Faux Metal Stars

Hi friends!!

You know how much I love cardboard, it is really versatile and… free most of the time. My daughters like to bring home some cardboard boxes from the supermarket to play with them, and sometimes they end up being part of one craft like this one.

We also keep the cereal boxes because they can be used in multiple ways, like the one I am going to show you today.

My idea started with this one, and a piece of pink cardboard the girls used for drawing. Sorry I don’t have a full picture of this last one, but it’s the ordinary cardboard kids use all the time.

Tutorial on how to make faux metal stars out of common household items and silver spray paint

I wanted some stars for decoration, but the shops I saw they had the ones I liked were really expensive and I was not willing to pay so much money, so I did what every craft person would do, DIY them.

The first thing was to draw a 5-point star, and instead of writing a full tutorial on how to do it you can check this video.

Once I drew the star on the cardboard, I cut it. It was time then to crease and fold to create volume. I used a ruler to help me folding and achieve nice lines.

Tutorial on how to make faux metal stars out of common household items and silver spray paint

I wanted it to hold the shape, so I added some hot glue right in the center. The girls were happy upcycling their drawings into a cool star.  I also hot glued an eye screw to hang it on the wall.

Tutorial on how to make faux metal stars out of common household items and silver spray paint

The next thing was spray paint them and here it is where I discovered something. Have a look at this picture and tell me if you see any difference between the stars.

Tutorial on how to make faux metal stars out of common household items and silver spray paint

Another shot

Tutorial on how to make faux metal stars out of common household items and silver spray paint

Have you seen it?

The big star has a texture and look as rusted metal, while the smaller ones are shiny. Now, the big star was made using the ordinary cardboard, and the little ones using the cereal box on the SHINY side. So now you know what type of cardboard to use depending on what look you prefer.

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I love how they look on the wall, and how much money I saved making them! By the way, if you like the ladder you can find how I made it here and the chest is coming, so stayed tuned because I will sharing the tutorial soon, but you can check some other projects here.
Tutorial on how to make faux metal stars out of common household items and silver spray paint

Have a great day!

Hugs,

Pili

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45 comments

  1. Katrin says:

    Wow, they look like tin and metallic, it’s crazy that they are made from cardboard boxes Pili! I love to decorate with stars, all year round they are nice! Great idea & great transformation!

    • Pili says:

      Yes Katrin, I was surprised when I got the metallic look! I love the rough look much more. I like using stars and hearts for home decor.

    • Pili says:

      That’s the best part about it Mary, they cost nothing if you have the spray paint already. Even if you need to buy one can, you can make plenty of stars!
      I love that piece of furniture too. In fact, it is a shoe rack but the door is so heavy we don’t use it for that purpose.

  2. Keri says:

    Pili, love, love these stars!! So pretty and I love the price!!! 😉 Thanks so much for the tutorial!! Can’t wait to see the ladder and table post!! 🙂

  3. TwoPlusCute says:

    Showing the difference = very helpful. I like the rough side’s result.
    Pinned it of course, this is fantastic, looks perfect and I guess I need to get me some frozen pizzas for their boxes. 🙂

    • Pili says:

      My favorite is the rough side too, it really seems old metal. Enjoy the pizzas lol!

      Thanks so much for visiting!

    • Pili says:

      Hi, Sam! You are right, nobody know they are made out of cardboard unless I tell them, which I do because I am really proud of the stars haha!

      Thanks so much for the visit!

    • Pili says:

      I agree Michelle, they are cool!! They would look like nice on a wall mixed with different sizes too

  4. Evija says:

    It looks like a million dollars (or Euros!!) Amazing work as always Pili. Thank you for sharing with OMHG Wonderful Wednesday, co-host Evija x

    • Pili says:

      Yes, best use of cardboard!! We are crazy fans of it because it is free, the magic word, and can be used in so many projects! I discovered the difference between the side without planning it, like most discoveries.

      Thank you so much for visiting!!

  5. Julie says:

    Hello Pili, I love the pretty stars you made! Thanks for sharing this at Cooking and Crafting with J&J! Have a Happy Valentines Day!
    Julie

    • Pili says:

      Thank you so much, Sandy! I was happy to discover the different looks of the cardboards too, now to try more projects!

    • Pili says:

      Hi, Sally! Yes, I am sure they would look great in different colors too so they match different styles.

      Thank you for stopping by!

  6. Nikki Frank-Hamilton says:

    Pili, I am a huge fan of tin, it is such a cool material, it can be rustic or modern or a mix of both! I too have seen these stars for sale and they were much more than I wanted to spend! But I think I can afford a few free cardboard boxes that the grocery gives away! LOL

    Thanks for sharing how to do this, it’s going on my list!

    • Pili says:

      Haha, I bet you can get those cardboard boxes for free, Nikki. It is a really easy craft with a cool look.

      Thanks for visiting!!

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