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Painted Lawn Stars

I'm always up for new, unique ideas to add to my list of event planning decor and someone I know shared a photo with me of these amazing red, white and blue sprayed stars on a lawn. I had to try it and they came out really cute. I'm totally going to keep this project in mind the next time I have an outdoor party--you can do any color that's available in water-based spray paint and what's even better is that it won't kill your grass!
Time: 30 Minutes Cost: $40 Difficulty: Easy
Our lawn guy came just in time for me to try this project out!
-cardboard box (or you can use a piece of wood and a jigsaw if you want to get fancy)
-printed star
-box cutter (or X-Acto knife)
-water-based spray paint (the only stuff I could find that was sold by the can and not a multi-pack was by Krylon on Amazon)
-fine point Sharpie (not pictured)
*For this project I only had to purchase the spray paint.
STEP 1: Make a Star Pattern on Paper
Cut out your printed star--I just laid mine down on a piece of my cardboard box and cut it out with my box cutter.
STEP 2: Cut a Square of Cardboard
Cut a big square section out of your cardboard box.
STEP 3: Trace Your Pattern on the Cardboard
Lay your star stencil down and trace it with a pen or Sharpie.
STEP 4: Cut out the Cardboard Star
Cut your star out with a box cutter, using the pen marks you drew as a guide.
Here's my star stencil!
STEP 5: Spray Paint Stars
Next, spray inside your star stencil.
Aren't they neat?! Hindsight I wish I would have made my stencil a few inches larger and also gave myself extra "oops!" room because when the wind blew the spray, it went a little past the edge of my cardboard, but overall I was happy with how this quick, unique decor idea came out.

Materials I used for this project:

  • Cardboard   (my basement)
  • Fine point Sharpie   (Staples)
  • Box cutter   (Home Depot)
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