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Painted Lawn Stars

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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
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Our lawn guy came just in time for me to try this project out!
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Supplies:
-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.
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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.
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STEP 2: Cut a Square of Cardboard
Cut a big square section out of your cardboard box.
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STEP 3: Trace Your Pattern on the Cardboard
Lay your star stencil down and trace it with a pen or Sharpie.
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STEP 4: Cut out the Cardboard Star
Cut your star out with a box cutter, using the pen marks you drew as a guide.
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Here's my star stencil!
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STEP 5: Spray Paint Stars
Next, spray inside your star stencil.
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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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Got a question about this project?

  • Hannah V
    Hannah V Brooklyn, NY

    Seriously obsessed with this idea! Sending to my Mom, her backyard is perfect for this! :)

  • Cori Widen
    Cori Widen New York, NY

    Super creative, I love this!

  • Mollybgood1963
    Mollybgood1963 House Springs, MO

    Love this.

  • Rob & Courtney M, Hometalk Team
    Rob & Courtney M,... Mastic Beach, NY

    Thanks y'all!

  • Lourdes Taboada
    Lourdes Taboada Orlando, FL

    I will do this for the 4th!!! Thanks for sharing!

  • Nellie
    Nellie Checotah, OK

    Gift to daughter leaving for the Navy

    • Rob & Courtney M, Hometalk Team
      Rob & Courtney M,... Mastic Beach, NY

      This is amazing!!!! Coming from a military family, I have an extra appreciation for things like this.

  • Jean Myles
    Jean Myles Canada

    Such a neat idea. I see so many ideas using this idea. Ty for sharing.

  • Donna
    Donna Syracuse, NY

    I have done the same sort of thing in the winter. I used water and food coloring to "spray paint" the snow. It was a surprise for my kids and they loved it.

    • Emmawilliams1
      Emmawilliams1 Emory, TX

      Snow???? Is that the white stuff I used to see growing up in Oklahoma? Lucky you...I miss it and great idea if and when we get some my way here in Tx..have a great 4th of July-!!!

  • Marilyn OylerY
    Marilyn OylerY Damascus, MD

    I can see doing this on snow in the winter; cool idea. :-)

  • Christine
    Christine Cuddebackville, NY

    Great idea! My husband and u used to build snowman and spray them with colors!

  • Christine
    Christine Cuddebackville, NY

    Oops not u I. Lol.

  • Emmawilliams1
    Emmawilliams1 Emory, TX

    Great idea! Wish I had seen this prior to today....Will try if for Labor Day !! Thx!!

  • Donna
    Donna Syracuse, NY

    Thanks Emma - we had a great fourth, picture perfect weather under the fireworks! I've been to Texas, Oklahoma too - both too hot for me. Although in Oklahoma I saw the magical sight of a double rainbow visible end to end - the first and only time

  • Beverly Campbell
    Beverly Campbell Aumsville, OR

    I wonder if you could use food coloring. May not last as long I would think. Will give it a try...very neat idea! So many great ideas and so little time to get them all done.

    • Rob & Courtney M, Hometalk Team
      Rob & Courtney M,... Mastic Beach, NY

      I've seen where someone has used food coloring to "paint" in the snow but not for grass...doesn't hurt to try though! :)

  • Marilyn OylerY
    Marilyn OylerY Damascus, MD

    Food coloring might show up on snow, but I don't think it would show up in the grass and would definitely disappear when it rains.

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