Painted Lawn Stars

4 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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  • 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.

  • Vivion Vivion on Jun 05, 2022

    Glow in the dark paint?

  • EmeryLou EmeryLou on Jun 08, 2022

    How long did it take the paint to dry?

    I'm going to try this for our graduation party, thanks for the idea!

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  • CaliGal CaliGal on Jun 12, 2022

    This could take decorating for a celebration to another level. You could paint a hopscotch or tic-tac-toe, or a bullseye for a kids outdoor party. There’s a lot of ideas that could branch out from this idea. Perfect that you can just wash it away when done. Kids will love this!

  • Carmela Carmela on Jun 27, 2022

    Very cute but maybe mow the lawn pretty short in that area first?