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:
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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.
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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. 
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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).
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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. 
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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.
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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…….
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8 comments:

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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Jessica 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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