One thing that I should mention is that this project requires some angles that your miter saw probably doesn’t go to, but I have a solution for that.
Yep, I am going to now tell you that before you can complete this project, you may need to read my post on how to make any angle with your miter saw. But I promise it is a good informative post that will serve you well.
So, after you finish reading this post, jump on over to my post on making angled cuts. I’ll leave a link at the end, so you don’t have to go there just now.
The star above is the small version. It is still quite large but is better for fitting on bookshelves. I am demonstrating this tutorial (and video) using the dimensions for this size.
But if you want to make both sizes shown in this post (shelf size and floor size), I am providing the details for the larger one after the instructions below.
See It in Action…
To make life even easier, you can watch the video on making these stars. It may give you everything that you need to get started, or it may just clarify the instructions written below.
Either way, I think that it helps most people to be able to watch the project as it happens. You can find more DIY videos on this Youtube channel. (psst… while your there, be sure to subscribe and give me a thumbs up).
Materials and Cuts:
To make this project, I recommend purchasing one 3″ x 8′ board in your choice of material. I am using oak, but any type of wood will be fine. You can also use scrap wood if you have enough pieces for this project.
Take a look at the angle measurements above. You will notice that five of the pieces will have the long side with a final measurement of 6″, and the other five pieces will have the long side with a final measurement of 4 3/4″.
To make the cuts, I recommend starting with (10) pieces that are at least 8″ in length. This will allow a bit of extra room for your hands.
- Cut 5 sections with a 54º angle on one end. Measure from the angled tip and place a mark at 6″. Then, cut 36º on this end. (see image above)
- Cut 5 sections with a 54º angle on one end. Measure from the angled tip and place a mark at 4 3/4″. Then, cut 36º on this end.
- To assemble the star, first, attach one of the long pieces to one of the short pieces at the 36º angle. Repeat for all pieces. A brad nailer with nails that are 1″ or less is recommended.
- Next, attach the sections from the previous step by placing the 54º angle of the short side along the inside of the 54º angle of the long side.
- Repeat for the remaining sections, connecting short sides to long sides.
Making Different Sized Wooden Stars
One thing that I am asked a lot is about making these in different sizes. The plan listed above is for the smaller star. It seems to be the one that most people want. It fits nicely on a book shelf or on a mantle.
But, you may prefer to make something more like the larger stars which you see sitting on the floor.
To get the larger version, you will use the same angles. However, you will be using 1x4s the 6″ piece will need to be changed to 11″and the 4 3/4″ should go up to 9 3/4″. Preform all the other steps the same way.
If you want to use your wooden stars for decor all year long, you can give them a nice rustic finish, and of course, forget the ornament. Just use a stain of your choice, or paint and then distress it, like the one above.
For the star in the video, I used oak wood and applied a coat of weathered gray Minwax followed by some accenting of white paint. Then, to top it off I added an ornament to the center.
Getting that ornament to hang just right in the center was probably the hardest part of the project. Okay, maybe that is an exaggeration. But, I tried getting a hook in the center before giving up and using hot glue.
Those points are just too tight of a space to be able to do get anything in there besides glue. So keep that in mind if you decide to go there!
The large stars are made from Pine. One is raw and the other has a provincial stain.
And, now you know how to make farmhouse style wooden stars! As I said at the beginning of this post, you are going to need to see how I make those weird angled cuts.