If you have a Dollar Tree nearby then you are going to want to run out and grab a wood star, cut out and a wood crate. I seriously cannot believe how cute this craft turned out. Not only is it cute, but it’s so easy to make. So today I’m going to be showing you how to make a wood star crate using supplies from the Dollar Tree.
I found the Wood Star in with the craft supplies not the 4th of July stuff. This is kind of cool because I’m wondering if they’re going to start stocking these all year round. I think stars are fun to craft with any time of year, especially at Christmas. If you can’t find one of these stars at Dollar Tree, maybe check one of your local craft stores like Michaels or Hobby Lobby.
OK, let’s get started on this fun craft!
- Wood star cutout from Dollar Tree
- Wood crate from Dollar Tree
- foam from Dollar Tree
- USA wood cutout or something similar
- Battery-operated candle
- scrap book paper
- Spanish moss
- Mod Podge
- Antique wax
- sanding block
- paint brushes
- hot glue gun and glue sticks
Step 1: The first thing I did was stain the star using Waverly antique wax. The reason I did this was so that the back of the star looked finished and so when we sand the scrap book paper off it gives a little bit of a rustic look. While you have your stain out, you can go ahead and stain the crate as well. Allow both to dry.
Step 2: Next, take a piece of scrapbook paper and trace the star on to the back of it and cut it out and mod podge it on to the wood cut out. My paper was a little bit short for the star, so I had to use two pieces of scrapbook paper. I put the part of the star where I had to layer this second piece of scrapbook paper at the bottom of my project so you couldn’t tell it was there. Watching the YouTube tutorial of this project will give you a better idea of what I did. I also want to note that I did not punch out the hole in the star and I also put the hole at the bottom again so you could not tell it was there.
Step 3: Once the mod podge has dried, you can take a sanding block over the star. This will just give your star a more finished look and make the paper look like it’s a part of the star. I suggest going in a downward motion with your sanding block. I find that’s the best way to remove the excess paper.
Step 4: Once the Mod Podge is dry, hot glue the star to the crate.
Step 5: For this next step, I’m using a USA wood sign that I found at a craft store that was going out of business. I painted the USA sign with white chalk paint and then allowed it to dry. Once it was dry, I took some antique wax over it with a chippy brush to give that rustic look.
If you cannot find a cut out like this, try going to somewhere like Hobby Lobby and finding individual letters that say USA that will fit across your crate. If you still can’t find it, try getting creative, maybe looking at the Dollar Tree for something small you can put in front, or maybe you don’t even need anything there. I think it would also be cute to find a mini flag and stick it in with the Flowers we’ll get to that in a minute.
Step 6: Hot glue a piece of foam down in the crate. You can find this foam at the Dollar Tree. Then take a battery-operated candle and stick it down in the middle of the foam. I’m using a battery-operated candle that I got around Christmas time. You can find these holiday time brand battery operated lights almost every year at Walmart in with the Christmas lights. They are super inexpensive, about $0.98, and awesome for crafting. Every year I try to stock up on some for crafts throughout the year.
Step 7: The last step is to add some Spanish Moss and florals to your patriotic craft. Lay the Spanish Moss on top of the foam and around the candle and then begin to stick your florals into the foam. I’m using some greenery that I bought at either Walmart or Hobby Lobby. Just look around and see what you can find on sale. Anytime you see greenery on sale, it’s always a good idea to buy some an add to your craft stash.
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