4 inches for a bend (the extra 2 inches will just be worked in at the end as an overlap to connect the two ends together).  You will want to alternate your bends back and forth in a zig-zag like method.  Since my hanger had a natural curve in a sort of circle I did one bend inwards and one bend outwards.  I really hope I’m making sense.  Once you reach the end twist the two ends together.  This is a little difficult and may require a pair of pliers and perhaps an extra set of hands.
Now just start forming your bends more distinctly so you have a more pronounced star look. 
Gather up your scrap fabrics you want to use.  I used 2 different red, 2 different white, and 1 blue.  I tore my fabric into about 1 inch strips and then cut them into 3-4 inches long sections. 
Once your strips are ready just start tying them in a knot around the star.  I chose to pattern mine as red, white,blue (and then just alternated between the two different reds and whites).
The closer together you squish the tied fabrics the fuller your star will appear.  After I had my star all done I took it out to display and decided that my star a little lonely and out of place. 
So I gave her three little stars friends to hang out with. 
To make the friends I sketched a star that was about 2-3 inches tall.  I cut two stars of each of the three fabrics I chose (6 total stars).  Then I just did a 1/4” stitch around the edges of two stars wrong sides together.  To make the fray look on the stars I brushed my fingers over the edges.
I attached the stars using white pipe cleaners/chenille stems and hot glue.  For the red and the white star I put a little bit of hot glue on the inner point and attached them to the middle pipe cleaner to help them lay how I wanted. 
That’s it.  It probably took me about 2 hours and most of that was spent sitting and tying all the little strips.
My door is happily decorated, for now…….



Emily John said...

Very cute.

Stephanie Lynn @Under the Table and Dreaming said...

How adorable! Love this. Fantastic job - super cute! Visiting from SDC. Hope you are enjoying your week! ~Stephanie Lynn

Jerri said...

I love this! Wish I had one like this for my house!

Alison said...

NO WAY! I did a doubletake when I saw this because I did the same thing, using ribbon!!! I haven't even posted about it yet, but girl, we are on the same wavelength! I think I like your fabric wreath better, though!! CUTE!

Suzanne said...

Such a cute 4th of July wreath. thanks for sharing!

Terry said...

Great idea and very cute! You put a lot of thought into this!

Laura said...

So adorable!!

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Anonymous said...

I can't stand not having anything to decorate the door with, I actually have an empty (artificial) Christmas wreath still hanging on mine! What I really like about your star idea is, it can really be modified for any season. For instance, for Valentine's day you could use various white & red fabrics with hanging hearts, or for Halloween you could use orange & black with hanging pumpkins or something. Thanks for inspiring!


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