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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.

Brian Patrick Flynn, Flynnside Out Productions

Materials Needed:

  • 5 wooden yardsticks for each completed star
  • 5 1/4" nuts and bolts
  • drill
  • 1/4" drill bit
  • can of spray paint
  • hot glue gun
  • hot glue sticks
  • twigs or sticks, for embellishment
  • 10-foot strand of white string lights (per star)
  • picture frame nails and hammer (or adhesive wall hooks)
  • safety goggles
  • dust mask
  • drop cloth

Lay Out Yardsticks

On a flat, level surface, overlap five yardsticks onto one another in the shape of a star. Tip: If yardsticks are too large for the space intended for decoration, consider using wooden rulers instead. For a varied look, consider mixing yardsticks and rulers.

Add Holes in Corners

Use drill and 1/4-inch drill bit to add holes into all five corners of star.

Fasten Yardsticks Together

Add nuts and bolts to all five drilled holes, then tighten with screwdriver.

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.

Hang Star

Using a basic picture nail and hammer (or adhesive wall hooks), hang star to exterior of house.

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