Friday, October 19, 2012

Halloween Barn Star

I finished a non-sewing project this week.  Say hello to my newest piece of Halloween decor!
I would explain how I did it, but there are so many tutorials online (just google "paper covered barn star tutorial"), I felt that would just be redundant.  These really are so simple to make, you almost don't even need a tutorial!
I found some papier mache barn stars online for cheap, so I ordered a couple.  Then I got the paper for 50% off at Hobby Lobby.  So in other words, this project is really budget friendly!
This is my first attempt at embellishing a barn star, and it was a good learning experience, as far as working with a papier mache base, rather than a metal one. 
I used Mod Podge for the entire project here, but I think next time, I will either spray it with a matte clear coat to finish it, or use a spray adhesive to stick the papers on, or both. 
I think the two layers of Mod Podge (one layer to stick the papers on, and one layer to seal it) was a little too much for the paper base, because I noticed after the top coat dried, the arms of the star started bowing out a little bit.  It is not noticeable looking at it, but I could definitely feel it.
I had initially thought I would add some sort of ribbon or other embellishment, but in the end, I didn't like the way it looked.  I felt like it made the star way too "cutesy" for Halloween decor.  So I left it plain, and I like it.
Next I am going to make a Christmas one.
For those who don't know, I actually worked at a Scrapbook store for a year while my husband was gone on a 15-month deployment, so I have a little bit of history in paper crafting.  (In fact, my former boss at the scrapbook store, Rita, has a darling website, Pink Polka Dot Creations.  You really should go check her out!) 
 And I have to say, I actually loved working with paper again! It's been awhile since I have, and it made me happy to play with it again.  So don't be surprised if you see some more paper crafting pop up on my blog a bit more, cause I have a few more things I'd like to try in the near future!
But until then, happy crafting!
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  1. Krysta, I love your Halloween Star! It turned out so cute. You always had the knack for putting cute papers together. I can't wait to see what other paper crafting projects you make. I love your blog and all of your fun sewing projects. I miss some of the fun days at the store, but the blogging world keeps me plenty busy! :) Hug those cute boys of yours for me! Rita

  2. It looks amazing. I'm looking forward to seeing the post with your Christmas star!

  3. LOVE it!!! Can't wait to see what you do with a Christmas star!
    BTW...I love the layer on your photo, too! How did you do that?
    SherryBee in AZ


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