Holiday House 2013

Create a North Star Wall Hanging With Yardsticks

To add graphic impact to a home for the holidays, designer Dan Faires turns wooden yardsticks into North Star wall hangings.

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Apply Spray Paint

Give yardsticks an updated look with a solid spray-paint finish. In a well-ventilated area, place dust mask over mouth, cover surface of workspace with a drop cloth, then lay yardstick star out ensuring it's level. For proper coverage, hold spray-paint can approximately 8 inches from the surface of yardsticks, then spray in spurts with a steady, controlled manner.

Embellish With Twigs

Once paint is dry, add twigs or sticks two to three layers deep to entire top surface of yardsticks. Secure twigs to yardsticks with hot glue gun.

Wrap With Lights

Wrap entire star with 10-foot strand of twinkle lights. Tip: If plug-in lights are used, it's likely extension cords will show and interfere with the look of yardstick star. An excellent alternative is the use of battery-operated twinkle lights, which require batteries to be replaced throughout the holiday season.

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