Painted Lawn Stars

5 Materials
30 Minutes
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!
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.
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  • Aprile Aprile on Jun 20, 2020

    Could u do this on a sidewalk; would it wash away; have new sidewalk so don't want to do anything permanently of course. Thanks.

  • Mary Mary on Jun 20, 2020

    I can not draw anything... how did you get a perfect star? I would like a 'huge' star, like yours because I want to paint a flag on my wood fence. Fence is 6 ft. tall & 75 ft. long, so might do a flag as big as possible, then a huge star and then another flag. I can't find any stencils with large stars.

  • Heather Heather on Jun 21, 2020

    Why? I am sure that you meant well, but was this good for the environment? And well, just, why?

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  • Mjkoehler2000 Mjkoehler2000 on Jun 20, 2021

    I have a pattern very similar to yours, but I did the reverse. I sprayed the outside edges, and left the star open, It was on the grass, so the grass will grow, be cut, no problems.

  • Jodi Meyers Jodi Meyers on Apr 03, 2022

    I have been thinking of spray painting using a heart stencil on the wedding aisle that my daughter's wedding will be done at our 3 acre property, Something like this photo.