Pretty, isn’t she?
Meet my new Christmas star. She’s currently adding a bright touch to my holiday mantle. And cheering up the house in general. Hard to believe that just a short while ago, she was a pile of wire, cheesecloth, and shower curtain.
Yes, a shower curtain. More on that later.
How to take some wire, cheese cloth and a shower curtain and transform them into this beautiful star? Just add fairy dust. Oops, I mean fairy lights. They’re the magic ingredient that makes everything prettier!
And where did I get all the key star ingredients?
Two words. Giant. Tiger.
Seriously – they’re got everything you need to make your own beautiful fairy light Christmas star.
Have you been to Giant Tiger lately? It’s become my go-to source for cheap and cheerful holiday decor. I scored the supplies I needed for this star, and I couldn’t resist highlighting a few fun finds so you know what to keep your eye out for next time you’re there, so be sure to scroll down to have a look.
To make this star, all you need is a wire frame and fabric. That’s where the shower curtain comes in. This star is 39” across so you need a fairly large piece of white fabric. Giant Tiger had just what I needed – a large white shower curtain that was only $5! That’s enough fabric to make a pretty big star, and a great deal too!
I took some 16 gauge wire and bent it into a star form, laid it on the shower curtain, cut around it to make the star, and hot glued the edges around the form. This made the basic star. I’ll give you all the tips, tricks, and instructions below so you can make your own, too.
If you stop at this point, you’ll have a large, bright white star that you can light up. You can also take it a step further and embellish the star. I added a layer of cheesecloth to mine, to soften it up. You can find cheesecloth at any supermarket. It’s a sheer gauzy cotton that’s used for straining liquids. I laid it out over the star, arranged it in a loose random way, and tacked it down across the surface with dabs of hot glue. It added a soft, wavy texture that in some light looks a little snowy. You can also add other embellishments if you prefer – ribbon, glitter, or maybe some stenciled lettering.
The piece de resistance? Fairy lights. Giant Tiger sells these at the amazing price of $8 a strand and they make EVERYTHING prettier. These are battery operated, so you can light up any corner of your home that needs a little sparkle during the holidays. You can see from my photos that I was having lots of fun with them while I was working on this project. And the best part of working with fairy lights? They come in a coloured version, too.
I’m thrilled with this beauty. The best part is since I had the wire and cheesecloth, she cost me only $5 for a shower curtain, plus $16 for 2 strands of fairy lights. You can’t beat that! Scroll all the way to the end to find out how you can make your own.
Now I wanted to highlight some of my favourite finds for the holidays from Giant Tiger. I found so many things I could use to create the cozy feeling I love this time of year. And I was so impressed with the prices! Red knit monogrammed stockings to hang by the fire for $10? A buffalo plaid flannel sheet set for $35? And fun chalk mugs for only $6? Yes, please!
And I couldn’t believe the amazing pillows I saw for only $10 – have a look.
Now I know these are more of a bright, spring look, but I couldn’t resist showing you the amazing 3 piece quilt sets I found for only $40 – $50 that reminded me of much more expensive versions I’ve seen at stores like Pottery Barn and Anthropologie. I know my girls would love any of these patterns.
Want to make a beautiful fairy light Christmas star for yourself? Here’s all you need to know!
DIY Fairy Light Christmas Star Tutorial
makes a 39” wide star
50 feet 16 gauge wire
White fabric, at least 45” across and 40” long (I used a fabric shower curtain)
2 strands fairy lights
1. Bend the wire at 14 inch sections into a zig zag shape. Use pliers so you get a tight bend to make a nice point for your star. If you look at the first image in the collage above in the post, you will see a series of bent “V” shapes. Each of these V shapes will make a point on your star.
2. You will need 10 of these triangular shaped sections of wire in total to make a star that is double reinforced so it holds its shape. Start by making 5, and then bring them together to make the rough outline of your star. Don’t worry about getting the shape perfect – you can make adjustments later.
3. After bringing the first 5 sections together into your star shape, create your next V section with the wire while winding it a few times around the first point of your star. This can be a bit tricky – just make a 14” bend in the wire and run it up the side of the first point in your star while wrapping it once or twice and then down the other side wrapping it again. What you’re trying to do is reinforce the shape by going around your star a second time. Don’t worry if the wires don’t lie against each other perfectly – you can fix that in the end.
4. Continue working your way around until you’ve made 10 V shaped sections and gone around your star shape twice. After this, take your spool of wire and wind it around the star a third time. This time the shape is already set, so all you need to do is wrap the spool around each side of the star a few times. This provides a third layer of reinforcement so your star holds it shape well.
5. Now it’s time to fix any issues in the shape of the star. Try to make the distance across the bottom of each star point even at 11 inches. The wire form is very forgiving and you can straighten any bumps or twists in the shape with a little patience. Look at it from different angles to ensure it’s even. Make sure it lies flat by laying it on the ground.
6. Next brace your shape by adding cross members. You can see from the diagrams below that there are 11 inch cross members across the bottom of each point of the star, and three 18 inch cross members across the center of the star. To make the 11 inch cross members, just cut a length of wire 6 inches longer than you need. Bend the wire with pliers into a squared off U shape so that the center is 11 inches across, and you have 3 inches up each side. Place this across the bottom of a star point, and wrap the 3 inches up the sides star point.
7. Do the same for the 18 inch cross members across the body of the star, adding 3 inches on each side when you cut the piece. You should have a pretty solid shape at this point.
8. Lay your star form on top of your fabric. Make sure you iron out any wrinkles first if you want a smooth star. Cut your fabric around the star shape, leaving 1 inch extra all around.
9. Glue your fabric onto the star form by adding hot glue to the wire and wrapping the fabric around. Trim off any excess.
10. Turn your star over. This is the front. Add any embellishments or decorations you like. I used cheesecloth. I opened up the cheesecloth and arranged it over the star until I was happy with all the wrinkles and waves. Then I used dabs of hot glue to hold it in place. You can reach under the cheese cloth and apply hot glue directly to the star fabric and then press the cheesecloth into place. Or you can put a dab of glue directly onto the cheesecloth and cover it with a tiny wrinkle of cheesecloth. It’s very forgiving, and even if the hot glue shows a little it won’t be very noticeable.
11. When you’re done decorating the star, add the fairy lights to the edges. I started at the bottom and ran the wire along the edge. I held it in place with widely spaced stitches, but you can use a bit of hot glue if you prefer.
12. This star took 2 strands of lights. Just make sure the battery packs are at the bottom of the star so you can them behind to hide them. And leave any extra lights at the bottom so you can arrange these at the base of the star for an added effect.
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