I am so excited to show you my Christmas mantle today and how I made the big DIY wood star in the center. It required some scrap wood, wood glue, clamps, wood stain, and a little wire. I made it free (since I had all those items) and now have a new focal point on my mantel for this Christmas season. I love it!
I started with some long pieces of scrap wood. We cut six pieces each about 30″ long. Note: My husband helped me with this project as he does with a lot of projects I dream up.
It was kind of impossible to get that perfect 60 degree cut where the ends were linked together like a puzzle, so we opted to leave the pointed edge and just lay the lengths of wood on top for an overlap look.
When we were creating the overlap look, we simply used some wood glue to attach the corners and we used a clamp to hold the wood tightly together as the glued dried. This is a good place to say I made two triangles out of my six pieces of wood, so three pieces of wood each were needed for a triangle.
After the glue had dried on my “triangles,” I stained them. I painted on a dark mahogany stain onto each triangle and then went back and rubbed it off/in with a soft, old towel.
We then did the glue and clamping step again to attach the two triangles together to form the star. After that glue had dried, my star was almost finished. I decided to wrap some wire around the edges to give it another texture and fun touch0.1
I used some garden scissors to cut the wire, and I really like how it added a fun yet subtle addition to my star! The star is now complete! I think there are so many ways you can modify this design to create something unique for your house or to give as a gift. The sizes you can create are endless. Wood glue is amazing. You could even spray paint your star instead of staining it. That would be a quicker step. I knew I wanted a dark color for my star, so it popped on my gray wall but you could do any color!
I love how my mantel came together. It is simple yet has a lot of natural, rustic elements that I can not get enough of!
Now to give you a few details about my mantel, so you can create this look too. My star was inspired by this simple wood sign I made last Christmas. Love was born in a manger. I love it and painted it in like two seconds on an old scrap piece of wood.
My vase of red ornaments is actually two pieces of glass. I have had the big filler vase for a couple of years, but I think I got it for like $5.00 one year at Wal-mart. The bottom “stand” part is simply a juice cup upside down. My filler vase is literally just sitting on top to give it some height. What a cheap way to create a new and versatile look. Have you ever done this?
My pine cones are from my backyard, and I simply dabbed some white paint on the edges to make them look more Christmas-y. I got this tip from Erin at DIY On The Cheap. Thank you my sweet friend! She has a great tutorial for how to create this look. Check out her gilded pine cones!
My lanterns are from Ikea. They were about $4.00 and $7.00 each, and I already had them on hand and actually used them in my fall mantel. Do you recognize my wood sticks? They are from my backyard and were used on my thankful tree. I love how they add some height, yet they are simple and not a harsh eye sore. I also have a collection of baby food jars that I love to put tea lights. They were perfect to pull out for my mantel so give it some light. They look amazing all lit up, but with three little kids it doesn’t happen till night when they are in bed. 🙂
I had to include one picture with all our bright-colored stockings (two of which are for the dogs)!
Have you decorated for Christmas? Have you used any natural elements in your mantel this year? I’d love to see your mantle! If you have a blog, please leave the link in the comments below, so I can check yours out too.
Thank you so much for stopping by! I hope you have a great weekend!
Linked up at: Crafty Scrappy Happy, Serenity Now, Red Head Can Decorate, The Lettered Cottage, Ten June, 52 Mantles, DIY Showoff
what a neat idea…love how rustic it is, it’s perfect for your sign which has a beautiful message by the way….thanks for sharing Erica…xo
i love it erica. and i want one or five! really.
hope you will find a moment to stop by and enter a giveaway i am hosting for followers (i hope you win!):
happy weekend to you!
Thank you so much Michele! I entered all three ways!! Love your blog-I am now following you!!!
Jen @ Four Marrs & One Venus says
That Star is amazing up there. Thank you for sharing this with us! In awe!
Thank you Jen!! Thank you so much for stopping by and letting me know!!
Love this star, it is beautiful!
Thank you Julie!!
Roeshel S (@DIYShowOff) says
I love it, Erica! Great tutorial, beautiful Christmas star. The entire mantel looks so warm and festive!
Thank you so much Roeshel!!
You won Erica! You won the simple swag light fixture from my vintage bulb sponsor, Nostalgic Bulbs. I’m positive you will find something clever to do with it…so happy I picked your name! Please e-mail me with your address so I can get Illan (the owner) your info. and he will be mailing it to you. He is so nice-congrats!!!! Merry Christmas!
Yea!!! Thank you so much Julie!! I am so excited!! I just emailed you!