I love stars.
I’m not sure exactly why I love them, I just do.
Perhaps it’s because they are so versatile – they work for just about any celebration, they can be fun or elegant, simple or complex – but mostly they just make me smile
I needed a few smiles on the weekend, so I sat down with a pile of newspapers and started cutting out stars.
I wasn’t sure what I was going to do with them, but when my kids discovered the pile of stars, they got out the water colour and started to paint. That made me smile.
Soon my dining table was covered in rainbow coloured stars, dripping and drying in the sunshine. That made me smile.
The pile of paper stars sat on my desk for a few days, making me smile every time I shuffled papers, looking for the school form that needed to be signed and the bill that needed to be paid.
Then today I got out the sewing machine and began to sew, feeding in star after star, sewing down the middle, until they made a long chain.
I hung the painted star garland on the wall in the living room and every time I walk past I smile.
Stars just make me smile.
To make this easy painted star garland you’ll need:
- Old newspaper
- Water Colour paint
- Sewing machine and thread
Cut random star shapes from old newspapers and paint them with water colour paints.
Once they were dry use your sewing machine to sew a basic straight stitch through each star to join them together into one long garland.
More Awesome Star Ideas
If stars make you happy too, you might like these lovely starry ideas.
3D stars made from post it notes! – Babble Dabble Do.
Free printable star glasses – we also made Christmas tree ones too!
Woolly twig stars – the Craft Train.
Cut and fold paper stars – Mini Eco
Elmer inspired yarn wrapped stars – Mama Miss
Simple glitter stars – The Artful Parent.
Puffy paper stars – Art Bar
Fold and cut origami stars – Pink Stripey Socks
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Nina Lewis says
I just saw this on Pinterest. How fun!! I think I’ll do this with our grandkids when they come over next week. It’s something easy that we can do!
Beautiful! They are almost Eric Carle-like. These would look beautiful hanging up. :)
Tan Brooks says
Love this thank you :-)
Amanda saint says
How did you keep newspaper from curling up from being wet with paint? I just did this and each star curled :(
Oh we didn’t have a curl problem at all. I wonder why yours curled and ours didn’t? Maybe because we use quite a bit of water colour paint on both sides so the stars were too wet to curl? Or maybe just different types of paper?
I imagine if you sit them with something flat and heavy on top (like a big book) for a while after they dry they would flatten out?
LOVE THIS IDEA ! I work in a speacial needs class and I know I can use this idea for a class project. Can’t wait to try.
We’d love to see your project when you are done! If you are on instagram tag me (@picklebums) if you share a photo!
Thankyou for sharing another easily achievable idea. We had much fun painting, tracing star biscuit cutters and cutting our stars. Thanks for sharing all your great ideas.