I know sharing a craft this close to July 4th doesn’t give you much time after being inspired to make your own in just 3 days. But I’m participating with my blogging group in a Red, White & Blue challenge and today is the day to share this cute July 4th Star Tray. I hope you’ll Pin this project so you can make it next year. Heck, if you like American decor then you could have this up all year.
So my blogging friends and I call this monthly challenge the Inspired Maker’s Challenge, because we hope we inspire you all to be makers of lovely things for your homes. So watch for the other projects at the end of my post and be sure to visit them for even more inspiration.
Ok, let’s get started. I found this open slat tray at the thrift store and I think I maybe paid $0.50 for it. Like a lot of stuff I buy it sat in the garage for quite a long time until I figured out what I wanted to do with it. Life would be boring if I knew how I would use all my thrift store treasures 🙂
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July 4th Star Tray Supplies
- Craft Paint in Red, White, & Blue
- Wooden Tray
- 10″ square of 1/4″ thick plywood or other thin wood
- Painter’s Tape
- Craft Brush
- Small Stencil Pouncer
- Wood Burner to cut stencil, I have this one
- Thin plastic for the stencil
Once I figured out what I wanted to do I grabbed my craft paints and got busy. I taped the sides because I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do with the boarder but thinking I would keep it wood for a more rustic look. I painted the red first.
I wasn’t to particular with how I applied the paint, as you can see with how I start out the white. I just wanted it to cover and I carefully painted the edges of the slats too.
I was having a hard time figuring out where to put the blue. Thankfully we had some very thin 1/4″ thick plywood scraps outside. I went online and found a star shape that I liked and printed out a few until I got the size I wanted. All I had to do was trace the star for my July 4th Star Tray onto the plywood and get out the Jigsaw.
I’ve used the jigsaw on a few other projects like the Outdoor Plant Stand I made a few months ago. I like running it and seeing what it can do. I think I need to get some blades for ours, maybe more specific to what I’m cutting to make it easier. This board cut easy though because it’s so thin. Any rough spots were easy to sand.
I gave it a coat of a deep blue and while that dried I got busy making my own stencil.
I don’t have a picture of cutting the stencil. To get it ready I found a star I liked and put enough in a row to go across the width of the two horizontal points. I taped it to a piece of an old clear file folder sleeve and started cutting. I figured if I blew it badly enough on a few I had plenty of the plastic to start over.
It actually went really well. Since I used the wood burning tool which has a knife attachment, I didn’t have to press too hard into the plastic. But you can see below where I cut into the paper below. Some were a bit wonky but that will add to the character.
After I tested it out with the stencil pouncer on a paint stick and found my new stencil worked well I was ready for action.
Actually, I took a few more minutes and made a plan for the best spacing. After that I was ready to go. Starting at the top I adjusted them slightly so the stars looked like those on our Flag. (And ya, nice paint under the fingernails 🙂 )
Originally I thought about putting the star right in the center. Playing around with it a bit I decided my July 4th Star Tray would look better with it in the corner like our Flag. After attaching it with a glue gun it was time to find a good spot to display it. We don’t have a mantel so when we’re not using the pellet stove to heat the house I like to put some cute decor stuff on there. I think this little vignette looks great for the 4th of July to celebrate our Independence Day.
This little bear I’ve had since my corporate work days. The company mascot was the California Grizzley so we all had some sort of bears at our desks. I had quite a few myself and I love this patriotic little guy 🙂
I can never have too many little flags for the 4th, they look great in my grandma’s antique sugar shaker jar.
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Now let’s see what my friends have been up to for even more inspiration from our Red, White, & Blue challenge.
Join us the last Friday of each month for a different Inspired Makers Challenge
Follow with #InspiredMakers and #InspiredMakersChallenge to see more amazing projects each month!
The rules are simple – whatever the project is, it has to fit the monthly challenge theme, which is something different to inspire you each month!
June Challenge: Red, White, and Blue
Load up on all the patriotic inspiration from your hosts:
Kimm @ Reinvented | Denise @ My Thrifty House
Sam @ Raggedy Bits | Victoria @ Dazzle While Frazzled
Toni @ Small Home Soul | Susanne @ Pearl Street Designs
Kim @ Farmhouse Made | Susie @ The Chelsea Project
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